Phillip Southern

Funeral services for Phillip Southern, 35, of Winnsboro were held Monday, May 13, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Rev. Kevin Bates officiating.  Interment followed in Ogden Cemetery in Liddieville. 

He was born on Oct. 21, 1983, in Monroe and passed from this life Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Jo Hamby Southern, Hunter Pete Etheridge and Gloria June Tarver; his father-in-law Randle Lee; and cousin Nikki Etheridge.

Mr. Southern is survived by his wife Trish Lee Southern; three children: Hannah Lee, Drake Randall Southern and Collier Bradley Southern; mother Alice Etheridge all of Winnsboro; father David Southern of Vidalia; mother-in-law Clara Lee; two brothers: Terence Hill and wife Rachel of Fort Necessity and their children Macey, Madison and Mollie; Jay Neal and wife Ginger of Winnsboro and their children Morgan and James.  He is also survived by his grandmother Susan B. Mayeux; grandfather James Southern; aunt and uncle Andrea and Brad Etheridge; three cousins Kallie, Jason and Bradley Grant; and many friends.

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Mildred L. Lachney

On a much belated note for those of us who missed the sound of the heavenly trumpets, Mrs. Mildred L. Lachney, 83, formerly of Gilbert, was called home after a brief battle with cancer, April 13, 2019. She was laid to rest beside her husband of 65 years, Gussie J. Lachney at Oakley Cemetery.

Shakita S. Wilson

Funeral services for Shakita S. Wilson, 32, of Shreveport, formerly of Winnsboro, were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Pleasant Star Baptist Church. Burial followed at Morning Star/Pleasant Star Cemetery, under the direct of Richardson Funeral Home.

Ms. Wilson died May 6, 2019, at Ochsner LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

She is survived by her fiance Branson Winslow Sr.; sons: Quinton Deunte Wilson and Brandon Lin Winslow Jr.; father, Bobby Whitlock, Monroe; mother and step-father, Mary McCarthy and Victor R. McCarthy of Shreveport; brothers: Daniel Whitlock, Monroe; Dakota Whitlock, Wisconsin; sisters: Sharonda Wilson, Shametrius McCarthy, of Shreveport; Tracy White and Mashiah Whitlock of Monroe; maternal grandmother Retha M. Wilson and step-grandmother, Pashion McCarthy of Winnsboro; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jonathan, Darrion, Jerrick, Kendarius, Steve Jr. and Roland Wilson Jr.

Dennis Ray Franklin

On May 4, 2019, God called home a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. Memorial services and visitation for Dennis Ray Franklin will be held at Crockett Point Baptist Church near Crowville, on Tuesday, May 21. The visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the church service at 3 p.m. Burial will be at the church cemetery after the service.

Dennis Ray served in the U.S. Marines from 1953-1956 in Korea shortly after the peace treaty was signed. He came home and married Sue Holloway Franklin in 1957. He started work at LeTourneau in Vicksburg, Miss. in March 1957. He worked there until the plant closed in 1996. Then he and two others formed a company called VMI International which did repair and parts work for the drilling rigs that he helped build at LeTourneau. He retired at 77, but a few months later returned and worked until age 80. The response from all his co-workers since his death has been amazing. Dennis Ray was also very active in Crockett Point Baptist Church and enjoyed being a member.

Dennis Ray was preceded in death by his parents Wilton and Zelma Franklin and his son, Dennis Craig Franklin.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Holloway Franklin, married for 62 years; two sons Darrell Franklin (Lori), and Kris Franklin; grandchildren: Ashley Franklin, Brittany Franklin, Kayla Arvidson (Matt); Sarah Vitale (Ken); Jacob Franklin and Skyler Franklin; six great-grandchildren; three brothers: George Franklin, Don Franklin (Judy) and Charles Franklin (Anita).

The Franklin family thanks the community and Crockett Point Baptist Church for their love and support.

Gerelean M. Martin

Funeral services for Geralean M. Martin, 85, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Morning Pilgrim Baptist Church in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Ms. Martin died May 1, 2019, at her home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Survivors include sons: Jessie Martin, Bloomington, Illinois; Ardis, Larry, Emery and Steve Martin, all of Dallas, Texas; daughters: Flora Evans and Dorothy Murphy, both of Fort Worth;Diane Biggins of Dallas; Melinda Henry and step-daughter, Ruby Righterous, both of Winnsboro; step-sons; Willie, Martin and Henry Robinson; and Michael Davis; 18 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Elston R. Henry, Wilbert Biggins, Bruce Murphy, Buck Shaw Jr., Brandon Murphy and James Randel.

Betty Jean King

Funeral services for Betty Jean King, 90, of Lake St. John were held at Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday on Friday, May 10, 2019, with Rev. Mark Richardson and Rev. Dennis Baker officiating.  Interment followed at Providence Memorial Cemetery, Winnsboro, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home.

Betty Jean King was born on Friday, Jan. 11, 1929, in Rayville, and passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Ferriday. 

She was a resident of Lake St. John, a founding member of Lake Shore Baptist Church and a  member of Lake St. John Community Baptist Church.  Betty was a Sunday School teacher for over 60 years where she touched many lives and was a volunteer at Heritage Manor for 20 years.  She was a CPA for over 60 years, the Tax Collector for the Town of Waterproof, for 50 years and was a member of the Lake St. John’s Water Board.  Betty loved gardening, spending time with family and friends, and she loved beautiful Lake St. John.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ellis Howard Chadderdon; mother- Clara Stone Chadderdon; husband of 66 years- Clifford Randolph King; three sisters: Dorothy Chadderdon Brooke, Clara Lee Chadderdon Larson and Marjorie Ann Chadderdon Campbell.

She is survived by son, Christopher Howard King of Lake St. John; daughter, Connie King Moore and her husband Doug of Start.

She is also survived by four grandchildren: Nikki Lofton King married to Jeremiah King of Winnsboro; together they have four children: Kaylee, Lilly, Kason and Logan; Will Hawsey and his wife Cecily Ann of Chattanooga, Tenn., together they have four children: Ebin Ray, Hayden, Cash, and Harrison; Meagan Bourgeois married to Justin Bourgeois of Dutchtown, together they have one child, Lucy;  Ashley Maddox married to Jerry Maddox of Houston, Texas.

Pallbearers were Ricky Rowlin, Jerry Sharp Sr., John Fudickar, Jerry Wooten, Jeremiah King, Jimmy Harper, Victor Cross and Jay Godfrey.

Honorary pallbearers were Ellis Ray Chadderdon and Mickey Chadderdon .

A special thanks to Dr. Kevin Ingram, Dr. Geoffrey Flattmann, Promise Hospital, Riverland Medical Center and Encompass Health.

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Linda Armer

Linda Armer, 71, of Winnsboro died Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Bastrop.

Services are incomplete under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

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