Obituaries

Wed
07
Oct

Jerry Joseph Thomisee

Jerry Joseph Thomisee

Mr. Jerry Joseph Thomisee, age 78 of Winnfield, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Winn Parish Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mr. Thomisee operated a skidder for many different timber companies most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Opal Ballio Thomisee; two sons, Robert Thomisee (Sheila) of Saline, and Steven Thomisee of Winnfield; two brothers, John Wesley Thomisee (Carrie) and Darrell Glen Thomisee (Kathy) both of Bossier City; two sisters, Diane Lezy (Henry), Bossier City and Glinda Wilks (Rey), Arlington, TX; two granddaughters, Breeahna Perot of Saline and Emily Thomisee of Verda; two step-grandsons, Justin Carter of St. Johns, AZ and Blake Carter of Calvin; one great grandson, Isaac Brody Perot of Saline; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wed
07
Oct

Willard Harry Kenneth Martin

Willard Harry Kenneth Martin

Mr. Willard Harry Kenneth Martin, age 85 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020.

Born Sunday, December 2, 1934 in Winnfield, Louisiana, he was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of First Baptist Church of Calvin. He joined the US Army in 1955 where he completed airborne school and jumpmaster course becoming a senior parachutist. He was a member of the 187th Parachute Regiment and the 8th Infantry Division. He later became a Parachute Rigger and joined the Army Airborne Test Board where he participated in the development and establishment of the first military free fall for the US Army. He finished his military career with the Louisiana National Guard, retiring with 20 years of service with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, James Cecil and Nillie Kitchenham Martin; siblings, Betty Nugent, James, Charles, John, Frank and Robert Martin.

Wed
30
Sep

Harry David Simmons

Harry David Simmons

Harry David Simmons, son of Kermit Carson “Pete” Simmons and Mamie Rose Mixon Simmons, was born July 25, 1940 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He married Grace Mercer of Houston, Texas August 29, 1964. Together, they had three children, Virginia “Ginger” Simmons Garfield, Laura Simmons Dean, and Harry “Chip” Simmons, Jr.

An alumnus of Dodson High School, Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, and Louisiana State University Law School, Mr. Simmons practiced law for more than 45 years. Most recently, he was the senior partner of the Shreveport law firm Simmons, Morris & Carroll.

Harry joined his Heavenly Father on August 27, 2020 at the age of 80. His wife of 56 years, children, their spouses (Macy Garfield, William Dean, and Becky Simmons), brother (Kermit Mixon “Mickey” Simmons), sister-in-law (Nina Underwood Simmons), eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends cherish his memory.

Wed
30
Sep

Mamie Lucille Hooks Herring

Mamie Lucille Hooks Herring

Mrs. Mamie Lucille Hooks Herring, age 92 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Born Saturday, June 16, 1928 in Halley, Arkansas, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield where she was a member of the Lamplighters Sunday School Class and Women’s Missionary Union. She was retired as owner/operator of The Flower Box of Winnfield and was the first female member of the Chamber of Commerce and was presented the president’s award for the Outstanding Director of the Winn Parish Chamber of Commerce in 1980..

Mrs. Herring was preceded in death by her parents, Archie Phillip Hooks and Bessie Fox Hooks; husband, Cravon Herring; siblings, Thelma Mabray, Bessie Babb, Oleta Smith and Billy Hooks.

Wed
30
Sep

Leola Frances O’Neal Guin

Leola Frances O’Neal Guin

Graveside services for Mrs. Leola Frances O’Neal Guin were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Hargis Cemetery, Montgomery, Louisiana with Reverend Steven Richardson officiating. Burial was held in Hargis Cemetery under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home, Ball, Louisiana.

Mrs. Guin, age 91 of Montgomery entered eternal rest on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Community Care Nursing facility in Natchitoches, La surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Guin loved her family, enjoyed gardening, cooking and going to the casino. She was a loving mother, motherin law, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother.

Wed
30
Sep

Gladys Robinson Austin

Gladys Robinson Austin

Mrs. Gladys Robinson Austin, age 90, of Winnfield, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home. She was a native of Danville, Louisiana, a graduate of Friendship High School, and a long time member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Tannehill, Louisiana, where she was active in the WMU for many years. Her hobbies were reading and watching western movies, but she especially loved cooking for her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Austin was the

daughter of the late Dewitt Robinson and the late Beatrice Frame Robinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harley Austin, her son, Michael Austin, her granddaughter, Brandi Parker, as well as two brothers, Carole Robertson and Talmadge Robinson.

Wed
23
Sep

Billy LaFollette

Billy LaFollette

Billy LaFollette, age 83 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Born Wednesday, September 1, 1937 in Rochelle, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille Hemphill LaFollette and Sherman Cleveland LaFollette; brothers, Charles and Bobby LaFollette; and sisters, Virginia Hutchins and Peggy Busby.

Mr. LaFollette was a member of East Winnfield Bapitst Church and had 45 years of service at West Fraser in Joyce, LA. He loved horses, John Wayne Westerns and adored his grands and great grandchil-dren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 58 years, Camile O’Bryan LaFollette; brothers, Grover and Danny LaFollette; sons, Ray Varnell (Tracy), William “Buddy” LaFollette (Vikkie), Stacey LaFollette (Laurie), and Stanley Lafollette (Trish); daughter, Cindy “Sissie” Weatherford (Bruce); 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Wed
23
Sep

Maurice Sue Kelley

Maurice Sue Kelley

Maurice Sue Kelley, age 89 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home.

Mrs. Kelley was a native of Winnfield and was retired from the U.S. Forestry Service. She was a member of the First Assembly of God of Wlnnfield where she was secretary for 30 years.

Mrs. Kelley was the daughter of Jess Malone and Vada Martin Malone. She was also preceded in death by her husband Edwin Kelley Jr, son Vaughn Kelley, grandson Jared Kelley, and two brothers Mack Malone and Buddy Malone.

She is survived by her grandson Eric Kelley and a great grandson Levi Kelley.

Graveside funeral were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Garden of Memories Cemetery with Reverend Mike Howell officiating. Interment was under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kelley’s family would like to extend a special thank you to her faithful caregiver Donna Northcutt.

Wed
23
Sep

Franklin DeLeon “Frank” Howell

Franklin DeLeon “Frank” Howell

Franklin DeLeon “Frank” Howell, age 45 of Centerville Texas, formerly of Winnfield, passed away September 16, 2020.

He was born December 27, 1974 in Ruston, Louisiana and graduated from Winnfield Senior High School. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and formerly served a mission in Roseville, California for 2 years. Franklin also proudly served in the Louisiana National Gaurd.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents P.D. and Hazel Howell, Lawson and Millie Dean, brother Robert Brian Howell, nephew Beau Ryan Bates and a step sister Rachelle Packard.

Wed
23
Sep

John Benjamin (J. B.) Coon

John Benjamin (J. B.) Coon
John Benjamin (J. B.) Coon

The immortal soul of John Benjamin (J. B.) Coon departed this earthly life on August 31, 2020 in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, and now rests in peace in the arms of his beloved wife, Claudine.

J. B. was born at home in Jonesville, Louisiana, on November 27, 1924, according to his mother (although his birth certificate said it was December 10, we feel sure his mother would be the most knowledgeable source), the eldest of five children. He was raised on a 40-acre farm, where he developed a deep affection for animals (except maybe mules, as hard as they could be to plow the fields with for planting the cotton that was the staple crop of the era), and grew up picking cotton, slaughtering hogs, and hunting rabbits, squirrels and deer for food. He also learned his most folksy expressions growing up in the country, like “I’ll knock a knot on you so big you’ll have to walk and push,” and “that’s so good it’ll make your tongue slap your brains out.”

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