Obituaries

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10
Jan

Dr. Jack B. Evans

Retired dentist of Winnfield, Louisiana, Dr. Jack B. Evans, age 98, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Born on Thursday, May 8, 1919, in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, he volunteered for military service with the Army Air Corps in September, 1939, and served through the end of WW II, earning two Purple Heart awards and reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. After the war, he used the GI Bill to earn, in May, 1951, a DDS degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He practiced dentistry for one year in Winnsboro, Louisiana, and then in Winnfield, Louisiana, from 1953 until he retired in 1993. Dr. Evans was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield where he attended the Sanctuary Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Winnfield Kiwanis Club, the Gideons, and the American Dental Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Helen Andrews Evans, and his parents, George and Lilly Evans.

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10
Jan

Victor Gale Simons

August 7, 1948-October 8, 2017

Our family greatly appreciated the love and support shown to each of us during the passing of our dad, grandfather, and husband. The flowers, food, love, and prayers were truly overwhelming. The service was beautiful, Brother Larmar Carpenter and family friend Tony McManus spoke kind words and of sweet memories of our dad that we will always remember. After the service, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Joe & Donna Hawkins (Melisa’s family) had everything prepared for our huge family to eat and say our goodbyes, they went above and beyond taking care of it all. There is a huge hole in our hearts, missing him everyday, but thankfully he is suffering no more. Love to each of you, Sue Simons & Family

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10
Jan

Riley William (R.W.) Bratton

Dr. Riley William (R.W.) Bratton of Big Pine Road in Marshall, NC passed away December 2, 2017 at CarePartners hospice in Asheville, NC at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Arlie Bratton, and mother, Annie Lee Bratton, of Columbia, Louisiana. Riley leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Diann Bratton, of the home, and two sons of whom he was extremely proud—Jason Bratton of San Francisco, CA and Ryan Bratton of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by one sister, Frances Wardlaw, of Minden, LA. Riley’s life work was educating the youth of our country, first in Shreveport, LA for 20 years, and later in Charlotte, NC for 20 years. During that time he was repeatedly recognized as a stellar educator and won many awards for his service. Riley’s continuous love was for the majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina and God granted his wish to live there in his last 10 years of life.

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10
Jan

Katherine Hallmark

Katherine Hallmark, 68, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Hallmark and Ida Mae Shelton; brothers, Ruben Hallmark and Jimmy Hallmark; and sister, Gloria Mae Dixon. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Gale Sheets, Cassandra McKaskle and Mellissa Milligan Junk; sons, James A. Horne and Keith Milligan; and sisters, Alfa Faye Cope and Valerie LaCas. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To extend online condolences, please visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.com.

Wed
03
Jan

Betty Sue Southerland

Miss Betty Sue Southerland, age 83 of Winnfield, Louisiana went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 26, 2017. Present at her beside were her two loving sisters Barbara Marshall and Carol Melton. Bom January 6, 1934, in Port Barre, LA, she was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Montgomery and Marjorie Thelma (Grimmett) Southerland; sister, Norma Jean Southerland; and brother, Jerry Hugh Southerland. Miss Southerland was a member of the Atlanta Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, mowing and hunting. She worked at Winnfield First Federal, Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, Troy’s Supermarket, and the Mayor’s Office before retiring.

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03
Jan

Barbara Jean Gresham

Mrs. Barbara Jean Gresham, age 62 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017. Born Friday, January 14, 1955 in Lafayette, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, Louis A. Marks, Jr. and Rousella Miller Marks; and granddaughter, Cassidy Gresham. Mrs. Gresham was a member of the Gloryway Church. She enjoyed crafting and tole painting. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 47 years, Tommy Gresham; sons, Tommy Lee Gresham, Jr. (Sarah), Brandon Heath Gresham, and Bryan James Gresham; grandchildren, Marcus, Sadie, Elisabeth, Cameron, Mary Grace, Boston, Gabriel, and Scott; sisters, Brenda Marks and Connie Smith (Jerry). Funeral services were held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Ronny Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Atlanta Cemetery, in Atlanta.

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03
Jan

Stephanie Kay Stipek

Ms. Stephanie Kay Stipek, age 30 of Atlanta, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2017. Born Thursday, February 26, 1987 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, she was currently a CNA studying to obtain her RN degree. She was an animal lover, horseback rider, singer and loved the outdoors and most of all, spending time with her family. Stephanie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dale and Ruby Stipek, Eunice Stipek and Michael Tuzzolino. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, Jaiden Stipek; parents, Joe and Kathy Stipek; brother, Joey Stipek (Tuesdi); and nephew, Jasper Stipek. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com.

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27
Dec

Darcey Ann Orr

Mrs. Darcey Ann Orr, age 77 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Born Wednesday, March 13, 1940 in Winnfield, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Iona Kelly Varnell; grandson, Joseph Max Orr; and brother, \John W. Varnell. Mrs. Orr was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church and enjoyed reading her Bible daily. She worked at Calvin High School and was a substitute teacher. Mrs. Orr enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren and family. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 61 years, George M. Orr, Winnfield, LA; son, George Orr, Jr.

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27
Dec

James O. Jurek

Mr. James O. Jurek, age 82 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Born Saturday, January 12, 1935 in Cuero, Texas, he was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Belle Hull Jurek; and wife, Priscilla Jurek. Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Sue Duplantis (Steve), Thibodaux, LA; sons, Chuck Jurek, Winnfield, LA, Troy Jurek (Sharona), Winnfield, LA, and Johnny Jurek (Crissy), Thibodaux, LA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and 2 sisters. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Steven Smithson officiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories, in Winnfield. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com.

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27
Dec

John Arthur Huckaby

John Arthur Huckaby, 52, passed away unexpectedly on December 17th, 2017, from a heart attack. A memorial was held on December 21st at the Cedar Creek gym, 2400 Cedar Creek Drive in Ruston, Louisiana, beginning at 6pm. A viewing was held the following morning, December 22nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints at 205 W Woodhaven Road in Ruston, Louisiana, from 9am to 11am. Funeral services followed at 11am with limited seating available. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield, Louisiana, immediately following the funeral. He was born to Gerald Ray Huckaby and Joan Cummings Huckaby (Reeves) on May 3rd, 1965, in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He married his wife Beckie Evans on March 30th, 1989, in the Manti LDS Temple in Manti, Utah. Jay was a loving husband and son, devoted father, a teacher, coach, businessman, close friend, and teammate. Jay never knew a stranger, making friends out of everyone he met.

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