Obituaries

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Contessa Mariea Phillips

Contessa Mariea Phillips (42) of Winnfield, LA died May 20, 2015 inShreveport, Louisiana. Funeral Services were held, Wednesday, May 27,2015 at 11:00 AM at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.The Interment was held at Winnfield Cemetery. Pastor Tommell Hammsofficiated. Final Arrangements Entrusted to Winnfield MemorialFuneral Home, Winnfield, LA.

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Rosie B. Johnson

Rosie B. Johnson (78) of Shreveport, LA died May 21, 2015 inShreveport, LA. Funeral Services were held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at11:00 AM at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church, Shreveport. The Interment washeld at Forest Park West Cemetery, Shreveport. Final ArrangementsEntrusted to Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, Winnfield, LA.

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John Houston “Johnny” Berry

Mr. John Houston “Johnny” Berry, age 57 of Franklinton,Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.Mr. Berry was born Saturday, October 26, 1957 in Winnfield,Louisiana and worked as an automobile mechanic.Those left to cherish his memory include his Mother, JuanitaRousselle, Winnfield, LA, Father, Lee Berry, Winnfield, LA,Son, John A Berry, Angleton, TX, Brother, Randy MichaelBerry, Hillsborough, NC, Sister, Jennie Naquin, Winnfield, LA,Half-Sister, Dolly Arceneaux, Orange, TX, Half-Brother,Brandon Lee Berry, Deweyville, TX, and several nephews.Graveside services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 29,2015 at New Hope Cemetery with Rev. Billy Prince officiatingunder the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. .Online condolences may be made to the family atwww.southernfuneralhome.com

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John Henry Martin

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Mr. John Henry Martin, age83 of Calvin, Louisiana passedaway on Tuesday, May 26,2015.Born Monday, October 12,1931 in Winnfield, Louisiana,he was a member and deaconof Calvin Baptist Church andwas retired from the LouisianaWildlife & Fisheries, the WinnParish Sheriff’s Dept. withover 50 years of service andwas also retired Calvin Fire Chief and was currently serving onthe Winn Parish Fire Board. He proudly served his country inthe US Army and National Guard.Mr.

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Daniel Norwood(Woodie) Smith

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Mr. Daniel Norwood (Woodie)Smith of Winnfield, Louisianapassed away Wednesday, May27, 2015 at Winn ParishMedical Center after a brief ill-ness.A funeral service celebrating thelife of Mr. Smith was heldSaturday, May 30, 2015, 10:30am, at First United MethodistChurch, Winnfield, with Rev.Brad Franklin officiating. Burial was held in Garden ofMemories Cemetery.Woodie was born in Winnfield on March 14, 1924. He grad-uated from Winnfield High School in 1942. Woodie started outas a seismograph driller but came back to Winnfield to settledown, starting a 42 year career at Winn Rock, Inc. Followinghis retirement, he worked for 10 years with special needs chil-dren through the Winn Parish School System. Mr. Woodieloved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. He was a long timemember of First United Methodist and served on variousBoards through the years.

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Jerome Loren “Jerry”Friis

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Mr. Jerome Loren “Jerry”Friis, age 74 of Winnfield,Louisiana passed away onFriday, May 22, 2015.Born Sunday, March 16,1941 in Craig, Nebraska, hewill be remembered by lovedones as a kind man, a devotedfriend and a loving parent. Heserved our nation in the USNavy aboard the USSWoodrow Wilson, but found agreater calling in his childrenand friends.Those left to cherish hismemory include his Daughters, Marisa, Brandi and Benika;Sons, David and Jonathan; Grandchildren, Kailey, Abigail,Elijah, Jacob, Justin, Gabe, John, Noah and Isaiah; as well asnumerous friends.Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 29,2015 at East Winnfield Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Cardinofficiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories, inWinnfield under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.Online condolences may be made to the family atwww.southernfuneralhome.com.

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Gail Annette

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Gail Annette “Grammy” Carter Deese, age 62 of Dodson, LA, passed away on  onday, May 18, 2015. Mrs. Deese was born July 13, 1952 in Hodge, LA. She was a loan officer. Survivors are her husband Jimmy Wayne Deese ofDodson, LA; three sons, Jody Thomas Deese and wife Kandi of Dodson, LA, Kristoffer Toby Deese and wife Brandi of Quitman, LA and Durwood Cody Deese and wife Ashley of Dodson, LA; her mother Nelda Carter of Hodge, LA; one brother, Glen Carter and wife Kitty of Ruston, LA; six grandchildren Carter, Hunter, Jolie, Miranda, Kolton and Marissa Deese; brother-in-law Marvin Joe Deese of Jonesboro, LA; sisters- in-law Brenda Deese Morris of Jonesboro, LA and Bobbie Deese of Quitman, LA. Gail is also survived by a host of adopted children that she raised as her own and a host of very good friends. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews which include: B.J.

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May

Rev. Carl Francois, Sr.

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Services for Rev. Carl Francois, Sr. “Pops” were held at 11 AM, Friday, May 22, 2015 at Greater Pentecostal Church, Winnfield, LA with Rev. Darian Hosch,Rev. Robert Franks and Rev. Larry Reed officiating. Interment was in the Bolton Teagle Cemetery, Winnfield under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. Rev. Carl Francois, Sr. “Pops”, 69, of Winnfield, LA passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home. Mr. Francois served his Lord faithfully from 1972 until he took his last breath. The last 20 years of his ministry, he served as minister of Ball Apostolic Church. He was known and loved by many as “Pops”. Although he was small in stature, he was a giant in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by daughter, Carolyn Francois; parents, J.B. and Vergie Francois. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn Elaine Francois; children, Carl Francois, Jr.

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Lessie Mae Martin

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Mrs. Lessie Mae Martin, age 87 of Winnfield, Louisiana,  assed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Born Saturday, October 01, 1927, in Winnfield, Louisiana,she was preceded in death by her Father, Sam Durbin, Mother, Phoebe Brewton Durbin, Husband, Jim D. Martin, and Son, Jimmy Ralph Martin. Mrs. Martin was a member of Antioch Community Church, who loved being outside, and was an avid gardener. She was the world’s best caregiver and cook. Mrs. Martin loved to care for her children, grandchildren and family.

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Hester Potts

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I will never say goodbye to you because I know this is not the endfor us to see each other. You will only be going to a place where there’s no pain nor suffering. I am happy for you, for you will be with God. For now we need to go in separate ways. I remember how your arms hold me and give me strength. You were always there to listen, love, and defend me in everything. You were the best Daddy in the world. In my triumphs you were always proud. I’m very grateful and proud to call you my daddy. Here deep inside my heart you’ll always be. I would give up everything I have just to hug you one more time. I remember the last time I held your hand and how you looked at me in the eyes. If only I could turn back the time I would have never let you go. I felt the world stop and my heart stop beating when they told me you were gone....... How I wish I was only dreaming. Just like the rain; tears fell down from my eyes, I couldn’t speak for awhile. Thank you Daddy....

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