Ruth Marie Routon King
Funeral services for Ruth Marie Routon King, 71, of Ferriday were held at Westside Baptist Church, Monday, March 9, 2009, with Bro. Raymond Ames and Bro. Larry Whittington officiating.
Interment followed at Highland Park Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday.
Mrs. King was born Nov. 9, 1937 in Jonesville, and passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at Rapides General Medical Center in Alexandria.
Funeral services for Cecil Mason with the Reverends Lillard Bevill, Rex Barker, and Howard Childs officiating will be on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Mulhearn's Funeral Home in Winnsboro, La. Burial is in the historic Boeuf Prairie United Methodist Church Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro. Visitation is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10th.
Cecil Mason was a lifelong resident of Fort Necessity, La; he died peacefully at his home on Monday, March 9 with his family and friends around him. Cecil was a humble man and a man of few words; when he spoke, everyone listened, for he had something to say. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping with his special friend Ricky Smith.
In 1945, Cecil, eighteen years old, answered Uncle Sam's call by joining the Army Air Corps. After basic training, he was deployed to London, England where he contracted rheumatic fever and was quarantined for nine months. His slow gait, which was a result of his heart condition, earned him the nickname of "Speedy" from his co-workers at the post office. In later years, the heart damage from the illness caused him to have to retire from the United States Postal Service after seventeen years of service.
When he had to retire on a medical disability, he did not go home to rest; he immediately planned his garden which he shared with everyone in the community. He left fresh vegetables, watermelons and fresh peaches on the doorsteps of many people. His watermelon and peaches were the best in the community, and he took great pride in his produce.
Preceding Cecil in death were his parents Heloise Volentine Mason and Robert B. Mason; two brothers John Stewart and Malcolm; a sister, Mildred Mason Goins.
He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Mary Jo Berry Mason; a daughter, Nona and her husband Daniel Mendez; one grandson Chris, who is a senior at Texas A&M; one brother, Kenneth Mason of Fort Necessity, La.; four nephews Ronnie and Gary Goins, Kenneth A. Mason and Malcolm Mike Mason; and one niece, Mariann Hitt.
Pallbearers are Jimbo Colvin, Ken A. Mason, Mike Bryan, Ricky Smith, Eddie Ray Bryan, and Jimmy Henderson. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Buie, Charles Winters, Joe Tarver, Faydette Moore, and Ray Bryan.
The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Joyce and staff, Dr. Ronald Koepke and staff, Family Life Home Health, and TLC Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
Robert T. Swayzer Sr.
Funeral services for Robert T. Swayzer, Sr. were held Monday, March 2, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church with Rev. H.E. Harris, Sr. officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home. Mr. Swayzer died February 26, at his home following a brief illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Franklin Parish, a member of the 1962 class of Franklin Parish Training School, and a graduate of Tyler Barber College, Tyler, Texas. He also served in the U.S. military.
He was a member of Winnsboro Second Baptist Church for over 60 years. He served as a deacon, departmental superintendent of the Sunday school and a member of the Trustee Board.
He was a member of Scott A. Lewis Masonic Lodge #176 and American Legion Post #559.
Prior to retirement, he worked at Winnsboro Wholesale Grocery Company, Franklin Parish Council on Aging and as owner/operator of Swayzer's Grocery Store.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eva Lee Norris Swayzer, a son Robert T. Swayzer, Jr., and a great grandson, Robert Christopher. Two brothers, Lynn Swayzer and Luther Swayzer also preceded him in death.
He is survived by five daughters, Sandra (Louis) Watkins of Auburn, Wash., Theresa (Jimmie) Thomas of Winnsboro, La., Diane (Walter) Smith of Baton Rouge, La., Cynthia Swayzer of Winnsboro, La. and Sharon (Carl) Gilmore of Sicily Island, La., and one son, Glenn Swayzer of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Clara Swayzer; nine grandchildren: Shalaun, Robert III, Kanika, Myya, Tahir, Auria, John Robert, Larry, and Tayler; four great grandchildren: Xavier, Jaden, Christien, and Chase; three special family members: Zettie Dorsey, Jimmie Thomas, and Anita McCohn; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.