Lacey Ann Zeigler Lofton

Memorial services for Lacey Ann Zeigler Lofton, 32, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Wisner, were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at South Central Baptist Church in Wisner, with Rev. Larry Eubanks officiating, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.  She received her special Wings for this Wonderful day of celebration, January 15, 2018.

Lacey was born March 7, 1985, at Concordia Parish Hospital.  Her arrival into this wonderful life lit up the sunset confirming that she was a special gift from God.  This radiance grew brighter each day she lived.  She had a passion in life for helping and sharing with people of all walks of life, especially with the elderly, handicapped and homeless.  She loved music, playing the guitar.  She was known by her friends as “Miss Fix it” because she could take the simplest things and make it work, always “tinkering” on something.  She was a Computer Technologist.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Polly Newman, Rodis and Robie Zeigler, Papa Buck McCaa, Katherine Lofton, great aunts Dianne Newman Jones, Billy Newman Britt, Nila “Bugg” Newman.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her “pupster” Roxie; mother Patsy Zeigler Rich, stepfather Fletcher Rich of Ferriday; sister Rosie Rich of Ferriday; grandparents Jerry (Poppy) and Sally (Grand Sally) Zeigler of Wisner; special aunt Lynn Temple of Jackson, Miss., great aunt Margie Wiley of Vidalia; cousins: Briarlyn Temple of Monroe; Jamie English, Dylan English, Dawson English, all of Wisner; Jessica Britt of Wisner; step-siblings: Amber, James, Eric Rich of Dallas, Texas; special friends Kelly of Dallas, Texas, and Thomas of Monroe; father Jeff Lofton of Jonesville; and sister Lisa Carlton, of Trout.

Favorite scripture Psalms 84:10  Better is one day in YOUR courts than a thousand elsewhere.

Special thanks to all the friends that have shared their experience of salvation because of Lacey’s witnessing, expressing her love for Jesus.  Our message to them is stay focused on Jesus.

James Travis Smith

Jesus called James Travis Smith home on Jan. 22, 2018.  His life will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Wisner with Rev. Thomas Peoples and Rev. Carlton Vance officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. preceding service. Burial will be at South Central Baptist Church, Wisner, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro.

“Buck” as he was affectionally called, was born March 13, 1922, in Pineville.  He was a member of First Baptist Church, Wisner.  He was a deacon, taught Sunday School, was a worship leader and sang in the choir.

After graduating from Bolton High School in Alexandria, and Louisiana College in Pineville, he was a pilot with Army Aircorp during World War II.  Being also a farmer, he raised cotton, cattle, and a wonderful garden.  He retired from the Department of Children and Family Services

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Hugh and Jettie Smith; his wife of 72 years, Mary Virginia Smith; and granddaughter Megan Leigh Monroe.

Survivors include  James Ernest Smith and wife Sherrelene of Sibley; daughter Connie Monroe and husband Jim of Baton Rouge; three grandchildren: James Christopher Monroe and wife Lindsey of Montgomery, Texas, Darryl Ryan Monroe and wife Natalie of Alexandria, Tanya Dawn Larson and husband Kyle of Temple, Texas, six great grandchildren: Mallory Larson, Shelby Larson, Ryan Monroe, Raegan Monroe, Parker Monroe, and Pierson Monroe.

Pallbearers will be Chris Monroe, Darryl Monroe, Kyle Larson, Paul Ray Jones, Paul Garrett Jones and Brian Guillot

Special thanks to caregivers: Faye Dunaway, Judy Guillot, Brian Guillot, Chassity Smith and Hospice TLC.

The family requests that any donations be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 97, Wisner, LA 71378. Donations will be designated for the Lottie Moon Foreign Missions Offering.


Rhonda Leggett Wilson

Rhonda Leggett Wilson of Baskin, was born on Sept. 15, 1957, in Rayville, and passed from this life on Jan. 13, 2018, at the age of 60 years old. A gathering was held Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

She resided in Franklin Parish for the majority of her life. She was an avid animal lover and had a great appreciation for nature and spending time outdoors.  She had the ability to find beauty in the simple things in life.  Rhonda had a huge, kind heart and was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone at any time particularly the elderly.  She had a great love for her friends and family, but her greatest love was for her granddaughter, Ana.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Julia Smith Leggett and her eldest son Ryan Adam Foy.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her father James E. “Jimmy” Leggett Sr. of Baskin; husband Mike Wilson of Start; daughter Victoria Wilson of Start; John Dakota Wilson of West Monroe; granddaughter Ana Wilson; brothers: James E. “Jim” Leggett Jr. of Shreveport and Joel Leggett of Baskin; sisters: Leann Hicks and husband George of Monroe and Amy Haring and husband Sam of Wisner; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.

She was loved by many and will never be forgotten.

Online condolences may be made at

Shonda Brooke Ferguson

Funeral services for Shonda Brooke Ferguson, 44, of Wisner were held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Apostolic Faith Chapel, Gilbert, with Rev. Virgil Harris and Rev. Todd Tucker officiating. Interment followed in South Central Cemetery, Wisner, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Shonda was born Jan. 16, 1974, in Sterlington, and passed from this life on Jan. 18, 2018, at her residence in Wisner.

She was night manager at Exxon in Jonesville and considered her coworkers as family.

Survivors include her daughter Kristen Boothe Townsend and husband Ray Jr.; granddaughter Raylynn Shane Townsend all of Enterprise; father Bubba Ferguson and wife Kathy; mother Sharon Kay Barlow and husband Herman, all of Wisner; sisters: Shannon Ferguson Boothe and husband Gary Jeff of Harrisonburg; Amy Danielle Ferguson of Winnsboro; brother, Duane Ferguson of Wisner; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Gary Jeff Boothe, Jeff Chapin, Duane Ferguson, Ronnie Hamilton, Daniel Hendry and Ray Townsend, Jr.

Online condolences may be made at

Curtis Pierce Shaw

Funeral services for Curtis Pierce Shaw, 36, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Cuba Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Shaw died Jan. 14, 2018, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Rayville.

Survivors include his sons: Curterius Shaw, Winnsboro; Zaiden P. Shaw and Issiah Shaw, both of Monroe; daughter, Shi’Lirie Shaw, Winnsboro; mother, Margie L. Shaw, Monroe; sisters: Dr.Mwaurayeni Davis and Daisy Tugler, both of Monroe; grandmothers: Hattie Washington and Mary Caston, both of Winnsboro; grandfather, J.D. Williams, Chicago; aunts: Fannie Watson, Essie Caston, Jessie Caston, Miriam Caston; two uncles: Chris Shaw and John Washington; great uncles and aunts: Alex and Dorothy Shaw; Riley and Nancy Williams and Pink Williams; special friend: Kim Sturgis; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Christopher Shaw, Alex Shaw, Richard Shaw, Pierce Shaw, Jessie Shaw, John Washington, Eugene Shaw Jr., Jermaine Jackson and Phil Jackson.

Tom Jessie Criff

Funeral services for Tom Jessie Criff, 102, of Baton Rouge, formerly of Extension, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at King David Baptist Church in Mangham at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mathis Cemetery in Extension, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

He is survived by a host of grandchildren, greats, and great-greats; and other relatives and friends.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Rubye Huff

Funeral services for Rubye Huff, 96, of Crowville, were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in the Chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Rev. Terry Gainey officiating.  Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Huff was a member and loved to go to Crowville First Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, and teaching Sunday School.  She loved gardening, going to Southern Gospel Music Concerts, loved her family, reading her Bible, and cooking.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Hugh Huff; brother, Bennon Ritchie; and parents, Ben Ritchie and Maggie Smith Ritchie.

Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Graham of Marietta, Ga.; grandson, Vance Graham and wife Valerie of West Monroe; great-granddaughter, Rachel Hollis of West Monroe; and sister, Lenell Arnold of Loganville, Ga.

Pallbearers were Buster Chapman, Vance Graham, Doyle Smith, Eric Davis, Drake Davis and Jerry Linder.

Online registry/condolences may be made at

Harry K. Gilbert Jr.

To honor Harry’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Harry was born in Carlisle, Pa. on Aug. 10, 1942, and died at University Healthcare, Shreveport on Jan. 3, 2018, at the age of 75.

Harry served in the United State Air Force Reserves for six years.

In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and bird hunting. His hunting dogs were considered pets to him and DeWanna.

Harry was a good cook and especially enjoyed feeding his friends as they watched an LSU game.

Harry liked feeding the birds and squirrels in his backyard and really enjoyed watching the hummingbirds flying to their feeders.

Harry was an accountant for many years, but managed Winnsboro Beverage Packers until his retirement.

Harry is survived by his wife of 43 years, DeWanna Bryant Gilbert. He is also survived by brothers: Ray (Sally) Gilbert of Aledo, Texas and Eddie (Debbie) Gilbert of Midlothian, Texas and best friend, Mike Tucker, brother-in-law Donald Bryant, Shreveport, and sister-in-law Brenda Gwin of Winnsboro.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents: Ruth and Harry K. Gilbert Sr., who was Sustan Garment Plant’s first manager when it opened here in the late 1950’s.

May you rest in peace, Harry. We will miss you.

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Curtis Alton Tyson

Memorial services for Curtis Alton Tyson, 71, of Wisner, were held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Wisner First Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Peoples officiating.

Mr. Tyson a member of Wisner First Baptist Church, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Alexandria. He was a NASCAR fan and hobbies included NASCAR and he enjoyed mechanicing.

He was born Feb. 25, 1946, and was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Becky Tyson.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Nancy Bond Tyson of Wisner; two daughters, Melissa Tyson Rushing and her husband Jim of Lake Charles; and Rebecca Tyson Carroll and her husband David of Soapstone; and a step daughter, Lara G. Cargile and her husband David of New Edinburg, Ark.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Oliver A. Tyson of Wisner; and two sisters, Suzanne T. Green of Mesquite, Texas, and Mary L. Leblanc of Sulphur.

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