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Story Archives: Posted 2/10/09
Beatrice M. White
Funeral services for Beatrice M. White, 64, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at St. John Baptist Church in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Morning Star Cemetery in Fort Necessity, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mrs. White died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her son, DeBrandon Mock, Winnsboro; daughters: Ursula Williams, Shennetta Jackson and Marie White, all of Monroe; and Jessica Smith, Baton Rouge; brother: Willie Williams, Fort Necessity; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 13 step- sisters and brothers.
Pallbearers were Humphrey Jackson, Larry Walker, Arthur Jackson and Will McGhee.
Betty Faye Brunson
Services for Mrs. Betty Faye Brunson, 76, of Mangham were held Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rick McPhearson officiating. Interment followed in the Brunson Cemetery near Mangham.
Mrs. Brunson was born March 17, 1932 in Ruston, La., and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.
Mrs. Brunson worked 15 years for LaSeville Garment Factory. She lived most of her life in Richland Parish. She loved sewing, flowers, and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by husband M. A. Brunson, Jr.; and brother A.H. Golden, Jr.
She is survived by two daughters: Elaine Whittington and husband David of West Monroe; Linda Olivo and husband Donnie of Baskin; one step-daughter Francis Aberro and husband Eddie of Gretna, La.; brother, Robert Golden and wife Barbara of Gun Barrell City, Texas; sister, Verine Freeman of Ruston; grandchildren: Lori McClary, Clint Whittington, Marsha Olivo, Donna Olivo; great-grandchildren: Dylan Roberts, Madlyn Withers, Briley Whittington.
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Chann, Billy Olivo, Todd Easterling, Joel Olivo, Bill Courtney, Dustin Williams.
Honorary pallbearer was Donnie Olivo.
On line registry/condolences at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Funeral services for Edmonia Williams, 81, of Winnsboro were held Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mrs. Williams, a retired school teacher, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Survivors include a sister, Mary M. McKenzie, El Cerrito, Calif.; and other in-laws, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Woodrow Bell, Gerald Jimerson, Jake Smith, Bruce Norwood, Ervin Norwood, and Jerry Jones.
Emily K. Smith
Funeral service for Emily K. Smith, 97, of Winnsboro, were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 in First Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro with Rev. John Albright, Rev. Frank Black, and Rev. Don Blackmon officiating. Interment followed in Old Crowville Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 7, 1912 in Gilbert and passed from this life Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 in Charlyn Nursing Home in Winnsboro.
She was a member of Bible Missionary Church in Winnsboro and was a retired telephone operator in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Smith leaves behind two step sons: Billy Ray Smith and Maurice L. "Buddy" Smith, both of Winnsboro; and two cousins: Blanche Landrum of Madison, Miss. and Glenn Harris of Gilbert.
Pallbearers were Frank Clay, John Guice, Aaron Scott, Guy Smith, Ronald Ray Smith and Sydney Smith.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
A memorial service for Mitchell Gilmore, 31, of Winnsboro, were held at Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, with Rev. Clyde Piercy officiating.
Mr. Gilmore was born Dec. 11, 1977 in Delhi, and passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 at his residence . He was a carpenter and served his country in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his parents: Danny and Janet (Hales) Russell of Winnsboro; brother, Leslie Gilmore of West Monroe; son, Bruce Lee Royals of Mangham; daughter, Jazmyne Gilmore of Winnsboro; girlfriend, Athena Herndon of Omaha, Neb.; two step-sons, Timothy Haynes and Tremaine Haynes of Omaha, Neb.; paternal grandparents: Clifton and Agnes Russell of Winnsboro; maternal grandparents, Aubrey Lee Hales of Mangham, and Francis Robinson of Rayville, cousins: Kirby, Sharron, and Brad Phillips of Mangham; niece and nephew: Kerri and Jonas Gilmore of West Monroe; four aunts and uncles and many other cousins.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Funeral services for Agnes Hicks, 85, of Winnsboro will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at True Light Baptist Church in Winnsboro with the Rev. Floyda Jan Hicks officiating. Burial will be in the Sims-Gethsemane Memorial Gardens under the directions of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mrs. Hicks died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at her residence in Winnsboro. She was a retired school teacher, artist and vigilant community servant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Hicks.
Survivors include her daughters: Lucy Hicks Anderson and Dr. Floyda Jan Hicks; granddaughter: Edra Clarice Anderson Esq.; grandsons: Tophas Anderson IV Esq.; Dr. Chauncey T. Jones; David N. Tolliver III; brothers: Alonzo Major and Jimmy Carlos Valentino.
Pallbearers will be Tophas Anderson IV, Dr. Chauncey T. Jones, David V. Tolliver III, Saderrick White, Kevin Higgins, Monyea Malone, W.J. Foy, Sebastian Pickett and great-grandson Chase D. Jones.
Funeral services for Markeylise Jackson, 20, of Winnsboro, were held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at River of Life Church in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mr. Jackson died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 in Rhymes, La.
Survivors include his mother, Deloris Jackson, Winnsboro; father, Reginald Ridley, Wisner; brothers: LaQuinton Jackson, Henry Jackson, Gerrick Blanson, Reginald Thomas; sister: DeAngela Jackson, Breanna Jackson, and D'Erica Mikells.
Pallbearers were Ray-Ray Addison, Quan Addison, LaQuinton Jackson, LaKendris Addison, Dewayne Jackson and Jake Doyle.
Funeral services for Rodrick Johnson, 31, of Winnsboro were held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at River of Life Church in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mr. Johnson died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 in Rhymes.
Survivors include his wife, DeWanda J. Johnson; sons: Rodrick Johnson Jr. and Joshua O'Keith Johnson; daughters: Jalen Jasmine and Jamertria James, all of Winnsboro; mother, Gloria Jackson; father, Johnny Johnson; brothers, Johnny Wilford and Denzel Johnson; sisters: April Johnson, LaCrystal Johnson, Tyronda Wilford, Lacy Davis.
Pallbearers were Marcus Taylor, Johnny Wilford, Donald James, Hillary Scott, Douglas James and Maurice James.
Billy Ray Johnston Jr.
Funeral services for Billy Ray Johnston Jr. 51, of Winnsboro, were held Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Boeuf River Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Harper officiating. Burial followed in the Ogden Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Johnson was born to the union of his parents Billy Ray Sr. and Bobbie Goodman Johnston on Dec. 24, 1957 in Delhi, and passed from this life on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at his residence. He was a member of Boeuf River Baptist Church and a member of union Local 798. He is preceded in death by his father: Billy Ray Johnston Sr.
Mr. Johnston is survived by his mother: Bobbie Johnston of Liddieville; brother: Jeff Johnston and wife Jackie; nephew: Kenneth Johnston all of Winnsboro; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Ricky Brown, Steve Brown, Ricky Johnston, Thomas Smith, Michael Temple, and Mike Weems.
To sign guest book or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Randle E. Lee
Funeral service for Randle E. Lee, 69, of Winnsboro were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Interment followed in Fort Necessity Cemetery with Rev. Buford Brady officiating.
Mr. Lee was born to Harmon Henry and Callie Ophelia Barfield Lee on Jan. 21, 1940 in Winnsboro and passed from this life Sunday, February 8, 2008 in St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.
He was a retired engineer with Louisiana Highway Department. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James and Lionell Lee; and a sister, Gertrude Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years Clara Scriber Lee of Winnsboro; daughter Chris Southern and husband Phillip of Winnsboro; two grandchildren: Hannah and Drake Southern; two sisters: Agnes Johnson of Monroe, and Helen LaBorde of West Monroe; and several other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Phil Lowentritt, Perry Parker, Larry Temple, and Hollis Weatherly.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Duke, Rex Mahaffey, and Melvin Montgomery.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Nellie Mae Rushing Montgomery
Funeral service for Nellie Mae Rushing Montgomery, age 91, of Baskin, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Rev. Rick Aultman officiating. Burial will be in the Crowville Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mrs. Montgomery was a homemaker and she died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Montgomery and son, Edward Montgomery.
Survivors include her daughter: Jo Ann Montgomery Price of Ward III; sons: Robert Montgomery of Minden; and Lewis Montgomery of Rayville; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home .
Online condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Zenobia 'Garlic' Parker
Funeral services for Zenobia "Garlic" Parker, 71, of Newellton were held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Paradise M.B.C. in Newellton. Burial followed at Union Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mr. Parker died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at his home in Newellton.
Survivors include sons: Garry Smith, Lithonia, Ga.; Orlanda Smith and Jimmy Smith, both of Houston, Texas; Timothy Smith, Newellton; daughters: Patricia Whitehead, Mattie B. Shinnie and Andrea Young, all of Houston, Texas; Kimberly Smith, Newellton; brother, Henry Smith, Toledo, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Eric Jones, Kenneth James, Rico Jones, Donald Smith, Norris Jones, "Cooney" Brown, Karl Jones, Carl Wayne, and Paul Parker.
Beatrice M. Smith
Funeral services for Beatrice M. Smith, 79, of Wisner were held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Baptist Church in Wisner. Burial followed at Hope Estate Cemetery in Wisner, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert Smith Sr., Wisner; step-sons: Herbert Smith Jr., Michigan; Leonard Smith of Texas; Ivory Lee Smith, Gilbert; and Ernest L. Smith, Monroe; daughter: Delorice Byrd, West Monroe; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Chris Byrd, Timothy Byrd, Dedric Byrd, Lil Chris Byrd, Greg Smith, Robert Washington, Danny Mercer, Micheal Mercer.
Sonny N. Stephens
A funeral service for Sonny N. Stephens, 76, of Winnsboro was held Tuesday, February 10, 2009, in Temple Baptist Church Sanctuary under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home with Reverends Scott Fletcher, Mark Powell and Jason Foster officiating. Graveside services will follow in Lone Cherry Church Cemetery in Richland Parish.
Mr. Stephens was born January 11, 1933 in Richland Parish, and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 7, 2009, while in Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, after an extended illness.
He was a member of Temple Baptist Church of Winnsboro and the World Congress of Baptist Men and was an ordained deacon. He loved his Sunday School class taught by Don Middleton. Sonny was one of the founders of Bread of Life Missions, Inc. Because of his love for missions, he participated in several missionary endeavors in the Northwest United States and Mexico; and he has been a lay speaker as well as serving as interim pastor.
He had a great love for bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music. Being a banjo and mandolin player, he played with several bluegrass gospel bands.
In 1963 he was the last person in Louisiana to earn a degree in law under the Grandfather Rule by passing the Bar studying at home without attending law school. In 1978 he was elected to a Fifth District Judgeship. Sonny earned the rank of Lieutenant in the Louisiana National Guard. During what could have been retirement years, Sonny taught school, coached girls basketball, and drove a school bus for Baskin Junior High School.
Preceding Sonny in death were his parents Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Stephens and a daughter Sonni Lynn Ezell.
His surviving family includes his wife of 55 years Z. Ruth Fletcher Stephens; son Judge James Mark Stephens and wife Faith of Baskin, Louisiana; son Matthew Fletcher Stephens and wife Cynthia of Calhoun, Louisiana; daughter Shonni Leah Oswald and husband Fred of Folson, Louisiana; brother Johnny Stephens and wife Betty of Lebanon, Tennessee; and sister Patsy Wilson and husband Tommy of Lebanon, Tennessee. His grandchildren are Stephen Ezell, Tyler Ezell, David Stephens, Hollyn Stephens, Dakota Stephens, Ru Oswald, Sonni Lynn Oswald, and Darby Stephens. His great grandchild is Dylan Ezell.
Pallbearers will be Dewey Donnell, Sammy Holcomb, Don Middleton, Doug Moony, James Richardson, and Brian Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Fifth Judicial District Bar Association Members.
The family wishes for friends who choose to give a memorial, purchase a book for Baskin Junior High Library in Sonny's name.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.