Ardice 'Dee' Dearing
Funeral services for Ardice "Dee" Dearing, 56, of Gilbert, were held Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at Turkey Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Goodman officiating. Burial followed at Chase Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Dearing was born to the union of his parents Levon and Earline Hill Dearing on March 11, 1953 in Winnsboro, and passed from this life on Tueaday, Aug. 4, 2009 in Gilbert. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is preceded in death by his father: Levon Dearing; brother: Budy Dearing; nephew: Derek Martin; grandparents: Ardice and Lucile Dearing and Willie and Ola Hil.
He is survived by his mother Earline Dearing of Gilbert; children: Jayci Dearing of MO; Kylie Dearing of FL; Jay Dearing of AR; two sisters: Charlotte Sebren and husband Brad of Gilbert; Suzie Choate and husband Mark of Winnsboro; four grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Jackie Fuller, Boblee Dearing, Jack Emfinger, Brad Sebren, Mark Choate, and John Biscamp.
Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Holcomb, John Saucier, L. B. Temple, Ted Holder, and members of Baygent Branch hunting club.
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Funeral services for Ethel Givens, 94, of Gilbert were held Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 in Gill First National Funeral Home Chapel in Winnsboro with Rev. Don Blackmon, Rev. Ray McMurray and Rev. Nadine Walters officiating. Burial followed in Chase Cemetery.
Mrs. Givens was born to Marshall and Hattie McMurray Pippins on July 17, 1915 and passed from this life Monday, August 3, 2009 at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Edward "Ted" Givens; two daughters Betty Ruth Givens and Bobbie Jean Givens; daughter-in-law Alma Joy Givens; and son-in-law Jerry Beasley.
She is survived by four sons: Billy Givens, Edward Givens, DAonnel 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.
Pallbearers were Jerry Bartleson, Lee Beasley, Dewayne Day, Eric Day, Dale Goodman, and Jerry Goodman.
Honoroary pallbearers were Isaac Eley and Devon Goodman.
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Mattie Williams Johnson
Mattie Williams Johnson, 82, a resident of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, August 9, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Born June 25, 1927, in Winnsboro, Louisiana, she was a daughter of Joseph Homer and Carrie Lena Brown Williams.
Mrs. Johnson was reared and received her early education in Winnsboro and attended Fort Necessity High School. Mattie Bernice Williams married Wiley Jones on November 13, 1942, in Winnsboro. Mr. Jones preceded her in death on September 7, 1965. Mrs. Johnson worked for American Telephone and Telegraph as an operator for twenty years, retiring in 1987. She married Louis Johnson, Jr. on January 3, 1970, in Hamburg, Arkansas. Mr. Johnson preceded her in death on January 2, 2006. Mrs. Williams moved to Pine Bluff in 1970. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands; one son, Jimmy Don Jones, two brothers, and three sisters.
Survivors include one son, Wiley Jones, Jr. of Plum Branch, South Carolina; step-son, Randy Lamar Johnson; step-daughter, Sylvia Keller both of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Carrie Mae Lishman of Longview, Texas, and Bonnie Scranton of Camp Verde, Arizona; one brother, J. B. Williams of Vidalia, Louisiana; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. (today) Wednesday, August 12, 2009, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Rev. Jason Ferguson officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Providence Memorial Park Cemetery in Winnsboro, Louisiana, by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.