Rev. Jackie R. Carroll Sr.

Funeral services for Rev. Jackie R. Carroll Sr., 59, of Jigger, were held Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Jigger Apostolic Church with Rev. Hurby Hitt, Rev. Arlie Rowley, and Rev. Johnny Carroll officiating. Interment followed in Shady Acres Cemetery, Ferriday, under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Bro. Carroll, an evangelist for 23 years and Pastor of Shady Acres Pentecostal Church Ferriday for five years, went to be with his Lord June 9, 2019. He loved people, music and laughing, and lived for his Lord and his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  John C. Carroll and Betty Jackson Carroll; two brothers, Rev. Bo Carroll and Rev. Paul Carroll; two sisters, Lois Cirilo and Helen Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia A. Carroll of Jigger; daughter, Jacqueline Ivy and her husband Brad of Brookland Ark.; son, Jackie R. Carroll Jr. “Bubba” of Winnsboro; grandchildren: Payton Ivy, Paris Ivy, Porcelyn Ivy, Drew Carroll, and Jaden Carroll; two brothers, Rev. Johnny Carroll and his wife Iris of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; and Bob Carroll and his wife Clista of Paragould, Ark.; one sister, Kathy Wallace of Summitt, Miss.; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends and his church members of  Shady Acres Pentecostal Church, Ferriday.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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Marie Anderson McNamee

Marie Anderson McNamee passed away peacefully Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the age of 78.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Brown Owens & Brumley’s in Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in honor of Marie to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD. 20814.

Marie was born Thursday, January 9, 1941, to the late Wesley and Bobbie Anderson in Gilbert, Louisiana and grew up there. Her career was entertainer/singer for the band, Tom & Marie, advertising for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, restaurant owner/operator, plumbing service owner/operator and customer service at Wal-Mart. She loved music and singing karaoke, crocheting, reading books and loved the outdoors just watching the wildlife and also watching the grandkids. Marie loved to sit on the porch to watch the hummingbirds flutter around. She also loved the Texas Rangers Baseball. She loved her family dearly and was extremely proud of all of them. Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed.

Marie is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Evelyn Carver.

Survivors include son, Ed Jester and wife, Martha; daughter, Debbie Lange and husband, Dennis; son, Gary Jester and wife, Jamie; daughter, Shelly Hale and husband, Brian; sister, Mildred Noble; brother, John Anderson; sister, Bobbie Sproles; brother, James Anderson and wife, Faye; brother, Frank Anderson and wife, Billye; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Clara Nichols Vick

Funeral services for Clara Nichols Vick, 85, of Gilbert were held Monday, June 17, at First Baptist Church of Gilbert with Rev. Bubba Ezell officiating.  Interment followed at Providence Memorial Cemetery in Winnsboro under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home.  

Pallbearers were Alan Grubbs, Randy Montgomery, Josh Conard, Quinon Beebe, Josh Barfield, and Carey Joe Ellerbe . 

Honorary pallbearers were Ethan Vick and Hunter Williams.

Clara was born March 2, 1934, and went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, June 14, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Vick; her parents, Loddis and Allie Mae Nichols; her sisters, Lucille Thompson and Bobbie Dell Nichols; and her brothers-in-law, James Thompson, Charles Terry, and A J Vick.

She is survived by her sister, Marguerite Terry of College Station, Texas; sister-in-law, Evelyn Vick of Gilbert; four children, Sheila Stark of West Monroe, Howard Vick and wife Jamye of Rayville, Regina Grubbs and husband Billy of Bossier City, and Alvie Vick of Gilbert; seven grandchildren, Christina Pippins of Sterlington, Tori Donnell and fiancé Josh Conard of Chase, Jordan Barfield and husband Josh of Gilbert, Brent Webb and wife Tori of Rayville, Alan Grubbs and wife Rachel of Cabot, Ark., Melanie Beebe and husband Quinon of Calhoun, and Ethan Vick and wife Julia of Gilbert.  She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clara was born in Winnsboro, and lived all of her life in Franklin and Richland parishes.  Born to sharecroppers, she and her sisters grew up working in the fields with their parents, planting, raising, and picking cotton for a living.  After graduating from Gilbert High School, she worked for L.S. Gravelle and Son in Winnsboro.  In 1956, she married Cecil Vick, with whom she had four children.  Cecil passed away in 1969, leaving Clara to bring up their children on her own.  She was fortunate to live in a town and a time when friends, neighbors, and family in the community helped one another.  Amid her difficulties, Clara always maintained a positive attitude and a strong faith in the Lord.

Clara worked for the State of Louisiana from the early 1970’s until her retirement in 1994.  Her primary position was as clerical supervisor for the Franklin Parish Health Unit. 

Clara played a significant role in the upbringing of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.  She was also very close to her sisters, visiting with them at least weekly whether in person or by phone.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gilbert, having joined as a teenager.  Her love of God and her strong faith in Him were evident to all who knew her.  Clara brought up her children in the church and taught them to know and love the Lord. Her faith in her merciful, loving God carried her throughout her life, especially as she fought her long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Her children and grandchildren are familiar with an expression that Clara used often and demonstrated throughout her life: “It doesn’t matter what happens to you.  It’s how you react that makes the difference.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shirley Campbell Cummings

Arriving on July 5th, 1933, in Whiteville, LA, Shirley Campbell Cummings was the second born of four children to parents, Sidney L. Campbell Sr. and Minnie Martin Campbell. Shirley flourished as she grew up alongside her loving family in the small south Louisiana town of Bunkie. In these years she developed lifelong passions for style, dancing, and creating traditionally southern and Cajun cuisine. As Shirley transitioned into young adulthood, she utilized her ambitious and independent nature as she moved to New Orleans to work as a secretary in banking and further her education at a local business school. While Shirley worked diligently in these newfound ventures, an unexpected and promising surprise ensued. She soon fell in love with the first man to move into the previously all-female boarding house where she resided. This man’s name was Mr. George W. Cummings Jr., who would soon become her husband of nearly 66 years.

Continuity in her ambitious spirit led to success in whatever journeys Mrs. Cummings took. She excelled and thrived as a wife and later a mother of three, supporting her husband through many geographical, personal, and career-related moves. Shirley allowed her business experience and God-given supportive, loving, and sacrificial nature to assist and inspire Mr. Cummings as he opened a successful and influential bank in their adopted community of Winnsboro. Recounting her time in New Orleans, Shirley would often joke by reminding people that she served as the first family member involved in what turned into a banking legacy. Mr. and Mrs. Cummings were beloved in their town, so much so that they were unable to go out without being met by smiling faces, friendly greetings, and adoring friends in abundance.

Shirley served as a teacher and inspirational figure as she danced, cooked, and laughed her way through the beautiful life she was given. Her spouse, children, grandchildren, and loved ones agree that she possessed a gift in brightening one’s day by making them feel cherished and valued. Mrs. Cummings communicated love with excellence through every board game played (and likely won,) meal shared, dance danced, gift given, conversation spoken, and so much more. She provided a sense of home and served as a rock for her ever-growing family. Shirley’s vibrancy radiated to all she encountered, and she will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

In her genuinely relational and loving way, Shirley spoke expectantly of the day she would one day reunite with her loved ones in heaven. After a brave fight against cancer and complicating illnesses, Shirley Cummings passed from this world in the comfort of her home on June 13, 2019, encircled by the family she shepherded and adored. A special thanks goes out to her loving caregivers, Beverly Jackson; Susan Grant; Martha McGhee; and Ethel Amos for all of their hard work to assure Shirley experienced the same level of support and care that she offered many others throughout her life.

Mrs. Cummings is survived by sons, George W. Cummings III and wife Nan, and Paul D. Cummings; daughter, Sue Ellen Cummings Cascio and husband Rod; grandchildren, Jane Ellen Cummings, Lauren Acosta and husband Manny, George W. Cummings IV, Chris Cummings and wife Ellen, Ryan Cummings, Adam Cascio, Brad Cummings, Ben Cummings, Karen Cascio, and Kobi Cummings; great-grandchildren, Chelsee Casabonne, Alana Casabonne, Daniel Acosta, Luke Acosta, Jude Acosta, Cooper Kneubuhl, Asher Kneubuhl, and Carlee Kneubuhl; brother, Sidney L. Campbell Jr.; and sister Sue Millet.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George W. Cummings Jr.; parents Sidney L. Campbell Sr. and Minnie Martin Campbell; and sister, Frances Campbell Brister.

Private family services for Mrs. Cummings were held, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Visitation for Mrs. Cummings was held from 5 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Pallbearers were  George W. Cummings IV, Bradley W. Cummings, Ben D. Cummings, Chris Cummings, Adam Cascio, and Walter A. Brister, III.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ryan Cummings, Sidney L. Campbell III, Bruce Millet, Westley Wallace, Manny Acosta, Chris Day, Colonel (Retired) Wallace B. Hobson, Jr., and Matthew Hutto.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the following: Whites Chapel Cemetery Fund, 3464 Hwy. 29 South, Bunkie, La. or to the American Cancer Society.

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Howard William Cater

Funeral services for Howard William Cater, 91, of Sicily Island were held June 14, 2019, in Pine Hill Baptist Church, Sicily Island with Rev. Josh Adams and Rev. Joey Pepmiller officiating.  Interment followed in New Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Gill First National Funeral Home, Winnsboro. 

Howard was born on Nov. 22, 1927, and passed away on June 12, 2019, in The Columns Community Care Facility in Jonesville.

He was a quiet, respected man beloved by his friends and family. “Bubby” as he was known by friends and family worked in law enforcement, manager of Chisum Gravel, a farmer and a cattleman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Tyra Cater; his sisters Lois Christiansun and Fay Allen; and a beloved granddaughter, Courtney Scott McGuffee.

Those left behind to treasure his memory are his son Howard L. Cater and wife Janie of Harrisonburg; a brother Thomas L. Cater of Harrisonburg; grandchildren: Laurel Crouch and husband Larry of Monteray; Lee Cater and wife Staci of Harrisonburg; and Clay McGuffee and wife Mistin of Harrisonburg; six great-grandchildren; and Lissa Schnieder, mother of Laurel Crouch and Lee Cater.

Pallbearers were Casey Cater, Jacob Cater, Jeffrey Cater, Lee Cater, Larry Crouch, Chris Krahn, Clay McGuffee and Braxton Tiffee.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Cater, Paul Cater, Tommy Cater, Skip Jackson and Rick Krahn.

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Verdie Taylor Beach

Funeral services for Verdia Taylor Beach, 97, of West Monroe, formerly of Wisner, were held Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at South Central Baptist Church in Wisner, with Rev. Bobby Ensminger and Tommy Hudson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe.

Mrs. Beach was born on March 16, 1922, in Fort Necessity, and passed away on June 16, 2019, in West Monroe. She graduated from Fort Necessity High School and is preceded in death by her husband, William Dan Beach; parents, Braxton G. and Malona Odell Crain Taylor; daughter, Alice B. Massey, and son, Raymond D. Beach.

Mrs. Beach is survived by her children, Douglas G. Beach, W. Gerald Beach and wife, Sherry all of Wisner; Betty Dumas and husband, Bud of Sterlington; Walter Beach and wife, Christine of West Monroe; Jean Moran and husband, Errol of Monroe; and Mary Coleman and husband, Marvis of West Monroe; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Rastus Massey, Jay Beach, Bill Beach, Tim Beach, Mike Massey, and Caleb Powell.

Mrs. Beach’s grandson’s served as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; National Parkinson’s Foundation; or to the South Central Baptist Church.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Jordan Hospice, AmeriCare Health Services, Serenity Care Providers, and Family Care Services for all the care and compassion that was given to Mrs. Beach.

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Jo Ann Edwards

A Home going service for Jo Ann Edwards was Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Apostolic Faith Chapel in Gilbert, at 2 pm. The service was officiated by Rev. James Harris, Rev. Virgil Harris, and Rev. Clay Nichols. Interment followed at South Central Cemetery in Wisner, under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Edwards was born on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1948, in Wisner, and passed away June 13, 2019, at her home. She was a member of Apostolic Faith Chapel. She was a woman that loved God and an awesome mother. Her world revolved around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Jo Ann loved to take care of those who needed help and she gave selflessly to others.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie Mason and Margie Mason.

Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 53 years Buddy Edwards of Wisner; two sons, Deon Edwards and wife Beth of Wisner and Bradley Shane Edwards and wife Jhanna of Winnsboro; two brothers, Willie Allen Mason Jr. and wife Donna, and Edwin Dale Mason and wife Jenny; three sisters, Christine Brown and husband Greg, Geneva Cupp, and Deana Trahern and husband Johnny; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and special friend, Glenda Cobb.

Pallbearers were Cole Edwards, Kyle Edwards, Lane Edwards, Tristan Trahern, Dyllen Bryan, Bryson Parker, and Logan Cupp.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Margaret Whitsitt

Memorial services for Margaret Whitsitt, 81, of Winnsboro, will be held at a later date, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

Mrs. Whitsitt loved watching TV, playing games on the computer, and spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Whitsitt, and parents, Gus and Georgia Cunningham. 

Mrs. Whitsitt is survived by brother, Lloyd Cunningham, and several nieces and nephews.

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Mac Arthur Douglas

Funeral services for Mac Arthur Douglas, 54, of Wisner were held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Paul #1 Baptist Church. Burial followed at Oakley Cemetery, under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home, Winnsboro.

Mr. Douglas died June 6, 2019, at Allen Parish Hospital in Kinder.

He is survived by his mother, Viola Douglas; brothers: James Douglas and Carl Douglas; sisters: Tanya Douglas and Carlisle; special aunt, Odessa Douglas; two uncles: Henry Douglas and Lonnie Douglas; a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Carl Douglas, Spencer Douglas, Gerry Douglas, Clint Douglas, Leroy Douglas, Womble Jackson Jr., Rynes Douglas and Burnell Douglas Jr.

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