Linda Sue (Dyess) Parker 1952-2017

Linda Sue Dyess Parker passed away Wednesday, February 8, in Tyler at the age of 64. She was born June 16, 1952 in Pittsburg to Jim Bob and Bessie Starnes Dyess. Linda worked at Parker Building. She was a Baptist and one of the original T.O.T.S. School teachers at Emmanuel Baptist Church .
She is survived by her husband: John Parker of Pittsburg; two sons: Stephen Parker and wife Robyn of Pittsburg, and Jason Parker and wife Magdalena of Johnstown, Colorado; her daughter: Christi Lawson and husband Brian of Tyler; 8 grandchildren: Allie Parker, Pryce Parker, Parker Lloyd, Brianna Lawson, Logan Parker, Skylar Parker, Adam Lawson, and Joshua Lawson; as well as several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents: Jim Bob and Bessie Dyess; a brother: Wayne Dyess; and a sister: Angela Kay Dyess.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11 at the funeral home with Bro. Larry Rice officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery with Bro. Tim Parker officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mrs. Parker’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation: 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016.


Linda Sue Dyess, daughter of Jim Bob Dyess and Bessie Marie Starns, was born 16 Jun 1952 – Pittsburg, TX and passed 8 Feb 2017.

Sandra “Sandy” Adams Cotton King 1952-2017

Sandy Adams King, 64, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Memorial Service: 3 pm Wednesday, 121 Community Church, The West End (west side entrance) Dr., Grapevine.

Family and Friends are all welcome to come together afterwards at Kirby’s Steakhouse at 4:30 pm, 3305 E State Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092.

Memorials: Sandy was a remarkable woman! Her wish was that in lieu of flowers, that her friend’s help support her grandson, Brandon Cotton, by donating to The Lighthouse Foundation, a 501(c)3 children’s charity. There will be a restricted fund set up just to help with his future care. That sweet, special boy meant the world to her.

All checks can be made out to The Lighthouse Foundation, P O Box 3481, Grapevine, TX 76009, please note it is for the Sandy King memorial fund for Brandon Cotton in the memo.

Sandy was born on August 18, 1952 in Logansport, LA to Vernon and Norma Adams. She was a interior designer and involved in many organizations in and around Grapevine. Sandy was active with the Metroport Meals on Wheels and co-chaired their golf tournament with Byron Nelson in the past. She was also a member of the Grapevine Heritage Ambucs and the Miracle League of Southlake. Sandy will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors: Son, Danny Cotton and his wife Donna; grandson, Brandon Cotton; sister, Vicki Pendleton; nieces, Katy Watson and Ainsley Watson; and Joe King.


Sandra “Sandy” Adams, daughter of Vernon Adams and Norma Ray Dyess, was born 18 Aug 1952 – Logansport, LA and passed 9 Feb 2017.

Jeffrey Allen Dyess 1966 – 2008

Jeffrey Allen Dyess, 25 Nov 1966 – 22 Aug 2008

Dyess, Jeffrey Allen 41, passed away on August 22, 2008 in Baylor Medical Center of Irving. Jeff was a longtime resident of Irving, a 1985 graduate of Nimitz High School, a member of Irving Bible Church and volunteer with Mercy Street Association.

He was employed with J.P. Morgan Chase in the Trust Dept.

He was preceded in death by his Father, George Curtis Dyess,Jr., Grandparents, Johnnie & Jean Haddock, George & Evelyn Dyess. He is survived by his Mother, Shirley Dyess of Irving, Sister & Brother-In-Law: Janet & Doug Howie of Crowley, TX., 10 nieces & nephews, One Uncle, Tony Haddock of McKinney, TX. and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 10:00a.m. at Chapel of Roses Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 2:30p.m. at New Klondike Cemetery in Klondike, TX. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Center for Brain Health, 2200 W. Mockingbird, Dallas, TX. 75235.


Jeffrey Allen Dyess, s/o George Curtis Dyess Jr – Shirley Avon Haddock, Born 25 Nov 1966 – and passed away 22 Aug 2008, at Baylor Medical Center of Irving, Texas

Anita Louise (Thomas) Singleton 1928-2015

Anita Louise Singleton, 86, of Humble, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in Houston, TX. She was born the daughter of James Matthew Thomas and Lucille Blanche (Harrington) Thomas on June 21, 1928 in Okmulgee, OK.

In 1941, Anita’s family moved to DeRidder, LA where she married Middleton (Mid) Singleton and had two children, Synthia Ann and Janice Lynn. Anita was active in the community serving as President of the DeRidder Garden Club, Bluebird and Campfire Leaders, owned and operated a ceramic shop, and was instrumental in starting the Beauregard Association of Retarded Citizens (BARC) day school in DeRidder, LA. In 1972, Anita moved to Houston, TX where she worked for Shell Oil Company as a telephone operator until she retired. Anita enjoyed traveling, gardening, crafts, and spending time with her family.

Anita is survived by her daughter, Janice Ferguson; son-in-law, David Ferguson; grandchildren, Brian, Kevin (Casey), and Kristen Ferguson; two great grandchildren, Alexa and Kason Ferguson of Humble, TX; sister, Arlene Cooley; niece, Sherry Cooley Johnston; and, nephew, Tommy Cooley of Deridder, LA. Anita was preceded in death by her parents Jim (Capt.) and Lucille Thomas, her husband Middleton (Mid) Singleton, and her daughter Synthia Ann Castillo.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, Texas 77339. A graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079.


Anita Louise Thomas, daughter of James Matthew Thomas and Lucille Blanch Harington, born 21 Jun 1928 – Okmulgee, Oklahoma and passed away 18 Feb 2015 – Houston, Texas.

Frances Maurice (Adams) Brister 1934-2003

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Maurice Brister, 68, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock officiating. Burial followed at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Sikes.

Mrs. Brister passed away Saturday, May 10, at Grace Home in Shreveport. She was a devoted wife and mother, active in the WMU at Beech Springs Baptist Church, and worked in the Webster Parish School System for many years.

She is survived by her husband, L.D. Brister of Minden; one daughter, Sherry Willoughby and husband Ron of Benton; one son, Ken Brister and wife Cheryl of Shreveport; one brother, Crosby Adams Jr. of Winnfield; two sisters, Reba Gates of Atlanta, Texas, and Reitha Cannaday of Mt. Ida, Ark.; grandchildren, Adam Willoughby of Ruston, Tiffany Gremillion of Baker, Ashley and Courtney Williams, and K.C. Brister of Shreveport; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be Terry Gates, Steve Adams, Ken Shelton, Walter Humphrey, Chad Adams and Delane Adams.

Published in The Minden Press-Herald, May 12, 2003


Frances Maurice Adams, daughter of Crosby Adams and Neoma Kidd, was born 13 Nov 1934 – Winn Parish, LA and passed on 10 May 2003 – Shreveport, LA.

Trissielee (Wyrick) Emmons 1909-1994

Funeral services for Mrs. Trissielee Wyricke Emmons, 85, of Ruston, will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 15, 1994, at First Baptist Church in Ruston with Rev. Danny Wood officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Mrs. Emmons died Saturday, November 12, 1994 at her residence in Ruston following a lengthy illness. She was born in Winn Parish on March 5, 1909. Later her family moved to Ruston where she continued her formal education. Graduating with honors from Ruston High School, Mrs. Emmons attended Louisiana Tech University where she earned both th e Bacherlors and Masters Degrees. She began her professional career teaching in Jackson Parish, later in Lincoln Parish and finally as assistant professor of English at Louisiana Tech University. Her professional activities included memberships in Delta Kappa Gamma, Blue Blue Violet, Lincoln Parish and Louisiana Retired Teachers Association and being a life member of the Pierien Club. Mrs. Emmons was an active member of the First Baptist Church and assisted in the library for more than thirty years.

She is survived by her husband, Morelle Emmons of Ruston, and their two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; Elizabeth Green and her husband, Dr. James D. Green and their sons, Andrew and John of Ruston, Barbara Logan and her husband, Lt. Col. James Logan, retired of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children Cheryl Briant and her husband Capt. Coy Briant of Germany, Dr. James W. Logan and his wife, Darby, and their children, Olivia and Whitfield of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Lurline Campbell of Arcadia, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 14, 1994, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Any planned memorials may be made to the Emmons Scholarship Fund, Louisiana Tech Foundation, P.O. Box 3183, Ruston, Louisiana 71272 or to the First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 200 South Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana 71270.

Pallbearers for the funeral will be Tom Judd, Jacob Pearce, H.L. Henry, Oscar Barnes, Travis Melton and Ray Aycock.

Published in The Ruston Daily Leader, November 14, 1994


Trissielee Wyrick, wife of Morelle Emmons, was born 5 Mar 1909 – Winn Parish, LA and passed 12 Nov 1994 – Ruston, LA.

Charles H. Crain 1902-1965

Winn Registrar of Voters

Charles H. Crain died in a hospital here at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1965, following a hospitalization of about five weeks. Death was attributed to internal hemorrhaging. Successful surgery was performed several weeks ago to repair an artery which was clogged.

He was 63 and had served as Registrar since March 14, 1965. Crain was deputy sheriff under the late C. M. Robinson between August 1952 and 1956.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m., Nov. 11 in the Laurel Heights Baptist Church. He was a member of that church and the pastor, Rev. C. C. Martin was in charge of services. Burial was in Garden of Memories Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers.

Crain was born in the Gaars Mill community. He had followed carpentry, construction, and oil field work in his earlier years and once worked at the Rock Quarry here.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, George of Pasadena, Tex., Dudley of Arcadia, and Delane of Winnfield; four daughters, Mrs. Ouida Anderson, Shreveport, Mrs. Gay Nell Collins, Winnfield, Mrs. Wanda Meeks, West Monroe, Mrs. Martha Johnston, Vidalia; three brothers, J. M. and Lamar Crain, Shreveport, and B. M. Crain of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Ingouf and Mrs. Rush Tyler and Mrs. Kara Dark, all of Shreveport.

Serving as pallbearers were C. R. Long, Jesse Anders, V. O. Jones, Dalton Martin, Alman Antley, and Robert Cherry.

Published in The Winn Parish Enterprise, November 11, 1965


Charles “Charlie” H. Crain, son of Aaron Lonzo Crain and Mary Amelia Emmons, was born 18 Mar 1902 – Gaars Mill, LA and passed 10 Nov 1965 – Winnfield, LA.