Charles Smith

Funeral service for Charles Smith, 90, of Winnsboro were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in New Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Basco officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro. 

He was born to William and Annie Jane Smith on June 15, 1928, in Brookhaven, Miss., and passed from this life Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Franklin Medical Center.

Mr. Smith was the oldest living member of New Zion Baptist Church.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.  After returning from the war, he ran heavy equipment, but later became a farmer.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years Bobbie Joyce Carter Smith; and all 10 of his siblings.

He is survived by his son Eric Smith; two granddaughters Anna Marie Spann and Mary Beth Russell, all of Winnsboro; four great-grandchildren Morgan Blaine Eaton, Maggie Braelyn Eaton, Matilda Lee Spann and Carter Reese Russell; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

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Ken Mize

Memorial services for Ken Mize, 58, of Baskin, were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in the Chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating.  Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mr. Mize loved working with the fire department, loved sports, Lady Vols, loved all types of football, and the outdoors.  He loved to read about military history, and Buford Pusser.  He loved to help people in the community, and was a strong Christian, attending all churches in Franklin Parish. 

Survivors include his mother, Dollene Mize of Key Biscayne, Fla., sister, Cindy Mize of Key Biscayne, Fla., first cousin, Michael Stern of Nashville, Tenn., first cousin, Julia Eidson of Atlanta, Ga., and many friends.  

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Leonard “Sonny Boy” Wade

Funeral service for Leonard “Sonny Boy” Wade, were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Brownsville Baptist Church in Columbia.

Mr. Wade was born Dec. 23, 1943 and departed this life on Nov. 10, 2018.

Burial followed at St. Paul Cemetery in Columbia, under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service, Crossett, Ark.

Donald Batey Beach

Memorial services celebrating the life of Donald Batey Beach, 80, of Monroe, will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at North Monroe Baptist Church, West Worship Center, 210 Finks Hideaway Road, Monroe, with Dr. Bill Dye and Rev. Warren Eckhardt officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 5100 Hwy. 562, 4.7 mi west of Wisner.

Donald Batey Beach was born Oct. 11, 1938, in Wisner, and died peacefully at his home in Monroe, on Nov. 17, 2018. His parents were Howard and Letha Beach of Fort. Necessity. His only sibling was his brother, Pat Beach. His grandparents were Frank and “Tib” Beach and M. C. and Anna Batey of Holly Grove. He leaves behind many beloved Beach and Batey cousins and an uncle, Dallas Batey.

Don married Fran Elarton in 1962, and they were happily married for 56 years. His children are Lauren Wagner and her husband Randy Wagner of Tulsa, Okla., and Karen Hurst and her husband Erich Hurst of Houston, Texas; grandchildren David, Hannah, and Peter Hurst.

Don earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU in 1961, and with the help of many talented, dedicated, and loyal partners and employees, he founded and operated three successful businesses which continue in Monroe to this day: Steel Fabricators, Construction Bolts, and Ranger Erectors. As dear to him as family were the many employees of those businesses, especially his longtime business partners, John Hunter and Jane Brown.

Don and Fran joined North Monroe Baptist Church in 1966, and Don was ordained as a deacon in 1973. He served in many ways, especially in leadership of the construction, finance and maintenance committees.

Don was an active member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce which awarded him the Kitty DeGree Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He served on the ULM Foundation Board of Trustees and was a longtime supporter of the ULM School of Construction Management. The School honored him with its Constructor of the Year Award in 2015.

Don is remembered for his dry sense of humor, his integrity, his fearlessness, and his relentless pursuit of excellence. His greatest strength was in hiring talented, hardworking people and giving them opportunities to grow. He loved his family, his church, his employees, and his community, and he worked hard every day to fulfill his duty to take care of all of them. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the ULM Foundation/School of Construction Management, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71203; or North Monroe Baptist Church Building Fund, 210 Finks Hideaway Road, Monroe, LA 71203.

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Lewis Howell

Graveside services for Lewis Howell, 90, of Sikes, 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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Clara Eva Sikes

A homegoing service for Clara Eva Sikes, age 92, of Winnsboro were held on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at the First United Pentecostal Church in Winnsboro, with Rev. Floyd Hawthorne, Rev. Mark Powell, and Rev. Don Kincaid officiating. Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Eva was born to the union of Henry and Evon Hawthorne on April 18,1926, in Epps. On Sept. 19, 1948, Eva married Rev. J.D. Sikes, the love of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Louis Hawthorne; and a sister Juanita Halbrooks.

Eva’s greatest loves were her Lord, her family, quilting, gardening, singing, and cooking. Our favorite part was the cooking!

She is survived by her son, Don Kincaid and his wife Mary, and her daughter, Wanda Hill and her husband Ken.

Her siblings, Willie Lea Peoples, Jessie V Townsend, James (Chubby) Hawthorne, Doris Sebold, Joyce Heath, A.J. Hawthorne, Martha Yeats, and Helen Davis.

Lovingly known as “our NeNe” she leaves behind four grandsons, Kendan Hill, Brent Armstrong, Justin Hill, and Carey Johnson. Also, three great-granddaughters, Lily Hill, Rylie Hill, and Evie Armstrong, her NeNe’s namesake.

Eva is also survived by her church family and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her pallbearers were Kendan Hill, Brent Armstrong, Justin Hill, Ken Hill, Mitchell Arnold, Gary Robinson, Marvin Cruse, and Bob Temple.

The family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Tom Colvin and his staff.

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Mary Reynolds Parker

Funeral services for Mary Reynolds Parker, 86, of Olla, formerly of Newellton, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro. Interment will follow in Harris Cemetery.

She was born to Chapman Cephus and Mary Wreatha Rushing Reynolds on Dec. 31, 1931, in Warden, and passed from this life Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Haven Nursing Center in Columbia.

Mrs. Parker was a member of Olla Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Luther Parker; and two brothers: Wilmer and Chapman Reynolds.

She leaves behind five children: Luther Clarence Parker and wife Cora of South Hampton, N.J.; Lynette Lee of Winnsboro, Gary M. Parker of Olla, Yvonne Ellerbe and husband Ed of Gilbert; and Pamela Emfinger and husband Sidney of Olla. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ward Ellerbe, Casey Emfinger, Dustin Emfinger, Ben Parker, William Parker and Jonathon Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clay Emfinger and Lloyd Peoples.

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