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Story Archives: Posted 6/2/09
Lannie Isaac Ernest
Funeral services for Lannie Isaac Ernest, 80, of Stockton, Calif., were held Monday, June 1, 2009 at Greater Faith Baptist Church. Burial followed at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, under the direction of Thompson Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Ernest died Friday, May 22, 2009.
Survivors include his children: Lashann Ernest, Natasha Allen, Gregory Meadows, Darryl Meadows and Edrick Meadows; brothers, Zola Ernest, Jesola Ernest, Frankie Ernest of Baltimore, Md., and Johnnie Ernest of Smithdale, Miss.
D. L. O. Eubanks
Mrs. D. L. O. Eubanks, 82, of Winnsboro, a retired South Central Bell/AT&T employee, passed away May 28, 2009 at her home in Winnsboro.
Services were held Saturday, May 30, 2009 in the Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Ogden Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
She was retired from the South Central Bell/AT&T, operator with 35 years of dedicated service, and a member of the Bell South Telephone Pioneers Association. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers. She was a member of Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ for many years. Her greatest attribute was a loving mother.
She is preceded in death by her parents – Herman and Lucy Faulk and a brother – Russell Faulk.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years – Lynn Earl Eubanks and daughter – DeLynn Eubanks both of Winnsboro; a brother – George Ray Faulk of Liddieville, numerous nieces and nephews, and beloved family friends.
Pallbearers were George Ray Faulk Jr., George Adam Faulk, Tommy Gilbert, Gene Norris, Mark Traxler, and Turner Tillman.
I wrote this essay for a contest many, many years ago about the "most influential" woman I had ever known. Needless to say, you were an easy choice.
As she silently performs her daily tasks, she seldom complains to others. Her thoughts are always concentrating on ways to help mold her children into the highest achievers they can possibly be. She is constantly seeking ways to become a better leader and to live her life so that she will not guide her loved ones astray. This person is undoubtedly a woman whose attributes consist of diligence, generosity, thoughtfulness, and love. These unique characteristics are those of a good mother.
As one reminisces of past memories, many things come to mind when thoughts are on one's mother. Her tenderness and underlying love has always been there when I felt the world had rejected me, and I could not endure another day. She has always been there with outstretched arms waiting to catch me when I fall. Her confidence in me has been that extra burst of strength that I have needed to face another day. Regardless of my failures, she has never stopped loving me. It is amazing how one person can overlook another's faults and search deeply inside his life to find that special individual.
My mother's guidance has taught me to respect others, especially those who are less fortunate than I. Her lessons of love and patience have been the greatest assets to my life. To her I pledge my gratitude, for there shall never be another such as she.
It's funny how these words truly, I dedicated to you, so very long ago, eulogize your life.
Mary Marcele 'Ady' Kincaid
Funeral services for Mary Marcele "Ady" Kincaid, 74, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, were held Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Gill Chapel with Rev. Bill Foster and Mr. Johnny Guice officiating under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Burial followed in Providence Cemetery near Winnsboro.
Mrs. Kincaid was born to the union of her parents Herbert D. and A. Auline Smith Johnson on Aug. 24, 1934, in Urania, La., and passed from this life May 27, 2009 at her residence in Winnsboro. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband John Lee Kincaid, who she is reunited with after 28 long years; and a special friend Charlie Pepper.
"Ady" was first and foremost a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ms. Kincaid was active in the Franklin Parish business community for many years with interests in the Kincaid Gin Co., Winnsboro Elevator Co., Wisner Elevator Co., and the Free Flo Corporation. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro where she enjoyed singing soprano in the choir. Ms. Kincaid was one of the first women in the community to serve on the Winnsboro Town Council, and also dedicated a significant amount of her time to the Housing Authority. Marcele's excellent bridge play will be missed by her partners and dear friends in the bridge club. Always charitable and feisty, many were touched by her life, and she will be dearly missed.
She is survived by three daughters: Debbie Kincaid McCoy and husband Rodney of West Monroe; Kay Kincaid Richards and husband Mark of New Jersey; LeaAnn Kincaid Graves and husband Kent of Denham Springs, La.; grandchildren: Heather Jemerson and fiancée Randy Thornhill; Trey Price and wife Beth; Emily and Alex Richards; Laura and Halie Graves; great-grandchildren: Hannah Jemerson, Jacob Jemerson, Cody Thornhill, Camryn Price, and Keegan Price; also a host of wonderful nieces and nephews and special family friends.
Pallbearers were Larry McCurley, Ritchie Woods, Heath Lee, Ken Hill, John Stapp, and Michael Gilmore.
Honorary pallbearers were Tot Lee, Stanley Lee, Russell Etheridge, Jimmy Guice and Johnny Lawrence.
To sign guest book or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Luther Divine "L.D." Knox Sr.
To the people of Franklin Parish, Louisiana, and the Nation, I, L.D. Knox offer a fond farewell:
Funeral services for Luther Divine Knox Sr., age 80 of Winnsboro were held Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Columbia chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Bro. Kenneth Collinsworth officiating.
Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery at Jigger.
Mr. Knox was born on March 9, 1929 to the union of his parents Grady Perry Knox and Leatice Rogers Knox. The vastness of his life was to be long and somewhat colorful. Known to everyone simply as L.D., he would go on to have his name changes to "none of the above" and would go on to run for more public offices than any other American excluding President Abraham Lincoln. He even ran for the office of President. L.D. felt that people as a whole were simply fed up with the two party system of government and he gave the people every opportunity to voice their sentiment. He did not serve in active duty in World War II, but was an instructor to those who did instructing in the area of combat and enemy resistance. He was involved deeply in agriculture and owned some fourteen hundred acres at Bayou Macon which was hand cleared and brought to the highest level of cultivation. He approached the USDA in 1989 to end their primitive way of farming and to embrace the John Houston Smith row knocker and method of farming. L.D. was a champion and crusader of the common man, the under privileged, disabled, children and elderly.
As his legacy he leaves behind 13 children: Sandra, Janice, Sherry, Peggy, Reggie, Darryl, Doyle, L.D. Jr., Gary, Jeffrey, Gregory, Angel, and Corey; three siblings: Asy Knox, Gussie Collins, and Porsha Perot; and his beloved friend of 35 years Mary Smith.
Pallbearers were Judge Rudy McIntyre, Lelon Kenney, Mayor Jack Hammons, Roger Beall, Gary Rider, and Allen George.
Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Barrington and Governor Edwin Edwards.
Lester G. Rickerson
Graveside service for Lester G. Rickerson, 71, of West Monroe were held Monday, June 1, 2009 in Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe with Rev. Michie Head officiating. Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro was in charge of the service.
He was born to Joseph and Loreese Mars Rickerson on Oct. 9, 1937 in Monroe and passed from this life Friday, May 29, 2009 in St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.
Mr. Rickerson was a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked in retail sales for many years. He attended McGuire Methodist Church.
He is survived by sister and brother-in-law Anita Fae and Pat Norris of West Monroe; brother and sister-in-law Jimmie M. and Llewellyn Rickerson of Lawrenceville, GA; two nephews Steven and Patrick Norris and a niece Lisa Rickerson.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made of Go Care – P.O. Box 2078-Monroe, LA 71210.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Henry Martin Sproles
Funeral services for Henry Martin Sproles, 57, of Gilbert, were held Monday, June 1, 2009 at Turkey Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Neal Raborn and Rev. Dale Goodman officiating. Burial followed in Oakley Cemetery near Gilbert under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Sproles was born to the union of his parents T. J. and Margaret Kinnison Sproles on Jan. 26, 1952 and passed from this life on Friday, May 29, 2009 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. He was retired from BellSouth after 35 years as a Service Technician and member of the CWA Union. He was also a member of Gilbert Masonic Lodge # 405. He was a avid deer and rabbit hunter. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother Earl Sproles and Debbie; and his father and mother-in-law: Earl and Daisy Arnold.
Mr. Sproles is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan Sproles of Gilbert; daughters: Angela Rider and husband Mike, Alicia McLemore and husband Dale; grandchildren: Lane and Anna Kaye Rider, Leslie and Riley McLemore all of Gilbert: sisters: Lois Lawrence and husband Edwin of Bogue Chitta, Miss., Audrey Berry and husband Randolph of Baton Rouge, Boots Griffith and husband Jerry of Fort Necessity, Pat Reynolds of Gilbert, and Mary Ortego and husband John of Corsicana, Texas; brothers: Lawrence Sproles of Austin, Texas and Bill Sproles of Winnsboro; special children: Sarah, Rachel, Brad, and Katelyn. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Pallbearers were Josh Barfield, Mike Guillot, Wesley King, Mickey Whitten, Glen Johnson and Tommy Pullin.
Honorary pallbearers were Lane Rider and Riley McLemore.
To sign guest book or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Nellie "Me Maw Bell" Stephenson
Services for Mrs. Nellie "Me Maw Bell" Stephenson Whittington, 91, of Winnsboro, were held Thursday, May 28, 2009 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro with Rev. Francis Guy and Rev. T. S. Boyd officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
"Me Maw," as she was known to a lot of her children over the years was born on Sept. 13, 1917 in Parkdale, Ark., and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 while staying at Plantation Manor Rehabilitation in Winnsboro. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, and babysitter. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church where she attended faithfully when able. She had a child care center in her home, where she raised many kids with great love. Most of the children she kept have wonderful memories of going to Me Maw Bell's house.
Mrs. Whittington was preceded in death by her parents: Charlie and Artie Knight; her first husband and father of her children: Guy Stephenson; her husband: Lawrence Whittington; her son: Wesley Stephenson; her granddaughter: Dewanna Diane Stephenson; her brothers: Thomas, Lonnie, Charlie, and Jack; her sisters: Gladys Lynn and Manthy Wilcox.
Survivors include her son: Harvey Stephenson and his special friend Dewanna Temple of Winnsboro; two daughters: Glenda Skelton along with her husband Leo of Magnolia, Ark.; Dorothy Simms of Wisner; sister and best friend, Margie Hart and husband Bernard of Winnsboro; brothers: J. L. Knight and and wife Betty of Greenville, Miss.; J. C. Knight and wife Ann of Choudrant; special friends, Dianne Miller and Zita Calk and special daughter, Barbara Hendrix; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren will all miss her dearly.
Pallbearers were Paul Wayne Stephenson, Tony Paul Stephenson, Justin Carroll, Donnie Stephenson, Manley 'Butch" Simms, Rodney Cherry, Brek Skelton, and Timmy Calk.
Honorary pallbearer was Justin Cherry.
Me Maw Bell was loved by many and will be truly missed.
Online condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.