Obituary Archive

Bernice Reeves (10-30-2014)
Bernice Virginia Reeves, 75, a homemaker, died Thursday, October 23, 2014. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with Bro. Aleck Nyegaard officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Saturday and then 1:00 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery near Marion.

Ima Jean Bennett (10-30-2014)
Funeral services for Ima Jean Bennett 86, of Spearsville, Louisiana were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Antioch Church of Christ in Spearsville with Tommy Bennett, Paul Dunn and Dennis Gage officiating. Interment followed in Antioch Cemetery under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville. Visitation was from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the church.
Mrs. Bennett was born on June 13, 1928 in Lillie and passed from this life on October 25, 2014 in Bernice. She was a member of Antioch Church of Christ for many years and loved to share her faith and the plan of salvation with others. She was a dental assistant for many years and was a homemaker during the years her children were growing up.
She is preceded in death by: Her husband of 61 years, James D. (J D) Bennett. Left to cherish her memory are: Her daughter Bonnie Lewis and husband Roy of Lincolnton Ga.; two sons – David Bennett and wife Gina of Spearsville and Randy Bennett and wife Rebecca of Junction City, Ark.; grandchildren – Kristen Francis and husband Bryan of Evans, Ga., Elizabeth Long of Lincolnton Ga., Brooke Ownby and husband Jon of Bernice, Amber Upshaw and husband Clint of Farmerville, Kaela Bennett of Shreveport, Megan Bennett and Rob Alexander of Spearsville, La; great-grandchildren – Bennett Boswell, Banks Boswell, Sarah Beth Francis, Russell Bennett Alexander, Lane Upshaw, Meela Upshaw, Layla Ownby and Isaiah Ownby; Brothers-in-law Billy Bennett and wife Frances and Frankie Bennett and wife Erma all of Spearsville; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Dennis Warner, Ted Nichols, Paul Bennett, Brad Risinger, Randy Post and Rodney Smith.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund, 13 Boundary RD. Spearsville, La. 71277
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family at

Ronald Gale Morris (10-30-2014)
Photo of Ronald Gale MorrisRonald Gale Morris, 75, of Chicago, Illinios, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with Rev. Michael Howard and Rev. Kurt Auger officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery.
Ron was preceded in death by: His parents, Columbia and Allen Morris; and eight siblings – Thelma Mashaw, Cliff Morris, Willard Morris, Arlene Howard, Doyce Terral, Olelia Chapman, Tom Morris and Paulene Morris. He is survived by a sister, Amy Simpson; and his wife, Krystyna.
Ron was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and attended the University of Syracuse and NLU prior to launching his 30-year sales career with the Sears Corporation. His office was in the Sears Tower, where he worked as sales director for the Southwest Region.
Ron loved his family and enjoyed visiting the piney hills of North Louisiana, where he grew up hunting and fishing of the banks of the DeLoutre.

Jeanette Bearden Webb (10-30-2014)
 Funeral services for Jeanette Bearden Webb, 59, of Farmerville were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Sardis Baptist Church with Rev. Wendell Sellers and Rev. Jimmy Masters officiating. Burial was in Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home.
Mrs. Webb, a homemaker and lifelong resident of Union Parish, died Saturday, October 25, 2014.
She is preceded in death by: Her parents, Jarrett Hank and Elaine Cole Bearden; and a brother, Donny Bearden.
Left to cherish her memory are: Her two daughters – Laura Dupree and husband, T.C. of Farmerville and Kay Tatum and husband Ervin, Jr. of Nashville, Tenn.: son David Morris of Farmerville; brother Randy Bearden of Farmerville; sister Mary Sue Robinson of Hamburg, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many other family and friends.
Pallbearers were T.C. Dupree, Hunter Futch, Shannon Futch, David Morris, Brandon Bearden and Mark Bearden.
Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 2014, at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuner

Make your voice heard (10-23-2014)
Used to be, any Louisianian who wanted to vote before election day had to attest they were going to be out of town, hospitalized or otherwise were required to meet what was then the legal criteria for absentee voting.
Not any more. You don’t need a special reason to vote early. Louisiana is one of a number of states that’s replaced the traditional absentee voting period with early voting — seven full days during which voters can cast their ballots just as they would on election day, but generally with greater ease.
Voters who want to vote early for the Nov. 4 primary can do so through Tuesday at the Union Parish Registrar of Voters office located on the ground floor of the parish Courthouse Annex. Early voting continues through Oct. 28, except for Sunday. Balloting hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Voters must bring a photo ID that also shows their signature, such as a valid driver’s license or a military ID. Those with no photo ID may apply for a voter ID card at the local Office of Motor Vehicles.
By its very nature, early voting is convenient. Even though there may be a short wait, lines typically move fast and are usually shorter than those that often form at polling places on Election Day.
Plus, because the upcoming primary is on a Tuesday rather than a Saturday, early voters can avoid having to take time from their workday to go vote.
Next month’s ballot is chocked full of decisions for voters to make: In addition to candidates in a myriad of local, regional and state races, there are also 14 state constitutional amendments to be voted on.
This election — like every election — is pivotal. The decisions voters make could set the course of their communities and state for years to come. Consequently, voting is important.
Through the option of early voting, voters have a convenient way of participating in one of their most precious privileges — making their voice heard at the ballot box.
A handy voters guide is included in today’s paper. This provides a convenient way to thoughtfully mark your votes. Use this guide in the ballot box to ease the process.

Royce Lee Patterson (10-23-2014)
Photo of Royce Lee PattersonFuneral services for Royce Lee Patterson, 85, of Farmerville were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Aleck Nyegaard officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home.
Mr. Patterson, a lifelong resident of Union Parish and a member of Liberty Hill Primitive Baptist Church, passed away Saturday.
He truly loved his family, married 64 years to his loving wife, Imogene, and was a very devoted grandfather. He loved to fish and hunt. Mr. Patterson prided himself as a carpenter and builder. He held himself, as well as others, to high standards.
He was preceded in death by: His parents, John R. and Josie Taylor Patterson; five brothers – Dan, Arnold Gray, Alex, John Randolph “Buck” and Eugene Patterson; one sister, Lillian Upshaw; and a great grandson, Nathaniel Simpson.
Left to cherish his memory is: His wife, Imogene Simpson Patterson; one son, Terry Lee Patterson; two daughters, Jo Anne Cobb and husband Ricky, and Gloria Riser and husband Ben, all of Farmerville; two brothers – Thomas Keith “Bo” Patterson of Nashville, Tenn. and Richard Warren Patterson of West Monroe; two sisters – Lula Mae Hague of San Antonio, Texas and Louise Wright of Natchitoches; as well as nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Pallbearers were Benjamin Riser, Heath Massey, Justin Cobb, Will Logue, Cody Phillips, Heath Patterson, Ceismond Nyegaard and Pete Taylor. His great grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation was 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Farrar Funeral Home.
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David M. Wilson, 52 (10-23-2014)
David M. Wilson, 52, of the Crossroads community, died Sunday, October 19, 2014. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Crossroads Cemetery near Farmerville under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.