Obituaries

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18
Sep
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TERRY LEMAN JONES

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Funeral services honoring the life of Terry Leman Jones were held at First Baptist Church Logansport in Logansport, LA on Friday, September 13, 2019 with Bro. Dean Register and Bro. Timothy Roberson officiating. Family received friends for visitation at the church on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interment was held at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport.

Terry was born on July 15, 1954 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Jack Terrell Jones and Sarah Ruth Creech Jones. He entered into rest on September 10, 2019 in Logansport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Leman and Mabel Creech and Henry and Dixie Jones.

Wed
18
Sep
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CLARENCE “SONNY” RAYMON PYLE

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Clarence “Sonny” Raymon Pyle, 81, of Fannett, Texas, went to be with his Lord on September 6, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas.

Sonny was born December 14, 1937, in Logansport, Louisiana, to parents, Clarence and Ethyl (Brown) Pyle. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather. Sonny served four years in the United States Navy to come home and marry his soulmate, Betty Westbrook, in 1960 where they moved to Galveston, Texas. He spent the first twenty-five years of his married life as a mechanic and teacher working at several locations throughout southeast Texas. Sonny and Betty’s love for children led them to adopt three children and foster over forty throughout their marriage. They spent the last ten years up to retirement working for Buckner Children’s Village in Beaumont and Boy’s Village in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as Houseparent’s.

Wed
04
Sep
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JIMMY L. REYNOLDS

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Funeral services honoring the life of Rev. Jimmy L. Reynolds was held at Rose-Neath Mansfield Chapel in Mansfield, LA on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Alan Brown officiating. Family received friends for visitation at the funeral home on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment was held at Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Carmel, LA.

Jimmy was born on May 18, 1955 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Jimmy Lee Reynolds, Jr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Reid Reynolds. He entered into rest on August 28, 2019 in Mansfield, Louisiana.

Rev. Reynolds was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Steven Reynolds.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are the mother of his children, Diane Reynolds of Mansfield, LA; son, Blake Reynolds of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Morgan Reynolds Hesser and husband David of Pelican, LA ; brother, Mark Reynolds and wife Lesle of Bossier City, LA; grandchildren, Bryson and Harper Hesser.

Wed
28
Aug
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PATSY HOUSTON EVANS RUSSELL

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Patsy Houston Evans Russell, 63, of Mansfield passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born in Mansfield, LA on September 5, 1955 to Benjamin Joseph Houston and Mary Demetrius Woods Houston.

Visitation and funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rambin, LA on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. with Father Matthew Long officiating and guest speaker Reverend Mike McConnaughey. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Mary Houston; husband, Gregory Lee Russell; son, Jason Vincent Evans; and brothers, Joseph Houston and William Houston.

Wed
28
Aug
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LOUIS CLIFTON “GUS” HALL

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Memorial services celebrating the life of Louis Clifton “Gus” Hall, III were held at 10 am Tuesday, August 27 at First Baptist Church Mansfield. Officiating will be Thumper Miller and Joe Waggoner. The family received friends for visitation on Monday, August 26 at Rose-Neath Mansfield Chapel from 5-7 pm.

Gus was born October 1, 1946 in Mansfield, La and entered into rest on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Mansfield from complications of ALS. He is preceded in death by his parents Calvin Wesley Hall and Joyce Jean Chesnut Hall, his brother C.W. “Butch” Hall and nephew Kyle Hall.

Wed
21
Aug
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HAZEL LOIS BROWN

Hazel Brown, 96, of Mansfield, Louisiana, passed on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Heritage Manor Stratmore of Shreveport, Louisiana. Pursuant to the wishes of the deceased, there will be no visitation or memorial service at this time. Hazel and Dan chose instead to a share a celebration of their lives together with their family and friends. Plans for this “Life Celebration” will be at a later date.

Wed
21
Aug
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MARY “COOTER” O’DELL LUM JORDAN

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Mary “Cooter” O’Dell Lum Jordan, 77, of Converse, LA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 11, 2019. She was born in Benson on September 3, 1941. After graduating from Stanley High School, she attended Norton Business School in Shreveport.

Cooter spent her professional career working as a bookkeeper for several local businesses including: SoftDisk and Everett’s Bindery. After retiring she and Lloyd moved back to her family’s home place in the country.

She loved the gospel and served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed spending time in fellowship, especially playing softball at the Baptist Ball Park.

Cooter was passionate about her family; whether she was making chicken and dumplings, walking on 5th Avenue in NYC, fishing in the pond or playing with her grandchildren.

Wed
21
Aug
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DORIS MEREDITH “GRANNY”

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Grand Cane, LA- August 10, 1957 was the beginning of a wonderful life with husband Bob. August 10, 2019 marked a continuation of that story.

Born November 26, 1934, in DeSoto parish, Doris received her nursing degree from Northwestern and her CRNA from Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Her accomplishments were numerous, including one of the first female hospital administrators in the state of Louisiana. She lovingly used her gift as a caregiver each and every day. Her love of God and compassion for people were truly an inspiration to all who knew her. She shared that love as a long time Sunday School teacher and member at First Baptist Church, Mansfield.

Preceding Doris in death were husband, Bob Meredith, infant daughter Laurie, parents James M Morton, Sr., Pauline Norris Morton, and Madge Worsham Morton. Sisters, Raye Gamble, Kathryn Lain, Helen Elliott, and brother, James M. Morton, Jr.

Wed
14
Aug
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CHARLES EARL TURNER

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Charles Earl Turner was born on February 14, 1939 in Grand Cane, Louisiana to Peggy Davis and George White. He was later adopted by Jeffery and Vercie Turner.

He accepted Christ at a very early age under the leadership of Pastor S.L. Johnson. He was a faithful member until death. He served as past President of the male chorus, secretary of the church, and custodian for many years.

Charles attended the DeSoto Parish Schools where he acquired the nickname “Grand Cane Slim” for his basketball skills. Charles graduated from DeSoto Parish Training School.

He united in holy matrimony to Nan Esther Murray on September 2, 1957. To this union five children were born.

He transitioned to his heavenly home on Sunday, August 4,2019, at 7 :20 a.m. One son, Robert Turner, preceded him in death.

Wed
14
Aug
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BURNIS ELI WILBURN

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Funeral services for Burnis Eli Wilburn, 92, of Pelican, La., were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield with Rev. Sam Wheeless officiating. A graveside service with military honors immediately followed the service at the Pelican Cemetery.

Burnis, who was also known to many as B.E., Junior, or Pac, was born on March 3, 1927 in Pelican to Burnis Sr. and Jimmie Paxton Wilburn. His mother passed away when he was just eighteen months old, so Burnis was raised by his grandparents, Garland and Lizzie Paxton. Burnis passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019.

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