Patrick Mister Anderson
Funeral services for Patrick Mister Anderson, 17, Sicily Island, were held Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at Martin Jr. High School in Sicily Island.
Burial followed at Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery in Sicily Island, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.
Anderson died July 22, 2009.
William Thomas (Tom) Barton
Funeral services for William Thomas Barton, 91, of Gilbert, were held at Turkey Creek Baptist Church on Thursday, July 30, 2009 with Bro. Dale Goodman and Bro. Virgil Harris officiating. Interment followed at Oakley Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Barton was born May 9, 1918 and passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. He was a resident of Gilbert, an iron worker, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gilbert. He loved to play the guitar and enjoyed using his talent by playing at the Turkey Creek Baptist Church.
He served in the US Army during WWII.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary (Blackwell) Barton; father, John Early Barton; mother, Anna (Collins) Barton; three brothers: Morgan Barton, Elmer Barton, and Johnnie Barton; two sisters: Iva Flowers and Ida McLaughlin.
Survivors include three sons: Don Barton and wife Dannie Sue; Danny Joe Barton and wife Wanda, all of Gilbert; Thomas Dale Barton and wife Candy of Jena. He was also survived by nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Leslie Michael McCoy, Brad Barton, Travis Barton, Tuson Barton, Jarrett Barton, and great-grandson, Jordon Barton.
Honorary Pallbearer was grandson, Jason Barton.
To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Ethel Pippins Givens
Funeral services for Ethel Pippins Givens, 94, of Gilbert will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2009 in Gill First National Funeral Home Chapel in Winnsboro with Rev. Don Blackmon and Rev. Ray McMurray officiating. Interment will follow in Chase Cemetery.
She was born to Marshall and Hattie McMurray Pippins on July 17, 1915 and passed from this life Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Edward "Ted" Givens; and two daughters Betty Ruth Givens and Bobbie Jean Givens.
She is survived by four sons: Billy Givens, Edward Givens, Donell Givens, and Dennis Givens; three daughters: Eunice Gibson, Estelle Blackmon, and Carolyn Ferrington; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Betty L. Howington
Funeral services for Mrs. Betty L. Howington, 88, of Ferriday, were held at Pentecostal of the Miss-Lou on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, with Rev. Gary Howington officiating. Interment followed at South Central Cemetery, Wisner, under the direction of Young's Funeral Home in Ferriday.
Mrs. Betty Howington was born August 17, 1920 in Akron, Ohio and passed away Sunday, August 2, 2009 at Camelot Lesuire Living in Ferriday. She was a resident of Ferriday formerly of Wisner. Mrs. Howington was a home maker and a member of the Pentecostal of the Miss-Lou.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Eugene Howington; parents, Charles Ephraim and Kizzie Ezell; great-grandson, Gary Braxton Myers; sister, Belle Paine.
Survivors include sons: Rodney Howington and Charles Howingto, both of Wisner; Gary and wife Kathy Howington of Ferriday; grandchidlren: Todd, Seth and Dean Howington, Haven Howington Blackmon and her husband Travis, Melody Howington, Jeremy Howington and his wife Sharlene and Tara Howington Myers and her husband Jerry; two great- grandchildren: Leyland Blackmon and Alissa Howington; three nieces: Jeanette and her husband Harold Coburn of Shreveport, Judy and her husband Charles Mock of Monroe, and Jan Bass of Wisner.
Pallbearers were Jerry Myers, Dean Howington, Seth Howington, Jeremy Howington, Randy Lipscomb and Stephen Wells.
Honorary pallbearers were Travis Blackmon and Todd Howington.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngsfh.com.
Funeral services for Elaine Kelly, age 58, of Gilbert, were held Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia with Bro. Don Wright officiating. Interment followed in Duchesne Cemetery of Hebert.
Mrs. Kelly was born on Oct. 6, 1951 in Wisner and passed from this life on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at her residence. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her father: James Harvey Haring; husband Gary Wayne Kelly; son: Roy Kelly.
Survivors include her mother: Bertie Floyd Kelly; daughter: Rebekah Wyant and husband Tony of Columbia; son: Will Kelly and wife Janice of Winnfield; three sisters: Grace Adkins and husband Gary of Columbia; Mary Smith and husband Robbie Smith of Wisner; Karen Fortenberry of Wisner; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Travis Broussard, Donald Broussard, Ronnie McCoy, Ronnie Duffy, Brandon Duffy, and James Harvey Haring III.
Sylvia Alice LaPrairie
Services for Sylvia Alice LaPrairie were held Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at New Hope Free Methodist Church of Deville, with Rev. Kenneth Lukens and Rev. Adron Gardner officiating. Interment followed in Big Island Memory Garden in Deville.
Mrs. LaPrairie, 95, of Grayson was born in New Era on Aug. 21, 1913, and passed from this life on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
She was a minister's wife of 62 wonderful years and was foremost dedicated to her family and her service as a Christian. She was a Sunday school teacher most of her life as well as president of the General Free Methodist Conference and one of their delegates for many years. She was loved and respected by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Major K. and Octavia Bryan Fisher; husband, Rev. Lorenzo Franklin LaPrairie; son, Laverne Franklin LaPrairie; brothers, Irving Fisher, Manuel Fisher, and Oderon Fisher; sisters, Sarah Verhayden, Alzine Beubouef, Arelia LaPrairie, and Helen Beall.
Survivors include her daughters, Yvonne Simpson Quaid and Delores LaPrairie Hays; two half-brothers, Lewis Fisher and Malcomb Fisher; grandchildren, Sylvia Quaid, Monica McIntyre, Allison Hughes, Randy LaPrairie, Sonda Harrelson, Pascha Dickson, Shane Pennington, and Jay Pennington; special great-grandson Chris LaPrairie.
Pallbearers were her grandsons and nephews.
To extend online condolences to the LaPrairie family visit www.riserfuneralhomes.com.
Mary Jo Berry Mason
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Jo Berry Mason, 75, of Fort Necessity were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Reverends Lillard Bevill, Rex Barker, and Howard Childs officiating. Burial was at the historic Boeuf Prairie Methodist Church Cemetery in Fort Necessity under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Mason was born Nov. 19, 1933 in Texarkana, Texas and spent her childhood and teenage years in Monroe; she was a resident of Fort Necessity, for 53 years. She passed away peacefully at her daughter's home in Austin, Texas on July 28, 2009, finally joining her beloved husband of 46 years, Cecil, who passed away earlier this year in March. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Bertha and Alvin Berry; two brothers, Ray Berry and Charles Berry; and two sisters, Bobbie Brantley and Sue Berry.
She is survived by her daughter, Nona Mason Mendez and son-in-law, Daniel Mendez of Austin, Texas; one grandson, Chris Janes, who is a graduate student at Texas A&M; two sisters, Lois Wilkinson of Jacksonville, Arkansas and Nona Cowan of West Monroe; one brother, Carl Berry of Columbia, Missouri, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Ouachita High School, Mrs. Mason attended Louisiana College earning a degree in English. In 1956, she accepted a position as an English teacher at Fort Necessity High School and moved to the Boeuf Prairie community, where she met her future husband, Cecil. During the earlier years of her teaching career she continued her education, obtaining her Master Degree, plus 30 hours. She was a dedicated teacher and principal, and she worked very hard to achieve her own academic success while striving to instill the same desire to excel in her students. After retiring as principal, she returned to her true love, teaching. She taught kindergarten and junior high after her "retirement". Her pride in and love of her former pupils and fellow faculty members shone through in the many stories she told of her years as a teacher and principal at Fort Necessity High School. One of her great joys was to visit with past co-workers and students, rehashing the many student pranks, class trip shenanigans, and classroom mischief she dealt with throughout her career. It was so rewarding for Mary Jo to hear from her former students about how she had touched and changed their lives throughout the years. One former student was just quoted as saying, "She was part of the strand in the net that kept us all safe as kids." Throughout recent years, many of her past students told her that without her influence, they would not have grown into the adults that they are today.
Mrs. Mason was an avid seamstress and enjoyed countless hours creating beautiful works of art that she freely shared with friends and family. In addition to sewing, she was skilled in handcrafts such as needlepoint, cross stitch, and embroidery both by hand and on her sewing machine. Fortunate was the new bride, expectant mother, or close friend who received one of Mary Jo's embroidered tea towels or baby blankets. Her last shopping trip was to the fabric store to buy more thread for her latest project.
Mrs. Mason's greatest joy of all was the vast collection of family and friends that enriched her life on a daily basis. She and Cecil worked hard, lived simply, and sought to better not only their family's future but their community's as well. She was both proud and humble to be a part of the rich history of the Berry and Mason families in northern Louisiana and the Boeuf Prairie community.
Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Mendez, Andy Keene, Michael Bryan, Ricky Smith, Ken Mason, Eddie Ray Bryan; honorary pallbearers were Ray Bryan, Joe Tarver, Charles Winters, Jimmy Henderson, Faydette Moore, and Jimbo Colvin.
The family would like to thank to following: Dr. Ron Hammett and the staff at Glenwood Pulmonary Specialists, Family Life Home Health, Hospice TLC, Dr. James Potts and the rehab staff at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Charlyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Dr. Shaun Chen and the staff at Adult Care of Austin, Hospice of Austin, Austin Home Health, and the numerous friends and family members that have provided so much love and support over the last several months. Memorial donations can be made to the Boeuf Prairie Methodist Church, Mary Jo and Cecil Mason Memorial Fund, c/o of James Henderson, 110 Bryan Lane, Winnsboro, LA 71295.
Online condolences may be made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.
Rose Ann Moyers
Rose Ann Moyers, 90, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2009, in Abilene, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, at Crowville Masonic Cemetery in Crowville, with Pastor Gary Henneke and Minister Bruce Lewis officiating under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Moyers was born in Mangham, Louisiana, to Nickolas and Rosa Piro on Nov. 25, 1918, and attended high school in Winnsboro, Louisiana, where she married Albert Moyers on Dec. 7, 1944. Mrs. Moyers was a homemaker and a longtime member of Ninth and Elm Church of Christ in Orange, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Moyers.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Long of Abilene; sons, Roger R. Moyers and wife, Annette, of Columbus, Texas; and Thomas H. Moyers and wife, Elederna, of Beaumont; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Derrick Long, Bryan Moyers, Mike Moyers, and William Moyers.
Laurie Lea Williamson Poland
Funeral services for Laurie Lea Williamson Poland of Winnsboro, La. were held at Apostolic Faith Chapel on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Leon Ward and Rev. Jerry Hunt officiating. Interment was at the Eva Church of God Cemetery near Monterey, La. under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Laurie was born March 17, 1976 in Winnsboro, La. and went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, July 23, 2009. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Houston Champlin and paternal grandparents Cary and Annie Bell Williamson.
Survivors include her husband Michael Poland; parents Doyle (Corky) and Kathy Williamson; twin sister, Julie Carrington and husband Adam; brother, Wade Williamson; sister, Amy Williamson; her sisters' children, Samuel Carrington and Ty Arnold; maternal grandmother, Betty Fatchett Champlin; father- and mother-in-law, Jackie Ray and Wanda Poland; her extended Poland family, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and many friends.
The pallbearers were Guy Smith, Cary Williamson III, Tyler Wright, Chad Lee Jr., Jimmy McDonald, Mike Boyd, Bo-Bo Gwin, and Ben Price.
The honorary pallbearers were Paul T. Beatty, Jimbo Stevens, Tony Haring and Robbie Crain.
Laurie was a life long resident of Winnsboro and attended Sardis Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Franklin Academy in 1994. She graduated from ULM with a degree in Criminal Justice and received the doctor of jurisprudence degree from Mississippi College School of Law. Returning to Winnsboro, Laurie married Michael Poland May 18, 2002 and began her law practice in an office with Attorney Mike Kramer. For the last five years, Laurie has served as an attorney with the La. State Dept. of Social Services covering an 11 parish area.
Laurie loved all children and was called Lollie or LaLa by most. Her sisters' children were very special to her. She delighted in giving them toys that made lots of noise or had lots of pieces! She loved practical jokes and a good laugh. Laurie loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and water sports. She and Michael enjoyed riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles and she was a lifetime member of the Ladies of Harley and the Harley owners group.
Laurie was loved by all and made friends wherever she went. We will miss her funny cards that were received on every occasion, her quick wit, and her beautiful smile. We will love and remember her always.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Troy Earl Smith
Troy Earl Smith, 47, of Humble, Texas, formerly of Winnsboro and West Monroe died Friday, July 31, 2009 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his son, Adam Smith.
He is survived by his wife Denise Evans Smith and five children.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 at Wayside Pentecostal Church at 2 p.m.
Interment will follow at South Central Cemetery in Wisner.
Joseph Elmer Thomas
Funeral services for AME1 Joseph Elmer Thomas, 34, will be held at Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 11 a.m. with a military chaplain officiating. Interment will follow at Coax Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Thomas was born Sept. 4, 1974 in Delhi, and passed away Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Tallulah. He was serving in the US Navy, stationed in Pensacola, Fla. and had recently achieved the rank of First Class Petty Officer. He was formerly a resident of Winnsboro.
He was preceded in death by his father, Shirley Gene Thomas.
Survivors include his mother, Ruby (Miller) Thomas of Winnsboro; his wife, Tamara Lynn (Ring) Thomas of Sheridan, SC; son, Shelby Gene Thomas of Sheridan, SC; daughter, Sierra Lynn Thomas of Sheridan, SC; step-daughter, Heaven Paige Ring of Sheridan, SC; sister, Lynne McKenzie and husband Danny of Winnsboro; nephew, Alex McKenzie of Winnsboro; three aunts and two uncles all of Arkansas.
Pallbearers will be Military Pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday, August 7, 2009.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.