Charlotte Pylant

Funeral service for Charlotte Pylant, 61, of Winnsboro were held Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral in Winnsboro with Rev. Gary Ardoin and Rev. Jimmy Harper officiating. Interment followed in Crowville Masonic Cemetery. 

She was born to J.T. and Rosie Lee Peppers Robinson on Sept. 7, 1957, in Delhi, and passed from this life Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. 

Mrs. Pylant was an avid reader of the Bible and would visit her mother in the nursing home on a daily basis.  Family was very important to her, and she enjoyed spending time with family members, especially her grandchildren, who referred to her as “MeMaw”. 

She was preceded in death by her J.T. Robinson.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years Dennis Pylant of Winnsboro; three daughters and sons-in-law: Shannon and Adrion Henderson of Winnsboro, Shonnie and Chris Dickens of Rayville, and Shelley and Chris Carraway of Delhi; mother Rosie Robinson of Winnsboro; brother Randy Robinson of Baskin; 12 grandchildren;  her beloved Yorkie Bitsy; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Christian Case, David McDuffie, Steve Pylant, Jason Robinson, Glen Spence and Ken Wright.

Honorary pallbearers were Larry Casiday and the deacons of Hill Ridge Baptist Church.

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Paul D. Hatfield

Funeral services for Paul D. Hatfield, 86, of Winnsboro, were held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in the Chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Rev. Doyle Adams officiating. Interment followed in Coax Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mr. Hatfield loved his family, enjoyed work, his cows, and fishing. He also enjoyed farming, reading the Bible, and spending time in his shop. He was preceded in death by his son, Weldon Hatfield.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Ruth; children: Annette Ghere and husband Donald, of Prairieville; Cathy Taylor, Yvonne Blount, Steve Hatfield and Paul J. Hatfield, all of Winnsboro; one brother, Bobby Ray Hatfield of Poplarville, Miss.; one sister, Jo Ann Basinger and husband Rudy of Ringgold; 11 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Flint Bryan, Bart Ghere, Caleb Ghere, James Hatfield, Jamie Winfrow, and Paul J. D. Hatfield.

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Teresa Hilbun

Funeral services for Teresa Hilbun, 61, of Baskin, were held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home with Rev. Daniel Hawks and Rev. Danni Hawks officiating.  Interment followed in Baskin Cemetery. 

Teresa was born March 17, 1957, in Winnsboro to the union of Jack and Joyce Hilbun, and gained her wings on Dec. 2, 2018, at Ochsners Medical Center in New Orleans.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jack Hilbun;  the father of her children, Gerry Clark Sr.; grandparents: Arnold and Polly Hilbun and Bryant and Lucille Hemphill.

Survivors include her son, Gerry Clark Jr., and wife Christina; daughter, Tamara Clark all of Baskin; mother, Joyce Hilbun of Baskin; grandsons: Jesse and Holden Clark of Baskin; sisters Debbie Thames and husband Merle and Eileen Graves and husband Johnny all of Baskin; brother, Ronnie (Tookie) Hilbun of Newellton; nieces, Holly Lowe, Traci Thames, Morgan Graves, and Brittany Hilbun; nephew, Shan Hilbun; eight great-nieces; two great-nephews; a host of other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers were Brad Wright, Trace Evans, Junior Maddox, William Thames, Lavelle Williamson, and Jory Lowe.

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Lewis Howell

Graveside services for Lewis Howell, 90, were held Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Crowville Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Ron Charrier officiating. Burial was under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home-Winnsboro.

Lewis worked for Exxon Mobil for 32 years. He was born on June 18, 1928, in Franklin Parish. He was a faithful servant of God and in his younger days loved to fish and hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Alma Howell; two brothers, Robert and J.W. Howell.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Doris Fay Howell of Sikes; daughter, Pam Cordray and her husband Dennis of Wimberly, Texas; two granddaughters, Karia Usemoto and her husband Todd of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Kristy Cordray of Wimberly, Texas.

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Bertha Ann Coleman

Funeral services for Bertha Ann Coleman, 62, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Abundant Life Ministries. Burial followed at Ward Bend Cemetery under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Bertha died Dec. 4, 2018 at her home in Winnsboro.

She was survived by her companion, Curtis Pleasant, Winnsboro; daughters: De’Andrea Coleman and Chietra Coleman, both of Winnsboro; Ashley Freeman, Monroe; brothers: James Coleman, Alfred Coleman, both of Winnsboro; Frank Coleman and Charlie Moore, both of Monroe; Billy Joe Brown, Ashley Brown, and Willie Lee Brown; sister, Harriet Payne, Houston, Texas; uncle John Lynch, Vallejo, Calif.; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Brandon Grant, James Foy, Dale Thomas, Blair Lewis, Victor Lewis and Rex McCarthy.

Clara Swayzer

Funeral services for Clara Swayzer, 92, of Winnsboro will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Daughter of Zion Cemetery in Extension, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Swayzer died Dec. 1, 2018, at Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria.

She is survived by her sons: Jamie Swayzer, Winnsboro, Henry and Allen Swayzer, both of Houston, Texas; daughters: Barbara Swayzer and Victoria Swayzer, both of Winnsboro; Leatha Swayze, Monroe; Stachel Swayzer and Jennie Harris, both of Milwaukee; sister, Pearl Ware, Monroe; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Oswald Wayne “O.W.” Robinson Sr.

Funeral services for Oswald Wayne “O.W.” Robinson Sr., 80, of Winnsboro, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Morales and Rev. John Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in Ogden Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Robinson, food service director for the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, was born on Sept. 11, 1938, in Winnsboro, to the union of Lilly Otwell Robinson and George Robinson, and passed from this life on Dec. 8, 2018, in Winnsboro. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lilly Robinson; sisters-in-law, Yvonne Robinson and Martha Robinson; nephew, Michael Robinson; niece, Mary Robinson; father-in-law, Theodore Jones; and mother-in-law, Gladys Jones.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Iris Jones Robinson; sons, Oswald Wayne Robinson Jr. and wife Ina, James E. Robinson and Rita Jones, and David Robinson and wife Amy; grandchildren, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Massey, Sydney Massey, and Krislynn Waldroupe; brothers, Horace Robinson and wife Claudine, James Robinson, Douglas Robinson, and Raymond Robinson and wife Shirley; sister, Frances Ladd and husband Donald; special friend, Linda Peavy; and special sister-in-law, Ruth Cooper. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers to honor the memory of Mr. Robinson will be Ricky Crum, Glenn Lochbrunner, Chad Lee, Kelly Martin, Kevin Cobb, and Robert Wiggins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Barron, Dr. Colvin, Chad Phillips, and Arnold Massey.

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