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Rosie Lea Smith
Funeral services for Rosie Lea Smith, 77, of Winnsboro were held Sunday at New Zion Baptist Church in Winnsboro with Rev. Tommy Basco officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Services were under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 8, 1931, to Luscious T. and Ella McKenzie Hitt in Winnsboro. She passed from this life on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro following a sudden illness.
She was a lifelong member of New Zion Baptist Church and for 25 years she proudly volunteered as a "Pink Lady" at Franklin Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Drew Williams; husband William "Bill" Smith Jr.; daughter Gaydene Thornton; and granddaughter, Aimee Thornton.
She is survived by her son Gerald Smith and wife Mary of Winnsboro; grandchildren Jeffery Thornton, Jessielyn Thornton, Jackie Thornton, Andy Smith, Landon Smith and Blake Lively; and two great-grandchildren Adam Thornton and Lexie Thornton. She is also survived by a brother Rev. Milton Williams and wife Adele of Wisner.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Coughran, Tony Doherty, Gerald Jones, Nathan Jones, Walter Purvis, Buckshot Sims, Glenn Ray Smith, and Donnie Williams.
Funeral services for Marvin Smith, 77, of Mer Rouge were held Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at Magnolia Baptist Church, with Rev. Ron Ferrington officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home in Rayville.
Mr. Smith was born on Jan. 2, 1931, and passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Clara Elizabeth Smith; wife of five years, Jackie Frost Smith; his brother, two sisters and his parents.
Survivors include sons: Shelby D. Smith and wife, Dianne of Crossett, Ark., Larry G. Smith and wife, Joan of West Monroe, Richard Wayne Smith and wife, Teresa of Jonesboro, La., James M. Smith and wife, Judy of Eros, La.; sister, Pauline Fife and husband, James of Bastrop; brother, G. B. Smith Jr. and wife, Beverly of Fort Necessity; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
To leave condolences for the family go online to www.brownholleyfuneralhomes.com.
Verna Lee Gwin
Funeral services for Verna Lee Gwin, 85, of Baskin were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 at Coax Baptist Church near Baskin with Rev. Paul Perry and Rev. Marion Spence officiating. Interment followed at the Reagan Cemetery, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mrs. Gwinj was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Wisner, to the union of her parents: Henry and Etta Proctor Sproles, and went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro.
She was a member of Coax Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: William "Gus" Gwin; one son: Raymond Gwin; four sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by two sons: Bobby Gwin and wife Gussie, and William Gwin and wife Dora all of Baskin; 10 grandchildren: Bobo Gwin of Baskin; Connie Gwin of Bainbridge, GA; Janet Jarrette and husband Joey of Baskin; Scott Gwin and wife Shannon of Baskin; Tammie Pounders and husband Mitchell of Baskin; Chad Blackmon and wife Leah of Monroe; Matt Gwin and wife Lisa of Monroe; Paul Gwin of Baskin; Dusty Gwin of Baskin; and Robbie Gwin of Crowville; 13 great-grandchildren: Brandy Ashton and husband Beau of Bainbridge, GA; Brian Turbeville and wife Katina of Winnsboro; Jordan, Jason and Jesalyn Jarrette all of Baskin; Randi Gwin of West Monroe; Ryan Dickey of Baskin; Patrick Pounders of Baskin; Zaylee Bryan of Baskin; Aidan Hollaway of Monroe; and Gus Gwin of Baskin; Sidney Rodgers of Baskin; two great-great-grandchildren: Allee and Aubree Ashton of Bainbridge, GA.
Pallbearers were Bobo, Joey, Beau, Brian, Robbie, Matt.
Honorary pallbearers were Scott, Patrick, Wesley Gus, Paul, Dustin, Mitchel, Wayne, Kyle, Ryan, Chad.
To sign guest book, view video or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Funeral services for Earl Sproles, 64, of Wisner, were held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at Turkey Creek Baptist Church near Gilbert, with Rev. Thomas Peoples and Rev. Neil Raborn officiating.
Burial followed at Central Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Sproles was born to the union of his parents Thomas and Margaret Kinnison Sproles on Sept. 17, 1943 in Wisner, and passed from this life on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. He was an Air Force veteran and is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Debbie.
He is survived by one daughter: Kandy Wiggins and husband Tony of Calhoun; one son: Jeffery Sproles of Calhoun, and fiancée Nikki; three granddaughters: Samantha Wiggins, Summer Wiggins and Mandy Sproles; five sisters: Lois Lawrence and husband Edwin of Bogue Chitto, Miss.; Audrey Berry and husband Randolph of Baton Rouge; Mary Ortego and husband John of Corsicana, Texas; Pat Reynolds, of Gilbert; Boots Griffith and husband Jerry of Fort Necessity; three brothers: Henry Sproles and wife Susan of Gilbert; Lawrence Sproles of Austin, Texas; and Bill Sproles of Winnsboro.
Pallbearers were John Moroni, Bob Moroni, Doug Roberson, Tom King, David Stevens and James Aymond.
Honorary pallbearers were Jr. Parker and Glen Johnson.
To sign guest book and send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Funeral services for Nathan Ashley, 86, of Sicily Island, were held at First Baptist Church of Sicily Island on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 with Rev. James Gass and Rev. Ken Hoots officiating. Interment followed at Highland Park Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Ashley was born May 5, 1922 in Natchez, Miss., and passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday. He was a resident of Sicily Island, a retired employee of Louisiana Dept. of Transportation, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Sicily Island. He faithfully served our country in the U.S. Army, rank of Staff Sgt. during World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella (Ellerbe) Ashley; father, Lonnie Ashley; mother, Janie (Gober) Ashley; daughter, Gerdine Aarons
three grandchildren: Raymond Easley, Jason Ashley, and Jody Ashley; four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his daughter, Ann McElwee and husband Robert of Hammond; son, Donald Ashley and wife Joy of Sicily Island; daughter, Adrisha Jenkins and husband Barry of Sicily Island; four sisters; seven grandchildren: Donna Ferrara and husband Bobby of Hammond; Kevin Ashley and wife Christy of Edmond, Okla.; Jill Lofton and husband Cole of West Monroe; Tonya Dean and husband Ronnie of Rocky Branch, La.; David Cannon and wife Alisha of Farmerville; Mark Cannon of Ark.; Edwin Cannon of Farmerville; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Cole Lofton, Kevin Ashley, Bobby Ferrara, David Cannon, Willard Kassel, and Girault Bird.
Mr. Ashley's family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Plantation Oaks Nursing Home for the care and kindness extended to their father for the past years. Also a special thanks to Riverland ICU nurses and staff along with Dr. Lee and Dr. Coney for their wonderful care given to their father.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Vera Tuberville Brownell Peoples
Funeral services for Vera Tuberville Brownell Peoples, age 101, of Brownwood, Texas, formerly of Winnsboro, Louisiana, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel in Winnsboro, with Karl Huff officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home. Mrs. Peoples died Sept. 7, 2008 at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
She was born in New London, Ark. to the late Carroll Christopher Tuberville and Willie Maude Austin Tuberville on Aug. 10, 1907. In 1924 she married Herman Brownell of Columbia, who preceded her in death in 1933. On Oct. 12, 1935 she married Frank Roy Peoples of Winnsboro. He preceded her in death in July of 1985.
She was a long time member of the Winnsboro Church of Christ where she enjoyed furnishing lovely flower arrangements for the Sunday services.
She moved to Brownwood, Tx in 1994.
Survivors include her children: Thelma Dean Brownell Brown of Macon, Ga; Charles Herman Brownell and wife Maureen of Scotia, Calif.; Betty Joyce Peoples of Mobile Ala.; Jenelle Peoples Beakley and husband Grover of Brownwood; Frank Henderson Peoples and wife Carolyn of Mobile, Ala.; and Charles Quitman Peoples of Winnesboro; her grandchildren: Barbara McGee and husband Ed of Donal, Ore.; Gary Brownell and wife Betsy of Scotia, Calif.; Sharon Tuberbille and husband Mike of Macon, Ga.; Debbie Brown of Macon; Brent Beakley and wife Karen of Odessa, Texas; Simon O'Neal and husband David of Burleson, Texas; Suzanne Jay and husband Richard of Mobile, Ala.; and Greg Peoples of Denver, Colo. She had 10 great-grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed.
Condolences, memories, and tributes can be left for the family at www.mem.com.
Paul Elliott Peters
Funeral services for Paul Elliott Peters, age 70, of Winnsboro, were held at the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro on Monday. Burial followed at Harris Cemetery.
Mr. Peters was born in Heathman, Miss. on Jan. 19, 1938. He died on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. He is preceded in death by his parents: Benjamin J. Peters and Faye Butler Peters.
Survivors, sons: James R. "Rick" Peters of Tupelo, Miss.; Clifton Peters of Woodbridge, Va.; and Jerry Peters of Batesville, Miss.; brothers: Barney Peters and John Peters of Homer, La., Ward Peters of Nashville, Tenn., and Curtis Peters of Haughton, La.; sisters: Ida Berger of Homer, La., and Julia Peters of Minden, La., and eight grandchildren.
Mr. Peters was a 1956 graduate of Tallulah High School and always considered Tallulah to be his hometown. He graduated from Louisiana Tech with a BS degree in electrical engineering in 1961 and with a MS degree in electrical engineering in 1963. He was a registered professional engineer in both Louisiana and Texas. He worked ten years as a senior aero-systems engineer for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas.
He learned to fly airplanes at the age of sixteen. He earned the commercial pilots license, multi-engine rating, instrument rating, flight instructor rating, and aircraft and power plant mechanics license with inspection authorization. He flew crop dusters for four years at Tallulah and twenty-five years in the Winnsboro area.
Pallbearer were Phil Lowentritt, Hurby Hitt, Jeff Hitt, Stacey Hitt, Larry Hitt, Bobby Woolridge, and Sam Free.
On line registry/condolences at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Neil Pleasant, 45, of Winnsboro were held Saturday at St. John Baptist Church. Burial followed at Morning Star Cemetery in Fort Necessity under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mr. Pleasant, a warehouse operator, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at Franklin Medical Center.
Survivors include his mother, Betty Pleasant, Winnsboro; sisters: Gloria Pleasant, Delta Berry, Olivia Coleman and Elaine Pleasant, all of Winnsboro; and LaShell Addison of Oltha, Kansas; brothers: Lonnie Pleasant, Delhi; Paul Pleasant, Winnsboro.
Pallbearers were Christopher Hoard, Curtis Pleasant, Robert Berry, Eddie L. Pleasant, Greg Taylor, Chris Taylor, Victor Thomas and Darren Cotten.
Funeral services for Adeline Thomas of Winnsboro were held Saturday at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church.
Burial followed at Morning Star Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mrs. Thomas, a care provider, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 at her home, following a lengthy illness.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Rose of Winnsboro; 34 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, 48 great-great-grandchildren, and five great-great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ron E. Bell, Antwan Coleman, Bernard Coleman, Cedrick Cotton, Jarell Gipson, John Lewis, Jerry Lynch, Bobby Rose, Charles Rose and Frantonio Rose.
Fred T. Valentine
Funeral services for Fred T. Valentine, 75, of Newellton were held Saturday at St. Luke Baptist Church in Newellton with the Rev. Brian Snowden officiating.
Burial followed at Wyoming Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Valentine, a maintenance worker, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at Franklin Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Valentine, Newellton; sons: Alvin Valentine, Baton Rouge; Freddie Valentine, Newellton; daughters: Patricia Jackson, Doris Valentine and Joyce Gipson, all of Houston, Texas, and Freda Valentine, Newellton; sister, Alma Sutherland, Baton Rouge; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Alvin Valentine, Freddie Valentine, Donald Valentine, Danny Valentine, Mitchell Valentine, and Nathaniel Gipson.