Obituaries

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Kay Elizabeth Smith Sept. 3, 1942-April 24, 2018

Mansfield, LA – Funeral services honoring the life of Kay Elizabeth Smith, 75, was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Rose- Neath Chapel in Mansfield, LA with Rev. Larry Bryant and Bro. Gary Poarch officiating. Burial followed at Grand Cane Cemetery in Grand Cane, LA. The family received friends at Rose-Neath Mansfield Funeral Home on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Kay was born September 3, 1942, in Mitchell, LA to Bernice Elizabeth Nichols and Willard Samuel Nichols. She passed away on April 24, 2018, at her home in Mansfield, LA.

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Jerry Beck May 14, 1934-April 27, 2018

Miss Jerry Beck died on April 27th at age 83. She has donated her body to LSU School of Medicine. Jerry was born on May 14, 1934, in Alexandria, Louisiana, and moved to Mansfield with her family ten years later. Jerry graduated from Mansfield High School in 1952. That fall she began her college years at Louisiana Tech, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and involved in various organizations. While at Tech, Jerry was recognized for her leadership and scholastic achievements, receiving the Outstanding Woman Award her freshman and sophomore years. She was also elected President of the Women's Student Body. Jerry graduated from La. Tech in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English. She began her graduate degree that fall at LSU in Baton Rouge and later received a Master's Degree in Social Work.

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Faye Jeanette Lightfoot Nov. 26, 1936-April 4, 2018

Graveside services honoring the life of Faye Jeanette Lightfoot, 80, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Stanley, LA with Rev. Dale Gannon and Rev. Vernese Green officiating. Faye was born November 26, 1937, in Shreveport, LA to Solon and Ruby Curry and entered into rest on April 4, 2018, in Shreveport, LA. Preceding Faye in death were her parents; three husbands; son, Billy Dewayne Burch; sister, Onette Bozeman; and brothers, Jay Curry and Glen Curry. Those left behind to cherish her memory is her children, David Glenn Burch, James Otis Burch, Christopher Gerard Burch, Alisha Ann McDonald, all of Stanley, LA and Karen Webster of Grand Cane, LA; sister, Bobbie Gannon; brothers, Ted Curry, Steve Curry, James Curry; nine grandchildren; and a host of great grandchildren.

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A.J. Runnels Jr. Jan. 22, 1943-April 3, 2018

A.J. Runnels Jr., 75, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Mr. Runnels was born January 22, 1943, in Logan, to A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels. His hobbies included fishing and strolling in his El Caminos. He loved spending time with his family. Mr. Runnels was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by children: Alan J. Runnels of Joaquin; Donald R. Runnels of Joaquin; Kevin D.

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Maudie Lee Bossier March 22, 1928-March 29, 2018

Mansfield, LA – Funeral services honoring the life of Maudie Lee Bossier, 90, was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018, at Old Union Baptist Church in Benson, LA with Rev. Alton Middleton and Dr. Stephen Dollar officiating. Burial followed at Old Union Cemetery in Benson, LA. The family received friends at Rose- Neath Mansfield Funeral Home on Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Maudie was born March 22, 1928, in Benson, LA to Maude Dell Roberts and Howard E. Bissell. She passed away on March 29, 2018, in Vidor, TX. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker, and member of Old Union Baptist Church. She loved to fish, hunt, garden, and play music. Preceding Maudie in death were her parents; husband, Roy Bossier, and brother, Carl Bissell.

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Nan Laffitte Bedsole Dec. 28, 1939-March 13, 2018

Mansfield, LA – A Mass of Christian Burial honoring the life of Nan Laffitte Bedsole, 78, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mansfield, LA with Father Matthew Long officiating. Burial will follow at Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Carmel Community, LA. The family will receive friends at Rose-Neath Mansfield Funeral Home on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. Nan was born December 28, 1939, in Carmel, LA to Mary Rambin and Joseph Percy Laffitte and passed away on March 13, 2018, in Shreveport, LA. Preceding Nan in death were her parents, husband Henry Curtis Bedsole, sisters, Mary Jo Cooper, Peggy Strange, and Lana Hutto, brothers, Johnny Ray Laffitte and Mickey Laffitte.

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Thomas Howard Wilkinson Jan. 11, 1963-Feb. 28, 2018

On Wednesday, February 28 Heaven gained an angel and the world lost a very special man. Our beloved Thomas Howard Wilkinson, devoted family man, unexpectedly gained his angel wings and began his new life in Heaven. Howard was born on January 11, 1963 in McComb, Mississippi to Herbert and Helen Wilkinson. He moved to Mansfield, La in 1982 and began his 36-year career as a Ford mechanic. In 1990 he met the love of his life and soul mate, Deborah David. They married and raised their family in Logansport, La. Howard was a devoted family man. His daughters meant everything to him. They were the loves of his life. He and Brooke shared a love of dirt track racing and all things outdoors. Paige was his baby girl and she had him wrapped around her little finger. He would do anything for her and Lyric. When his girls married their husbands became his sons. When his grandsons were born he became a Papa and a PopPop. Nothing was too good for his grandsons, they were his heart and soul.

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Martha Lynn Ware Heard July 27, 1950-March 6, 2018

Graveside services for Martha Lynn Ware Heard were held on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Alva Municipal Cemetery in Alva,Oklahoma with Rev. Dr. Carol Cook Moore officiating. Interment was under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Louisiana Memorial services will be 4:00 p.m.Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA. Martha Lynn Ware Heard,daughter of the late James Elwardand Francis Charlene (Hammett) Ware, was born July 27, 1950, in Monroe, Louisiana, and passed away March 6, 2018, in Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, at the age of 67.Martha graduated from West Monroe High School with the Class of 1968. She then attended Louisiana Tech University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree inEarly Child hood Education and her Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Science.After graduation, she moved to Mansfield, Louisiana to work for the DeSoto Parish Cooperative Extension Service.

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Clifford Scott Lynch Feb.25, 1963-Feb. 17, 2018

Grand Cane, LA-Funeral services for Clifford Scott Lynch, 54, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at Rose- Neath Southside Chapel with Rev. Dean Register and Rev. Charles Hall. Interment will follow at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Keatchie, LA. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Scott was born February 25, 1963 in Alexandria, LA and passed away on February 17, 2018. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1982. He was a hard working electrician with Riley-Beaird and later at Willis Knighton. He loved his tractor, animals, motorcycles, and music. Left to cherish Scott’s memory are his parents, Charles (Steve) and Maxine Evans Lynch; sister, Shelley Lynch Jackson and husband, Lane; and brother, Steven Lynch. Pallbearers will be John Whitaker, Ronnie Lee, Donnie Lee, Frank Leone, Curt Evans, and Britt Garrett. Honorary pallbearers will be Willis Knighton Maintenance Staff.

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Mr. Obbie B. Wadkins

Aug. 28, 1937-Feb. 5, 2018Graveside services were held on February 7th, 2018 for Mr. O.B. Wadkins at Grove Hill Cemetery. Mr. Wadkins passed away on February 5, 2018. Services were performed by Terrell Scott. Mr. Wadkins was born on August 28th, 1937 to Raymond and Eulah Morgan Wadkins. Mr. Wadkins is predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers, Wallace, Leman, Travis, Dewey and 1 sister, Ada. Mr. Wadkins is survived by his sweetheart of 59 years Eudie Scott Wadkins. Two children: Scott (Mona) Wadkins of Mansfield and Raymond (Deidra) Wadkins of Winnfield. Seven grandchildren: Jonathan (Teresa) Wadkins, Jennifer(Thomas) Wadkins of Mansfield, Kattie Wadkins and Carissa (Joshua) Bouie, Drexel(Chris) Vercher, Kirk (Victoria)Wright, and Dawn (Grant) Wright and eleven great grandchildren. Pall Bearers were Scott Wadkins, Raymond Wadkins, Jonathan Wadkins, Trenton Wadkins. Chris Vercher, and Kirk Wright. The family wishes to thank Superior Hospice for their for their car of Mr.

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