Obituaries

Wed
20
May

Jewel Jones Taylor

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Ms. Jewel Jones Taylor, age 85 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Born Wednesday, February 6, 1935 in Winnfield, Louisiana, she was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was a retired private sitter. She was an avid LSU and Saints fan and an artist.

Ms. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, Judge and Martha Hancock Jones; siblings, W.S. “Dick” Jones, J.E. “Roy” Jones, Lillie Mae Maxwell, Eunice Sandifer and her twin, Jerrell Jones.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Cecile Taylor; special sister-in-law, Evie Sue Jones; special nephew, Lavelle Bartley and her special niece, Betty Burnsworth, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Southern Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Evans officiating. Interment followed in Jones Cemetery, in Winnfield.

Wed
13
May

Elnora Collins Moffett

Elnora Collins Moffett

Mrs. Elnora Collins Moffett, age 87 of Dodson, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, May 07, 2020.

Born July 28 1932 in Winn Parish, Louisiana to the union of George Washington Collins and Jammie Gladis Collins, she was a Mother, Grand Mother, Great-Grand Mother and GreatGreat Grand Mother. She worked various jobs over her life time, working at Martin Hospital as an aid and a cook, a sales clerk at Gibson’s Department Store and as a seamstress with Vasseret Manufacturing and Jonesboro Manufacturing. She had many things she loved to do, but spending time with her family and friends was tops on her list.

Mrs. Moffett was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Leon Moffett; brothers, JR Collins and David Collins; sisters, Sadie Collins and Sheron Collins Tingle; son-in-law, Edward L. “Butch” Hendley; daughter-in-law, Shelia Gail Wise Moffett.

Wed
13
May

Christopher James Leyda

Christopher James Leyda

Mr. Christopher James Leyda, age 27 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Christopher was born Friday, October 23, 1992 in Monroe, Louisiana, and enjoyed his two dogs and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cathy Lynn Fatheree Deroche; paternal grandfather, Billy W Jordan; maternal grandfather, Jerry Fatheree.

Those left to cherish his memory include his father, James Leyda (Brenda); paternal grandmother, Lanell Jordan; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Fatheree; former wife, Sarah Horsely Leyda; half sister, Jessica Ates; step-sisters, Laura Morgan and Shelby Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Wed
13
May

Margaret Lemmons Johnson

Margaret Lemmons Johnson

Mrs. Margaret Lemmons Johnson, age 100 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Born Thursday, November 27, 1919 in Lenapah, Oklahoma, she was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank M. Johnson; sons, Charles and Eugene Johnson; and 11 siblings.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Church of the Nazerene and was the last surviving of 12 children that were born to the union of Charlie and Margaret Maple Lemmons.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Frank J. Johnson (Winnie); daughter, Cindy Langley (Bill); 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 17 great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at New Hope Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Gray officiating, under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

Mrs. Johnson’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

Wed
06
May

Jackie Faye Tucker

Jackie Faye Tucker

Mr. Jackie Faye Tucker, age 77 of Sikes, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Born Sunday, August 16, 1942 in Sheridan, Arkansas, he was retired from Willamette and was a Christain and attended both Sikes Apostolic Church and Hart Assembly of God. He enjoyed painting and art and served at various Winn Parish churches as organist and pianist.

Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by his parents, Fred James Tucker and Mary Avis Simmons Tucker; brothers, Jerry Norman Tucker, Freddy Lee Tucker, Jimmy Lyndol Tucker and Carl Kay Tucker. Those left to cherish his memory include his siblings, Becky Tucker Harris and Ronald Douglas Tucker as well as his numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Green and Rev. Gary M. Parker officiating. Interment followed in Friendship Cemetery, in Sikes.

Wed
06
May

Clyde F Swanson, Jr.

Clyde F Swanson, Jr.

Clyde F. Swanson, Jr., 81, passed away at his home in Winnfield, LA on Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, following a lengthy illness. Clyde was born in Winnfield on January 25, 1939, to parents, Clyde Fitz Swanson, Sr. and Clara Corinne Talton Swanson. He graduated from Winnfield High School in May 1957 and immediately joined the United States Navy. Following his basic training, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, CA where he was an Operating Room Technician. This assignment lasted approximately 18 months and then he was transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Agana, Guam where he continued his service as OR Tech for an additional 18 months.

Wed
06
May

John Thell Rowell

John Thell Rowell

Mr. John Thell Rowell, age 75 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away at his residence on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. He was a native of Winnfield and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Rowell worked in the oilfield for many years as a Wireline Specialist. Later he retired from Weyerhaeuser and then worked at Nichols in the Sporting Goods department. He also owned and operated the Lafayete Street Deli for several years. He was an avid outdoorsman as he loved fishing, hunting and barbequing.

He was preceded in death by his father Thell Rowell and his mother Ina Pearl Rikard Rowell.

Mr. Rowell is survived by his wife of 48 years Bobbie Harris Rowell, six children Teaven Redstone, Trenton Redstone, Wendy Rowell, Misty Lester (Doug), Jared Rowell (Courtney), Katrinia Rowell (Brandon), seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters.

Wed
06
May

Nancy Carol O’Neal Keyes

Nancy Carol O’Neal Keyes

Nancy Carol O’Neal Keyes, age 63 of Natchitoches, Louisiana passed away, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Willis Knighton North in Shreveport. She grew up in of Winnfield, was a member of the Laurel Heights Baptist Church in Winnfield and a homemaker.

Mrs. Keyes was preceded in death by her mother Patsy O’Neal Shirley and a brother Dave Hoffman. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 28 years, Johnny Keyes, Sisters Marie McWilliams, Vicki Deptawa and brother Billy O’Neal.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Joshua McWilliams, Kristen McWilliams, Dustin Deptawa and Ashley Deptawa.

Friends visited with the family in the Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 12:30 until 1:15. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Cemetery with Reverend Danny Keyes officiating.

Wed
06
May

Tammy Norman Keith

Tammy Norman Keith

Mrs. Tammy Norman Keith, age 50 Calvin, Louisiana passed away April 27, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born November 23, 1969 in Winnfield, Louisiana.

She is survived by her son Layton Keith, daughter Marisa Keith, mother Alice Webb, father Roy Norman, brother Justin Norman, and nephew Logan Boyette.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Wed
29
Apr

Roberta “Bobbi” Russell

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Roberta “Bobbi” Russell

Mrs. Roberta “Bobbi” Russell, age 75 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Born Sunday, October 8, 1944 in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Throughout her life, Mrs. Russell spent countless hours of her own time, lending a hand to others in need of all types of assistance; personal, mental, and physical. She volunteered with Catholic Charities, in Norfolk, Virginia, providing assistance to anyone that required medical treatment, transporting them to various appointments as necessary, and assisting the homeless with acquiring shelter and/or passing out food during times of need. She volunteered in local nursing homes there, providing assistance to anyone in need of care or by just visiting them when they had no living relatives.

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