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Jack Myron Hammons
Jack Myron Hammons, Mayor of the City of Winnsboro, passed from this life on March 5, 2010.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 8, at 2:30 at Temple Baptist Church in Winnsboro under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. Private graveside services followed.
Reverends Jason Foster, Bobby Brown, Herman Harris, and Jeff Robinson officiated at the service.
Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Winnsboro City Council.
Jack Hammons was born on February 14, 1937 and was 73 years of age at the time of his death. He had served as mayor of Winnsboro for the past 12 years after serving eight years on the City Council. Prior to that, he had been a business owner in Winnsboro since 1965.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bobbie, and by three daughters, Paula, Rhonda, and Sandra, son-in-law Ronnie and grandson Jacob Jones. He also has one surviving sister, Nell Stegall and husband, Benny of Vidalia, La.
Jack leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members, as well as friends in the local business and political communities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilton and Pauline, and also by his brothers, Glenn, Claude, and Garvin.
Jack Hammons was born in Winnfield and moved with his family to Winnsboro when he was ten years old. He discovered early that there was no place like Winnsboro, and his love for his community was apparent throughout the rest of his life.
Jack started his first job delivering the Franklin Sun newspaper at the age of 10, and later worked at Kiper's Grocery and at Scott-Corbett Drug Store in downtown Winnsboro. He met and married the love of his life, Bobbie, and their enduring love was obvious to all who ever knew them during their years of marriage.
With a young family with three daughters to support, Jack made a leap of faith at the age of 28 and went into business for himself and opened a small community grocery store offering credit and delivery services. The relationships forged then with people from all walks of life stayed with Jack and his family throughout his business and political career.
Jack Hammons lived his life with dignity and grace, and those who knew him knew he was the fairest man in the world. He greeted those he met with a smile and a handshake, and treated people the way he would want to be treated.
Jack was a kind, gentle man with a heart that extended far beyond the city he loved.
His many friends and family members have lost a great man, as has the City of Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, and the State of Louisiana.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made to the Winnsboro Community Center through a fund at Franklin State Bank in Winnsboro.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Morris Glenn Lively
Funeral services for Morris Glenn Lively, 73, of Crowville, will be Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Crowville at 2 p.m. with Rev. Keith Dowden and Rev. Charles Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Crowville Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m. at the church.
Mr. Lively was born Sept. 29, 1936 in Scotia, California, and passed from this life Monday, March 8, 2010 at his residence in Crowville where he had lived for the past 24 years. He grew up and attended school in Humboldt County, California where he was an avid outdoorsman.
He was retired from the Louisiana Department of Juvenile Justice having served as a juvenile probation officer for 20 years. He graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he initially entered the field of juvenile probation and parole. He was an avid World War II enthusiast and had a life-long passion for reading and learning. Glenn was a devoted member of the Crowville First Baptist Church and the Men's Bible Class. He is preceded in death by his parents: Dallas and Avinelle Finley Lively.
Mr. Lively is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Richardson Lively; children, Linda Lively Bryan and husband Phillip of Monroe; Michael Glenn Lively and wife Beth of North Kingstown, RI; and Catherine Lively Rhodus and husband Rodney of Walker, La.; step-daughter, Norma Smith of Holden, La.; sister, Sybil Lively Casebier of Medford, Ore.; grandchildren, Amanda McMullen, Aaron Bryan, David Rhodus, Nikki Rhodus, and John Rhodus; and one great-grandchild, Nolan Philip McMullen.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Bryan, David Rhodus, Greg McMullen, Tony Amos, Gene Freeman and Lynn Clement. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Men's Bible Class of First Baptist Church.
To sign the guest book or send condolences please visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Funeral services for Patrice "Weedy" Rubin, 21, of Winnsboro were held Saturday at King Jesus Worship Center. Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson-Sims Funeral Home.
Ms. Rubin was a college student and died Saturday.
Funeral services for Myrtle Shirley, 97, of Winnsboro, were held at Life Church on Sunday, March 7, 2010, with Rev. Kevin Bates and Rev. James McMurray officiating. Interment followed at Coax Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Shirley was born May 2, 1912 in Franklin Parish, and passed away Friday, March 5, 2010 at Plantation Manor Nursing Home in Winnsboro. She was a resident of Winnsboro, a homemaker, and a member of the Pentecostal faith.
She was preceded in death by his father, Sam Baum; mother, Laura May (Damphier) Baum; husband of 76 years, James Ordrie Shirley; two sons: Alton Shirley and Otis Shirley; two brothers: Louis Baum and Hebert Baum; three sisters: Viola Pippins, Ruby Smith, and Eunice Smith; grandson, David Shirley.
Survivors include two sons: Ray Shirley and wife Joyce Elaine of Winnsboro, and Hollis Shirley and wife Joyce; daughter, Modene S. Givens and husband Donell of Winnsboro; nine grandchildren: Greg Givens and wife Beth; Clint Shirley and wife Ammie; Mitch Shirley and wife Lorie; Rusty McKenzie and wife Marla; Ricky McKenzie and wife Ludie; Gary Wayne Shirley; Samuel Shirley; Cristie Ready and husband Daniel, all of Winnsboro; Ruth Frazier and husband Lee of Vicksburg, Miss.; 22 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends
Pallbearers were grandsons: Mitch Shirley, Clint Shirley, Greg Givens, Gary Shirley, Ricky McKenzie, and Rusty McKenzie
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Jessie Williams Shivor
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Williams Shivor, 100, of West Monroe were held Friday, March 5, 2010 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Thomas Peoples officiating. Burial followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro.
Mrs. Shivor was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Wisner, and attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in West Monroe. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Shivor; parents, John and Leona Williams; and sisters: Wanza Gordon and Ethel Lofton.
Survivors include her children, Ila Hood and husband Cecil, Robert Shivor and wife Elaine, Cecil Shivor and wife Elise, Pearl Horton and husband Robert, Roy L. Shivor and wife Sarah; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Long; brothers: John Williams Jr., Clemmon Williams, and Melvin Williams; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Mike Hood, Douglas Shivor, Jason Pierce, Wesley Coker, Nicholas Coker, Josh Cannon and Corey Coleman.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Wisner, or your favorite charity.
The family would like to thank the staff of Avalon Place for the special care given to Mrs. Shivor.
Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.