C.W. 'Dub' Evans

Funeral services for C.W. “Dub” Evans, 77, of Winnsboro were held Sunday, March 3, 2019, in King’s Pentecostal Church near Wisner with Rev. Jerry Brady and Rev. Kevin Goodman officiating.  Interment followed in South Central Cemetery in Wisner under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro. 

He was born to William Ernest and Josephine Paul Evans on July 28, 1941, in Ferriday, and he passed from this life Friday, Feb. 28, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Evans proudly served the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict and retired after 24 years of loyal and dedicated service.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Charlene Evans.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Bernice T. Evans of Winnsboro; three children: Cherise Poland and husband Richard of Rusk, Texas, Wesley and Barbie Evans of Gilbert, and Donna Sue Evans of Liddiville; brother Jesse Evans and wife Avis of Jonesville; sister Maggie Lunsford of Ferriday; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Daimen Evans, Garrett Evans, Kaleb Kelley, Shane Poland, Tarron Poland and Lathan Taylor. 

Carsen Raborn served as honorary pallbearer.

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

Quintail DeWayne Credit

Funeral services for Quintail DeWayne Credit, 27, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, March 2, 2019, at River of Life Church. Burial followed at Cuba Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mr. Credit died Feb. 20, 2019, in Winnsboro.

He was survived by sons: Laquwinton D. Credit, Kayden Credit, Quintail Credit Jr., and Carson Willis; mother, Rosetta Pierce; father, Michael Credit; brothers: Bryce Cooks, Detrick Credit, Anthony McMahon, Michael McMahon, Jeremy Smith and step-brother, Tarel Pierce; fiance Quanecia Willis; three god children and three god sisters; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Bleir Lewis, Wilson Curtis, Rondel Harris, Ivory Sims, Andre Dixon, Allen Price, Jimmy Washington, Antonio Howard, and Bill Alexander Jr.

Rhonda Blunt

Funeral services for Rhonda Blunt, 57, of Winnsboro will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. at True Gospel with the Rev. Jim L. McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at Sims-Gethsemane Memorial Garden, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blunt died Friday, March 1, 2019.

She is survived by her husband, Ricky Blunt, Winnsboro.

Pallbearers were Garet Atkins, Dajuan Atkins, Adrian Jackson, Vermon McCarthy, Kenneth Atkins and Brandon McCarthy.

Roy H. Welch

Funeral services for Roy H. Welch, 57, of Newellton, were held Saturday, March 2, 2019, in First United Pentecostal Church, Newellton, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro. Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro. 

Mr. Welch was born  Oct. 14, 1961, in Winnsboro to the union of Billy Faye Welch and Ruby Loftin Welch, and passed from this life on Feb. 25, 2019, at Plantation Oaks Nursing Center in Wisner.

Mr. Welch was a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Newellton.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman and horseman; he enjoyed traveling. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife Kathy Powell Welch of Newellton; one daughter: Courtney Welch Meredith and husband Michael of Jonesville; two step-children: Jarrod Powell of Winnsboro and Larissa Powell of Newellton; seven grandchildren; one sister, Tammy Crawley and husband Ritchie of Newellton; one brother, Bruce Welch Sr. of Newellton; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Ritchie Crawley, Randy Matthews, Jarrod Powell, B. J. Rodriquez, Kurt Southern and Lonnie Welch.

Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Hudnall and Roy D. Welch. 

Jesse William 'Dub' Graham

Jesse William “Dub” Graham, 78, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died in the early morning hours of Feb . 18, 2019, with both his children by his side. He passed away from complications of an earlier stroke.

Dub was born on Jan. 20, 1941, in Mangham, to John William and Elsie (Barfield) Graham. After graduating from Gilbert High School in 1960, he moved to west Texas to work in the oilfield. Here he met and married the love of his life of 56 years Gayle O’Dell, in Andrews, Texas on Jan. 20, 1962. Together they had two children, Monte Dale and Ka-Lynn Graham. He went on to have a long and successful career in the oilfield industry. He followed the oilfield from west Texas to Traverse City, Mich. to Laredo, Texas and finally settling in Corpus Christi. He was well liked and respected in his chosen field. Dub never met anyone he didn’t like or that didn’t like him. He was a very hard worker who loved to play as hard as he loved to work. He always talked about how much he enjoyed life, it was important to him that everyone around him was happy.

Dub was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife. He is survived by his son Monte (Audrey) Graham; daughter Ka-Lynn Graham; sisters: Joyce Southern and Carmalita (Tammy) Graham; brothers: George Allen (Molly) Graham, John Michael (Phyllis Jones) Graham; Dennis Ray Graham, Randy DeShay (Debbie) Graham; and Carl Etheridge Graham; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of a traditional service, the family had a celebration of Dub’s life Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the home of Monte and Audrey Graham.

Vivian Lane

Funeral services for Vivian Lane, 63, of Wisner will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at River of Life Church with Rev. Gregory Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Estate Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.

Ms. Lane died Feb. 28, 2019.

She is survived by a son, Gregory Lane, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Kawana Lane Wilson (Sam) of Wisner; one brother, Robert Coleman, (Clemmie), Portland, Ore.; sister, Leona Lane, Wisner; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eleazly Jynes, Tyrick Jynes, John Lain, Bert Jynes, Samson Mathis, and Robert Coleman Jr.

Katie D. Monroe

Funeral services for Katie D. Monroe, 94, of Gilbert, were held Saturday, March 2, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Gilbert, with Rev. Gordon Donahoe officiating.  Interment followed in South Central Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Monroe loved her family, was a member of the Gilbert Garden Club, loved being with her grandchildren, and loved to farm.  She was a graduate of LA Tech., was a Home Economics teacher at Gilbert High School for four years, worked at Northeast LA Power Coop for 37 years, member of Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Delta Kapa Gama, and First Baptist Church of Gilbert. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James C. Monroe Jr., parents: George and Mary Mathis Donahoe; siblings: Annie Mae Jones, Charlie Donahoe, Ernest Donahoe, James Donahoe, and George Donahoe, and granddaughter, Megan Leigh Monroe.

Survivors include  son, James R. Monroe and wife Connie of Baton Rouge; grandchildren: James Christopher Monroe and wife Lindsey, and Darryl Ryan Monroe and wife Natalie: great-grandchildren: Ryan Ellis Monroe, Raegan Virginia Monroe, Parker James Monroe, and Pierson Jon Monroe.

Pallbearers were Chris Monroe, Darryl Monroe, Ryan Monroe, Randy Sewell, John Jones, and John Earl Carroll. 

Online registry/condolences may be made atwww.mulhearnfuneralhome.com.

James 'Jimmy' Freeman Jr.

Graveside services for James “Jimmy” Freeman Jr., 64, of Winnsboro, were held Friday March 1, 2019, in Providence Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro.

Mr. Freeman was born Aug. 1, 1954, in Winnsboro to the union of James H. Freeman Sr. and Mary Pauline Johnson Freeman, and passed from this life on Feb. 28, 2019, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

Survivors include his wife Linda Freeman of Winnsboro; two sons: Matt Freeman of Monroe and Jason Freeman of Winnsboro; step-daughter: Tammy Hardman and husband Rich; step-son: Jeremy Dudley and wife Heather of Archibald; parents: Jim and Pauline Freeman of Winnsboro; two sisters: Cathey White and husband George of Magnolia, Ark. and Lisa Ezell of Winnsboro; a host of other relatives and friends.

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

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