Quinon Ray "Papa Q" Ford

A celebration of life for Quinon Ray “Papa Q” Ford will be held at Christ Church, West Monroe, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ottis Lenoir officiating and a welcome from Roy Baas. Visitation will precede the service at Christ Church at 12 noon.

Quinon was born on Feb. 17, 1942, in Wallace Ridge Community, Catahoula Parish, to R.L. and Ruby Parker Ford. He graduated Block High School and moved to Monroe, where he attended NLU and began his lifelong career as an independent grocer, founding a family business that has spanned two generations and 45 years. He was an active member of Christ Church, West Monroe, and instrumental in the formation of a thriving Celebrate Recovery Community. His love of family extended to not only his immediate relatives and extended family, but also to his grocery store family, church family, and recovery family. When he was not devoting time to his families or volunteering in the community, he could be found in the great outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, and especially his hidden talent as an amateur/ professional landscaper.

He is preceded in death by his father, R.L. Ford, his mother Ruby Parker Ford, his sister Elvenia Ford, and brothers Ernest and Les Ford.

Left to cherish his memory are sisters Doris and Judy; daughters Angie, Katie, Erin, Misty, and Kristin Lee; sons Patrick, Michael, and Ryan; His beloved grandchildren, all proud to call him “Papa Q”: granddaughters Ella and Mazy; grandsons, Dustin, Tony, Jackson, Liam, Noah, and Nick; and his newest namesake, great granddaughter Lillian Rae; beloved nephew Jimmy and nieces, nephews, and friends too many to count.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Dr. Michael Hayward, Dr. Scott Barron, Pilots for Patients, and Louisiana Hospice for their steadfast attention to care. A very special thank you to lifelong family friend, Jessie Moore, for his many years of loyalty and devotion to our beloved Father.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to be made to Fresh Start of Winnsboro, and Rays of Sonshine, Monroe.

Sandy Harris Lee

Funeral services for Sandy Harris Lee, 57, of Winnsboro, were held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Apostolic Faith Chapel in Gilbert, with Rev. David Poole, Rev. Richard Smith, and Rev. Clay Nichols officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Sandy was born on Nov. 15, 1961, in Winnsboro, to the union of Rev. Virgil Harris and Wilma Swindle Harris; and passed from this life on Feb. 1, 2019, in Winnsboro. She is preceded in death by her father-in-law, James Lee; maternal grandparents, Herman and Lillie ‘Mae’ Harris; paternal grandparents, James Wilbur and Lillie Lenel Swindle; brother-in-law, Edmon Neal Lee; and Aunt Linda Ann Sikes.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Jimmy Lee; daughters, Cristy Temple and husband Lonnie and Jessica Danielle Kinison and husband Eric; adopted daughter, Lakesha Danielle Verrett and husband Daniel; parents, Rev. Virgil and Sister Wilma Harris; grandchildren, Victoria Temple and Aiden Verrett; brothers, Rev. James Harris and wife Debbie, Rev. Curtis Harris and wife Kristy; sisters, Kathy Martin and husband Rev. Billy Martin and Deborah Roberts and husband Rev. Nathan Roberts; and also in-laws, Pam Paola and husband George Jr., Darlene Aycock and husband Rev. David Aycock, Penny Smith and husband Rev. Ricky Smith, Kevin Lee and wife Nanette, and Chad Lee and wife Gail; mother-in-law, Mildred Lee; and special mother, Hilda Newton; special sister, Rena Newton; and special brothers, Rev. Danny Davis and wife Lisa, and Craig Newton. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, church family, and friends.

Pallbearers to honor the memory of Sandy were Jamin Harris, Michael Harris, Aaron Harris, Zach Martin, Joshua Harris, Caden Harris, Dillon Davis and Rev. Nathan Roberts II. Honorary Pallbearer was C. J. Lee.

Joyce Dunn Work

Funeral service for Joyce Dunn Work, 85, of Wisner, were held Jan. 31, 2019, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Stover officiating. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery, in Gilbert, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Joyce, a retired nurse, was born on Sept. 24, 1933, to the union of Paul and Altia Shelton Dunn in Ridgley, Tenn., and passed away on Jan. 28, 2019, in Wisner. She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Altia Dunn; husband, Herman Work; sisters, Marie McCoy, Mary Bargery, Shelby Lomax, and Paulett Cavins; and brothers, Talmadge Dunn and James Dunn.

Mrs. Joyce was a very kind and caring care-giver to her patients. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her pets. Mrs. Joyce loved her family and friends and they, in return, loved her.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Rebecca J. Connor of Fulton, Ky.; sons, Van Work and wife Judy of West Monroe, Paul Work and wife Judy M. of Wisner, John Work and wife Pam of Liddieville; and sister, Alice Norris of Ridgley, Tenn. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Pallbearers to honor the memory of Mrs. Joyce were Richie Dickey, Heath Work, Hadrian Work, John A. Work, Terrence Biggers, and Dustin Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin Work, Anthony Work, Glenn Stover, Ronnie Temple, and Tommy Gilbert.

Allen Dewey Rodgers Sr

Allen Dewey Rodgers Sr., completed his earthly mission on Tuesday the 29th day of January, 2019 at the age of 89.  At the time of his passing, he resided in Knoxville, Tenn. with his wife, Nina Wallace Rodgers, and daughter, Angela Palmer.

Allen was born on March 27, 1929 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, Franklin Parish, to Edward Dewey Rodgers and Myrtis Lillian Martin Rodgers.  He was the oldest of three children, with a sister, Pauline McCallon, and a brother Edward Earl Rodgers.

Allen attended school for the first seven years at New Zion Baptist Church. The next year, he went to Winnsboro High School and graduated in May of 1947.  He resided in Winnsboro, until 2016, when he moved to Knoxville, Tenn.  Allen always was a hard worker and willing to lend a helping hand, he never met a stranger and met each day with a smile.  He was an eternal optimist and could always joke about something. 

The most important things in his life was his wife and family.  He was loved by each and every one.  Part of that love and devotion to his wife and family was deeply intertwined with his faith and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he was a devoted member for 56 years. 

Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Dewey Rodgers and Myrtis Lillian Martin Rodgers, Nina’s parents, Gardner Wallace and Minnie Lee Whittington Wallace, and his sister, Pauline McCallon.  

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nina Rodgers, his daughter Angela Palmer, of Knoxville, Tenn., a son, Allen Rodgers Jr. (Taryn) of Richland, Mo., a daughter, Melanie Burkhart (Billy) of Walland, Tenn., and his brother, Edward Earl Rodgers (Bonnie) of Winnsboro.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, and they him. 

Services were held Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home. Interment followed in Myrtle Memorial Cemetery.   

Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.

Vergia L. Wallace

Funeral services for Vergia L. Wallace, 93, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Abundant Life Evangelistic Ministries in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Wallace passed away on Jan. 28, 2019, at her home.

Survivors include sons: James (J.W.) Wallace and Donald (Michael) Wallace, both of Winnsboro; daughters: Joyce Wallace, Rowena Wallace and Linda Berry, all of Winnsboro; Patricia Wallace and Dorothy Wallace, both of Seattle, Wash.; Betty Wallace, Monroe; special nephew, Johnny Gary, Alexandria; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Jaylon Wallace, Drick Wallace, Jamie Johnson, Marqueser Wallace, Keith Wallace and Karl Wallace.

Willie Mae Simeon

Willie Mae Simeon of Winnsboro, departed this life on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in New Orleans. She was born April 20, 1954.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Liberty Christian Center in Winnsboro.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the church from 6-7.

Burial will follow in the Morning Star Cemetery in Fort Necessity, under the direction of Mitchell Memorial Funeral Service of Crossett, Ark.

Rev. Sam Parker

Funeral services for Rev. Sam Parker, 81, of Winnsboro, were held Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Jigger Apostolic Church with Rev. Hurby Hitt, Rev. Danny Call and Rev. Bill Nash officiating.  Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Rev. Parker was born March 9, 1937, in Delhi, to the union of Lonnie Lee Parker and Minnie Lou Allen Parker, and passed from this life on Feb. 2, 2019, at his residence in Winnsboro.

Rev. Parker was a member of Jigger Apostolic Church and a licensed minister with the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ (ALJC), and he had been ministering since 1976.  He was a United States Navy veteran serving from 1955 - 1959, during the Korean Conflict.  He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Huey, Richard and Kenneth Ralph Parker; one sister, Carolyn Cureington; and one grandson: Little Martin Parker.

Survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife: Jacqueline Parker of Winnsboro; two sons: Darold L. Parker and wife Christie, and Martin A. Parker all of Winnsboro; one daughter Alexis Jo Parker Johnson and husband Huey “Dobber” Johnson of Biloxi, Miss.; one brother, Shelby Parker; four sisters: Eunice Ann Parker, Juanita Fowler and husband Earl, Diane King, and Janice Robinson and husband Louis; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends.

Pallbearers included Caleb Blount, Jeff Hitt, Ryan Hitt, Caleb Johnson, Brady Jones, Paul Garrett Jones, Jeremy Mullican and Chad Parker.

Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.

Sara Elaine Thornhill Haring

Funeral service for Sara Elaine Thornhill Haring, 42, of Winnsboro, were held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Temple Baptist Church, with Rev. Wes Dunn and Rev. Alan Miller officiating. Burial followed in Fort Necessity Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Sara was a member of Fort Necessity Baptist Church. She graduated from Winnsboro High School in 1994, Northeast Louisiana University in 1998, with a degree in communication disorders, and from Louisiana Tech University in 2001, with a master’s in speech language pathology. Sara was currently employed with the Richland Parish School System. Sara was also a devoted mother to her baby girls, a loving wife, an avid Saints fan, and she loved to travel.

Sara was born on May 6, 1976, in Monroe, and passed from this life on Jan. 28, 2019, in Rayville. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leo Thornhill Jr. and Elaine Farley Thornhill.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her husband, Tony Haring; daughters, Alexis Haring and Addison Haring; and sister, Emily Thornhill.

Pallbearers to honor the memory of Sara were Mackie Strong, Daniel Fuller, Carey Joe Ellerbe, Danny Fuller, Ed Ellerbe Jr., and Caleb Haring.

Honorary pallbearer was Brett Haring.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations can be made to the Autism Research Institute, 4182 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 or you can donate on line at: www.autism.com

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