Obituaries

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Emily Ann Dillard

Emily Ann Dillard

Funeral services for Emily Dillard, 85, of Pleasant Hill were held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill with Bro. Lynn Burkett officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Emily Dillard was born on Sunday, August 23, 1936 in Pleasant Hill. She passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Sabine Medical Center in Many.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Harold Dillard; son, Benjamin Alan Dillard; parents, Robert Melvin Johnson and Betty Lois (Middleton) Johnson; four brothers, Trentice; Glynn; Lloyd and Benton Johnson; and her sister, Yvonne Rogers.

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Oct

Lawrence Craig

Lawrence Craig

Funeral services honoring the life of Lawrence Craig were held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City. Officiating was Lawrence’s lifelong friend Reverend Douglas Freeman.

Elmer Lawrence Craig was born March 10, 1952 in Zwolle and passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Shreveport.

Lawrence was a loving husband, daddy, Papaw, son and brother. He loved cooking, camping and would always go the extra mile to make sure any holiday or event was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. He and his devoted wife, Pam, spent thousands of hours preparing meals, Halloween costumes and any other preparations necessary to make sure their family enjoyed whatever gathering was at hand. He was also a well-respected member of the construction industry in the state of Louisiana for more than 45 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Eula Craig; loving wife of 48 years, Pamela Craig; and sister, Evelyn Cooley.

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20
Oct

Evelyn Dees

Evelyn Dees

Funeral services for Evelyn Dees, 101, of Lafayette will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Tidwell officiating. Burial followed in the Many Cemetery.

Evelyn Dees was born on Sunday, May 16, 1920. She passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Maison de Lafayette in Lafayette.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. E. (Buddy) Dees; and her parents, William Monroe Hildebrand and Sarah Emma (Stewart) Hildebrand. She was the youngest of seven siblings, Clarence R. Hildebrand; Noah Hildebrand; Oda Walters; Mittie Weldon; Leah McGaha; and Josephine Leach; who all preceded her in death.

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20
Oct

Emma Jean Procell Ebarb

Emma Jean Procell Ebarb

Emma Ebarb of Noble was born on December 16, 1938 to Joe William Procell and Sylvia Rivers Procell in Shreveport. At the age of 82 her work on Earth was done and she entered into eternal rest on October 14, 2021 from cardiac arrest at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Ebarb. Father John Paul Crispin will preside over the mass. Burial followed in the St. Ann Catholic Cemetery.

Emma Jean was a devout Catholic. She was the loving mother of five children, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one great, great granddaughter, and a great, great grandson on the way. She loved each of them unconditionally. Her maternal instinct began as the oldest of seven siblings. She continued mothering her children, grandchildren, and great grands ending with her very special great granddaughter Nicolette Ebarb.

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20
Oct

Jeanette Soileau Polson

Jeanette Soileau Polson

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 am at St. Terrance Catholic Mission, Florien for Jeanette S. Polson. Her son, Fr. Mikel A. Polson, Pastor of St. Michael the Arch Angle Church in Crowley, Louisiana will preside.

Born July 25, 1936, in Ville Platte, Louisiana, as Marie Jeanette Soileau, to parents Ariel Soileau and Melicia Fontenot Soileau. She had six brothers, all deceased, all served in the United States military: Rodney, Horace, Vernel, Irving, Roy Ariel, and Joel. She is survived by one younger sister, Geneva Limoges of Ville Platte, Louisiana.

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13
Oct

Charles “Charlie” Marvin Williams, Jr.

Charles “Charlie” Marvin Williams, Jr.

Charles Williams, Jr. of Many passed away on September 21, 2021, following a sudden illness.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, Janet Eason and Charles “Marvin” Williams, Sr. Charlie leaves behind his brother, John Arthur Williams; sister, Rebecca Adams; nephews, David “Trey” Adams; Scott Adams, wife Martha and sons, Thomas and William Adams; sister, Mary Alice Williams; nephew, Alexander Sikorski; niece, Terra Sikorski; brother, Harold “Hal” Williams; nieces, Hollan and Camille Williams; brother, Theodore “Ted” Akers, Jr.; nephews, Ryan and Aaron Akers; uncle and aunt, Robert “Bobby” & Lola Jean Williams; aunt, Mrs. Wayne “Martha” Eason; and many cousins from the Williams, Allums, and Eason Families. Charlie, a life long resident of Many, was a private person who helped many people as a local handyman.

A graveside service will be held at McCormick Cemetery at a later date.

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13
Oct

Kelvin David Matthews

Kelvin David Matthews

Kelvin Matthews was born into a loving home on November 23, 1967. He was completely healed of covid and went on to be with the Lord on October 3, 2021. He is survived by his devoted wife of 27 years, Cissy Leach Matthews; his beloved children: daughter, Caroline Matthews Chandler (husband, Dustin), son, Colby Matthews (girlfriend, Korie Kreps); mother, Linda Rutherford Matthews, parents-in-law, Jimmy and Janis Leach; brother and sister-in-law, Jim Brady and Lisa Leach; and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Matthews; sister, Laura Matthews O’Connor; and infant niece, Ashtin Jade Noel O’Connor.

Kelvin graduated from Florien High School in 1985. He started his career at Watco (Zwolle) Rail Car where he would continue working for just shy of 32 years. Kelvin was the definition of an exemplary employee. He continued to advance until his current position as Inbound Inspector.

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Oct

Nadine Ellen Wooley

Nadine Ellen Wooley

Nadine Wooley was born into a loving Christian home on June 23, 1936, in Mason City, Iowa. She went on to be with the Lord on October 8, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lynn Wooley; four children: Debbie Merritt (husband, Lavan), Dean Wooley (wife Janet), Donnie Wooley (wife Cheryl) and David Wooley (wife Stacy) and daughter of the heart, Theresa Lewis; 16 grandchildren: Dr. Jason Merritt (wife, Christy), Jami Parks, Justin Merritt (wife Mary), Joel Wooley (wife Amber), Matthew Wooley, Meghan Evans (husband Gary), Dr. Dana Botsko (husband George), Cody Wooley, Zac Wooley (wife Kaci), Bobbie Lewing (husband Timothy), Jennifer Tarpley (husband Grant), Duncan Craft (wife Laura Ann), Will Fathree (wife Sara), Tabitha Chamberlin (husband Cade), Jana Gould (husband Calin) and Laura Fredieu (husband Wesley), twenty four great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Oct

Agnes Alene Cooper Pilkington Gunter

Agnes Alene Cooper Pilkington Gunter

Agnes Gunter, 98, of Mansfield passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, surrounded by family at Toledo Nursing Center in Zwolle.

Agnes was born on September 23, 1923, in Many. She was one of 13 children born to William and Mary Alice Dew Cooper. She graduated from Many High School in 1942 and married her husband of 41 years, Tom E. Pilkington, on Christmas Eve of that same year. They went on to have five children.

After 21 years of service, Agnes retired from the Zwolle Schools cafeteria in 1986. She stayed involved in square dancing where she met her second husband of 26 years J.O. Gunter. After retirement she continued to remain active in her volunteer work at the Christian ministry Feed & Seed, Clara Springs Baptist Encampment, the First Baptist Church Esther Sunday school class, the DeSoto Parish Quilters and women’s auxiliary, the Mansfield line dancers, the Lakeside twirlers, the Mansfield Friends of the Library, and the DeSoto Council on Aging.

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Oct

Barbara Gail (Garcie) Sepulvado

Barbara Gail (Garcie) Sepulvado

Barbara Sepulvado, 62, passed away in Shreveport on October 4, 2021 after a lengthy illness. She was born on March 21, 1959 in Zwolle to William “Jack” Garcie and Wilma Bernice (Parrie) Garcie.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle with Father Francis Kamau officiating; burial followed in the church cemetery.

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