Huey P. Simmons

Funeral services for Huey P. Simmons, 82, of Crowville were held Monday, March 11, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Casey Johnson, Rev. Jimmy Holland and Rev. Rick McAdams officiating.  Interment followed in Crowville Masonic Cemetery. 

Huey was born Nov. 28, 1936, in Hattiesburg, Miss. to the union of Henry Oscar Simmons and Jewel Alma Coleman Simmons, and passed from this life on March 8, 2019, at Plantation Manor Nursing Center in Winnsboro.

Mr. Simmons was a United States Air Force Veteran with a classification of Airman First Class, a certified diesel mechanic, truck driver, carpenter, a master  craftsman, and business owner.  He was truly a jack of all trades and had a great sense of humor.

He is preceded in death by his parents;  his wife Jeanette Simmons; six brothers: James Henry Simmons, Roy Coleman Simmons, Jesse Lee Simmons, Larry Simmons, Jerry Simmons and Paul Warren Simmons.

Survivors include his two sons: Terry L. Simmons and wife Becky of Crowville, Kevin Hugh Simmons and wife Carrie of Lithia, Fla.; favorite daughter Catrina Lorene Simmons Jones and husband Donald of Monroe; eight grandchildren: Tyler B. Simmons, Chelsea “Brie” Simmons, Mitchell S. Simmons, Nathan K. Simmons, Dustin A. Jones, Connor L. Jones, Hannah G. Jones, and Holden W. Jones; one great-grandchild Audri L. Simmons; four brothers: Henry Oscar Simmons Jr. of Purvis, Miss., John Wallace Simmons, of Purvis, Miss., Mark Douglas Simmons of Gainesville, Fla., and Michael Wayne Roberts of Purvis, Miss.; one sister Alma Lorene Poole of Denham Springs; a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Connor Jones, Dustin Jones, Doug Poole,  Mitchell Simmons, Nate Simmons, and Tyler Simmons.

Honorary pallbearers were Darren Chapman and Frank Reger.

Any planned memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Patriot Guard or any charity of your choice.

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

J.B. Berry

Funeral services for J.B. Berry, 78, of Wisner were held Friday, March 8, 2019, at South Central Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Dowden officiating.  Interment followed in South Central Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Berry was born Oct. 29, 1940, in Wisner to the union of Fred Berry and Annie V. Perkins Berry, and passed from this life on March 5, 2019, in Ruston.

Mr. Berry was a member of South Central Baptist Church and a longtime farmer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter Sierra Berry; and his companion of 25 years Lou Wilson.

Survivors include his three children: Renee Berry, Raymond Berry and his wife Angela all of Dubach, Fred Berry and wife Sandy of Eunice, N.M.; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and his dog Susie.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Berry, Samuel Berry, Ronnie Fatzer, Keith Ferrington, and Wayne Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Berry and Willie Berry.

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

Janice Robinson

Funeral services for Janice Robinson, 61, of Winnsboro were held Friday, March 8, 2019 in Jigger Apostolic Church with Rev. Hurby Hitt and Rev. Mark Hutto officiating.  Interment followed in Jigger Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Home of Winnsboro. 

She was born to the union of Thomas Christian and Lela Epsie Cobb Nielsen on Dec. 8, 1957, in Winnsboro and passed from this life Wednesday, March 5, 2019, at her residence.

Mrs. Robinson was a devoted member of Jigger Apostolic Church.  She and her husband owned and operated Robinson’s Photography in Winnsboro since 1984.  She was also a member of Memory Makers Quilt Club.  She made many people smile.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Jr. Nielsen and Robert Nielsen; and mother-in-law Phronel Robinson.

She is survived by her husband William Robinson of Winnsboro; two daughter Melissa Rae Robinson of Winnsboro, and Allison Kaye Parks and husband Brandon of Baskin; three grandchildren: Drew Alexander Carroll, Jaden Raye Carroll, and Dallen Garrett Parks; five siblings: Gina Nielsen of Eros, Gladys Newsome and husband Bill of Bossier City, Jimmy Nielsen and wife Brenda of Big Sandy, Texas, Mary Lou Richardson and husband Jimmy of Dothan, Ala., and Evie Johns of Clarksville, Texas; special niece and nephew Harley and Trevor Lala; and brother-in-law Phillip Lala.

She is also survived by her best friend Genell Ragsdale and her dear friends of the Class of 75, which include Janie Cagle, Marilyn Reynolds, Mary Sailor, Sandra Thornton, Kathy Wallace and Marilyn Wilson.

Pallbearers were Zack Barfield, Allen Hitt, Zac Hitt, Brandon Parks, Rusty Ragsdale and Greg Tatum.

Honorary pallbearers were her church family at Jigger Apostolic Church

The family would like to express their gratitude for all of the prayers and loving support shown to them throughout Mrs. Robinson’s illness  and also wants to thank Hospice TLC and Bob Temple.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.gillfirstnational.com.

Paul David Hatten

Paul David Hatten, 71, of Delhi, was born on July 29, 1947, in Monroe, and went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

David was retired from GreenPoint Ag in Winnsboro,

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beverley Jean Thomas Hatten; his parents, William Baskin Hatten and Eula Lowery Curry; his step father, William Hoten Curry Sr.; and seven siblings: Lillian Holloway, W. H. “Bucky” Curry Jr., Jessie Johnson, Irma Lee Hoggatt, Violet Hill, William H. Curry and Ellis Hatten.

He is survived by his daughter Summer Rebecca Hatten and fiancé Chad Seffens of Rayville, and a brother, Leo Hatten from Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be announced for a later date.

For information about the service and updates visit our website at www.coxfuneral.com.

Donald 'Bub' Killingsworth

Funeral services for Donald “Bub” Killingsworth, 76, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro with Rev. Scott Fletcher officiating.  Interment followed in Harris Cemetery near Crowville. 

Bub was born to the union of Jesse Lee and Nellie Mae Parker Killingsworth on Aug. 8, 1942, in Winnsboro, and passed from this life Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

He worked in construction as a welder for many years and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and in the outdoors where his favorite pastime was deer hunting.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Jerry “K” Killingsworth; sister-in-law Margie Killingsworth and niece Kai Killingsworth. 

Bub leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 55 years Linda Davison Killingsworth of Winnsboro; daughter Donna Lynn Hawthorne and Ivy Cosse of Metairie; son Daryl Lane Killingsworth and Shannon Stephens of Winnsboro; grandchildren: Colby Hawthorne, Brooke Hawthorne Ashleigh Killingsworth and Kaitlyn Killingsworth.  He is also survived by two brothers Devone Killingsworth of Winnsboro and Gary Killingsworth and wife Allison of Winnsboro; numerous nieces nephews other relatives, friends and his faithful canine companion Beau.

Pallbearers were David Beblieux, Devin Deblieux, Cass Kaufman, Colby Hawthorne, Jay Killingsworth, Ryan Killingsworth and Donnie Wallace.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital www.stjude.org.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.gillfirstnational.com.

Dorothy 'Dot' Eaton

Funeral services for Dorothy “Dot” Eaton, 75, of Crowville, were held Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Jimmy Harper officiating. Burial followed in Harris Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Dorothy, a homemaker, and beautician was a member of First Church of Nazarene and loved working and helping put together teacher appreciations and doing for schools in the community. She loved cooking and family gatherings, and was considered a professional bargain shopper by friends, family and the local store managers. “Ms. Dot,” as she was known to many, loved people but especially her family. Jack, her husband, opened doors for her and drove her wherever she wanted to go and he knew she loved him because she fried his bologna sandwiches instead of serving them to him cold. She was born on Oct. 3, 1943, in Natchez, Miss., to the union of Charles and Eva Burt, and she passed from this life to her heavenly home on March 9, 2019, at her residence near Crowville, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Eva Burt; her brother, which she loved dearly, Raymond Burt Sr.; son-in-law, Pat Ward; and nephew, Raymond Burt Jr.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 loving years, Jack Eaton; daughters, Tammy McClain and her husband Red of Winnsboro, Laurie Ward of Winnsboro, and LaTonia Shayne Jeselink of Monroe; son, Tony Hall of Crowville; stepsons, Jackie Eaton and his wife Bettina of Monroe, Jamie Eaton and his wife Karen of Crowville, sister-in-law, Linda Burt of Kentwood; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren, and several nephews.

Pallbearers were Chad Ward, Chuck Ward, Dakota McClain, Red McClain, Tony Hall, and Terril Crawford.

Honorary pallbearers were Rodney Cupp, Jackie Eaton, Brian Eaton, and Jamie Eaton.

Online registry/condolences at www.youngscommunity.com

Jesse Ray Corbin

Funeral services for Jesse Ray Corbin, 73, of Monroe were held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Pleasant Star Baptist Church. Burial followed at the NELA Veterans Cemetery in Rayville, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mr. Corbin died Feb. 23, 2019, at the VA Home in Monroe.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Middleton-Corbin, Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Glen Corbin, Norco, Calif.; sisters: Maxine Turner, Omaha, Neb.; Mamie and Ruby Corbin, Monroe; Sarah Wilhite, Winnsboro; adopted sister, Courtney Harris, Monroe; and a host of other family and friends.

Nephews and friends served as pallbearers.

Jamie Randall Ensminger

Jamie would like to let you know that his work on earth is done. When he received the call, it was “an offer he couldn’t refuse.” It was for an appointment from which he will not be returning so we will meet him there. This assignment starts with a wonderful reunion with family and friends. His “new mission” takes him to a wonderful place where he will be socializing, dancing, reading, singing and praising Jesus to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love fill the fragrant air. He left detailed instructions for his wife, his son, his father and his mothers to celebrate “mission accomplished” and to celebrate his amazing life.

Always in our hearts; He will live on through us. (Jamie wrote this to put on his grandparent’s tombstone. Only change is “He” replaces the pronoun They.)

On Sunday night, March 3, 2019, loving husband, father and son, Jamie Randall Ensminger went to Heaven into the arms of Jesus. Jamie was born on May 10, 1966, in New Orleans, and left this earth March 3, 2019, in New York, New York with his loving wife, Tricia by his side.

Jamie had a passion for photography. Framed photographs are proudly displayed on the walls in their home. He also loved to read and watch movies. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and always lending a helping hand. Because of his kind and compassionate spirit, Jamie became an ER nurse and Cath Lab nurse and comforted thousands of people through the years. His career with Federal Occupational Health gave him the opportunity to get out of hospital nursing and work with many federal agents.

Jamie was also extremely proud to have served in the US Army. SGT Jamie Ensminger, B Co 2/14 Infantry, 1985-88. His company remembers him as being a great soldier, an excellent machine gunner and he had “The Smile that calms the Chaos.”

He is survived by his wife Tricia Goodman Ensminger, his son Jamie Ensminger and wife Cassie, his father Jerry Wayne Ensminger, his mother Patricia Hewitt Wagner and husband Chuck, his mother Irene Scruggs and husband Harry, many loving in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Chase Baptist Church in Chase, at 2:30 p.m.. A private graveside service will be held at Chase Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to help find a cure for cancer or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

William 'Billy' Tillery

Funeral services for William “Billy” Tillery, 67, of Ruston were held Sunday, March 10, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Perry officiating.  Interment followed in Ogden Cemetery. 

Mr. Tillery was born July 22, 1951, to the union of Lloyd Earnest Tillery and Edna Mae Perry Tillery, and passed from this life in Ruston.

He worked in the oil field as a roustabout; he enjoyed fishing and word puzzle books.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Linnie Mae Theriot; one niece Sheila Richardson.

Survivors include two brothers: Lloyd Tillery Jr. and wife Donna of Crowville and Donald Tillery of Winnsboro; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Derrick Tillery, Jacob Tillery and Mark Tillery.

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

Frankie Peters Long

Funeral services for Frankie Peters Long, 95, of Foules were held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Zion Baptist Church in Foules. Burial followed in the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Frankie died March 3, 2019, at Heritage Manor Rehab Center in Ferriday.

She raised Brenda Sue Oliver and Donnie Arnett as her children. Other survivors include nephews James and Raymond Joiner of Alexanderia; Michael Gary, Sicily Island; god child Shirley Allen of California; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Calvin Chatman, Jermaine Reynolds, Donnie Arnett, Michael Gary, Karles Gary and Jerry Gary Jr.

Cynthia Potter Piert

Funeral services for Cynthia Potter Piert, 69, of Houston, Texas will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at New Macedonia Baptist Church in Gilbert with the Rev. Jimmy Davenport officiating. Burial will follow in Oakley Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.

Mrs. Piert, formerly of Gilbert died Wednesday, March 6, 2019. She was a retired liberian with the City of Houston.

Visitation will be Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Piert, Houston, Texas; daughter, Pearl Potter Davenport (Jimmy) of Houston; sons: Isaac Potter (Jacqueline) and John Henry Potter (Lilly), all of Houston; Rusty Potter (Frankie) of Monroe; and her mother, Caroline Potter, Houston.

The church family will serve as pallbearers.

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