Obituary Archive

Gerald Thomas 'Pops' Franklin (07-24-2014)
A loving husband, father and grandfather, departed to his heavenly home on July 14, 2014. He was 69 years old.

“For I know that my redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God “ Job 19:25.

Gerald Thomas “Pops” Franklin is survived by: His loving wife of 51 years Mary Jacqueline (Jacque) Pilgreen Franklin; three sons – Gerald Kevin Franklin, Kenneth Richard Franklin and Craig Michael Franklin and wife Haley; daughter Cheryl Anne Franklin Reynolds and husband Phillip; seven grandchildren – Alex Ryan Franklin, Kyle Christopher Franklin, Kelsey Marie Franklin, Matthew Kevin Reynolds, Brad Michael Reynolds, Hayden Lee Franklin, Chloe Marie Franklin; great-granddaughter Ella Grace Franklin; two brothers – Freddie Ray Franklin and wife Diane and Mike Franklin and wife Betty; two sisters – Elizabeth Holmes and husband Charles and Myra Lou Blake; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by: His parents, Floyd and Edra Franklin; and six brothers – John R. Franklin, Billy Joe Franklin, Charlie Franklin, Ike Franklin, Terry Franklin and Ricky Franklin.

Gerald attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and was a retired salesman from Institutional Foods. His hobbies were watching LSU football games and fishing the marshes at Grand Isle with Jacque and his grandchildren.

Visitation was held at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. until a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 p.m., conducted by Dr. Richard Blue.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Watson Library.

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Jimmy Glenn Day (07-24-2014)
Funeral services for Jimmy Glenn Day, 60, of Popular Bluff, Mo., werer held at 2 pm., on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Mt. Nebo Community Church in Downsville under the direction of Cotrell Funeral Service of Popular Bluff.

Mr. Day, formerly of Albertville, Ala., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his residence.
Mr. Day was born July 18, 1953 in Mansfield, La. He attended First Baptist Church in Albertville, Ala., and was previously employed as a manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement. Mr. Day was a raging LSU fan, and enjoyed spending time with his family, reading and playing golf.

Mr. Day is survived by: His wife of 20 years, Paula Talbert Day; five children – Robbie Day McGowen and wife Crystal and children Kayla and Brock of Boaz, Ala., Sarah Day and children Collin and Avery of West Monroe, Joself Forrester of Oxford, Ala., Keither Forrester of Kaden Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan and Kyle Forrester of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark.; his father, Donald Day of Farmerville; two sisters – Sandy Day of Monroe and Brenda Rosson and husband Jimmy of Farmerville; and five brothers: Donnie Day and wife Beverly of Fairbury, Nebr., Roger Day and wife Charlotte of Monroe, Jerry Day of Johnson City, Tenn., Jeff Day and wife Katie of Arab, Ala. and Kevin Day of Boaz, Ala.

He was proceeded in death by: His mother, Jimmie Dell Crow Day infant brother Richard Scott Day.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to UCAN (United Cancer Assistance Network), 1899 N. Westwood Blvd., PMB #172, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.

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Markoleta Padgett (07-24-2014)
Photo of Markoleta PadgettMarkoleta Padgett, 92, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. Marky was born September 6, 1921, to Frank and Genereuse (Catte) Miner in Lyons, Kansas.

Marky graduated from East High in Wichita, Kan. in 1939. She was the office manager for Penka Accounting in Turon, Kan. until 2012. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pratt, Kan. She also served on the board of the Turon Senior Center. Marky lived in Turon from 1950 to 2013, spending the last few months with sons in Farmerville.

Marky was always inquisitive, an avid reader, and with the help of her faith and a wealth of family and friends, she enjoyed a full life.

Marky was preceded in death by: Her parents and her sister Treva Crossley.
She is survived by: Sons Gary E. Padgett and wife Gerrie and Bruce L. Padgett; grandchildren Scott Jehle of Rose Hill, Kan., Michelle Padgett of Overland Park, Kan., Kimberly Valderas of Weslaco, Texas and J. Drew Padgett of San Diego, Calif.; as well as 13 great-grandchildren.

Mary L. Spillers (07-24-2014)
Photo of Mary L. SpillersA celebration of life service for Mary L. Spillers, 94, of Huttig, Ark., formerly of Downsville, was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home of West Monroe with Reverends Scott Jennings and Jeff May officiating. Interment followed at Spillers Cemetery in Downsville. ‘

The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Mrs. Spillers was born on May 14, 1920, and passed from this life on July 17, 2014. She married J.C. Spillers on October 15, 1940.

She is preceded in death by: Her husband; daughters Velma Miller and Bonnie Atkins; and sister Bessie Mae Outz.

She is survived by: Her children – Denise Spillers of Huttig, Joyce Norwood and her husband Larry, James Spillers Jr. and his wife Ellen of Farmerville, Sandy Spillers of El Dorado, Don Spillers and his wife Flora of West Monroe, Doris Johnson of New Mexico, John Spillers of Texas; as well as 20 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, plus Baby Marshall due January 2015; a brother, Leroy Pouncey of Austin, Texas; and sister, Katy Cook of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; plus a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Norwood Jr., James Norwood, Jason Norwood, Scott Norwood, Benji Williams and Tommy Kendrick. Honorary Pallbearers were Tommy D. Kendrick, Dakota Eppinette, Kevin Eppinette, and Brandon Norwood.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Life Touch Hospice and the 3rd Floor of the Medical Center of South Arkansas.

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Kenneth Wayne Watson (07-24-2014)
Funeral services for Kenneth Wayne Watson, 77, of Downsville, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the chapel of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with Bro. Tony Smith officiating. Interment was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Spearsville.

Mr. Watson passed away on Saturday July 19, 2014.

He was preceded in death by: His parents Harvey and Allie Vee Watson; brother Paul Watson; sister Shelby Dominque; and grandchild Mitchel Watson.

He is survived by: His wife Ladell Watson of Downsville; two sons – Randy Watson of Cythiana, Ky. and Ricky Watson and wife Nancy of Downsville; three grandchildren – Crystal Tolly, Shane Watson and Sherri Albritton; five great grandchildren – Weston Watson, Jade Smith, Adrian Daniels, Jasmine Daniels and Alaina Albritton; and a host of loving family and friends.

Pallbearers were Johnny Ezell, Kasey Albritton, Mike Teddeton, Jimmy Wallace, Don Spillers and Elvin Graham.

Visitation was Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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