Charles W. Stewart 1937-2016

Services for Charles W. Stewart will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10:00 am. in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria, La., with Reverends Robert McLane, Joseph Franklin, Danny George and Wardell Williams officiating. Other speakers will be Richard Billings, Mac Dyess, and Debby Giles. Music by Joy Beebe Ballance and Reba Beebe Guin. The burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden in Kingsville, La. under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria. There will be a Masonic Service at the cemetery.
Charles (Charlie) Stewart, Age 78, of Alexandria, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016, in Houston, Texas.
Visitation will be held at Hixson Brothers in Alexandria on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm., and on Friday, October 7, 2016 until time of service.
Charlie was born in Houston, Texas on December 29, 1937. He lived most of his life in Central, La. He attended New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wirt (Pete) Stewart and Juanita Loyd; his brother, Dwight Stewart; and a special aunt, Anita Stewart Kopacz.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (Lin) Dyess Stewart; sons, Kerry Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Michael Stewart and wife Shannon; and Chad Robinson and wife Amanda; step-mother, Peggy Stewart; brother, Keith Stewart; grandchildren, Brittney, Tyler, Emily, Hannah, Garrett, and Taylor Stewart; and Gage and Ashlee Robinson. He is also survived by numerous family members and friends.
Pallbearers will be Richard Billings, Robin Bonnette, Doug Byrd, Mac Dyess, Marc Dyess, Tony Giles, Bruce Johnson, Walter Lafargue, Shane Metesh, Bobby Morris, Ollie Overton, Gage Robinson, David Stewart, Garrett Stewart, Jason Stewart, Gary Taylor, Darrell Vandersypen, and Russell Wilson.
Charlie served two terms in the U.S. Army, serving in the 101st Airborne and Infantry. He was also a member of the U.S. Army Boxing Team.
He served on the Rapides Parish Police Jury, District A. He was a former member of the Home Builder’s Association, the CENLA Community Action Committee (CCAC), Legislative Aide in the Louisiana State Senate, and a Commissioner on the England Airport Authority. He was on the Rapides Parish Sewer Board.
Charlie was a building contractor in Central Louisiana for many years. He also built homes in Houston and Austin, Texas and developed recreation facilities in Katy, Texas. He owned Twin Cities Carpet Store in Pineville, and owned Airport Food Services at AEX Airport.
He was a Mason and a member of the Forest Hill Masonic Lodge No. 254.
In his early adult life, Charlie enjoyed racing stock cars, later his interests included snow skiing, attending NASCAR races, and traveling in his motorhome. Charlie loved his family very much, and was a loyal friend.

Charles W. Stewart, husband of Violet Linda Dyess, was born 29 Dec 1937 – Houston, TX and passed 3 Oct 2016 – Houston, TX.

Ruby (Mott) Robinson 1937-2016

Ruby Mott Robinson passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Rapides Regional Hospital, Alexandria, La. She was a resident of Tioga Manor Nursing Center of Pineville, La.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Junior Robinson, her parents, John Matthew Mott, Sr. and Callie Eva Thomas Mott, brothers, Herman O. “Tubby” Mott, Conrad Ardell Mott, Hershel Leon Mott, John Matthew Mott, Jr., sisters, Elsie Mott Peters, Faye Mott Scott, Bernice Mott Hagan, daughter, Theresa Jackson Glenn, son, Joey Jackson, and grandson, James Robert Forest.
She leaves behind one son, John Jackson, one daughter, Tammy Robinson Forest, grandsons Daniel Glenn (Kristy) and Kevin Forest, granddaughter, Diana Glenn Holt(Jerry)and sisters, Yvonne Mott Carr and Billie Mott Sermons.


Ruby Mott, wife of James Wesley Robinson Jr., was born 10 Aug 1937 and passed 1 Sep 2016 – Alexandria, LA.

Bobby L Mills 1941-2016

Funeral services for Bobby L. Mills 75, of Esler Field Community will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville with Dr. C. Stewart Holloway of First Baptist Church Pineville officiating. David C. Bates, Jr., his long time Sunday School teacher, will give his eulogy. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park.

Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home, Pineville on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until time of the services.

Bobby was born on June 28, 1941 and died peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of Sunday, October 2, 2016, at his home in the Esler Field Community. He was best known for his 26 years of service to ACE Hardware, both in Pineville, Louisiana and Ball, Louisiana. He loved his job and loved his customers. He was a “people person” and enjoyed visiting with and helping those who frequented these two stores.

Bobby’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all precious to him. He loved them all dearly and loved to tease them and hear them laugh. His death will leave a void in the lives of each of them but the legacy of love he leaves them is beyond measure.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elby R. and Florence M. Beavers Mills of the Esler Field Community and his great-grandson, Braxton Lane Thompson of Winnfield, Louisiana.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Perry Mills; son, Carman “Shorty” Mills; step-son, J. W. Maher; grandchildren, Justin Mills, Jamie Thompson, Jennifer Lambert, Dakota Mills, Kelsey Mills, Callie Dunn and Virginia Colclasure; great grandchildren, Ada, Ella, Emma, Dewayne, Gracie, Bailey, and Lane; sisters, Dorothy Mills Murrell and Mildred Montgomery; two ex-daughters-in-law, Marlene Young and Elizabeth “Beth” Mills, who he loved like a daughter; and one uncle, four aunts, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers honored to serve will be Justin Mills, Randy Browning, Chad Montgomery, DJ Lambert, Perry Ramsey, and Dr. Eddie O’Neal. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Beaver, Jerry Meredith, Jeremy Thompson, William Dunn and his ACE Hardware family.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, Pineville, “Making Way” building fund, 901 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or a charity of your choice .

To extend online condolences to the Mills family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in The Town Talk on Oct. 4, 2016


Bobby L Mills, husband of Brenda Perry, was born 28 Jun 1941 – Rapides Co., LA and passed 2 Oct 2016 – Pineville, LA.

Wilma Alvis (Dyess) Long 1916-2016

Mrs. Alvis Dyess Long, 99, of Waynesboro, MS died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Wayne General Hospital. She was a devoted member of Little Rock Assembly of God Church and member of Philadelphus Women’s Club. She was retired as Office Manager of Dixie Electric. Mrs. Long is preceded in death by her husband, George Long; 6 Brothers & 2 Sisters. She is survived by her sister, Opal Dyess Sanderson of Waynesboro; 3 sisters-in-law, Miriam Dyess of Silas, AL, Mary Dyess of Mobile, AL, Bonnie Jean Dyess of Buckatunna; 24 Nieces and Nephews; Several Great Nieces & Nephews. Visitation for Mrs. Long will be held 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Freeman Funeral Home, 1305 Skyland Drive, Waynesboro, MS. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, November 11, 2016 at Freeman Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Reynolds and Rev. David Strahan officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Wilma Alvis Dyess, daughter of Benjamin Elijah Dyess and Dura Idell Cooper, wife of George Frank Long, was born 15 Dec 1916 and passed 6 Nov 2016 – Waynesboro, MS.

Ronald Dean Dyes 1944-2016

Marthaville, LA – Funeral services honoring the life of Ronald Dean Dyes, 71, will be at 12:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2016 at Old Pisgah Baptist Church in Marthaville, LA with Reverend Dean Johnson and Reverend Glenn Howard. Interment will follow at Marthaville Cemetery in Marthaville, LA. The family will receive friends for visitation  on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Old Pisgah Baptist Church in Marthaville, LA from 6:00 PM Till 9:00 PM.
Ronald was born on December 31, 1944 in Shreveport, LA to JB and Willie Forsong Dyes and passed away on November 7, 2016 in Marthaville, LA.
Ronald was a member of Ajax Lodge # 325, he received a past master 25 years certificate. Ronald worked in foreign oil fields in Libya and Saudi Arabia. Ronald’s hobbies were fishing Black Lake, he is the record holder for Black Lake, he also enjoyed hunting, camping, and 4-wheeler riding with friends and family in the OK mountains. He was a former Board Member for Farm Bureau of Natchitoches Parish and also member of Natchitoches Parish Cattleman’s Association.
Preceding Ronald in death are his parents JB Dyes and Willie Dyes Ott; sister, Marilyn “Peachie” Lewis; father and mother-in-law, Thurman and Marie Middleton.
Those left behind to cherish his memory is his wife, Pam Middleton Dyes of Marthaville, LA; son, Ronald Dean Dyes II of Marthaville, LA, daughters, Carla Clemmens and husband David of Haughton, LA, Christi Dyes of Natchitoches, LA; daughter-in-law and son-in-law, Jami and Roland Dans of Marthaville, LA; grandchildren, Clayton Dyes, Camron Dyes, Gracie Dans, Zachary Dans, Levi Dans; brother, Jerry Dyes and wife Jeannie of Fredericksburg, TX, Nephews, Dr. Johnathan Dyes, Jeremy Dyes, Robert Lewis; brother-in-law, Robert T. “Bobby” Lewis and wife Theresa; niece, Dondra Griggs and husband Paul; a host of Dyes Cousins and Forsong C ousins, great niece, and nephews; special friends, Lawrence and Tamara Baxter, Emily Baxter and Caleb Baxter.
Those honoring the life of Ronald as pallbearers are Clayton Dyes, Camron Dyes; Lawrence “Bubba” Baxter, Caleb Baxter, Travis Strahan, Roland Dans, Randy Hilliard, and Boyd Hightower. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jack Pace, Mr. Gary Jones, Mr. Alden Kuhn, Mr. Bobby Lewis, Mr. Dale Moore, and Mr. JW “Boney” Powell.


Ronald “Ron” Dyes, son of Johnny Buford Dyes and Willie Mae Forsong, was born 31 Dec 1944 – Shreveport, LA and passed 7 Nov 2016 – Marthaville, LA.

Kenneth Michael “Mike” DeSoto 1960-2017

Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth “Mike” DeSoto of West Monroe, LA will be 2:00pm Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home West Monroe with Bro. Sharp officiating. Interment will follow at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home West Monroe. Visitation will be from 12:00noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. DeSoto was born August 20, 1960 in LeCompte, LA and passed from this life on February 15, 2017 in West Monroe, LA at the age of 56. He was a resident of West Monroe for 30 years, a member of the Baptist faith and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his “PawPaw”, James Wesley Robinson and his grandmother, Ethel Robinson.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Penny Denise DeSoto Ward; his children, Joshua DeSoto, Michael “Casey” DeSoto, and Christian DeSoto; his grandchildren, Jayme, Jonah, Bentley, Mason and Corbin; his mom, Shirley Carolyn Robinson his dad, Kenneth Clarence DeSoto and step-mother, Suanna; his siblings, James, Pam, Scott, Shannon, Christie and Joseph; also survived by a host of extended family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ashby Tedder, Kenneth Trim, Austyn Bartmess, Cameron Bartmess, Joseph DeSoto, Samuel Taylor and Chad DeSoto.

Online guestbook: www.griffinfuneralhome.net
Griffin Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA


Kenneth Michael “Mike” DeSoto, son of Kenneth Clarence DeSoto and Shirley Carolyn Robinson, born 20 Aug 1960 – Lecompte, LA and passed away 15 Feb 2017 – West Monroe, LA.

Oliver Conley Brian 1913-1992

Funeral services for Oliver Conley Brian, 78, were held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m., at Union Baptist Church of Belmont. Rev. Johnny Garrett officiated. Interment followed in the Belmont Cemetery, under the direction of Warren Meadows Funeral Home.

Mr. Brian died Friday, January 17, at Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport.

He is survived by three sons, Olin Dean Dyess, Phillip Brian, and Gilbert Brian, all of Belmont; four grandchildren, Sondra Harrison of Provencal, Karla Williams of Huntsville, Tex., Traci Brian of Bossier City, and Nicholus Brian of Belmont. Pallbearers included Johnny Brian, Arlist Dyess, Drew Lewing, Prentice “Pete” Dyess, John Lewing, John Williams, Billy Maxey, and Glenn Howard.


Oliver Conley Brian, son of Edward Lee Brian and Louisia Haley, husband of Cora Elizabeth Dyess, was born 20 Nov 1913 and passed 17 Jan 1992 – Shreveport, LA.

Phillip Aaron Brian 1945-2012

Funeral Services for Phillip Aaron Brian, 66, of Belmont, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Spring Ridge Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, LA with Bro. Hoy Leach and Rev. Dean Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, LA. Visitaiton will begin on Friday, February 17, 2012, at 5:00 PM at Spring Ridge Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, LA.

Phillip Aaron Brian was born on Monday, May 07, 1945 in Pleasant Hill, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Sabine Medical Center in Many,LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, O.C. “Scrooge” Brian and Cora Elizabeth Dyes Brian.

He is survived by two brothers, Gilbert Brian of Belmont, LA and Olin Dean Dyes and wife Marceil of Belmont, LA; three nieces, Sondra Harrison and husband Andrew of Thibodaux, LA; Karla Williams and husband John of Belmont, LA and Traci Tatum and husband Eric of Buna, TX; four great nieces, Emma Harrison of Thibodaux, LA; Olivia Harrison of Thibodaux, LA; Lacy Williams of Belmont, LA and Emma Brian of Belmont, LA; one nephew, Nicholus Brian of Belmont, LA; three great nephews, Caleb Willliams of Belmont, LA; Ethan Brian of Belmont, LA and Jordan Brian also of Belmont, LA; sister-in-law, Bobbye and Merle Phillips of Bossier City, LA. Phillip was like a second father to Traci Tatum and husband Eric of Buna, TX and Nicholus Brian of Belmont, LA. Ethan, Jordan and Emma Brian all of Belmont, LA made the sun rise and the stars shine according to their Uncle Phillip. Phillip Brian is also survived by a host of cousins and friends.


Phillip Aaron Brian, son of Oliver Conley Brian and Cora Elizabeth Dyess, born 7 May 1945 – Pleasant Hill, LA and passed 15 Feb 2012 – Many, LA.

Gilbert Brian 1946-2017

Funeral services for Gilbert Brian, 70, of Belmont, LA, will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Old Pisgah Baptist Church in Belmont, LA, with Rev. Dean Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 5:00 PM at Old Pisgah Baptist Church, Belmont, LA.
Gilbert Brian was born on Thursday, August 8, 1946 in Pleasant Hill, LA. He passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at his residence in Belmont, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Conly Brian and Cora Elizabeth (Dyes) Brian; and his brother, Phillip Brian.
He is survived by his daughter, Traci Billiot and husband Phil of Robeline, LA; son, Nicholus Brian of Belmont, LA; brother, Olin Dean Dyes and wife Marceil of Belmont, LA; grandchildren: Ethan Brian, Jordan Brian, and Emma Brian all of Pleasant Hill, LA; grand-dog, Shackle Pin; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Steve Campbell, James Bullard, Johnson Dillard, Merle Phillips, Butch Rains, Trey Rains, Mark Austin II, Tommy Cobbs.
Honorary Pallbearer: Mark Austin.


Gilbert Brian, son of Oliver Conley Brian and Cora Elizabeth Dyess, was born 8 Aug 1946 – Pleasant Hill, LA and passed 14 Feb 2017 – Belmont, LA.

Barbara Gail (Dyess) Ramirez 1943-2015

Barbara Ramirez, 72, of Angleton went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 with her family at her side. She was born to Virgil Dyess & Geraldine Lewis Dyess on July 13, 1943 in Marthaville, Louisiana.

She was a Great wife, mother & grandmother who was loved by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, & a brother.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 21 years Adam Ramirez, children Donny Davis, Brenda Davis Parker (James), Stacie Getgood (David), Shaun Ford (Tessa), Vincent Ramirez (Linda), Tina Battle (Brad) & Adam Ramirez Jr.(Amy), grandchildren 19, and 8 great grandchildren brothers Arlis Dyess (Gwen), Harold Dyess & Gerald Wayne Dyess(Sherri), sister Carolyn Ott (Azel Jr.)

A Public Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Palms Funeral Home from 6-8:00 p.m.. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. also in Palms Funeral Home Angleton, Texas with burial to follow in Angleton Cemetery.


Barbara Gail Dyess, daughter of Virgil Franklin Dyess and Geraldine Lewis, was born 13 Jul 1943 – Marthaville, LA and passed away 29 Jul 2015 – Angleton, TX.