Obituaries

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19
Sep

Wanda Lang Murphy

Mrs. Wanda Lang Murphy, age 94, died on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Aime Hospice Care in Shreveport, Louisiana. Wanda Lang Murphy was born on January 11, 1924, into the marriage of former Louisiana State Representative Dudley D. Lang and Eula Harlan Lang. She was a graduate of Atlanta High School and attended Louisiana College where she was a Honor Roll Student and was a Homecoming Maid. While attending college, she met and married her husband of 54 years after 3 weeks of courtship. During the early years of her marriage, she lived in Louisiana and Wisconsin while her husband served his country during World War II. She traveled with him and their children during his years of construction and employment in the United States and Canada, prior to establishing a permanent residence in Montgomery, Louisiana. As her children grew into adulthood, she began working in the family business and eventually went to work as a healthcare provider at Pinecrest Service Center.

Wed
19
Sep

Kirt Roy Ricks

Kirt Roy Ricks III, age 24, of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away, on Friday, September 7, 2018 as the result of an accident in the line of duty. Officer Ricks was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnfield, Louisiana and was a recent graduate of Lafourche Police Academy. He was Assistant Chief of Police of the Montgomery Police Department. He enjoyed golfing but had a real passion for helping others and serving his community through law enforcement. He was jovial with everyone he met and will be remembered for his constant smile and dedication to those he served. He is preceded in death by his father Kirt Roy Ricks Jr.

Wed
19
Sep

Debra Kay Roy Hill

Debra Kay Roy Hill, age 55 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away at her residence on September 11, 2018. Debra was a member of the Laurel Heights Baptist Church in Winnfield and enjoyed spending time with her family especially her son, nieces and nephews. She also had a passion for gardening and growing flowers. Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her father James Edward  Roy. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Tyler G. Hill, Stepsons Billy James Hill Jr.,(Mikka), and Curtis Ray Hill, mother Inez Roy Taylor, sisters Carolyn Roy, Brenda Roy Smiley, and Stacey Roy Ferguson(Keith). Survivors also include numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Debra Kay Hill were held at 3:30 Pm Saturday at the Laurel Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Tilton officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

Wed
12
Sep

Mr. Patrick Francis Duffy

Mr. Patrick Francis Duffy, age 68 of Montgomery, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Born Wednesday, August 31, 1949 in Mansfield, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, William Duffy and Mary Ellen Horn Duffy; and brother, John “Johnny” Duffy. Mr. Duffy was raised in Pineville, Louisiana. He retired after 28 years with Diamond Offshore. Mr. Duffy was an avid sportsman and spent all of his spare time in the woods hunting or in the boat fishing. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sherry Fowler Duffy; daughters, Missy Duffy Smith (Phillip) and Mindy Duffy Braquet (Brian); grandchildren, Destini Smith, Jessica Smith, and Levi Braquet; God-Child, Erin Nation Dunn; siblings, Will Duffy (Kathy), Katie Duffy Nation, Robbie Duffy, Paul Duffy (Lynn), and Tommy Duffy (Shelly); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A Rosary was held at the Southern Funeral Home on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

Wed
12
Sep

Mrs. Delia Thompson

Mrs. Delia Thompson, age 71 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Born Tuesday, July 1, 1947 in Verda, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, Tellie Dubois and Tennie Coolman Dubois; the father of her children, L. G. Thompson; and daughter, Robbie Youngblood. Mrs. Thompson enjoyed cooking and working with her potted plants. Above all, she loved her family, especially her daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Rhonda “Kay” Revier (Dale), Lisa Dubois (Harlan), and Trudy Burkes; grandchildren, Zachary Revier (Natasha), Michael Fielder (Traci), Shane Fielder, Kayla Fielder, Brandon Dubois (Hannah), Brittany Shirley (Seth), Lance Vercher (Candise), and Courtney Youngblood; 21 great grandchildren; sister, Carol Thompson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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12
Sep

Edith Ann McDaniel Price

Mrs. Edith Ann McDaniel Price, age 80 of Winnfield, Louisiana, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her home after a long and protracted illness. Mrs. Price was the daughter of the late Simon G. McDaniel and the late Audie Townsend McDaniel. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry L. Price; sister, Helen McDaniel Chapman; brother, Marvin McDaniel. Mrs. Price was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnfield where she was organist for more than 50 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech and her Master’s in Organ Performance from Northwestern State University. Mrs. Price was retired as a piano instructor having taught children from Winn and surrounding parishes for more than 50 years and was co-owner of Southern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Wed
05
Sep

Mrs. Vera Mae Grishom

Mrs. Vera Mae Grishom, age 87 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Born Monday, April 6, 1931 in Dodson, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Smiley and Lottie Cunningham Smiley; husband, Wiley Edward Grishom; daughter, Carolyn Jo Grishom; and son, Jerry “Ronnie” Grishom. Mrs Grishom loved her birds and dogs. She enjoyed working in her flowers, cooking, sewing and painting. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Joe Grishom (Jeannie); daughter, Patricia Dianne Grishom; daughter, Mary Jonnette Grishom; daughter, Karel Pierce (Carl); son, Kelvin Grishom; daughter, Brenda Maronge (Mike); 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Wilburn Smiley (Sarah); sister, Thera Lee Durbin; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Hurricane Creek Baptist Church.

Wed
05
Sep

Jean Hammonds

Jean Hammonds, age 77 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Born Saturday, November 30, 1940 in Dodson, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her parents, Jim Vines and Bess Bland Vines; husband, Tom Hammonds; sister, Flora Boyler; and brother, Bobby Ray Vines. Mrs. Hammonds was a member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church for over 50 years. She served as the church secretary for 25 years. Mrs. Hammonds loved her family and grandchildren most of all. She loved to cook and her meals were wonderful. Her favorite thing to do was taking family pictures and family outings. It didn’t matter where she went, she just liked to go, and take photos.

Wed
29
Aug

Hope Austin Weeks

A celebration of the life of Hope Austin Weeks was held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Bro. Chet Johnson officiating. Hope was born December 10, 1933 in Dodson, Louisiana to Evan W. and Rhuey Stewart Austin. She entered her eternal rest Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Minden, Louisiana. She was raised in the Tannehill Community where she resided until her marriage to Dewey D. “Bob” Weeks. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Minden where they raised their three children plus five foster children. Hope was a charter member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. She was an excellent cook and provided lunch for her family every Sunday until her health prevented it. She loved her family with a passion and left a legacy of memories to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband; Dewey D.

Wed
29
Aug

Rose Creel Epperson

Rose Creel Epperson, a native of Winnfield, LA and resident of Baker, LA, passed away, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the age of 85. She was born on April 3, 1933, in Winnfield, LA. Rose was educated at Winnfield High School, Northwestern State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, and Louisiana State University with a master’s degree in Library Science. While at Northwestern State University, Rose was member of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band where she served as a majorette. Rose was elected as the State Fair Queen for the Northwestern vs. Louisiana Tech football game in Shreveport, LA. She was also named queen of the Central Louisiana Fair game between Northwestern and Louisiana College in Alexandria, LA. Rose was a retired teacher from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System with 25 years of service, a retired business owner of 20 years, and retired church organist of First Baptist Church of Baker with 51 years of service.

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