Ruby Gallagher Smith

Funeral services for Ruby Gallagher Smith, 71, of Winnsboro, were held Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Fort Necessity Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Ensminger, Rev. Wesley Dunn, and Rev. Don Blackmon officiating.  Interment followed in Fort Necessity Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Ruby was born March 7, 1947, in Fort Necessity to the union of Eagbert Ben Gallagher and Elizabeth Pamelia Griffith Gallagher, and passed from this life on Dec. 29, 2018, at her residence in Winnsboro.

Ruby was a lifelong member of Fort Necessity Baptist Church, where she was a beloved Sunday School teacher and  VBS director for 25  years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Erma Gallagher and Julie Gallagher Parker.

Survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 51 years, David Smith; children: Amy Shirley and husband Clint; Jim Smith and wife Nicole; Mandy Parks and husband Mark; bonus son, Eric Parker and wife Jessie; one sister, Lynn Monnin and husband Randy; 11 grandchildren; two bonus grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a loving church family; more friends and loved ones than she could count.

Pallbearers were C. J. Smith, Ely Smith, Isaiah Smith, Collin Shirley, John Mark Parks and Ben Monnin.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeremiah Smith, Duncan Parker, Jake Monnin, Aaron Monnin and Scott Yell.

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David Wesley Wilcher

A memorial service for David Wesley Wilcher, 77, of Winnsboro, was held Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Erwin officiating.

Mr. Wilcher, a retired welder, was born on July 17, 1941, in Holly Ridge, to the union of Lester Lee Wilcher and Mary Juanita Myers Wilcher, and passed from this life on Jan. 3, 2019, in Winnsboro.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife, Harriet Cavanaugh Wilcher; children: Renee LeBlanc and husband Kyle, David Wilcher Jr. and wife Shonda, Jocelyn Hitt and husband Nicholas, and Micah Wilcher; brother, Dalton Wilcher and wife Shirley; and grandchildren: Nicholas LeBlanc, Spencer LeBlanc, Kelsey LeBlanc, Grayson Wilcher, Kennedy Wilcher, Lawren-Wesley Wilcher, Chloe McMurray, Baylea Hitt, and Trey Wilcher. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Joyce Walker Buchan

Funeral services for Joyce Walker Buchan, 76, of Crowville, were held Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Crowville First Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Gulde and Rev. Kevin Bates officiating.  Interment followed in Crowville Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Buchan was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Delhi to the union of Henry Walker and Ina Mae Byrde Walker, and passed from this life on Dec. 30, 2018, at her residence in Crowville.

Mrs. Buchan was a member of Crowville First Baptist Church.  She enjoyed sewing, flowers and loved her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years Billy Buchan of Crowville; two daughters: Pam Maxwell and friend Shannon McMurry of Winnsboro; and Cindy Vinson and husband Chris of Mangham; four grandchildren: Blake Wheeler and wife Hannah, Curtis Beavers and wife Christen, Samantha Korn and husband Jacob, and Ben Beavers and wife Casey; eight great-grandchildren: Allayna, Westley, Addison, Nathan, Gavin, Julie Kate, Briella and Beau; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Blake Wheeler, Curtis Beavers, Ben Beavers, Jacob Korn, Luke Amos, and Tyler Amos.

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Addie Marie Morris Brown

Funeral service for Addie Marie Morris Brown, 96, of Winnsboro, were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Marion Spence officiating. Burial followed in Ogden Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home-Winnsboro.

Mrs. Brown was born on Dec. 21, 1922, in Liddieville, to the union of Jim and Mary Allbritton Morris, and passed from this life on December 30, 2018, in Winnsboro. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Mary Morris; husband of 62 years, Lee Roy Brown; son, Cedric Lee “Sid” Brown; daughter, Sue Ellen Brown McDonald; son-in-law, Charles McDonald; brothers, Clayton Morris, Albert Morris, and Ervin Morris; sisters, Mary Ethel Morris and Alene Maxine Sanders-Hartless; and also a foster sister, Eva Fowler.

She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Marie Brown Carroll; daughter-in-law, Eileen Myrtle Brown; grandchildren, Jeremy LaBorde and wife Tamara, Donna Givens and husband Stacy, Leigh Parker and husband Michael, Patricia Frost, Kenneth Prine, Jr. and wife Michelle; great-grandchildren, Haley LaBorde, Micah LaBorde, Zoe LaBorde, Chelsea Givens, Alex Givens, Aaron Givens, Rachel Martin, Amanda Frost, Brandon Prine, and Ashley Prine. She is also survived by a special cousin, Shirley Taliaferro and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

Pallbearers who honored the memory of Mrs. Brown were James Richmond, Tim Richmond, Larry Don Brown, Ace Eddy, and Sam Canady.

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Catherine Fox Jenkins

Catherine Fox Jenkins was born Oct. 31, 1926, in Baskin, Louisiana and peacefully entered Heaven’s gates on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2019, at the age of 92.  She was a resident of Charlyn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winnsboro, since 2001. Catherine was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Claudie Marshall Jenkins in 1995. 

Catherine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and a faithful friend to many. She was extremely hardworking, selfless, outgoing and displayed a great smile with a contagious laugh.  She developed close relationships and could be counted on for sound practical advice, wise counsel, encouragement to do your best and to be a trusted, devoted friend.  Catherine was an outstanding cook and loved to have family and friends over for “snacks” which was always at minimum a five-course meal!  She was an accomplished hunter and would proudly tell her stories how she got the big buck or sometimes a doe!  But her absolute favorite things to talk or brag about were her children and grandchildren and be assured she would have a picture to show during those conversations. 

Catherine had an unwavering faith in God and would quickly share that with you when you met her. She was a member of Baskin Baptist Church.  As a pastor’s wife, she stood faithfully beside her husband Claudie as they ministered to churches in north Louisiana for 45 years.  A few years after her husband’s death, she made the decision to move from her home in Baskin, to become a resident at Charlyn Nursing.  In the early years there she kept extremely busy.  She held weekly Bible studies, was a talented singer and lead music services and served as President of the Resident Council Committee.  Catherine could frequently be found in the activities room sewing and quilting. 

Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Merlyn Jenkins Ritchie and husband Carl of Baskin; Jeannie Jenkins Carnes and husband Jim of LaPorte, Texas; three grandsons: Ricky Ritchie and wife Belinda, Ron Ritchie and wife Dana, Justin Carnes and wife Kristel; six great-grandchildren: Bodie Ritchie, Iden Ritchie, Jaxton Carnes, Delaney Burton Pedigo and husband Paul, Dallas Burton and Trenton Burton.  She is also survived by her sister Betty Chapman of Delhi. 

Catherine was predeceased by her parents Metoline Hinton Fox and David Houston Fox of Baskin; sister Mildred Fox Reagan of Baskin; brothers: Carlton Fox of Coshocton, Ohio, and James Fay Fox of Winnsboro. 

The family received friends at visitation on Jan. 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m.  The service was officiated by Dr. Bill Robertson, Rev. Marion Spence and Rev. Brian Rogers.   

Honorary pallbearers were Carl Ritchie, Jim Carnes, Ricky Ritchie, Ron Ritchie, Justin Carnes and Bodie Ritchie. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Baskin Baptist Church “Faith Fund of the Future” (building campaign) at P.O. Box 419, Baskin, Louisiana 71219.  

The family would like to express a special thank you to the caregivers at Charlyn Nursing for their compassion, care and love for Ms. Catherine.  Recognition and appreciation is also extended to the nursing staff of Caring Hands Hospice. 

 “Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised” Psalm 30:31

Odean Thornton Rasberry

A celebration of life for Odean Thornton Rasberry, 75, of Dyersburg, Tenn., was held Dec. 30, 2018, in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Williams officiating.

Mrs. Rasberry died at her residence in Dyersburg on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

She was born Nov. 9, 1943, in Winnsboro, the daughter of the late Eveline Hill Thornton and Otis Thornton. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work. She was the retired director of social services for the Memphis Mental Health Institute and a member of Dyersburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gaylon Rasberry, of Dyersburg; son, Mark Rasberry, Metamora, Illinois; one daughter, Gina Rasberry, Gallatin, Tenn.; one daughter-in-law, Laura Rasberry; one sister, Annie Sanders of Winnsboro; one niece Portia Graney; and one grandson, Jonmarc Rasberry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Dryersburg, 328 South Mill Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn. 38024.

Novelene Arnold Berry

A celebration of life service for Novelene Arnold Berry, 84, of Winnsboro was held Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Medders Funeral Home in Crossett, Ark., with Rev. George Bates officiating. Interment will be made at a later date at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Berry, formerly of El Dorado, Ark., passed away on Jan. 4, 2019, at her home. She was born in Hamburg, Ark. on July 14, 1934, to her parents, Issac Samuel and Myrtlene Martin Hopkins. After graduating from Hamburg High School in 1953, she moved to El Dorado to complete nursing school which began a fulfilling career as a registered nurse for Warner Brown Hospital that lasted for 25 years. After the loss of her first husband, she eventually moved to Winnsboro, remarried and began another phase of her life.

Novelene loved to read and especially enjoyed World War II history. She was known for the beautiful flowers in her yard and sharing wonderful baked goodies with everyone during the holidays. She also enjoyed traveling and was proud of having visited most of the 50 states. She adored her family and her animals, never met a stranger, and had an unforgettable belly laugh that all could recognize. She was full of life and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her first husband, Jack Arnold; two brothers: Sammy Hopkins and I.M. Hopkins; and one sister, Braska Ann Gober.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Berry of Winnsboro; five nieces: Mary Fox (Wayne) of Crossett; Linda Hill (Wayne) of Wisner; Martha Jane Horn of Hamburg; Debra Kay Ford (David) of Sterlington; Becky McDonald (James) of Hamburg; one sister-in-law, Annette Hopkins of Crossett; special great-nieces who call her “Nana,” Jennifer Fox Wood and Mary Beth Wood, both of Crossett; along with many other nieces, nephew, and other relatives.

Ferlon Ray Richmond

Funeral services for Ferlon Ray Richmond, 63,  of Winnsboro, were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home.  Interment followed in Harris Cemetery. 

Mr. Richmond was born Aug. 15, 1955, in Winnsboro to Rodger Dalton Richmond and Lillian Temple Torres, and passed from this life on Jan. 2, 2019, at Rapides Regional Hospital.

Mr. Richmond was a cowboy, farmer, husband and father.  He wrote short stories for Louisiana Legends Magazine.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising his garden, and searching for arrow heads, he also enjoyed his chickens, geese and all types of animals especially his walker hound Buck.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Vickie Gene Ingram Richmond.

Survivors include his children: Jason “Peanut” Richmond of Texarkana, Texas, Paula Richmond and Matthew “Hootie” Richmond, both of Texarkana, Ark., Jason Bowen of Newellton, Terry Bowen and Austin Bowen, both of Winnsboro; brothers: William Richmond of Winnsboro, Richard Richmond and Russell Richmond, both of Pollock; sisters: Charlotte Richmond Foshe of Mansfield and Connie Richmond of Pollock; seven grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Austin Bowen, Terry Bowen, Shannon Carroll, Dalton Richmond, Russell Richmond and William Richmond.

Angel Erwin

Funeral services for Angel Erwin, 16, of Fort Necessity will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 in Fort Necessity Baptist Church with Rev. Wesley Dunn and Graylan Erwin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-9 at the church.

Angel was born Dec. 3, 2002 and passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

She was a member of Fort Necessity Baptist Church. She was a sophomore at Franklin Parish High School where she was a member of 4-H and Beta clubs. She is preceded in death by her grandparents John D. and Opal L. Erwin, Huey and Rita Sellers Johnston, and an aunt Juanita Jones.

Angel is survived by her parents Michael and Sherry Erwin; a brother Micheal Erwin, all of Fort Necessity. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, other relatives and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Graylan Erwin, Joe Erwin, Travis Erwin, Tony Haring, Randy Monnin and C.J. Neal.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Erwin, John Erwin, Terry Erwin and Greg Jones.

Barney Jefferson 'Jeff' Wiley Jr.

Barney Jefferson “Jeff” Wiley Jr., a retired Toyota auto technician, passed away Dec. 28, 2018, at his home in Houston, Texas, after a lengthy illness. Ann Wiley, his wife of 54 years, was by his side. He was 75.

Born Oct. 5, 1943, in Winnsboro, he was the son of Barney J. Wiley Sr., and Stella Register Wiley Van Matre. He was predeceased by both parents and by his stepfather, Oscar H. Van Matre.

Jeff grew up in Winnsboro and graduated from Winnsboro High School, having played drums in the WHS band. He also attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute.

But his first love was cars and how they worked, and he made that his career.

He and Ann married the day after Christmas 1964 and lived in Winnsboro for several years, where their daughter was born. They moved to Baton Rouge where their two sons were born and finally to Houston in 1974. Jeff worked for three Toyota dealerships in Houston during his 40-year career of repairing cars and earned the designations of Toyota master technician and team leader.

Jeff played baseball as a boy, rode a motorbike as a youth, and got his first car months before he got his driver’s license. He learned his trade working after school in his stepfather’s auto repair business. Hot rods were hot in those days; he delighted in souping up his cars and got a bigger kick out of beating his friends in backroad car races.

Jeff left much of that behind after he married and became a parent. He was a loving husband and father, but firm with his children, and was a good provider. He knew how to fix things at home in the days before YouTube and later turned those skills toward woodworking. For a brief time he and Ann went on the road to craft shows where he sold handmade wooden crafts.

After his children were grown, he and Ann bought an RV and refurbished it both under the hood and in the living area. They used it to tour Texas landmarks and vacation spots on weekends and to visit relatives.

He was a regular church-goer as a youth (First Methodist Church, Winnsboro) and as an adult. His extended family was a touchstone throughout his life as he enjoyed activities with them, plus traveling with and visiting them.

They moved to Magnolia, Texas, in 2003 where they shared a large home with and cared for Ann’s elderly parents, Edward and Mary Johnston, now deceased, and her late brother Glynn Johnston.

Left to cherish his memory, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Lori W. (Paul) Higginbotham of Houston; two sons, Barney Jefferson “Jeff” (Carrie) Wiley III of Baytown, Texas, and Steven Craig (Deva) Wiley of Houston; a sister, June W. (Kent) Lioret of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and eight first cousins.

A memorial service in Houston will be held at a later date.

Cecil Earl Simmons Sr.

Funeral services for Cecil Earl Simmons Sr., 62, of Sicily Island were held Dec. 29, 2018, at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Sicily Island. Burial followed at New Salem Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mr. Simmons died Dec. 19, 2018, at Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday.

Survivors include a son, Cecil Earl Simmons Jr.; daughters: Earlishia Simmons, April Simmons and Crystal Simmons; mother, Mildred Simmons, Sicily Island; brother, Arthur Lee Simmons; eight grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers wre Ledell Tolliver, Johnny Tolliver, Josh Carlisele, and Arthur Lee Simmons.

Gloria Dean Jackson Baker

Funeral services for Gloria Dean Jackson Baker of Winnsboro will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Star Baptist Church. Viewing will be Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Morning Star Pleasant Star Cemetery, under the direct of King’s Funeral Home of Ruston.

Mrs. Baker was born Oct. 28, 1954 in Fort Necessity and passed away Jan. 3, 2019 in Monroe.

Lannie J. Johnson

Funeral services for Lannie J. Johnson, 72, of Wisner were held Dec. 29, 2018, at Locust Hill Baptist Church in Extension. Burial followed in the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mr. Johnson died Dec. 21, 2018, at Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae Johnson, Wisner; daughters: Quinessa Johnson-Jordan, Forney, Texas; Arlanda Coleman, Monroe; Sharonda Wilson, Baton Rouge; step-daughter, Stephanie Smith, Winnsboro; brothers: Roy Johnson, Wisner; George Johnson Jr. and Alvin Johnson, both of New Orleans; Allen Johnson, Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters: Annie Johnson, Viola Finister, Laverne Dickens, all of Wisner; three grandchildren, one step-granddaughter; devoted best friend, Larry Plater of Wisner; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Allen Smart, Terrance Smart, Tyrone Johnson, Kent Johnson, Alvin Johnson and Marvin Brown.

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