Obituaries

Wed
22
Nov

Howard Ray Moore

Some men defy definition and Howard Ray Moore was one of those men. If you knew Howard you loved him, and if you didn’t, you missed out on someone special. To commemorate such a Patriotic holiday we salute our hero, Mr. Howard Ray Moore. Howard graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1967 and attended Paul Quinn on a full scholarship for basketball. Approaching his junior year of college, Howard was drafted into the U.S. Army. He advanced to sergeant and did a tour of Vietnam. After returning to the states, Howard broke down racial barriers by becoming the first African-American to join the Winn Parish National Guard. While in the National Guard, he worked as a recruiter. Howard left his mark on the world with basic goodness and generosity. 

Thanking God and missing you every day,
OLLIE, QUINCY, CARNESHA, CORIAN, AND CORRIN AND FAMIL

Wed
22
Nov

Mark Randall Brewton

Mr. Mark Randall Brewton, age 43 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Born Monday, December 10, 1973 in Natchitoches, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Randall Brewton. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Vicki Dunn Hubbard (Bubba), Winnfield, LA; brother, Michael Brewton (Mandy), Nacogdoches, TX; step-brothers, Brent Hubbard (Karen), and Jerry Hubbard (Dana), both of Winnfield, LA; niece, Regan Brewton; nephew, Cole Brewton; and the love of his life, Brittany Gardner. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at The Family Church with the Reverends Joel Hines and Steven Smithson officiating.

Wed
15
Nov

Glynn Rogers Gorham

Mr. Glynn Rogers Gorham, Born December 17, 1935, passed away November 11, 2017 at Glenwood Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Born to the late Julius Tyson Gorham and the late Linnie Mae Johns Gorham. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 53 years Margaret “Bud” Finlay Gorham, daughter Julia Gorham Thomas, and great-grandson Christian Blake Richardson. Glynn’s life was filled with many loves. As a teen, he developed a love of music and singing.‹‹His bass voice could be heard in singing groups with family and many friends. He instilled this love and the importance of music in his family until the day he died. Glynn’s legacy can also be seen in bricks that he laid all around Winn Parish and Louisiana. Bricklaying was in his family for generations and his children, in-laws, and grandchildren also learned this trade. Glynn was a loyal servant of God. He led music, taught Sunday school, and was a spiritual leader for his family.

Wed
15
Nov

Gene Williams

Services for Gene Williams were held at 1 PM, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church, Sikes, LA with his son, John Williams officiating. Interment was at Hurricane Grove Church Cemetery, Sikes, LA under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. Gene, 70, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at his home. He loved to fish, liked to hunt and love his dog Nimble. He was preceded in death by parents, John and Modie; broth-ers, Parnell, LaVaughn and Billy Williams; sister, Mary McConathy.Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Margie Williams; daughter, Brenda Franks and her children Adam and Justin; son, John and wife Gulnara and his children Savanna and Fawn; daughter, Melinda Carmichael and husband Marvin and children Chase, Jeremy, Michael, John, Chris, Heather, Dustin and Tiffany; sister, Gloria Thompson; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Wed
15
Nov

Peggi Jo Gresham

Mrs. Peggi Jo Gresham, age83 of Atlanta, Louisiana passedaway Friday, November 10,2017 at her residence. She was agraduate of Atlanta High Schooland member of the AtlantaBaptist Church. She attendedSpencer Business College andlater graduated from LouisianaState University in BatonRouge. She worked for manyyears at Louisiana StatePenitentiary at Angola whereshe was named Assistant Warden in 1978 until her retirement in1985.Mrs. Gresham was the daughter of the late Wendell Greshamand the late Annie Gay Gresham. She was also preceded indeath by her husband Carl Gresham, son-in-law RaymondWhittington Sr., and a brother John A. Gresham.

Wed
08
Nov

Gloria Roberts Lasyone

Mrs. Gloria Roberts Lasyone, 91, of Verda, Louisiana, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The family had a celebration of life on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Iatt Baptist Church in Verda at 11:00 am. Officiating was Brother Dick DeBusk and Brother Terry Smith. Interment was in Iatt Cemetary in Verda under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Gloria was born in Joyce, Louisiana on May 23, 1926, to Tom and Leona Roberts. She was a graduate of Verda High School. She married the love of her life, Elwood Lasyone, on December 15, 1943. Mrs. Lasyone was a homemaker and enjoyed working on their family farm. She was a faithful member of Iatt Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a godly, Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A prayer warrior and pillar of the community, she impacted many lives during her 91 years.

Wed
08
Nov

John Howard Womack

Mr. John Howard Womack, age 75 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. Born Wednesday, March 18, 1942 in Sikes, Louisiana, he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Womack was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence W. Womack and Ollie V. Head Womack; siblings, Pattie J. Underwood, Glenda J. McDow, Leonard Womack, James D. “Jake” Womack, Henry L. Womack and Marvin Womack. Those left to cherish memory include his wife of 56 years, Annette Carpenter Womack; children, John H. Womack, Jr. (Deborah), Kenneth Womack, Billy Womack (Leshia), Karen Hyde (Ray), Rebecca Crain (Mark), Elizabeth Shelton (Steve) and Paul Womack (Sherry); 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, C.W. Womack, Mary Ellen Moore, Vicky Godsey and Patricia Young. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Southern Funeral Home with Branch President Jay Huckaby officiating.

Wed
01
Nov

Randall Lynn Shell, Sr.

Randall Lynn Shell, Sr., age 50 of Winnfield, Louisiana, passed away October 17, 2017. He was a log truck driver. Mr. Shell was preceded in death by his father Lyndal Ray Shell Sr., and his mother Margaret Faye Heyse Ford. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Sandra Lynn Green Shell, children Randall Lynn Shell Jr. (Chasity), Joshua Darrel Shell, Jessica Dianne Shell, grandchildren Christopher Ray Shell, Elijah Randall Shell, Skyler Elaine Smith, brothers Lyndal Ray Shell Jr., Richard Shell and Johnny Worsham Jr., sisters Kim Stewart, Sonja Gaspard and Jennifer Plunkett. Mr. Shell is also survived by special friends Lauren Holloway, Laquanda Davis, Josh Smith, Will Hightower, and Cody Evans. Funeral services for Mr. Shell were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends Elton Gunter and Michael Green officiating. Interment followed in the Friendship cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

Tue
24
Oct

Essie L. Connor Smiley

Mrs. Essie L. Connor Smiley, age 75 of Columbia, Louisiana passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017. Born Monday, May 18, 1942 in Dodson, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, John Curtis Moffett and Grace Janie Chaddrick Moffett; first husband of 44 years, Shelby Connor; and sisters, Nellie Mae Baldwin, Geneva Chandler, Gladys Daigre, and Mary Belle Snow; and granddaughter, Sherri Lynn Wright. Mrs. Smiley was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served as the secretary of the Relief Society. She enjoyed cooking but will always be remembered for her famous Chicken and Dumplings and Lemon Pies.

Tue
24
Oct

Virginia Speaks “Ginny” Brown

Virginia Speaks “Ginny” Brown, age 80 of Houston Texas, formerly of Winnfield, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at her residence. Ginny was born and raised in Winn and Grant Parishes but yearned to see the world. After graduating Georgetown High School, she moved to Baton Rouge with her cousin Shirley to work for the phone company. While in Baton Rouge, she met Frank Brown, eloped, and began their love affair of 40 years. They raised their three children, Rodger, Barry, and Kelli, near Cape Canaveral, Florida while Frank worked on the Mercury and Gemini projects for NASA. They later returned to Georgetown for a few years, then relocated to Houston, TX for a job opportunity. In 1976, Virginia experienced a whole new way of life when the family moved to Tehran, Iran. On the return trip to America, Ginny and Frank visited many exotic places, including; Paris, France; Karachi, Pakistan; Bombay, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong and Hawaii.

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