Mary Elizabeth Barfield Kiper

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Barfield Kiper, 78, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Wisner with the Rev. Thomas Peoples officiating, assisted by the Rev. Kevin Bates.

Interment followed at Oakley Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

“Miss Mary,” as she was affectionately known to all, passed from this life at her home on May 1. She was the daughter of the late James Edward (Ed) and Mary Evelyn Lee Barfield of Wisner. She was married for 56 years to the love of her life, the late Ernest Kiper Jr. Also preceding her in death and rejoicing in their heavenly reunion were her son, Ernest A. “Trey” Kiper III and a grandson, Eddy Richard Kiper and her brother Charles Edward (Junior) Barfield.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law, Lisa Kiper, daughter Kim Kimbrough and her husband Tommy, son Myles Kiper and his wife DeAnne, daughter Cristi Naff and her husband Joey; grandchildren Shelby K. James, Kelly K. Longoria and husband Shane, Carley Kiper, Clay Kiper, Anna Naff and Sara Naff; great-grandchildren Kainley and Uriah James; and sister Vera Watson and her husband Royce, along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Miss Mary was the epitome of a beautiful southern lady, hostess and matriarch. She was generous with her gifts of hospitality and creativity, making many weddings and celebrations special with her passion for beauty and detail. She also enjoyed traveling with and hosting her dear YaYa friends at her home and camp.

Miss Mary was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Wisner, where she was beloved and served in every possible leadership position, most recently Sunday School Director.While her children were growing up, she served as youth leader, making many memorable trips. She also filled the roles of taxi driver, Franklin Academy mom, coach and more. She would travel any distance to watch her children – and later grandchildren and great-grandchildren – participate in sports and many other activities.

Once her children were grown, Miss Mary filled another special role as “Nana,” not only to her own dearly loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to many other children, ever generous with her time, love and resources.

She was also involved in the Wisner Garden Club and she and her husband shared a passion for old cars and enjoyed traveling to car shows. Miss Mary was also an avid LSU fan throughout her life.

Pallbearers were Myles Kiper, Tommy Kimbrough, Joey Naff, Clay Kiper, Shane Longoria, Wiley McClary, Marc McCarty and Mike Watson.

Honorary pallbearers were her “YaYa Sisters” and the deacons of Wisner First Baptist Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Patrick’s Pal’s, Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 459, Winnsboro, LA 71295; First Baptist Church of Wisner, P.O. Box 97, Wisner, LA 71378; or the Wisner Revitalization Fund, P.O. Box 298, Wisner, LA 71378.

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Leon Shivers

Graveside services for Leon Shivers, 76, of Winnsboro, were held Monday, May 6, 2019, in Northeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Erwin officiating under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.

Leon was born April 29, 1943, in Winnsboro to the union of Tommy Dee Shivers and Elmer Howard Shivers Allen and passed from this life on May 2, 2019, at Plantation Manor Nursing Center.

Leon served in the United States Marines in his younger days; after his military discharge he worked as a carpenter until his retirement.  Leon had many titles, but the one he cherished most was that of “Papa.” Papa’s greatest times were those spent with his grandchildren.  He never missed an opportunity to attend a birthday party, ball game, or graduation.  He was so very proud of his children and grandchildren.  Even after suffering a stroke, Papa always found ways to interact with and enjoy time with his loved ones.  Though unofficially, Pap was the greeter at Plantation Manor for several years; he greeted all who entered with a wave and a giant smile; all who received that smile know what a blessing it was and how it will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Decille Deason; two brothers: Elmer D. Shivers and Billy Wayne Allen.

Survivors include daughter, Traci Shivers Hamilton and spouse Robert of White Oak, Texas, their children, Korbyn and Keatyn Hamilton; daughter Kristie Hitt and spouse Marvin of Winnsboro, her children: Kaycee Rushing, Joshua and Mykah Nealy; son Clay Shivers and spouse Celeste of Crowville, their children: Hayden, Camden and Alli Shivers; great-grandchildren: Cheyann Rushing, Kaylee Rushing and Addison Nealy; the mother of his children Pat Shivers of Winnsboro; brothers: O’Neal Shivers, Wade Shivers and spouse Gisela; sisters: Helen Thompson and spouse Russell, Patsy Veazey and spouse Roger.

Pallbearers were Robert Hamilton, Marvin Hitt, Josh Nealy, Camden Shivers, Clay Shivers, and Hayden Shivers.

Honorary pallbearers were Shelby Grant, Russell Thompson, Roger Veazey and Billy Bob Wiggins.

The family extends a special heartfelt thanks to the staff at Plantation Manor for the care they so lovingly provided him.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Patrick’s Pals Animal Rescue of Winnsboro or to the charity of your choice.

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Geralean McDowell Martin

Funeral services for Geralean McDowell Martin, 85, of Winnsboro will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Winnsboro under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Ms. Martin died May 1, 2019, at her home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dennis Ray Franklin

Dennis Ray Franklin, 85, departed this life on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

He was born on Nov. 10, 1933, to the late Wilton and Zelma Franklin in Bude, Miss.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell Funerals and Cremations of Winnsboro.

Tia Teneka White

Funeral services will be held for Tia Teneka White Saturday at 11 a.m. at Abundant Life Ministries in Winnsboro. Tia was born Aug. 30, 1981, to Shirley White and Richard Doyle. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home May 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Tia enjoyed church, laughing, joking, traveling, family and most of all her children.

Tia leaves to cherish her memories her loving mother Shirley White of Edmond, Okla.; father, Richard Doyle, Monroe; daughter Iylana White; son, Montaz Jones III; brother Morris M. White; uncles: Charles N. Heckard of Monroe; Morris White of St. Louis, Mo.; James White of Baton Rouge; aunts: Eloise Williams of Dallas, Texas; Odessa White of Winnsboro; Diane White Mitchell of St. Louis, Mo.; and Olla Mae Coleman of Monroe.

Burial will be in the Morning Star/Pleasant Star Cemetery in Fort Necessity, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

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