Obituary Archive

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.

Richard Earl Bridges (10-16-2014)
Photo of Richard Earl BridgesServices for Mr. Richard Earl Bridges, 81, of Downsville were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church with Bro. Tuck Roberts officiating. Interment was in Mars Hill Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Richard, a retired farmer, passed away on October 6, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center.
Preceding him in death were: His parents, Alvin and Vivian Bridges; a brother, Leonard Bridges; two sisters – Ouida Bridges Owens and Peggy Bridges Dison; his wife, Jo Beth Bridges; and his daughter, Alice Bridges.
He is survived by: His son, Ben Bridges and wife Ashley of Downsville, along with his grandchildren Jacob, Caleb, Anna Claire, and Laura Beth; two “self-adopted” sons, Curt Dean and Mark Terral; a sister, Mary Ann Weeks and her husband, Jurd; sister-in-law, Glynda Faye Bridges Pardue and her husband Jim; brother-in-law Ken Dison; as well as numerous nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Jason Bridges, Joe Bridges, Scott Owens, Shane McCarty, Bob Riser and Bobby Taylor.
Richard grew up in Holmesville and attended school in Farmerville. He dedicated four years of his life to the United States Air Force serving in the Korean War. He married his childhood sweetheart in January of 1957. He was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. Richard was well known for his quality hay and cattle production. He enjoyed playing baseball as a child, but took just as much pleasure in watching his grandchildren play ball.
Visitation was 5:00-8:00 PM Tuesday at Farrar Funeral Home.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Sixth Floor nurses and CNAs at St. Francis Medical Center, where he spent his last weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home or Mars Hill Cemetery Fund.
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Velma Mae Antley (10-16-2014)
Farmerville, LA- Velma Mae Landrum Antley, 86, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014  at Evergreen Cemetery in Bernice under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.