William Allen Butler III

Services for William Allen Butler III, 73, of Winnsboro were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Max Lee officiating. Burial followed in the New Winnsboro Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Allen was born on June 27, 1943, in Winnsboro and passed Nov. 3, 2016, in Winnsboro.

He was an avid fisherman, loved hunting, talking to people, spending time with family and grandchildren, liked to tinker around, liked the newest gadgets, loved to entertain people, and would give you the shirt off his back.

He is preceded in death by his parents: William Allen Butler Jr. and Marilyn Rose Hammett Butler; and son: Michael Anthony Butler.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years: Judy Butler; son: William Allen Butler IV and wife Debbie of Humble, Texas;  daughters: Charlynn White of Baton Rouge, Kimberly Kramer and husband Blake of Winnsboro; seven grandchildren: Garrett, Matthew, Paul, Ellie Katherine, Joseph Michael Kramer, Taylor Baron, and Tommy Baron; two sisters: Sandra Jacka of Baton Rouge and Dee Butler of Vidalia; a brother: Mike Tucker of Winnsboro; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Atkins, William Hatton, Greg Hill, Richard Dickey, Arlie Walters, Danny Walters, Ronnie Bryant, and Jim Durr. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Tucker, Chet Trayor, Cecil Kaufman, Ross Cagle, and Randy Williford.

Online registry/condolences made at www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.

Debra “Debbie” Mayo Coats

Funeral services for Debra “Debbie” Mayo Coats, 56, of Farmerville, formerly of Winnsboro were held Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Charlie Brown officiating. Interment followed in Harris Cemetery.  Mrs. Coats was born Nov. 2, 1960, in Winnsboro to the union of Wesley Ray Mayo and Lena Elouise Rice Mayo; she passed from this life on Nov. 2, 2016, at her residence in Farmerville.

Mrs. Coats enjoyed working in her garden, reading andd fishing, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Wesley Ray Mayo, Jr. and her sister Paula Mayo Woodman.

She is survived by her husband Lyn Coats of Farmerville; son Randy Wayne Peavy, Jr. and wife Cheryl of West Monroe; Brandie Ann Peavy of West Monroe; grandchildren: Erin Peavy, Chasidy Peavy, J. D. Cloyd and Colin Cloyd; Bonnie Gray, Charlie Mayo, Douglas Mayo, Pat Jordan, Beverly Wallace, Brenda Mayo, Eric Mayo and Donna Carter; a host of other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers were Tommy Carter, Scottie Coats and Louis Whitlock.

JoAnn Credit Hoard

Funeral services for JoAnn Credit Hoard, 74, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at True Gospel Baptist Church. Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hoard died Nov. 1, 2016, at Charlyn Rehab and Nursing Center.

She is survived by her husband, L.Z. Hoard, Winnsboro; son, Perry Jones, Jr.; daughters: Pamela Jones-Lighten, Regina Jones and Angela Jones; brothers: Edward Credit, Abe Credit and Charles Credit; sisters: Francis Kirkpatrick, Edna Smith, Sarah Smith, Maggie Brooks, Madeline Mason and Debra Mercer; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Perry Jones III, Kevin Credit, James Smith, Purvis Lighten, Karon Smith, Roy Mason Jr., Chris Credit, Ken Credit and Herbert Brooks.

 James “Buddy” Redd

Funeral services for James “Buddy” Redd, 62, of Baskin were held Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Kyle Spinks and Rev. Paul Perry officiating. Interment followed in Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Redd was born Jan. 11, 1954, in Gilbert to the union of James Lankston Redd and Artie Modock Richardson Redd; he passed from this life on Nov. 1, 2016, at his residence in Baskin.

Mr. Redd was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending his time fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Mary Redd of Columbia; five children: Belinda Redd and friend Winston Blaylock of Baskin; James Redd and wife Jessica of Pineville, Brittany Smith and husband Jim of Jena, Justin Redd and Brandon Redd, both of Baskin; eight grandchildren: Logan and Madalyn Hale, Kaden Redd, Haley Houston, James Smith, Savannah Smith, Gabriel Smith and Heartly Smith; three sisters: Mary Hamilton of St. Joseph, Joyce Busby and husband Rick of Tallulah, Marie Holloway and husband George of Baton Rouge; brother Bennie Redd and wife Iris of Rayville; a host of other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers were Truman D. Graham, Tommy Hale, Ronnie Hamilton, Teresa Meredith, Jim Smith and Forrest Swartwout.

Honorary pallbearer was Mack Kirksey.

Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.

Easter Ellis

Funeral services for Easter Ellis, 83, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at True Light Baptist Church. Burial followed at Philadelphia Cemetery in Crowville, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Ms. Ellis died Oct. 18, 2016, at Plantation Oaks Nursing Home in Wisner.

She is survived by sons: Otis D. Ellis, Winnsboro; Joseph Ellis, Monroe; daughters: Mary Ellis, Winnsboro; Vera Ellis and Idabell Ellis, both of Monroe; Pearline Ellis, Alexandria; brother, Jessie Doyle Jr., Wisner; sisters: Mary Wilson, Wisner; Arlene Doyle, Ball; and Annie Williams, Winnsboro; three grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Doyle, Roderick Ellis, Otis D. Ellis, David Lee Johnson, and Charles Anderson Jr.

Curtis A. Temple

Funeral service for Curtis A. Temple, 76, of  Winnsboro, were held Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Joe Stroud, Ron Charrier, and George Ferrington officiating. Burial followed in Harris Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mr. Temple, a retired farmer, was born on July 10, 1940, in Winnsboro, to the union of Oliver and Sadie Gordy Temple, and passed from this life on Nov. 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Heath Temple; brother, L.B. Temple, Herbert Temple, and Noel Temple; and sister, Myrie Emfinger.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Velma Parker Temple; son, Ronnie ‘RC’ Temple and wife Peggy of Waterproof; daughter, Barbara Acker and husband Moe; grandchildren, Louis Temple and wife Jessica of Noblesville, Ind., Ryan Acker, Rebecca Acker, and Helen Marie Temple; great-grandchildren, Aiden Acker, Uni Joo Temple, and Greyson Temple; brothers, James Temple and Nolan Temple; and sister, Lendia Dannehl.

Pallbearers serving to honor Mr. Temple were Daniel Parker, Justin Martinez, Danny Hendry, Davy Parker, Mark Bonner, and Derek Huff and serving as honorary pallbearer was Monroe Marshall.

Online registry/condolences at www.youngscommunity.com.

Alma Jean Shaw

Funeral services for Alma Jean Shaw, 53, of Baton Rouge were held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel.

Ms. Shaw died Oct. 31, 2016, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Survivors include sons: Ricky Shaw and Barron Shaw, both of Baton Rouge; Eddie Shaw, Bastrop; daughters: Victoria Perdue, Annie Shaw, Shermekia Shaw, Tymekia Shaw, all of Baton Rouge; Georgia Shaw, Winnsboro; sisters: Dorothy Poe, Wilma Wilson, Patrica Smith, Apostle Lori Johnson and Florine Brooks; 14 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rev. William (Bill) S. Wester Sr.

Rev. William (Bill) S. Wester Sr., was born on Dec. 13, 1921, and passed aay peacefully on Nov. 3, 2016, at age 94.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Blanche Clement Wester; their son, William Wester Jr. (Susan) of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters: Esther Martin (Tim) of Toccoa, Ga., and Mary Stevens (Pat) of Pensacola, Fla.; three grandchildren: Kathryn Fletcher (Kris) of Suwanee, Ga.; Stephen Martin (Mary Beth) of Decatur, Ga.; and Heather Wester of Venice, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ethel Wester Sammons of Brandon, Fla.; several nieces and cousins.

He faithfully served his country in World War II, and his Lord Jesus Christ as a Southern Baptist missionary in Africa for 33 years.

A memorial service was held Saturday Nov. 5, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Toccoa with the Rev. David Ritcey officiating.

Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at Crowville Masonic Cemetery, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23230 or Gideon’s International.

Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at www.gillfirstnational.com.

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