David Ray Ellerbe
David Ray Ellerbe, a resident of Rayville, died Dec. 30, 2009, after collapsing at a rest area off of Interstate 20 near Bovina, Miss. David was born Jan. 30, 1959 in Wisner and graduated from Wisner High School.
He was one of three children born to the late Raymond and Dorothy McCaa Ellerbe of Wisner.
David had one brother, Ronald Ellerbe of Jigger; and a devoted sister, Connie Hale of Wisner; three nephews Ray Ellerbe of Gilbert; Josh Roberts of Wisner; and Philip Roberts of Monroe; two nieces: Anna Braswell of Jigger; and Margaret Lynne Knox of Winnsboro. He also had eight great nieces and nephews; a beloved aunt Margaret Roberts; and many wonderful friends.
A graveside service will be held at South Central Baptist Church in Wisner on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. Bro. Paul Ford will officiate.
Virginia 'Ginger' Thomas Bruce
Funeral service for Virginia (Ginger) Thomas Bruce, 61 of Winnsboro were held Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro with Rev. Jason Foster, Rev. Harry Boyd and Rev. Ron Charrier officiating. Burial followed in Myrtle Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.
She was born to John Elbern and Ida Virginia Kincaid Thomas on July 1, 1948 in Winnsboro, and passed from this life Sunday, January 10, 2010 at her home in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Bruce was a member of Temple Baptist Church, was retired office administrator with Commonwealth Life Insurance. She was preceded in death by her father; granddaughters: Macie and Jacie Bruce; sister Donna Thomas; brother Michael Thomas; and brother-in-law Bubba Bruce.
She leaves behind her husband of 40 years Larry Bruce; daughters, Allison Bruce and close friend David Smedley; son Brad Bruce and wife Joni; and four grandsons: Luke, Brantley and Ty Bruce and Ben Parks. She is also survived by her mother Ida V. Thomas; father-in-law Leo "Bub" Bruce; mother-in-law Jewell Bruce; brother-in-law Doug Bruce; sister-in-law Pam Bruce; and dear "sister-like" friend Jeni Bendily and husband Don.
Pallbearers were Gene Bearden, Brian Bendily, Peyton Bonner, Kermit Burnside, Jay Busby, Duane Franklin, Bruce Parker, Corey Summerall, and Kim Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were Keith Burnside, Don Johnson, Keith Taylor's Franklin Parish Detention Center Crew, and Don Middleton's Sunday School Class.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Linda Jean Gipson
Funeral services for Linda Jean Gipson, 51, of Prairieville, were held Friday at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Morning Star Cemetery in Fort Necessity under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Ms. Gipson died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.
Survivors include sisters: Sharon Hilliard, Tammy Gipson, Pamela Lofton and Teresa Gipson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Eddie Hilliard, Colby Hilliard, Julius Lofton, Morris White, Johnny Cooper, Henry Cooper, James White, and Carlos Kirk.
Maddox Wayne Mahoney
Funeral services for Maddox Wayne Mahoney, 8 1/2 months old, were held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in the chapel of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with Rev. Dale Goodman officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah, under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood.
Maddox Wayne Mahoney was born April 16, 2009 and passed away Jan. 6, 2010.
He is survived by his parents: Chris Mahoney and Audra Corkern; grandparents: Wayne and Sally Mahoney; Phoebe Corkern and the late Bill Corkern; great-grandparents Nolan Mahoney and the late Dot Mahoney; and Sue Monnin; aunts: Cindy, Cheril, Becky, Kim and Ayer; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
When God Call our Children
When God Calls our children
to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with,
the death of one small child.
Who does so much to make our world,
seem so wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold.
So He picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them,
and so He takes but few.
To make the land of heaven
more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
Still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind knows
will always be Good-Bye.
So when a little child departs,
we who are left behind,
Must realize God loves children.
Angels Are Hard To Find.
Funeral services for Joel Parker, 75, of Vidalia were held at Pentecostals of the Miss-Lou, Ferriday, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, with Rev. Gary Howington, Rev. George Guy, Rev. Wayne Watson and Rev. Dr. Irma Jean Holland officiating. Burial followed at Harris Cemetery, Crowville, under the direction of Young's Funeral Home, Ferriday.
Mr. Parker was born Aug. 12, 1934 in Wisner, and passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He was a resident of Vidalia, a service manager for Sears, and a member of the Pentecostal faith.
He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during Vietnam and the Korean War. He retired after 21 years of service being one of the youngest Chief Master Sgt. He earned many metals including the Silver Star and Bronze Star for Valor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Cordell Parker; mother, Myrtle Irma Tidwell Parker; three brothers: Alvin, Clifton and Jessie Eugene Parker; three sisters: O'dean Wilson, Elsie Montpelier, and Vergie Parker.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nell Parker, Vidalia; sons: Don Parker and wife, Cherrie of Jefferson City, Mo.; Gary Parker and wife Dianne of Vidalia; one brother, Jerry Don "Buck" Parker and wife Bobbie of Harrisonburg; six sisters: Arlene Parker of Monroe, Ohio; Arminta Eubanks and Jeanette Ford, both of Harrisonburg; Charlotte Watson, Shreveport; Leah Landrum and Patricia Parker, both of Jackson, Miss.; one grandson, Ryan Parker; three granddaughters: Kristi Augustine and husband, Clint; Nikki Nunn and husband, Russ; and Kari Reichard and husband Mike; two great-grandchildren, Ava Grace and Emma Claire Augustine; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Pallbearers were Thomas Kimball, James Kimball, Ryan Parker, Clint Augustine, Russ Nunn, and Mike Reichard.
Honorary pallbearers were Sears Retirement Group and Dr. Jerry Isles.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngsfh.com.
Dr. Billy J. Robinson
Funeral services for Dr. Billy J. Robinson, 74, of Leesville, were held Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at Hixson Funeral Home, with Rev. Gil Arthur officiating. Burial, with full military honors, was held Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery, Winnsboro, under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home, Leesville.
Dr. Robinson enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18. He proudly served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 and active reserves. After many years of military service, in 1997, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel having been presented with numerous decorations and medals. He attended Southwestern College and Oklahoma State University in Veterinary Medicine where he graduated May of 1964. Dr. Robinson established the Leesville Animal Clinic of Leesville in 1972. Thirty-four years later, he still maintained an active practice while also serving with the US Department of Agriculture from 1992-1993 as a Veterinary Officer. As a member of the American Angus Association since 1995, he was a very active member of the Vernon Parish Cattleman's Association, La. Cattleman's Association, serving as President in 2001-2002 and executive board ember and with the National Cattleman's Association. On February 2007, the La. Veterinary Medical Association honor Dr. Billy Robinson with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Robinson was very active in his community where he was a member of the Leesville Lyons Club for many years and served as the club president. He
Dr. Robinson passed from this life on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bill Robinson and Ruby Anderson Robinson; one son, Billy Jeff Robinson.
Survivors include his daughters, Joanna Robinson Moore and husband Steven; Patricia Robinson Kernes and husband Tim; sons, Raymond Robinson and Phillip Robinson; sister, Jan Robinson Stroud; four grandchildren: Savannah and Ashton Moore, Andrew and Ryan Kerns.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhome.com.
Robert 'Bob' Sebold
Funeral services for Robert "Bob" Sebold, 85, of Wisner, were held at First United Pentecostal Church of Winnsboro on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, with Rev. Floyd Hawthorne, Rev. Todd Tucker, and Rev. Mark Powell officiating. Burial followed at South Central Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Sebold was born Nov. 3, 1924 in Harrisonburg, and passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. He was a resident of Wisner, a farmer, and a member of the Pentecostal faith. He served in the U. S. Air Force as a pilot. He flew 53 Missions during WWII and Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sebold; mother, Mary (White) Sebold; and sisters: Lucy Ferrington, Roberta Ferrington.
Survivors include his wife, Doris (Hawthorne) Sebold of Wisner; son, Dennis Johnson and wife Diane of Winnsboro; four daughters: Mary Grupe and husband John of Chourant, La.; Geri Gonzales of Oklahoma; Debbie Wright and husband Michael of Winnsboro; Dawn Adcock and husband Keith of Minden; grandchildren: John Grupe Jr., Jarrod Heath, Brandon Heath, Jeremy Gonzales, Jennifer Gonzales, Josh Gonzales,
Landon Wright, Jonathan Wright, Brook Johnson, Dana Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, and Aaron Johnson, Rachel Adcock, and Anna Adcock; great-grandchildren: Mallory Heath, Cole Heath, Dillon Johnson.
Pallbearers were Brook Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Aaron Johnson, John Grupe Jr., Landon Wright, and Jonathan Wright
Honorary pallbearer was John Grupe Sr.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Johnnie R. Washington
Funeral services for Johnnie R. Washington, 56, of Winnsboro were held Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Cuba Baptist Church in Gilbert. Burial followed at Cuba Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
Mr. Washington died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.
He is survived by his wife, Sallie B. Washington, Winnsboro; sons: Micheal Washington, DeSoto, Texas; Marcus Washington, Kenneth Bell, Johnny Bell, Donnie Shaw, Johnny Shaw, Quincy Shaw, Jordan Howard, all of Winnsboro; daughter, Tina Doyle, Winnsboro; brothers: Roy L. Washington, Robert Washington II, Ronald Washington, Henry Washington, Charles Washington, Tim L. Cameron Washington, Patrick Washington, Deandre Washington, Robert Washington III; sisters: Florence Brown, Angela Coleman, Sandra Walker, LaToya Dupree; Tonja Washington, Roshanda Washington, Kim Washington; 20 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Travis Thompson, John Washington, David Bell, Charles Doyle, Benjamin Jackson, Jamarko Brewer, Chris Shaw, Phil Jackson, and Percy Washington.