Obituaries
Obituary Archive

Mary Holdman Graham (01-19-2017)
Photo of Mary Holdman GrahamGraveside funeral
services for Mrs. Mary
Holdman Graham, 64,
were held at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 17,
2017 at Pine Grove Baptist
Church Cemetery
in Bernice, LA with Bro.
Steve Barrett and Bro.
Tim Post officiating.
Visitation was held from
12:30 PM until service
time.
Mrs. Graham, a member
of Liberty Baptist
Church, passed away
Wednesday, January 11,
2017. She loved her family
dearly. and her grandchildren
were the center
of her life. Her hobbies included fishing, hunting, shopping,
and riding her motorcycle. She loved listening to
Cade play music and enjoyed her time at the ball park
watching Jessi play ball.
She is survived by: Her husband, Elvin Graham; her
mother, Patsy Holdman; three daughters – Tammie Davis,
Lisa Rivers and husband Bob and Patricia Lee and
husband Mark; four siblings – Gary Holdman and wife
Brenda, Donald Holdman and wife Gina, Pattie Burns
and husband Bobby and Dena Lee; eight grandchildren
– Cade Vanderhoeven, Jessi Vanderhoeven, Ginger Rivers
Huff, Mitch Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Bonnie Palmer,
Zach Palmer and Jake Palmer; and a great grandchild,
Lucian Stewart.
Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by: Her father,
John Holdman.

Rev. Burley Gatson (01-19-2017)

Funeral Services for Reverend Burley Gatson. 99, a
native of Spearsville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday
January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Gum Springs
Association Building in Bernice, with the Rev. Joe
Watson, officiating. Interment will follow at the Willis
Chapel Cemetery in Lisbon. Visitation will be held from
2-4:30 p.m. on Friday January 20, 2017, at the Memorial
Funeral Home Chapel, with family hour from 5:30-7:30
p.m. at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in
Spearsville.

Charlene Kennedy Kozlowksi (01-19-2017)

Charlene Kennedy Kozlowksi, 89, a homemaker
from New York and formerly from Farmerville, died
December 29, 2016 in New York. A graveside service
was held January 12, 2017, at Conway Cemetery under
the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.

Stephanie Ann Weikal (01-19-2017)

Stephanie Ann Weikal, age 65, an educator formerly
of Sulphur, died January 8, 2017. There are no planned
services. Arrangements were under the direction of
Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.

Sammie Pace (01-12-2017)
Photo of Sammie PaceFuneral services for
Sammie Pace, 62, of Haile,
were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
January 7, 2017, in
the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral
Home of Farmerville.
Officiating was Rev. Mike
Murray assisted by Johnny
Legg. Visitation was from
5-8 p.m. on Friday, January
6, 2017, at the funeral home.
Interment followed at Liberty
in Linville Cemetery
in Linville.
Mr. Pace was born
on January 17, 1954, in
Farmerville and passed
away on January 3, 2017,
in Monroe after a lengthy
illness. He worked for Dow
Chemical for 33 years, loved his shop, friends and time he
spent with his grandsons.
He was preceded in death by: His father Ernest Pace
Jr., and daughter, Bethany Pace.
Survivors include: His wife of 31 years Theresa Bradshaw
Pace of Haile; a daughter, Mallory Sellers and
husband Caleb of Haughton; a son, Cody Pace of Haile;
two grandsons – Brayden and Mason Sellers; his mother,
Barbara Pace of Linville; two brothers – Kenny Pace and
wife Iris of Carthage, Texas and; Stevie Pace and wife Sue
of Dean; a sister, Sue Lynn Perodeau and husband Bob of
Linville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Roy Jones, Roger Baker, Hank Snell,
Ricky Bradshaw, Kirk Bradberry, and Jerry Owens.
Honorary pallbearers were Dicky Roberson and Shane
Benson.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.
kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

Fern Upshaw (01-12-2017)
Photo of Fern UpshawOn January 3, 2017, we
released the hand of an
Earth Angel. Our Mom,
Fern Upshaw, joined her
husband, her dad, her
mother, and her daughterin-
law in Paradise.
Mom was the woman in
our lives incapable of selfindulgence,
self-pity, selfimportance,
or anything
else that had to do with
“self.” She was a loving
wife and mother. She was
unwavering in her commitment
to her family and God.
She spent her 90 years on
earth attempting to make
everyone around her happy,
comfortable and loved. She
was the edification of love and commitment. She was the
glue that held our family together. She had only one kind
of love … unconditional.
Her children – Barry, Doug, and Marsha – had the privilege
of caring for her for the last two years after a disabling
stroke. Her passing will leave a hole in our souls that will
only be filled with the overflowing of love she left behind.
In her last hours, she had a personal bit of advice for each
of us. Heaven is a brighter place tonight because of her
presence. I once read in a book, “God is Love”. I would add
to this…“My Mom is Love!” Save us a seat, Mama.
Preceding her in death were: Her parents, Commie and
Marie Barrett; her husband, Coy Upshaw; and a loving
daughter-in-law, Glenda Upshaw.
Left to cherish her memory are: Her two sons – Barry
E. Upshaw and Douglas C. Upshaw and wife Cheryl , all
of Spearsville; a daughter, Marsha E. Blankenship and
husband Jerry of Newhope, Ark.; eight grandchildren;
13 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January
6, 2017, at Mt. Union Baptist Church in Spearsville. Burialwas in the church cemetery under the direction of Farrar
Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Visitation was Thursday at the church and again Friday
from noon until time of service.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Wanda Lou Wales (01-12-2017)
Photo of Wanda Lou WalesFuneral services for
Wanda Lou Wales, 75, of
Farmerville will be held at
12 p.m. on Wednesday, January
11, 2017, at Arkansas
State Veteran’s Cemetery in
North Little Rock, Ark. with
Bro. Buel Lewallen officiating.
Burial will be in the
Arkansas State Veteran’s
Cemetery in under the direction
of Farrar Funeral
Home in Farmerville.
Mrs. Wales, a homemaker,
went to her heavenly
home January 4, 2017. She
was a native of Tuckerman,
Ark. and moved to Pensacola,
Fla., where she spent
most of her lifetime. Being
a pastor’s wife, their ministry took them to Florida, New
Mexico, Pine Bluff, Ark. and Bald Knob, Ark. Mrs. Wales
was an excellent cook, a caretaker when called upon and
she loved to sing in the church choir. She loved her family,
her dogs and was a best friend to many.
She was preceded in death by: Her husband of 56 years,
Rev. Ronald Wales; parents Lloyd and Ruby Dawson Lewallen;
two brothers – Ernie Yonker and Delbert Lewallen;
and a sister, Helen Lewallen.
Left to cherish her memory are: Her two daughters –
Rhonda Lee Reeves of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Tonya Veatch
and husband Walter of Farmerville; two brothers – Larry
Lewallen and wife Vickie of Whitehall, Ark. and Keith
Yonker of Bauxite, Ark.; three sisters – Janell Totten
and husband, Evan of Parker, Colo., Tamara Sublett and
husband Michael of Bauxite, Ark. and Darla Duncan and
husband Rocky of Clayton, N.C.; six grandchildren – Randall
Veatch and wife Cassie, Vanasse Pierce and husband
Michael, Leah Harris and husband Josh, Robert Ridder,
Christopher Reeves and wife Dina and Victoria Watson;
as well as numerous other relatives and many friends.
Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, January 7,
2017, at Farrar Funeral Home Chapel in Farmerville, La.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Paula Ann Patton (01-12-2017)
A graveside service and burial for Paula Ann Patton,
66, of Downsville will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday,
January 12, 2017, at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery near
Farmerville with Rev. Jarrod Bearden officiating, under
the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Mrs. Patton, a homemaker, went to her heavenly home
January 9, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Downsville
and attended Beulah Baptist Church. She loved being a
MaMaw to her grandson, enjoyed spending time with her
family and pets, Skipper and Tinkerbell. She also enjoyed
reading, attending her grandson’s ballgames, and cooking.
She was famous for her pecan pies.
Preceding her in death were: Her parents: O.B. and
Hester Jurls; and her brother, Clifton Jurls.
Left to cherish her memory is: Her husband of 48 years,
Buddy Patton of Downsville; daughter, Debra Talley and
husband Steve of Downsville; a grandson, Peyton Talley;
a step grandson, Corey Talley; and one sister, Patricia
Jones of Farmerville
Pallbearers will be nephews – David Smith, Ronald
Jones, Donald Jones, Dustin Jones, Trey Patton and Chris
Patton.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Farrar Funeral
Home in Farmerville.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Donald Eugene Hicks, Jr. (01-12-2017)
Graveside services for Donald Eugene Hicks, Jr., 56,
of Farmerville were held at 2 p.m. on, Monday, January9, 2017 at Enterprise Cemetery with Bro. Kurt Auger officiating,
under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in
Farmerville.
Mr. Hicks, a mud logger, went to his heavenly home
on January 5, 2017. He was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Farmerville. Donald attended Chamberlin
Hunt Academy and graduated from Ouachita High School.
He was a Mud Logger by trade, traveling throughout the
United States. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University
and was more than an avid LSU fan.
Left to cherish his memory are: His parents, Melba
Dumas Brashier and her husband, Dr. Clyde K. Brashier;
a brother, David B. Hicks of Farmerville; two sisters –
Deborah K. Woods of New Port Richey, Fla. and Pamela
Jean Yeckley and husband Francis of Gettysburg, Penn.;
as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and
many friends.
Pallbearers were Gary Courson, Matt Townsend, Robert
Simpson, George Upshaw, Bryan Upshaw, Tommy Oliver,
John Burdue and David Hicks.
Visitation was from 12- 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January
9, 2017 at Farrar Funeral Home Chapel in Farmerville.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Stephanie Weikal (01-12-2017)
Stephanie Weikal, formally of Sulphur, La., died January
8, 2017. Services are incomplete at this time, under the
direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.