Wallace L. Grafton (04-17-2014)
On Friday, April 11, 2014, Mr. Wallace L. Grafton passed away and joined the love of his life of 54 years, Billie Jean “Jennie” Grafton. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Pisgah Baptist Church in Bernice, officiated by the Rev. Kenneth Nutt. Interment followed at Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville.
Mr. Grafton was born on October 31, 1933, in Bernice. He loved quail hunting and crappie fishing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Korean Conflict. He was a long-term employee of Claiborne Gas Company.
He was preceded in death by: His wife Billie Jean Grafton; parents John Walter and Alsie Grafton; a brother, Teddy L. Grafton; and three sisters – Melba Fowler, “Nokie” Griffin and Maxine Barrett.
He is survived by: His son Travis Grafton and wife Janet; two grandchildren – Rhiannon Massery and husband Kevin and Jarad Grafton and girlfriend Stephanie Willoughby; great-grandchildren, Kiahlee, Kaleb, and Bella; sisters Rubye Taylor, and Johnnie Griffin; brothers, Billy Grafton, and Bobby Grafton; special niece, Donna Walton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Pisgah Baptist Church.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to the staff of Professional Hospice Care of Ruston.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Pallbearers were Charles Taylor, Gerald Taylor, John Griffin, Kevin Massery, Ben Walton, and Brian Walton.
Honorary Pallbearers were Tony Walton and Kevin Henry.
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.
Velma Ringo Burns (04-17-2014)
Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Ringo Burns, 83, of Camden, Ark., formerly of Downsville, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with Bro. Jerry Whitman officiating. Burial followed in Holmesville Cemetery.
Mrs. Burns, a homemaker, went to her heavenly home April 7, 2014. She was a member of Holmesville Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by: her husband of 45 years, George M. Burns; parents Bob and Murtie Ringo; and a sister, Gladys Estelle Frisby.
Left to cherish her memory are: Her four daughters: - Shirley Sawyer and husband Thomas G. of Hamburg, Ark., Barbara Sturdivant and husband Frank Randall of El Dorado, Ark., Wanda Beckham and husband Harold of Farmerville and Lisa Amerson and husband Mark of Camden; a sister, Faye Snearly and husband Vernard of Downsville; four beloved nieces – Diane, Linda, Sherrie and Carlynn; nine grandchildren – Michael, Dralon, Gina, Damon, Cole, Tasha, Jeremy, DeLaine and Brandon; as well as 11 great grandchildren.
Visitation was Wednesday at Farrar Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Damon Sturdivant, Cole Sturdivant, Jeremy Amerson, Mitch Amis, Dralon Sawyer and Cody Chelette. Honorary pallbearer was Michael Sawyer.
Memorials may be made to Holmesville Baptist Church, 301 Holmesville Road, Downsville, LA 71234.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfu neralhomeonline.com.