Donnie Louis Easterling

Funeral services for Donnie Louis Easterling, 82, of Winnsboro were held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in the Mulhearn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Karl Huff and Rev. Kelly Clark officiating. Burial followed in the NELA Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Don was born on Dec. 4, 1936, in Fort Necessity and died at his residence on Dec. 23, 2018. He loved his family, fishing, coaching, watching his grandchildren play ball. He loved gardening, frying fish, loved tomatoes. He loved his Winnsboro Wildcats. He taught at West Point Military Academy. He was 1989 Northeast Football Coach of the Year. He also coached in the Louisiana High School Association All Star Games of 1995.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Leo and Dozie Lee Irverson Easterling, and a brother, Mike Easterling.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue Easterling of Winnsboro; daughters, Cindy Strickland and husband Buddy of Winnsboro and Kim Wilcher and husband Scott of Baskin; grandchildren, Kara Wilcher, Ty Wilcher, and Amy Peters; brother, Ralph Easterling and wife Peggy of Fort Necessity; special nephew, Tim Holloway of Winnsboro.

Pallbearers were Buddy Strickland, Scott Wilcher, Tim Holloway, Ashley Peters, Brandon Easterling, Shea Easterling, and Ty Wilcher. Honorary pallbearers were former Wildcat football and track athletes coached by Coach Don.

Online registry/condolences made at

Mike Cobb

Memorial services for Mike Cobb, 54, of Winnsboro were held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Lone Cedar Baptist Church in Winnsboro with Rev. Johnny Magnuson officiating. 

He was born on June 2, 1964, in Fort Campbell, Ky., and passed from this life Saturday,  Dec. 22, 2018 at his home in Winnsboro.

Mike was farm manager with Delta Land Turf.  He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Priest Cobb.

He is survived by his wife LaRue Cobb of Winnsboro, daughter Jennifer Cobb; son Curtis Cobb; five grandchildren Bentley Cobb, Addison Cobb, Annie Robbins, Sadie Cobb and Castiel Cobb; his father Al Cobb of Winnsboro; sister Donna Sewell and husband Michael of Farmerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at .

Arrangements are under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro.

Robert “Butch” Alpe

A memorial gathering for Robert “Butch” Alpe will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Souled Out Ministries, 132 Natures Acres Road, Hwy 17, Winnsboro.

Robert James “Butch” Alpe passed away at Oktibbeha County Hospital on Dec. 20, 2018. Butch was born on June 2, 1942, in Winnsboro, to the late Joseph Bernard and Camille Forte Alpe.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Twila Little Alpe and children Mike and Mitzi Alpe of Starkville, Shane and Kristy Alpe of West Point, and Kalicia and Lee Henderson of Tupelo; grandchildren: Logan and Lillee Alpe of Starkville, Kip and Price Alpe of West Point, and Jay, Joshua, and Jessica Henderson of Tupelo; one brother, Joe Frank Alpe, of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Cheryl and Jerry Reeves, of Winnsboro; mother-in-law, Beulah Little, of Winnsboro; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Tonda and Petey Parish, of Riverview, Fla.; Roxy and Scott Fletcher, of Winnsboro; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends, David and Janet Hodges of Aberdeen, Miss.

The family requested in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Butch Alpe Scholarship Fund in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Online donations may be made at and designate your gift for the Butch Alpe Scholarship Fund.

Frances Mae Roberts

Funeral services for Frances Mae Roberts, 83, of Wisner, were held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in South Central Baptist Church, Wisner with Rev. Keith Dowden officiating.  Interment followed in South Central Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Roberts was born March 5, 1935, in Columbia to Tom Kidd Smith and Lily Mae Crabtree Smith, and passed from this life on Dec. 23, 2018, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.

She was a member of South Central Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Charlie Boy Roberts; granddaughter, Memory Roberts; and great grandson, Miles Morgan.

Survivors include four children: Debra Roberts of Wisner, Shawn Roberts and wife Dena of Fort Wright, Ky., Robin Roberts of Wisner, and Kristy Jones and husband Trey of Coushatta; nine grandchildren: Justin Temple, Leah Roberts Pace, Rhett Roberts, Rand Roberts, Townsley Roberts, Stephanie Beach, Hannah Beach, Rebecca Beach and Stephen Jones; four great-grandchildren: Anna, Hartley, Preslee and Madylan; five siblings: Joyce Foy of California, Edna Jordan of Columbia, Dan Smith of Clarks, Terri Aringe of Hot Springs, Ark., and Russell Tarver of Columbia; a host of nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be made at

Gerald George “Bud” Hilbun Sr.

Gerald George “Bud” Hilbun Sr., 95, of Baskin, passed from this life to his eternal home on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends.

A celebration of his life was held at Family Community Church on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, with internment following in Ogden Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Funeral Home.

Bud was born on Aug. 2, 1923, in Winnsboro, to Fleming David and Mary Elizabeth Neal Hilbun. He was the last surviving sibling of eight brothers and two sisters: Charles “Arnold” Hilbun, Louie Hilbun, Gordon Hilbun, Thelma Hilbun, Curtis Hilbun, Ott Hilbun, Jimmy Hilbun, Mayo Hilbun, Helen “Dottie” Hilbun Polk, and Elmer “Bee” Hilbun (killed in WWII).

Bud joined the Army in 1943, where he was promoted to Sergeant of the 82nd Combat Engineers Battalion. He served in England, Africa, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. The members of his unit were awarded the European Campaign Medal for fighting in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe and four battle stars; and also awarded the Belgium Service Medal, Victory in Europe Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, French Croix de Guerre, the Belgian Fourragere, and the Normandie Jubile de la Livertie. On his 91st birthday, his grandchildren took him back to Europe where he had served over 70 years earlier.

When he returned from the war, he married Oleta Folds on Jan. 16, 1946. They would have been married 73 years in January. They lived in Baton Rouge, from 1948-1959, where he worked for the Baton Rouge Waterworks and Magnolia Construction Company. They returned to Baskin where he was a dairy farmer until he retired. During this time, he served for 16 years on the Franklin Parish School Board. After retiring the first time, he earned his real estate license, and retired again at age 94.

Bud leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Oleta Hilbun; and three children: Linda Hemphill (Walter), Elizabeth Rigdon, and Gerald G. Hilbun Jr. (Vicki). He is also survived by five grandchildren: John Walter Hemphill Jr. (Heather), Caroline Hemphill, Michelle Davison (Travis), Seth Hilbun, and David Rigdon; three great-grandchildren: Trey Hemphill, James Davison, and Sawyer Davison; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Bud had four great loves in his life: God, his church- Family Community Church, his family, and Family Community Christian School. He was faithful to God and served his church in many capacities over his lifetime. His family was aware of his deep love for them and his pride in their accomplishments. His daily encouragement and prayers will be missed. When Family Community Church began FCCS, Bud helped with the initial building projects and maintenance from ages 84-95. He enjoyed walking the halls, visiting with faculty, staff, parents, and students. He also loved attending the athletic events held at the school. Everyone loved Mr. Bud, and the students often called him Papaw Bud.

Pallbearers were John Hemphill, David Rigdon, Seth Hilbun, Travis Davison, Michael Hilbun, Ronald Hilbun, Curtis Hilbun, and Jamey Folds.

The family would like to thank all who supported them during Mr. Bud’s illness and death. We would like to especially thank Pastor Daniel and Pastor Dani Hawks, our church family, and host of friends who supported us with their love and prayers during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to Family Community Church or to Family Community Christian School.

Lynn Romines

Funeral service for Lynn Romines, 65, of Winnsboro, were held Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Jesus Name Apostolic Church with Rev. Jimmy Holland officiating.  Interment followed in Harris Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Romines was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Sevierville, Tenn. to the union  of Claude Arbile Romines and Wanda Louise Manis Romines, and passed from this life on Dec. 26, 2018, at his residence in Winnsboro.

Mr. Romines was a member of Jesus Name Apostolic Church.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. His favorite hobbies included fishing, reading and watching movies.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Floyd and Ronald Romines.

Survivors include his wife Shelia Reeves Romines of Winnsboro; four children: Angie Reeves of Rayville, Cynthia McMurray and husband Dustin of Crowville, Melissa Romines of Sterlington and Chris Romines of Rayville; four brothers: Kenneth Romines, Doug Romines, Wayne Romines and Jeff Romines; one sister: Pam Romines; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Darrell Chambliss, Jonathan Holland, Dustin McMurray, Ethan Newson, Seth Newsom and Chris Romines.

Online condolences may be made at

Rex McLemore

Funeral services for Rex McLemore, 44, of Gilbert, were held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Bates and Rev. Dale Goodman officiating.  Interment followed in Oakley Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Rex was born Sept. 22, 1974, in West Monroe to the union of Richard Parker McLemore and Annie Mae Eley McLemore; he passed from this life on Dec. 26, 2018, at his residence.

Rex was a member of Life Church in Winnsboro.  He was employed by Koch Specialties and SWS as a boilermaker and welder.  He enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard McLemore.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife Kimberly McLemore; four children: Mason Parker McLemore, Chase Robert McLemore, Kaylee Alissa McLemore and Rhett Allen McLemore; his mother, Annie Mae McLemore; three brothers: Ricky McLemore and fiance Charlotte, Kirby McLemore and wife Michelle, and Dale McLemore and wife Alicia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Pallbearers were Shane Carr, Bill Eley,  David Eley, Jeff Eley, Michael Mannon and Jeffery Smith.

Online condolences may be made at

Faye Newman Montgomery

Funeral service for Faye Newman Montgomery, 76, of Winnsboro, were held on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Kevin Bates and Rev. Jimmy Harper officiating. Burial followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Ms. Faye was born on Feb. 15, 1942, in Winnsboro to the union of Ray and Bessie Wilhite Newman, and passed from this life on Dec. 22, 2018, in Winnsboro. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Bill Newman and Donald Newman.

She is survived by her husband Elvin “PeeWee” Montgomery; son, Johnny Montgomery; daughters, Kimberly Montgomery and Mary Melissa Dotson and husband Landon; grandchildren: Melissa Kaye Montgomery, Reagan Pommier, Justin Montgomery, Kiley Montgomery, Cole Dotson, Cade Richmond, and Hayden Dotson; brother, Robert Newman and wife Vicky; and sister Kay Patt and husband Larry. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Charles Phillips, Dale McLemore, Ray Newman, David Newman, Jason McMillon, and Kevin Montgomery.

Roy T. Denmon

Funeral services for Roy T. Denmon, 74, of Gilbert, were held Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Kendricks Ferry Pentecostal Church with Rev. Danny Davis and Rev. A. J. Kimball officiating.  Interment followed in Oakley Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Denmon was born Nov. 2, 1944, to the union of Joe Denmon and Goldie Marie Wren Denmon and passed from this life on Dec. 24, 2018, at his residence in Gilbert.

He is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers: Richard, James, William, Jack, Walter and Frank Denmon Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rose Mary Denmon of Gilbert; son Roy Douglas Denmon and wife Toni of Wisner; daughter Marilyn Jeanette Smith and husband Jr. of Gilbert; three brothers: Johnny Denmon and wife Sandra of Gilbert, Bobby Demon and wife Linda of Columbia, and George Denmon of Gilbert; four sisters: Jessie Martin of Winnsboro, Faye Polk, Patsy Lee and Mary Denmon, all of Columbia; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a host of other friends and relatives.

Pallbearers were Brooks Adkins, Frank Denmon Jr., Louis Denmon, William Denmon, James Joiner, and Nicolas Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers were Billy Crawford and Timothy Rials.

Online condolences may be made at

Cornnor Austin Braswell

Cornnor Austin Braswell passed away on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. He was 79. 

He was born in Wisner, Louisiana in 1939, but has lived in Mississippi for a while.

Austin is preceded in death by his parents Lizzie Earls Braswell and Justin Alonza Braswell; infant sons: Austin Jr. and Dayerl Ray Braswell; son Terry L. Braswell; brother Hiraim “Son” Braswell; sisters: Margaret Earls and Edith Barlow.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Braswell, his three sons: Ronald Braswell, Kevin Braswell, and  Henry Graham (Nancy); his brother, John Earl Braswell; and his sister Mamie Bamburg; and daughter-in-law Nancy Braswell.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial followed at Holly Grove Baptist Cemetery in Wisner.

Case Braswell and Jerry Grant officiated the service.

Pallbearers were Jaden Braswell, Ronny Braswell, Kevin Braswell, Danny Earls, David Fussuell, and Curt Fussuell. Honorary pallbearers were D. J. Fussuell and Todd Kennedy.

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