Michael Blake Ezell
With deepest sorrow, we announce that Michael Blake Ezell, 22, our beloved son, brother, grandson, family member and friend passed suddenly on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at his home in Gilbert.
Blake was born in Natchez, Miss. and grew up in Gilbert. He was a loving son and best friend to his mother. He was always the life of the party and could walk in a dark room and the room would light up. Blake saw no color and befriended everyone.
He is preceded in death by his loving grandmother Terri Lea McDaniel Martin; great grandparents: Samuel and Ernestine McDaniel, Louis Ezell, and T. J. and Maxine Martin; and special aunt Ruby Ezell.
Blake will be missed everyday by his father and mother Michael Shawn Ezell and Kelli Lea Martin Ezell, brother Ryan Austin Ezell of Gilbert; his grandparents Elaine Parker, Mark and Renee Ezell, Gary and Kathy Martin, all of Gilbert; great-grandmother Christine Ezell of Gilbert; aunts: Joni Fontenot and husband Jody of Paradise, Texas; Brooke Slaughter and husband Michael of Winnsboro and Robin May Thomas of Gilbert; special brothers: Raley Hendry, Tanner Hendry, and Tyler Ezell; special sisters: Ali Williams Hebert and Randi Gwin.
Pallbearers were Antjuan Ellis, Hunter Jones, Logan LaCombe, Ryan Lee, De’Larrius Mathis, Justin Ridley and Josh Thigpen.
Honorary pallbearers were Kaden Armstrong, Robby Dearing, Tyler Ezell, Garrett Fontenot, Chas Gravelle, Taylor Gilley, Raley Hendry, Tanner Hendry, Michael Moroni, John Robbins, Dakota Stephens and Kyle Sullivan.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Calvary Baptist Church, Gilbert, with Rev. Bobby Ensminger and Rev. Bubba Ezell officiating. Interment followed in Oakley Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.
Those who knew Blake, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.
Online condolences may be made at www.gillfirstnational.com.
Rev. Joseph M. Jordan
Rev. Joseph M. Jordan, 87, of Las Cruces, N.M. was born April 4, 1932, in Wisner, to John Burton Jordan and Viola Kimball Jordan, and entered eternal life Tuesday, May 28, 2019, surrounded, as was his desire, by his loving family. “Big Preacher,” as he was affectionately known by so many, along with Rev. Mauricio J. Ruiz founded in the fall of 1975, the Voice of Faith Church (La Voz de Fe) of Las Cruces; a ministry that continues today as Calvary Christian Center. During his “post-retirement” years, he served as pastor of the Garfield Pentecostal Holiness Church in Garfield, N.M., until 2008. An ordained minister with the Pentecostal Church of God with a ministry spanning over six decades, it goes without saying that his unique ministry style and sincere compassion for all people, has touched innumerable lives throughout the years even and up to within hours of his leaving for Heaven.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife and ministry partner of 62 years, Lois Jordan; his parents; a granddaughter, Angelique “Sandy” Urrutia; two brothers (paternal) Charles Ray Jordan and Burton “Buddy” Jordan Jr.; and a sister, Angela “Sissy” Gregory. He leaves a rich legacy to his three children, Robert Jordan and wife Danielle, Elizabeth Ann “Susie” Ruiz, and Mark Jordan and wife Kathy all of Las Cruces; seven grandchildren, Robert Jr. and Donald Jordan both of California; Laia Danielle Nickens of Georgia, Antonio Saucedo of Austin, Texas; Israel Leon Jr., Joe Anthony Ruiz and John Ferrales, all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include five brothers, (paternal), John, Wayne, Jack, Wesley, and Jodie Jordan all of Louisiana; three sisters, Bonita Elkin and Linda Eaton (maternal), and Camille Jordan (paternal) and their respective families all also of Louisiana; 16 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a vast host of friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 3, 2019, at Calvary Christian Center, 4211 Elks Drive with Rev. Mark Jordan and Rev. Aaron Thomas of Houston, Texas officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho where he will be laid to rest alongside his wife.
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Barbara 'Bobbie' Miller Rice
A celebration of life service for Barbara (Bobbie) Miller Rice, 74 of Baton Rouge, formerly of Winnsboro will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Crowville United Methodist Church.
Barbara was born to Cordell Miller and Lorraine Maynor Miller on Oct. 2, 1945, and passed away on May 31, 2019.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parent, sisters: Irma Morace and Beverly Valdez; brother Carley Butch Miller; niece, Shay Shelton; and beloved daughter, Jennifer Rice.
Charlotte Louise Angelini Adams
Charlotte Louise Angelini Adams, with family at her side, passed peacefully from this life to her Lord on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in her home on Bayou Bonne Idee near Mer Rouge. She was 90 years of age. Charlotte was born Dec. 6, 1928, to Charles Paridi Angelini and Lena Louise Leggio Angelini in Mobile, Ala. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles P. Jr., two grandchildren, Christina Adams and Adam Doiron, and one great-grandson, baby Cash Martin Adams.
Charlotte is survived by the love of her life, Raymond Jean Adams, to whom she was married for 71 years; her six children: Kathleen Cole (Johnny), Dennis (Ruth), Gary (Judy), Chris (Stephanie), Amy Grewe (John), and Tracy Doiron (Bob), 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Charlotte enjoyed life to the fullest and found her greatest joy in mothering, not only her own children but also the countless numbers of students she guided during her years as an elementary school teacher. Her Catholic Christian faith was most important to her and as Ray would often say, “I pray to God but your mother has conversations with Him.” She was well grounded in her faith and always saw the best in others.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Adam’s Miracle for Burn Survivors, 3224 Rosewell Place, Schertz, TX 78154, a charity supporting burn survivors and their families, in memory of her grandson, Adam.
Lona Temple Morgan
Funeral service for Lona Temple Morgan, 88, of Winnsboro, were held Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Ferrington and Rev. Larry Hathcock officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Morgan, a homemaker, was born on Feb. 20, 1931, and passed from this life on June 1, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Temple Sr. and Cora Walters Temple; son, Dennis Morgan; sisters, Onnie Lilly, Lillian Torres, and Hazel Morgan; brothers, William Warner Temple Jr., Huey Temple, Ralph Temple, and Jim Temple; grandsons, Kelly Rushing, Ronnie Temple, Johnny Dilley, and Josh Thompson; and dear friends, John and Bonnie Hogan.
Survivors left to cherish the memory of Mrs. Morgan are her husband Vernon Morgan; children: Johnny Rushing, Jean Rollen and husband Ronnie, Tommy Rushing and wife Mary, Polly Peppers and husband Donnie, Wanda Morgan, Ronnie Temple and wife Lenora, Retha Ainsworth and husband Dale, and DeeVonia Clark and husband Doug. She is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and family.
Pallbearers to honor the memory of Mrs. Morgan were Adam Temple, Kyle Clark, Mark Williamson, Brandon Parker, Tyler Parker, Lonnie Temple, and Derek Parker. Honorary Pallbearers were Holden Erwin and Josh Temple.
A memorial service for David Johnson will be held at a later date. David, a clerk at U-Pak-It, was born on June 8, 1956, in Winnsboro, and passed from this life on May 31, 2019, in Winnsboro.
David is preceded in death by his parents: Bo Johnson and Margie Joiner Johnson.
He is survived by his daughter: Jennifer Nelson and husband Gordon; son: Caleb Johnson; sister: Penny Hubbs and husband Matt; grandson: Hunter Nelson; two special friends: Doug Monney and Tabby Mixon. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends, along with two special long time friends, JD Wilson and with a thank you from the family to a special long time friend, Doug Rawls.
William 'Buster' Sanders
Graveside services for William “Buster” Sanders, 86, of Winnsboro were held Thursday May 30, 2019, in Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery with Billy Smith officiating under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.
Buster was born Oct. 21, 1932, in Winnsboro to Pearl Brous Sanders and Irene Green Sanders; he passed from this life on May 25, 2019, at his residence in Winnsboro.
Buster was a Franklin Parish native. He worked and retired from DOTD as Engineering and Technician Specialist. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean War. His grandchildren were his greatest love. He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Audrey McManus; brother Herman Ray Sanders Sr.; nephews: Herman Ray Sanders Jr. and Wesley McManus.
Survivors include his wife Annie Thornton Sanders of Winnsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Portia and John Graney of Winnsboro; grandchildren: Amanda and Jarrod Flores of Winnsboro, Carissa and Lloyd Peoples of Baskin; great-grandchildren: Hailey and Zach Smith of Winnsboro, Garrison Peoples of Ruston, Gabrielle Peoples of Baskin, Hannah and Hunter of Winnsboro, Thatcher Peoples of Winnsboro and Bryer Kate Flores, special friends and neighbors, Johnny and Linda Hart and Shondra.
William Edward Green Jr.
William Edward Green Jr., 62, passed away on Saturday June 1, 2019, at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn., after a ten-year battle with cancer, that he fought diligently with love and laughter.
William was born on May 18, 1957, in Portsmouth, Va. to William Green and Lunette Williams. He graduated from Winnsboro High School, before moving to Texas and then settling in Tennessee. He loved to cook and enjoyed hanging out with friends and family, cooking and enjoying good music. His also loved his constant companion “Champ”, his faithful canine caretaker.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carolyn Green McGuire.
He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Barry and Claudie Green of Longview, Texas; brother, David Green of Winnsboro; sisters: Linda Ledbetter of Simpsonville, S.C.; and Paulette Shalhaub of Denver, Colo.
A private celebration of William’s life will be held in Tennessee where William will be interred.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of Alive Hospice for the care they gave William and his family during his time there. And our heartfelt and deep appreciation to Tommy Osteen who selflessly took care of William as he battled his cancer.
Funeral services for Virginia Bush, 72, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Abundant Life Church in Winnsboro. Burial followed at Morning Star Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bush died May 21, 2019, at her home.
Survivors include sons: Isaac Bush and David Bush, both of Winnsboro; brothers: Freeman Bush Sr., Winnsboro; Willie Bush, Lafayette; sisters: Ada Bush and Jeanetta Barber, both of Dallas, Texas; and a host of grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Tyler Bush, Darius Williams, Steven Bush, Datrell Scott, David Bush Jr., and Tyrane Murphy.
Oscar Lee Hart
Funeral services for Oscar Lee Hart, 57, of Winnsboro were held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at New Hope Baptist Church in Liddieville. Burial followed in the church cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home.
Mr. Hart died May 24, 2019, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Hart, Winnsboro; daughters: Maketra and Roselyn Hart, both of Winnsboro; Anetrah Agwagu, Dallas, Texas; brothers: Johnny Ray Hart, Jessie Hart, Kenneth Hart and Bobby Hart, all of Winnsboro; Archie Hart, Mangham; sisters: Barbara Johnson, Geraldine Boley and Eve Johnson, all of Winnsboro; Tina Hart, Rayville; eight grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Derrick Martin Sr., Brandon Anderson, Chris James, Toney Atkins, Donald Coleman and Ryan Brister.