Sherman L. Williams

Funeral service for Sherman (Pete) Lawrence Williams, 81, of Jigger, were held Monday, June 24, 2019, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Erwin and Rev. Terry Newell officiating. Burial followed in Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Williams, retired from the Air Force as an Electrical/Instrument Technician, was born on July 14, 1937, in Columbus, Ga. to the union of Dovward Travis Williams and Mary Paul Dunn Williams, and passed from this life on June 21, 2019, at his home in Jigger. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margie Ann Knox Williams; parents, Dovward Travis Williams and Mary Paul Dunn Williams; great-grandson, Bryce Bayles; brother, Dovward Eugene “Bo” Williams; and brother-in-law, Bill Richardson.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Crystal Armstrong and husband Jim, and Cheryl Williams; brother, Mike Williams; sisters: Barbara Richardson and Deborah Williams; sister-in-law, Nancy Williams; grandchildren, Kristi Armstrong, Jennifer Breehne and husband Jeremy; Sean Warren, Lee Ann McQuillin and husband Timothy; and Joshua Warren; great-grandchildren: Riley, Colin, Kennedy, Christian, Allie, and Scott. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers were Donald Guthrie, Leland Erwin, Grady Pinckard, Galen Collins, Timothy Bayles, and Timothy McQuillin. Honorary pallbearers were Carey Neal Knox and his nephews.

Pete was always helping people in our small community of Jigger. If anyone had electrical or plumbing problems, we could count on him to know how to fix it. Even during his illness Pete would give us instructions, from the couch, on how to fix things around the house. He was a member of Jigger Church of Christ and lived his life as a faithful Christian. He was always a wonderful support to all those that called him Paw-Paw. Pete proudly served our country for 22 years in the Air Force and was married to the love of his life, Margie “Knox” Williams for 41 years.

Carl Heckard

Funeral services for Carl “Fuzzy” Heckard, 68, of Wisner were held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Wisner.  Burial followed in the Mathis Cemetery  under the direction of Mitchell Funerals and Cremations of Winnsboro.

Bertha Lee Jones

Funeral services for Bertha Lee Jones, 96, of Wisner were held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at New Light Baptist Church with the Rev. Delles Howell officiating. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jones died Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Survivors include a son, Edward Dale Jones, Wisner; and son-in-law, Dexter Burnett, Houston, Texas; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown, was born in Wisner, (Franklin Parish) on Sep. 21, 1945. He was the son of Dennis and Gertrude (Brown) Ward of Wisner. At the age of 73, he departed peacefully at his home on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Jerry was a long time resident of Los Angeles, California; but lived the last of his years in Monroe. He was a graduate of Wisner-Gilbert High School in Wisner. His senior class voted him, “The Most Likely To Succeed.” He attended both Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University of Los Angeles, Calif., majoring in law. He was a Christian and a member at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ, West Monroe. He was employed by Pepperdine, US Postal Service and Exxon.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1965 earning several decorations, medals, badges; namely, Marksman (RifleM14), National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star U V” DVC, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Air Medal.

The family found a letter dated Jan. 4, 1967, with the heading Award of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism: “Jerry Brown US54365911 Private First Class (PFC) E-3 United States Army Company A, 5th Battalion, 7th Calvary: Awarded Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device, Oct. 4, 1966; Republic of Vietnam; Reason: For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. PFC Brown distinguished himself by heroism in action on 4 October 1966, while serving with Company 5, 5th Battalion, 7th Calvary, during a mission of extracting a downed helicopter pilot from hostile territory. Although painfully wounded while assaulting a fortified enemy bunker, PFC Brown courageously moved his wounded comrades to safety while under extremely heavy enemy automatic weapons fire. Throughout the engagement, PFC Brown exposed himself to enemy fire while assisting in the evacuation of the wounded. His heroic action saved several lives, and set an outstanding example for his fellow soldiers. PFC Brown’s courageous action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 2 August 1962.”

Jerry was married to Avis Delores Williams Colbert (Wisner), fathering three children: Gerard Brown of Los Angeles, Calif.; Jarrett Brown of Los Angeles, Calif.; Krystal Brown of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Jerry Dewayne Brown of Monroe, the youngest son (mother Earnestine Holland); seven grandchildren: Jarrett Brown, Jr., Joy Brown (deceased), Terra Brown and Jasmine Brown, JaQuel Brown, Kelcey Brown, Sundai Brown; two great-grandchildren: Jameson Brown and Hazel Brown; God daughter: Ta’Niya Maurshae Glass; two brothers: Billy Brown Ward of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Dennis (Evangeline) Ward, Jr. of Albuquerque, N. M.; Charles Brown (Pearl) of Houston, Texas was a most favorite cousin, raised together as brothers; four sisters: Lorraine Shaw of Rosharon, Texas (husband James deceased); Betty Ward-Cooper of Monroe, (husband Elbert deceased); Marjorie (John) Gilmore (both deceased) of Missouri City, Texas; Sylvia (Michael) Rivas of Richwood, Texas; and Gloria (David) Lemle of Monroe; many nieces, nephews, extended family, God children, and friends.

Visitation for PFC Brown was held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Followed by a funeral service on Friday, June 21, 2019, 11 a.m. at Smith’s Funeral Home, 907 Winnsboro Road, Monroe, Louisiana. He was buried at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, which is located at 2413 Hwy 425, Rayville, Louisiana. Immediately following the burial, family and friends met for the Repast at 2 p.m. at Powell Community Center, 1401 Powell Avenue, Monroe.

“Jerry, your presence is missed. Your memories we cherish. Loving you always. Forgetting you never!”— Family”

Jane Langley Brown

Funeral service for Jane Langley Brown, 65, of Winnsboro, were held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at New Living Way Pentecostal Church, with Rev. James McMurray and Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Jane was born on Aug. 8, 1953, in Tallulah, to the union of Bessie Ratcliff Langley and Sam Fisher Langley, and passed from this life on June 19, 2019, in Monroe. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Bessie Langley; husband, Jimmy Lee Brown Sr; sisters, Mary Louise Harris and Emma Lou Langley; and grandson, Coby Brown.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Paula Brown Dixon and boyfriend Kenneth Brown; sons, Jimmy Lee Brown Jr; Scotty Brown and girlfriend, Lacey Johnston; brother, Sam Langley Jr. and wife Frances, and James Wesley Langley and wife Vicky; sisters, Betty Louise Harrell, Dianne Cupp, Virgie Hemphill and husband Gary, and Rosemary Langley; grandchildren, Kimberly Covington, Steven Tyler Brown, Jordyn Miller, Brittany Nicole Brown, Austin Brown, Destiny Brown, Teagan Brown, and Bentley Brown; and great-grandchildren, Selina Brown and Joe Covington.

Pallbearers were Austin Brown, Tyler Brown, Robert Cupp, Robert Ford, Anthony Bowlin, and Justin Currington.

Honorary pallbearers were James Covington, Cody Berry, Bennie McGurk, and David McKinney.

Ida Jo Evans

Funeral services for Ida Jo Evans, 88, of Monroe/Foules will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church in Foules, with the Rev. John L. Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Evans died June 19, 2019.

Survivors include one son, Calvin Perkins, Ferriday; two daughters: Rebecca Churchman, Swartz; Rev. Patty Evans, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters: Willie Mae Evans, Lake Charles; Cilia Flowers, Flowers, Miss.; 16 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dejuandrea Evans, Dylan Evans, Quintavous Evans, Jaques Briggs, and Henry Bracey.

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