Bennie Charles Robinson Sr.

Funeral services for Bennie Charles Robinson Sr., 90, of Rayville, were held Friday, April 12, 2019, at the First Baptist Church Rayville, with Dr. Eddie Wren officiating. Internment followed in the Start Cemetery, Start, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Rayville.

Ben was born May 9, 1928, and passed away Tuesday April 9, 2019, at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Home after a lengthy illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Chapman Robinson Sr. and Ollie Anne Davis Robinson Pahal, his siblings, Peggy Ann Robinson Littleton and Oscar Chapman Robinson Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jewellene Adams Robinson; one son, Bennie Charles Robinson Jr. and his wife Stacia Dee Robinson; two grandchildren, Kristen Laurel Robinson and Kadee Lynn Robinson.

Following graduation from Start High School, Ben enlisted in the United States Army, Nov. 9, 1950. Ben served honorably both during wartime as Corporal and after discharge in the Army Reserves as Sergeant.

Following his discharge from the Army, he enrolled in Northeast Louisiana University, which in 1950 was Northeast Louisiana State College, and completed a BS degree in Agriculture. After marriage, he received his Masters degree from LSU in Agriculture Economics. Ben was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture for 35 years as a Supervisor for the Regional Cotton Classification Agency. He worked in the Alexandria office, but ran several offices all over the South.

Staying busy was always Ben’s way of life. While living in Alexandria, he developed an interest in restoring a 1929 Ford Model A car with a Rumble Seat. During his son’s high school years, the Model A got quite a workout cruising the streets of Alexandria. Later, Ben enjoyed driving the car in parades and weddings. Ben also enjoyed collecting and restoring antique clocks. He soon became a master clockmaker. He enjoyed making and refinishing cases as well as repairing the timepieces. Ben was an avid reader. He especially enjoyed reading and memorizing poems from his tattered and torn books of poetry. He took pleasure in reciting poems for groups and for loved ones.

Having become a Christian at an early age, Ben was a faithful follower of his Lord. He served each church of which he was a member with humility in many capacities including, RA Leader, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Saint’s Alive president, faithful Sunday School member, and a longtime active member of the Civitan Club.

He was a good son, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather, and a good friend to all.

It is evident that Ben has already spoken the words as written in II Timothy 4:7, KJV: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”

Services were under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home Rayville.

Rosie Peppers Robinson

Funeral services for Rosie Peppers Robinson, 86, of Crowville were held Monday, April 15, 2019, in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Rev. Marion Collier and Rev. Mickey Gallup officiating.  Interment followed in Crowville Masonic Cemetery. 

She was born on March 25, 1933, to Edwin Hamilton and Izena McNorton Peppers in Sikes, and passed from this life Friday, April 12, 2019, in Charlyn Nursing Home in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Robinson was a member of Hill Ridge Baptist Church.  She worked for many years as a cashier, having worked at Howard Brothers, Jitney Jungle, Grand Prize Stamps and several other stores in our area.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband J.T. Robinson Jr., and a daughter Charlotte Pylant.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Randy and Phoebe Robinson of Baskin; son-in-law Dennis Pylant of Crowville; sister Ethel Crain of Columbia; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Casiday, Lynn Casiday, Adrian Henderson, Bo Kidrick and Glen Spence.

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Michael Wayne Powell Sr.

Funeral services for Michael Wayne Powell Sr., 60, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at River of Life Church. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Winnsboro under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mr. Powell died April 7, 2019, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Higgins-Powell, Winnsboro; sons: Demeleius Powell, Michael Powell Jr., and Ken Derrick Powell; daughter, Chiquita Rose; god daughter, LaTasha Jones; mother, Mary L. Powell; brothers: Gregory Powell, Jarold Powell, and Derick Powell; sisters: Cheryl Wiley, Charlotte Powell, Chandra Powell, and Valarie Merrells; half siblings: Ilona, Felton, Jo, Bertran, Kolin, Brandon and Brian Shaw; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Charlie Carter, Tommy L. Ignont, Bertan Shaw, Kolin Shaw, Michael Hoard, Kenneth Kelly, Felton Shaw Jr. and Carlos Pew.

Mae 'Janie' Shaw

Funeral services for Mae “Janie” Shaw, 72, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Mt. Olive Church. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery in Gilbert, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shaw died April 5, 2019, at Charlyn Rehab & Nursing Center.

She is survived by her husband, Peter Shaw Sr., Winnsboro; sons: Peter Shaw Jr., Houston, Texas; Billy R. Shaw, Dallas, Texas; and Donnie L. Shaw, Gilbert; daughter, Charlotte Hooker and Connie Shaw, both of Dallas; sisters: Pricilla Shaw and Bessie Martin, both of Winnsboro; Dora Martin, Chicago, Illinois; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Geraldine Martin, Winnsboro; aunt Mahalia Green, Chicago; and a host of other relatives and friends,

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Willie Lattimore

Willie Lattimore, a WWII veteran of the US Air Force was laid to rest on Friday, April 12.

Funeral service were held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 201 S 9th St., West Monroe at noon.

Internment followed at 2 p.m. at Northeast LA Veterans Cemetery.

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