Jessie E. B. Howard

Graveside services for Mrs. Jessie Eley Broadway Howard, 91, of Port Neches, Texas formerly of Gilbert, were held Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Chase Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of Winnsboro, with Rev. Kevin Bates officiating.

Ms. Howard was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Gilbert, and passed away on May 22, 2019, in Port Arthur, Texas.

Ms. Howard was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Port Neches, and an active member of the Presbyterian Women’s Club. She was involved in numerous civic and leisure clubs in her town including the local bridge club, The Red Hat society, Business & Professional Women, Rotary Club, Angel Tree for the Salvation Army, Texas Retired Teacher Association, and the Jefferson County Home Education Extension. She was a retired school teacher and beloved by her family and all that knew her. She loved her family and had a special love for her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Ms. Howard was preceded in death by her parents Jessie Bass Eley and Ernestine Segers Eley; three brothers: J.B., Roy, and Issac “Boody’ Eley; and one son-in-law, Dan Broadway; her first husband, Houghton Broadway, and her second husband, James Howard.

She is survived by her son Gene Broadway and wife Charlotte of Kingsland, Texas; Lynn Broadway of Port Neches, two grandchildren Amie Broadway and wife Kat Broadway of Fort Worth, Texas, and Darcie Broadway of Houston, and one great-granddaughter, Bennett Rylee Broadway; two sisters: Lillian “Dee” Ezell, and Annie Mae McLemore, both of Gilbert.

Memorial services will be held on June 1, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church Port Neches, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Trinity Presbyterian Church of Port Neches, Texas.

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Dorothy Irene Simms

Funeral services for Dorothy Irene “Dot-Dot” Simms, 87, of Wisner were held Thursday, May 23, 2019, at South Central Baptist Church in Wisner with Rev. Keith Dowden and Rev. P.J Boyd officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home of Winnsboro. She was born to Lawrence and Mildred Chapman Whittington on April 20, 1932, in Wisner and passed from this life Monday, May 20, 2019, in St. Frances Medical Center in Monroe.

Mrs. Simms was a member of South Central Baptist Church.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.  She worked as a beautician, patient activity coordinator, dietary manager for Southern Oaks Nursing Home and choir leader at South Central Baptist Church since 1968.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Whittington and Mildred Flowers; husband of 48 years James W. Simms; infant daughter Judy Lynn; sister Snooks Davis; and step-mother Belle Whittington.

Mrs. Simms is survived by three sons: Butch Simms and wife Jane, Larry Simms and wife Linda, and Eugene Simms all of Wisner; grandchildren: Junior Simms and wife Lynn of Archibald, Ashley Simms of Wisner; great-grandchildren: Tristan Simms, Bryson Simms, Raven Dawn Wallace, John Quibodeaux Jr., Kimberley Quibodeaux and Caroline Quibodeaux; great-great granddaughter Gracelyn “Monkey” Simms; “special nephew” John Nick Simms; brother Harvey Stephenson of Winnsboro; sister Glenda Skelton and husband Leo of Magnolia, Ark.; sisters-in-law: Eloise Hughes and husband Gerald of Harrisonburg, Annette Simms of Walker and Joy Flowers of Gilbert; very special friend Dot Smith; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, her church family and many friends.

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Dorothy J. Smith

Funeral services for Dorothy J. Smith, 84, of Liddieville, were held Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Beouf River Baptist Church, with Rev. Bruce Cardin and Rev. Kevin Goodman officiating. Interment followed in Ogden Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Dorothy was born April 9, 1935, in Winnsboro and passed from this life on May 21, 2019, at her residence in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Beouf River Baptist Church, and caretaker of Ogden Cemetery. She was a hardworking wife and mother, making sure all 11 of her children were well taken care of. She enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband.

She is preceded in death by her husband James P. Smith Sr. and one daughter, Gwen Horne.

Survivors left to cherish her memory include her children: James Paul “Buddy” Smith Jr. of Gilbert, Debbie Wood of Winnsboro, Brenda Cook and husband Jay of Longview, Texas, Glenda Phillips of Minden, Jerry Wayne Smith Sr. and wife Pam of Crowville, Kenneth Smith of Liddieville, Kathy Smith of Liddieville, Rodney Smith of Baskin, Roger Smith of Winnsboro, and Donald Smith and wife Angie of Liddieville; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Blake Smith, Dalton Smith, Jerry Smith, Justin Smith, Tanner Smith and Tom Cook.

Honorary pallbearers were Grant Fontana and Adam Wood.

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Linda L. Armer

Memorial services for Linda Louise Armer, 71, of Bastrop, will be held at a later date, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Armer loved working crossword puzzles, reading books, going to garage sales, watching old westerns on tv, and reading romance novels.

Survivors include daughter, Amy McGurk of Winnsboro; son, Arthur “Bubba” Duane McGurk of Bastrop; five grandchildren; and brother, Roger Flint of Rayville.

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William N. Sanders

Graveside services for William Nolan Sanders, 86, of Winnsboro will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Mr. Sanders passed away May 25, 2019, in Winnsboro.

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