Kenneth Chappell

Funeral services for Kenneth Chappell, 60, of Wisner, were held Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home, with Rev. Lannie Head officiating.  Interment followed in South Central Cemetery. 

Kenneth was born Oct. 19, 1958, in Lake Charles, and passed from this life on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Winnsboro.

Mr. Chappell was an ironworker, avid motorcycle rider, and outdoors man who enjoyed fishing and hunting; he was also involved in many benefit rides.  He loved his children and grandchildren to whom he was “Paw”.

He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Chappell, and sister, Karen Burns.

Survivors include his children: Cassie Chappell Boughton and husband Chris, Will Chappell and wife Ariel, and Montana Sterling; mother, Alice Kilgore;  six siblings: Cindy Roberts, Mike Burns, Randolph Allen Chappell, Byron Chappell, Donnie Chappell and Kevin Chappell; stepmother, Elaine Chappell; four step-siblings: Jeff Stephens, Mike Stephens, Debbie Gibbs, and Keith Stevens;  six grandchildren: Elijah, Levi and Livvy Boughton, Baylee, Ren, and Jade Chappell; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Cody Berry, Mike Eppinette, Blane Melancon, Stanley Ogden, Jeff Pylant, and Johnny Tannehill.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Gossett, Billy Jack Lewis and Luke Lewis.

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Marvin Cupp

Graveside services for Marvin Cupp, 90, of Kilgore, Texas were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Hurby Hitt officating, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro. 

Mr. Cupp was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Baskin to the union of Roy and Marie Cupp, and passed from this life at his residence in Kilgore, on Dec. 12, 2018.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Raymond Cupp, Merlin Cupp, and Cloyce Cupp; four sisters: Glena Jordan, Louise McKinny, Velda Hudson and Pauline Sisk.

Survivors include his sister Roberta Housden and husband Jimmy of Kilgore. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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Sara 'Sally' Bridges

Graveside service for Sara “Sally” Bridges, 80, of Calhoun were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Ark. with Rev. Kevin Bates officiating. 

She was born on Nov. 7, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas, and passed from this life Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in St. Francis Medical Center.

Mrs. Bridges was a member of Assembly of God Church in West Monroe and retired from Louisiana Blood Center as an LPN.  She was preceded in death by her parents James and Loraine Freer, and two husbands: James Erwin and Ennis “Pete” Bridges.

She is survived by four children: Forest “Tree” Erwin and wife Karen of Winnsboro, Robert Erwin and wife JoAnn of Jeffersonville, Ark.; Rhonda Brantley of Marion, and Theresa Turnage and husband Billy; two brothers Mike Freer and wife Mildred of Fort Worth, Texas, Tim Freer and wife Terri of Grapevine, Texas, and Bob Freer of Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Carole Brent McNeilly

Carole Brent McNeilly, age 74, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe. Carole had recently returned to her hometown of Winnsboro, after living and raising her family in Denver, Colo.

She is survived by her three sons: Matt McNeilly (Beth), Jeff McNeilly (Cheri), and Scott McNeilly (Sonya), all living in Colorado. Carole has seven grandchildren: Aspen, Devon, Kasen, Teagen, Jordan, Tyler and Kaelyn; brother, Jerry Brent of Winnsboro; and sister Joyce Sisk (Johnny) of Birmingham, Ala.

Carole was preceded in death by her husband Matthew S. McNeilly; and her parents Odell and Dottie Brent.

Carole was a very capable individual with an enthusiastic personality who moved to New Orleans to enter the working force immediately after graduating from Winnsboro High School in 1962. After success in several administrative positions, she “retired” to become a full-time mom to her boys. She lived in many parts of the U.S., from California to Maine and multiple points in between, but she always considered herself a southern girl and loved all that went with that designation.

She was a lifelong Elvis fan, loved the Denver Broncos, and had Facebook friends all over the world. Nothing, however, meant more to her than her family.

Carole was a free spirit that enjoyed life to the fullest and gave generously of herself to others. If you knew her, you loved her.

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Shirley Dianne Martin

Funeral services for Shirley Dianne Martin, 69, of Ridgecrest, will be held at a later date, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro. 

Shirley passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ferriday.

Shirley was born in Winnsboro on May 3, 1949.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert William Martin; father, Alvin Lauren Russell; mother, Irma Lee Russell Gossett; and sister, Abigail Lynn Baroni.

She is survived by her sisters: Bobbie Nell Hogue, Dollie Jane Blaylock, Alvin “Laurene” Peoples, Gloria Rejean Gossett, Belinda Kay Whitehead, Ellie Mae Pettis; and brother Burton Gossett.  Also survived by her daughter, Tina Renee Morrison and husband, Lance of Alto, Georgia; sons: Robert Daniel Martin and wife, Emily of Sicily Island, and Corey Eugene Martin of Natchez.  Shirley had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Jennie Smart

Funeral services for Jennie Smart, 89, of Wisner were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Faith Followers Evangelistic Ministries in Wisner. Burial followed at Mathis Cemetery in Extension under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Ms. Smart died Dec. 8, 2018, at her home.

Survivors include her sons: Carl Heckard and Gene Smart, of Winnsboro; Allen Smart, Willie Smart Jr., Bobby Joe Smart, all of Wisner; Michael Smart and Johnny Smart, both of Houston, Texas; daughters: Eula Johnson, Lisa Smart, Loradell Smart, of Wisner; Mabelle Smart, Winnsboro; two special grandchildren: Terrence Smart and Etasha Davis; a host of other grandchildren, family and friends.

Pallbearers were Wiley Heckard Jr., Claven Ridley, James Doyle, George Heckard, Reginald Heckard, Johnny Heckard, Ricky Mathis, Larry Mathis, Nolan Jenkins and Keith Milton.

Danny Priest

Funeral services for Danny Priest, of Winnsboro will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Life Church under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Mr. Priest died Dec. 18, 2018.

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