Frances “Merlene” Cox

A Celebrate Life Memorial service for Frances “Merlene” Cox, 68, of Winnsboro, was held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Merlene went to be with the Lord on Jan. 9, 2019, after a long fight with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Disease. Her celebration service took place at the Life Church in Winnsboro, with Rev. Kevin Bates and associate pastor Rex Barker officiating. Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro arranged cremation services.

Frances “Merlene” Smith Cox was born on April 16, 1950, at the E. A. Conway Hospital in Monroe. Her parents were the late Leslie Ivy Smith and Lillian Georgia Mae Pilcher of Choudrant. Merlene passed from this life while residing at the Plantation Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winnsboro, following the extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, Claude Winston Smith of Collinston. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Left to cherish a lifetime of memories is her husband for 50 years, Victor I. Cox, of Powderly, Texas; her son, Richard Westley Cox and wife Lisa of Bryan, Texas; her three grandsons: Blake Westley Cox, Ethan Wade Cox, and Caleb Walker Cox of Bryan, Texas. Also her only sister, Claudette Russell and husband Billy, from Rocky Branch. Plus, her one niece and four nephews.

Merlene was a member of the Powderly Baptist Church in Powderly, Texas. She loved flowers and her green thumb produced as many colors as her varied life. She liked and grew tall sunflowers. She was an excellent cook and loved camping, fishing, and the outdoors. She was known for her exceptional ability to remember birthdays. She was a consulted friend to all who knew her. She was often quiet and always helpful and gentle. She cherished her three grandsons who always lifted her spirit.

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Cheryl Lee

Funeral services for Cheryl Lee, 68, of Baskin, were held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Light House Apostolic Church, with Rev. Timothy Parker and Rev. Cecil Grantham officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mrs. Lee was a member of Light House Apostolic Church for 41 years , a bookkeeper for several nursing homes in Franklin Parish and also retired from The Council on Aging. She enjoyed quilting and sewing and spending time with her family. Mrs. Lee was born on April 1, 1950, in Winnsboro, to the union of Millard Joseph Jones and Cleo Josephine Bailey Jones, and passed from this life on Jan. 11, 2019, in Shreveport. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kelvin Jones, Elton Jones, Devan Jones; and sister, Lois Wilson.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her husband of 52 years, Harold Lee; daughter, Dana Lee and Shane Bordelon of Crowville; son, Randy Lee of Baskin; grandchildren, Donald Veuleman, Kaden Murray, and Randy Clem; brother, Millard Jones and wife Patrica of Liddieville; and sisters, Joyce Hatten and husband Earl of Liddieville and Alice Primm and husband Robert also of Liddleville.

Pallbearers were Jackie Jones, Chad Parker, and Dusty Jones.

Honorary pallbearer was Jonathan Hutto.

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James Earl “Juke” Randolph

Funeral services for James Earl “Juke” Randolph, 61, of Winnsboro were held Jan. 12, 2019, at Abundant Life Ministries. Burial followed at Rest Haven Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mr. Randolph died Jan. 1, 2019, at his home.

Survivors include sons: Patrick Walker, James Randolph Jr., Kendrick Crockham and Tony Atkins, all of Winnsboro; daughters: Sharon Cain, Regina Cain, Rube Allen, all of Monroe; Lakesha Leonard and step-daughter Stella Hughes, both of Winnsboro; brothers: George Randolph III and Clyde Randolph, both of Winnsboro; sisters: Neal Randolph and Julia Ellis, both of Winnsboro; 25 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; special friend, Vicki Hughes, Winnsboro; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Keontray Anderson, Patrick Walker, Tommy Leonard Jr., Dan Anderson, George Randolph IV, Kareem Randolph, and Kendrick Crockham.

Jackie Parker

Funeral services for Jackie Parker, 78, of Wisner, were held on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Wisner Assembly of God, with Rev. Henry Lee Parker officiating. Interment followed in South Central Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Jackie, a former house painter and employee of the Town of Wisner, was born on Jan. 27, 1940, in Gilbert, and passed from this life, at his home, on Jan. 9, 2019, in Wisner. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Hazel Parker; and his wife, Betty Jean Parker.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sharon Chappell and husband Byron of Wisner; son, Kevin Parker of Wisner; grandchildren, Jessica Holloway (Brandon) of Wisner, Steven Parker (Hunter) of Sicily Island, Stephanie Stinson (Matt) of Vicksburg, Felicia Parker of Rayville, Olivia McNeese (Tristen), Jurnee Chappell of LeCompte; three brothers, R. B. Parker and wife Ernestine of Wisner, Henry Lee Parker and wife Margaret of Ashflat, Ark., Hollis Ray Parker and wife Katheryn of Sicily Island; and two sisters, Mabel Odgen and husband Vance of Sicily Island and Patricia Russell and husband Harold of Winnsboro.

Pallbearers were Chad McDaniel, Louie Boone, Ted McDaniel, Michael Parker, Jeffery Gallagher, and Johnny Ogden. Honorary pallbearers were Tim McDaniel and Emma Jean Allbritton.

William “Buddy” Watkins

Graveside services for William “Buddy” Watkins, 80, of Wisner, were held Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Harris Cemetery with Rev. Odean Fletcher officiating, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home. 

Mr. Watkins was born Jan. 16, 1938, in Harrisonburg to the union of Alton Leonard Watkins and Jessie Priscilla Netherland Watkins, and passed from this life on Jan. 13, 2019, at Mary Anna Nursing Center in Wisner.

Mr. Watkins was employed for 37-1/2 years with the telephone company.  He enjoyed his life, grandchildren and fixing old cars.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two daughters: Edna Fay Watkins and Karen Franklin; one son-in-law, Charles Thornhill; three sisters: Livice Guillot, Joelyne Cowan and Margie Wedgeworth.

Survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife Elizabeth Watkins of Wisner; six children: Margie Day and husband Wales of Farmerville, Dovie Bourque and husband Wayne of Lafayette, Janie Terrell and husband Glen of Crowville, Todd Higgins and wife Gail of Texarkana, Texas, Bubba Higgins and wife Janice of Wisner, and Charlotte Thornhill of Wisner; two sisters: Joyce Secrest of Longview, Texas, and Lillie Morris and husband Troy of West Monroe; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Varnie “Shauntae” Atkins Young

Funeral services for Varnie “Shauntae” Atkins Young, 41 of Winnsboro will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Cathedral of Love & Faith in Winnsboro. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Ms. Young died Jan. 8, 2019, at Christus Schumpert Medical Center in Alexandria.

Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel, Winnsboro.

Lloyd Talton Warner

Lloyd Talton Warner went to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, 2019, at the age of 85. He was born on April 6, 1933, in Columbia, Louisiana, to George and Aretha Warner. Lloyd was a graduate of Ogden High School and earned a business degree from Northeast Louisiana University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Lloyd began a lifelong career in the airline industry in 1961, with Southern Airways and retired from Northwest Airlines in 1993.

Lloyd had a servant’s heart and spent his life ministering to others. He was a lay preacher, serving in the jail ministry for over 30 years, and was an interim speaker in numerous churches in Louisiana. He was an ordained deacon and member of West Conroe Baptist Church.

He loved to have fun, tell stories that brought laughter, and make new friends everywhere he went. He was a blessing to all who knew him and was faithful in sharing the gospel with others. He also had a passion for bass fishing and gardening.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Carmen Lanette Warner, and brother Floyd Warner.

Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Ann Warner; daughter Sharon Warner Box and husband John; grandsons Braden and Bryce; nieces Glenda Boyd and Wanda Poland; and numerous friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, January 12, at West Conroe Baptist Church in Conroe, Texas. Interment was held at Klein Memorial Park in Magnolia, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the In Touch Ministry of West Conroe Baptist Church, 1855 Longmire Road, Conroe, Texas, 77304.

Gertha L. Freeman Mitchell

Funeral services for Gertha L. Freeman Mitchell, 77, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, June 12, 2019, at Winnsboro Second Baptist Church. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mitchell died Jan. 4, 2019, at Christus Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport.

Survivors include sons: Eli Freeman, Kevin Freeman, and Cornelius Freeman; daughter, Barbara Ann Freeman; brothers: Jessie Ellis, Leroy Ellis, and Ladd Ellis Jr.; sisters: Sandra Ellis Grimble, Shirley Ellis Gibbs, Patricia Rogers and Ethel Williams; one grandchild; aunt, Ada Ross; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Georgia A. Moffitt

Funeral services for Georgia A. Moffitt, 80, of Winnsboro will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church in Fort Necessity. Burial will follow at the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Moffitt died Jan. 10, 2019, at Plantation Manor Rehab Center in Winnsboro.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, from 1-6 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

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