Funeral services for Mary Burns, 59, of Winnsboro were held Thursday, March 28, 2019, in First Baptist Church in Winnsboro with Rev. Craig Beeman and Rev. David Lukens officiating. Interment followed in Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
She was born to Kenneth Ray and Evangelene Marie Amstutz Lukens on Aug. 12, 1959, in Columbia and passed from this life Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.
Mrs. Burns was a member of First Baptist Church in Winnsboro where she sang in the choir and played handbells. She worked as a cashier for Kay’s Food for many years; was a former scout leader and her hobbies included embroidering and stitching. She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Kenneth Lukens.
She is survived by her husband Sammy Burns of Winnsboro; son Michael Burns and wife Mackenzie of Rayville; daughter Heather Burns of Winnsboro; two grandsons: Owen James Burns and Oscar Joe Burns; mother Evangelene Lukens of Winnsboro; two brothers David Lukens and wife Ann of Libuse and Stephen Lukens and wife Sherry of Deville; sister Becky Packwood and husband Chris of Picayune, Miss.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Shelton Burns, David Lukens, Johnny Ogden, Chris Packwood, Hunter Packwood, Paul Stapp, Jarrod Thomas, Jerry Thomas and Jonathon Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers were members of First Baptist Church Choir, First Baptist Church Hand Bell Choir and Stephen Lukens.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www,gillfirsttnational.com.
Gladys H. Mathews
and Mac Carey 'MC' Mathews Sr.
Funeral services for Gladys H. Mathews, 97, and Mack Carey “MC” Mathews Sr., 96, were held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Paul No. 1 Baptist Church with Rev. Michael R. Reed officiating.
Mrs. Mathews was buried at Hope Estate Cemetery in Wisner. Mr. Mathews was buried at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. The service was under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mathews was born in Gilbert on Dec. 26, 1921, to Charlie and Zelma Harris. She passed away on March 24, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings.
Left to cherish their memories are sons: Mack C. Mathews Jr. (Grace), Clifton C. Mathews; along with a host of grand/great grandchildren and other family and friends.
Mrs. Mathews started her teaching career in 1945 in Franklin Parish. She taught school for 35 years.
Mack was born on May 15, 1922, and passed away March 28, 2019. Gladys and Mack were preceded in death by daughter, Delores M. Perkins and grandson Patrick A. Mathews.
Mr. Mathews served in the military during WWII. He married Gladys in 1946. Most of his life he was a farmer.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Herring, Jimmy C. Herring Jr., John Perkins, Nicholas Herring, Cyrus Perkins and Marquis Heckard.
Milton Vance Linder
Milton Vance Linder, lovingly known as Fox, The White Shadow, Coach, and Big to friends and family, passed away in Delhi, on March 29, 2019, at the age of 79. He was born March 6, 1940, in Winnsboro and spent his childhood in the Franklin Parish. Milton was baptized at Fort Necessity Baptist Church and was a member of Boeuf River Baptist Church in Liddieville in his childhood years. Milton was faithful member of Delhi First Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir and working with youth and his men’s group for almost 50 years.
Milton graduated from Fort Necessity High School in 1960, where he first developed his longtime love of the game of basketball. Milton was a member of the 1959 Louisiana State Championship basketball team and was named LHSAA Men’s Basketball MVP that year. Milton was later inducted into the LHSAA Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as both a player and a coach.
Milton was the first member of his family to attend college, and he earned a basketball scholarship under the direction of Coach Lenny Fant at then Northeast Louisiana State College. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree Physical Education with a minor in Social Studies, and later returned to school at LSU and NLSC to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. This milestone marked the beginning of a path toward his enduring legacy in coaching and administration.
Milton began his teaching coaching career at Ogden High School in 1962, and he coached both boys and girls basketball there for eight years. This is also where he landed his first painting job when he was asked to paint the principal’s house, and a 40-year side career was born. Milton was inducted into the New Hope Lodge 328 of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 1968 and was honored for 50 years of membership in 2018.
In 1970, Milton moved to Delhi High School as a coach for football, boys’ basketball, and golf. He led his boys’ basketball team to LHSAA AA State Runner Up in 1974, and was named Louisiana Coach of the Year, but his career took a shift after that season when he was named principal of Delhi Elementary, a role he served in for over 20 years. During his time as principal, Milton was very active in the Louisiana Association of School Executives as well as the Louisiana Association of Principals where he served as President of the organization. Milton stayed close to game of basketball as a referee for public, private, and church leagues, and he loved to keep in touch with his former players and rivals in this role.
Milton was a true servant at heart and was active in his community for many years as a member of Delhi Jaycees, Lion’s Club, and the NELA Livestock Show where he served as a member for 34 years and as President from 1997 to 2016. He loved to support young people to strive for their best, and he was often heard saying “it is all about these kids” when he was raising money for scholarships, presenting awards, or advocating for more youth development opportunities. Milton also mentored aspiring educational leaders, and his influence has been recognized by top officials even today.
Upon his retirement from the Louisiana public schools, Milton served as a headmaster in the private school sector and was a Richland Parish Police Juror. His calling to serve never ceased.
In his retirement years, Milton also spent as much time on the golf course as possible, a game he learned to play at Muny in Forsythe Park while in college and that gave him such joy and peace. Milton loved to play with his son Van, dear friend Billy Wayne, stepson Cole, brothers Boudreaux and Green Berry, sons-in-law David and Clay, and with his brother-in-law Francis. Many of Milton’s happiest times were on the golf course, and he loved to play and volunteer at Delhi Municipal and Black Bear.
Milton is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Lottie Linder; siblings, Bob, Nita, Mike, Carl, Putt, and Blanche; and his beloved son, Van.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; daughter, Margaret Ann Haman and her husband, David; daughter, Amy Lou Weems and her husband, Clay; step-daughter, Molly Clement and her husband Wes; and step-son, Cole McEachern; brothers, Houston and wife Geneva, Green Berry and wife Carol, and Boudreaux and wife Mercille; grandchildren, Anna Kate Haman, Austin Haman, Ella Claire Weems, Frances Clement, and John Clement; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
Special thanks to Helen Washington, Linda Carr and Launa Martin for taking such good care of Mr. Linder over the past year.
Visitation was held at Delhi First Baptist Church on Sunday, March 31 at 1p.m. with funeral services following at 2:30.
Burial followed in the Delhi Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Delhi.
Pallbearers were Bryan and Michael Linder, Johnny Wayne Trahern, David and Austin Haman, Clay Weems, Wes Clement and Jimmy Zachary.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Williams, Don Cheek, Mickey Carroll, Members of the First Baptist Church Choir and the Delhi High School 1974 Boys Basketball AA Runner Up State Championship Team.
Robert Louis Little III
Funeral services for Robert Louis Little III, 35, of Granbury, Texas were held March 30, 2019, at Pisgah Baptist Church in Manifest. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Manifest, La.
Rob was born Nov. 15, 1983, and passed away March 23, 2019. He received Honorable discharge from U.S. Army on April 28, 2005. After serving in Iraq and receiving numerous metals, buttons, and ribbons were awarded for all his service. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Little.
Survivors include his daughter, Avery Ann Little; parents: Charlie and Ann Knipp; mother, step-mother, Sherri Little; brother, Seth Knipp; step-sister Sunshine Barnes Franklin; grandmother, Tiny Ferrington.
Fannie Lee-Boughton departed this life on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Charlton Methodist in Dallas, Texas.
Funeral service were held March 30, 2019, at the Alexander #1 Baptist Church in Oak Ridge.
Burial followed in the Irwin Lake Cemetery in Oak Ridge, under the direction of Mitchell Funerals and Cremations in Winnsboro.