Obituaries

Wed
09
Dec

Lyle Thompson

Lyle Thompson

Colonel Lyle W. Thompson, retired U.S. Air Force, passed away early on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at the age of 80 years. He died at home from complications
related to Parkinson’s disease.

Lyle was born on July 2, 1940, in Russellville, Arkansas, and raised by his parents, R.M. and Eula
Dover Thompson in Winnfield, Louisiana.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Louisiana State University, a Master of Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. His military education included Air War College, National Security Master Course; Air Command and Staff College; and Squadron Officer Course.

Col. Thompson served tours of duty with the Air Force in Del Rio, Texas; Rantoul, Illinois; Misawa, Japan; Viet Nam; New Orleans, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Hampton, Virginia; Homestead, Florida; and then back to Austin/ Bergstrom to retire before the base was closed and turned into Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Wed
09
Dec

H.L. Caskey

H.L. Caskey

Mr. H. L. Caskey, Jr., age 95, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

Born Monday, May 4, 1925 in Mineola, Texas, he was an owner of Caskey and Son Welding and Caskey Drilling Companies. He retired from Caskey Logging and Pipeline and proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.

Wed
02
Dec

Mr. John Glyn Jackson

Mr. John Glyn Jackson

Mr. John Glyn Jackson, age 94 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

Born Friday, August 20, 1926 in Winnfield, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Pugh Jackson and Shirley Jackson; his wife, Betty Joe Purser Jackson; sons-in-law, Benny Wayne Long and James Michael Spangler.

Mr. Jackson was a charter member of the Crusaders for Christ Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Winnfield. He was a member of the Winnfield Rotary Club, the Northwestern State University “N” Club, and the Northwestern State University Hall of Fame.

Those left to cherish his memory include his three daughters, Joe Llaine Long, Lynn Spangler, and Dorothy Jeanne Brewton; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Louisiana Oil Marketer’s Association and was a 50-year Conoco Oil Jobber.

Wed
02
Dec

John Sandifer

John Sandifer

Mr. John Anthony “Tony” Sandifer, age 54 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

Born Thursday, May 26, 1966 in Winnfield, Louisiana, he was employed with Double K Logging, LLC and was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. He enjoyed truck driving, family gatherings and holidays but above all spending time with his boys.

Mr. Sandifer was preceded in death by his grandparents, C. M. and Mae Robinson, Matthew Sandifer and Cloutie Gaspard; aunts, Inez Vaughn and Alice Bell; uncle, C. M. Robinson, Jr.; cousin, Susanne Martin.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, John Colton Sandifer and Jonathan Caleb Sandifer; parents, James E. Sandifer, Sr. and Carrie Robinson Sandifer; siblings, Rita S. Malone (Mark), James E. Sandifer Jr. (Carla), and Calvin W. Sandifer.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Laurel Heights Baptist Church, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Wed
02
Dec

John Burton Simons

John Burton Simons

John Burton Simons, John Simons age 78, a resident of Brandon, MS passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home in Brandon, M S . Funeral services were held Saturday in Brandon, MS with an interment in Chatham Cemetery.

Mr. Simons was born November 13, 1941 in Columbia, Louisiana to Henry Silas Simons and Dorothy Bratton Butler. He was married to Shelby Jean Ledbetter on September 10, 1960 until her death on August 24, 2009. In 2010 John married Bobbie Davis and returned to live in his home in Sikes. Mr. Simons was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 8 years and retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in 2010, after 20 years of service. He loved his family very much and spending time with them brought great joy to his life. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Wed
25
Nov

Betty Jean LeBaron

Betty Jean LeBaron

Miss Betty Jean LeBaron age 82 of Atlanta, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Born on March 28, 1938 in Mars Hill, Louisiana, she is preceded in death by her parents Clifton LeBaron and Marie Dewitt LeBaron, her siblings and best friends, Alice and Bobby Wayne Horne, Susie and Frayne Smith, Bobby LeBaron and Charles LeBaron.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Jennie Annette LeBaron Stevens, sisters-in-law Joyce LeBaron and Vickie LeBaron. Betty was most proud of her many nieces and nephews as well as a host of great nieces and nephews.

Wed
18
Nov

Myrtle Ruth Allen

Ms. Myrtle Ruth Allen, age 84 of Calvin, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Ms. Allen was born Friday, July 10, 1936 and enjoyed attending church, singing hymns and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Edith Rasberry Allen; brother, Leonard Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those left to cherish her memory include her cousins, Alice McNaughton, Kerry McNaughton, Joy Marie Freeman, Jerry Allen and R.A. McNaughton as well as her numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Sanders Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Lamar Carpenter officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winfield.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM.

Wed
18
Nov

Sylvia Gilcrease Bland

Sylvia Gilcrease Bland

Mrs. Sylvia Gilcrease Bland was born in Winnfield on Sunday, November 1, 1928 to John Benjamin and Lillian Bertrice Chambers Gilcrease Sr. passed on Sunday, November 1, 2020 her 92nd birthday and 73rd anniversary to her husband, Lee Osban Bland, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by six brothers Charles, James, Fred, Blanchard, Donnie and Benny Gilcrease.

Momma, Mamaw, Nanny, Great Nanny, Sister, Lena and friend are some of the names she was known by. Lunch lady was also one of her names as she had worked for many years and retired from the school food services where she probably fed most of the kids growing up from the 1960s thru the 1990s at Westside, Career Center and Winnfield Middle School.

To know her was to be loved, to be taken care of, maybe sewed your clothes for some of us - she may have fed you, she probably told you what to do and then how to do it, and she loved her family beyond measure.

Wed
18
Nov

Tyler Colby Pray

Tyler Colby Pray

Tyler Colby Pray, age 43 of Bossier City, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Tyler was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, February 15, 1977 and grew up in Winnfield. He was a graduate of Winnfield Sr. High School and earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration at Louisiana Tech University. He developed a love of caring for animals when he worked for several years with his father at the Winnfield Animal Clinic. Later Tyler managed a GNC store and was more recently accepted into a graphic art design school. He will be remembered by family and friends as an outstanding artist and musician. These atributes are continuing through his children who also excell in the arts.

Tyler was preceded in death by his father Dr. Wayne D. “Butch” Pray, brother Trenton Cole Pray, maternal grandparents Dan Page and Opal Kelley Page, paternal grandparents D.O. Pray and Cornelia Long Pray.

Wed
18
Nov

Francis “Tess” Marlene Frederick

 Francis “Tess” Marlene Frederick

Francis “Tess” Marlene Frederick, age 83 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Mrs. Frederick was born on Monday, February 8, 1937 in Winnfield, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam Pizzuto and Hazel Scott Pizzuto; life partner Arnold Hunter; sister, Marion Lanell “Nell” Frederick and a brother, Richard Cox.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Stacey Crain (Bruce); son, Tony Frederick (Daina); step-brother, Morris Cox; half sisters, Barbara Pizzuto and Beatrice Pizzuto Schlosser; 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Ms. Tess as many friends called her had a babysitting service at her home for many years. She was also a long time member of the South Winnfield Baptist Church.

The family received friends on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM.

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