Obituaries

Wed
15
Aug

James Don Jones

Funeral services for Mr. James Don Jones, 74, of Winnfield, LA were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dale Reed officiating. Burial followed in the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home. Visitation with the family was 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. James Don “J.D.” Jones was born June 16, 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana and passed away July 23, 2018 in Shreveport, LA, on what would have been his 35th wedding anniversary. He was the oldest of three children born to the marriage of J.D. and Lavone Burdine Jones. He was raised and schooled in Winnfield, Louisiana graduating from Winnfield Senior High School with the class of 1962. He was a three time Louisiana football All State Champion and received a full scholarship to play for Georgia Tech where he earned his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering.

Wed
08
Aug

Mr. Billy Dean Ellerbe, Sr.

Mr. Billy Dean Ellerbe, Sr., age 52 of Natchitoches, Louisiana passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018. Born Sunday, October 31, 1965 in Monroe, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his father, Billy M. Ellerbe; daughter, Hannah Ellerbe; grandson, Levi Cole Ellerbe. Billy was a family man and always put his family and friends before himself. He and his spouse of 31 years raised 6 children together. He had a deep love for his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with each one. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on the farm at home. Billy enjoyed his career driving a 18 wheeler for over 20 years and even after retiring would often see trucks and would discuss the color, lights, size, and type of truck. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Wed
08
Aug

Mrs. Sue R. Rosier

Mrs. Sue R. Rosier, age 80 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. She was born Tuesday, February 1, 1938 in Packton, Louisiana to the union of Arch and Bessie Wiley Riggs. Mrs. Rosier worked, for many years, at Margies Beauty Shop as a beautician and later owned her own shop in Jordan Hill. She was a wonderful cook, an avid reader, and collector of books. Mrs. Rosier adored her grandchildren and loved spending time visiting with her sisters. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 53 years, Eugene Rosier; daughters, Kara Rosier Erickson (James) and Hayden Rosier Boyett (David); grandchildren, Chloe, Abigail, Justin, Lydia, and Amelia; great grandchild, Carter; sisters, Margaret Hannegan (Charles) and Judy Moody; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Vernon Blair officiating.

Wed
08
Aug

Mr. George Wesley Placker

Mr. George Wesley Placker, age 56 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Born Tuesday, August 15, 1961 in Cuero, Texas, he was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Placker, Jr. and Frances Jurek Placker; and granddaughter, Alysa Sepulvado. Mr. Placker enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Janice Procell Placker; sons, Jerry Sepulvado, Kenneth Sepulvado (Lynda), and Allen Sepulvado (Donna); sisters, Shirley, Eva, and Mary; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends; and special friend, Shelia Sepulvado. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Weatherford officiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories, in Winnfield.

Wed
08
Aug

Mr. Elzie Lee Smiley

Mr. Elzie Lee Smiley, age 77 of Moselle, Mississippi, formerly of Dodson, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Born Monday, December 23, 1940 in Haughton, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Monroe Smiley and Georgia A. Young Smiley; wife of 30 years, Carolyn Smiley; second wife, Essie Connor Smiley; daughter, Jamie Smiley; and sister, Viola Harvey. Mr. Smiley was a retired Physical Therapy Tech and served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church.

Wed
01
Aug

Gladys L. Starnes Fluitt Herrod

Mrs. Gladys L. Starnes Fluitt Herrod, went to her eternal rest on July 25, 2018 after a very long illness. Gladys was born to loving parents, Mr. Lee Edward Starnes and Mrs. Alice Emily Simons on September 4, 1930 in Hill, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Mr. Frank Starnes and wife Elzy C. McNaughton; maternal grandparents H. F. Simons and wife Malinda Lou C. Goldman; her father Lee Edward Starnes and mother, Alice Emily Simons. A brother Henry Franklin Starnes, sister Sandra Sue Starnes Huffman and Robert Dan Fluitt, the father of her children. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 33 years, Billy Ray Herrod, daughter, Barbara Ann Fluitt Turner, son, Robert Dan “Red” Fluitt, Jr. grandson, Jason Mark Johnson and wife Jeanine, sister R. Merle Starnes Kieswetter Lay. Great grandchildren Morgan, Mason Hudson, and Blake Johnson, Emily and Daniel Salter, Julia Elaine and Jillian Lloyd and a close nephew John W. Fluitt Jr.

Wed
01
Aug

Tommy Ray Crouse

Mr. Tommy Ray Crouse, age 53 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018. Mr. Crouse was a retired truck driver and was owner/operator of T&D Trucking and was known as “Buttermilk”. He was previously a mill worker and also previously owned Tommy’s Saw Shop as well as a landscaping business. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and as a provider and protector. Born Wednesday, September 16, 1964 in Prescott, Arkansas, he was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy A. Crouse and Carolyn J. Crouse; brother-in-law, Johnny McKinley; niece, Jennifer Culp. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 35 years, Dorothy Bailey Crouse; daughters, Denice Holland (Ray), Elizabeth Crouse, Janette Crouse and April Crouse Barton (Bob); 12 grandchildren; siblings, Jesse Roach, David Richardson, Leon Richardson, Tamara Gennings, Melody Gilbert and Renee Currey Smith.

Wed
25
Jul

Martha Lea Dingler Parker

Mrs. Martha Lea Dingler Parker, age 72 of West Monroe, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Born Friday, August 31, 1945 in Amityville, New York, she was preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Butler and father, Clayton Butler; brothers Bill and Bobby Dingler; and sister Sally Schmitz. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Steven Parker; children, Ed Weaver (Christy), Tommy Weaver (Diane), Clay McIntosh (Pam), and Lea Kerry; grandchildren, Hailey Kerry, Xavier McIntosh, Colston McIntosh, Haily Kerry, Brittany Watson, Tony Watson, Bronwyn Pepper and Layden Farrar; brothers, John Dingler, Jackie and Billy Henderson, and April Powell. Mrs. Parker was devoted to her children and grandchildren and loved her family dearly. She gave of herself to her family without hesitation or second thought and was always there for anyone in need. Mrs.

Wed
25
Jul

Charles Ray Little

Mr. Charles Ray Little, age 85 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Born Tuesday, September 27, 1932 in Melville, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert William Little, Sr. and Addie Baker Little; brothers, Robert W. Little and Wesley Baker Little; and sister, Bessie Marie Brooks. Mr. Little was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield. He was a licensed pharmacist and owned and operated Winn Pharmacy for many years. Mr. Little enjoyed hunting, traveling, and woodworking. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Melba Bradford Little; sons, “Chip” Little (Susan) and Rob Little (Marianne); grandchildren, Sarah, Thomas, Hunter, Anna, and Eli; brother, Francis Perry Little (Johnnie); sister- in- law, Mary Ann Little; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Steven Smithson and Rev.

Wed
25
Jul

Claudine Godwin Coon

Claudine Godwin Coon was born on May 4, 1925 in Jena, Louisiana, and departed this life on July 18, 2018 at her home in Winnfield, Louisiana after a lengthy illness. Her life was one of quiet but loving Christian service to her family, church and community. Visitation was held on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. with the funeral services on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., all at Laurel Heights Baptist Church, 1001 San Pedro St., Winnfield, La. Reverend Wallace Ingles and Reverend Lee Tilton officiated. Interment followed the service at BoltonTeague Cemetery on Highway 501 in Winn Parish. Claudine was a teacher for several years before her children were born, and dedicated the last 30 years of her work life to Laurel Heights Baptist Church in Winnfield.

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