Natchitoches & Area Obituaries


Grace Louise Winn Aaron

( July 19, 1931 - January 14, 2017 )

Grace Louise Winn Aaron, 85, of Natchitoches, Louisiana entered into eternal heavenly rest on January 14, 2017. Grace was born on July 19, 1931 in Marthaville, Louisiana to the late Alvin Edgar Winn and Mable Ruth Brock Gibson. Grace was married for 59 years to the love of her life, Francis Ray Aaron. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, faithful friend and a most wonderful Christian role model. She was the most kind and caring person we have ever known. Grace spent her life in service to her family. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Ray Aaron, her infant son John Francis Aaron, her parents Alvin Edgar Winn and Mable Ruth Brock Gibson, her step-father Walt Gibson, her sister Virginia Winn Watkins and her brother-in-law Gerald David Watkins. She is survived by her children Tonya Ruth Aaron Martin and her husband, Clyde “Butch”; Stanley Ray Aaron and his wife, Vickie; Kenneth Wayne Aaron and his wife, Charlotte; Kim Margaret Aaron Frye and her husband, Steve; and Emily Louise Aaron Greene and her husband, Hunter. Also, fourteen grandchildren, Scott and his wife, Amanda Martin; Michael and his wife, Marina Martin; Stan, Kyle and Alex Aaron; Ryan, Adam, and Luke Aaron; Allison, Brad, and Hannah Frye; and Ashley, Matthew, and Lauren Greene. Also, one great grandchild and namesake, Anna Grace Martin. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in the Fellowship Hall. Followed by a Holy Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. celebrated in the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Hospice team, especially, Trenice, from North Oaks in Hammond for their gentle care for our dear mother and grandmother. John 11:25: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live.

Mrs. Victoria Walker- Helaire

( January 12, 2017 )

Celebration of Life services will be convened at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 704 5th Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 Saturday, January 21, 2017, 11:00 a. m. with interment following in Lawrence Serenity Sanctum. The family will receive friends at a wake the preceding Friday evening at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 p. m. to 8:00 p. m. with a Service of Reflection starting at 7:00 p. m. A second visitation for public viewing will take place at the Asbury Church Saturday morning from 9:30 to service time.

Kerlin Sutton

( September 16, 1925 - January 17, 2017 )

Kerlin Caspari Sutton, 91, a native of Natchitoches, LA, for over nine decades, entered eternal rest on January 17, 2017. Kerlin was born on September 16, 1925, in his parents’ home in Natchitoches. A service to honor his life will be held on Friday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately prior to the service. Interment will follow in the American Cemetery. His family legacy was a major factor in his lifelong interest in the history of his hometown and his decision to stay in Natchitoches and create businesses and connections that would contribute to the growth of the community. Kerlin was considered a leading authority on the history of the community. He was a voracious reader and expert of trivial facts concerning Natchitoches. He loved writing, photography, history, Cane River (especially teaching others how to water ski) and dogs. He was a founding member of the Kappa Alpha Order at Northwestern State University and helped with the formation of the Natchitoches Board of Realtors. Kerlin was also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Rotary Club and past President of the Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Society. Kerlin signed up for the US Army Air Corps even though his 18th birthday was still a few months away. He dreamed of flying planes but was assigned to radar due to vision problems. This gave him the opportunity to study at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin, and he eventually served at bases in the Philippines, Okinawa, and Tokyo. When he completed his military service, Kerlin returned to Northwestern, but changed his major to business administration. He had some entrepreneurial interests and wanted to be prepared to pursue these interests. Soon after returning to Northwestern after the war, Kerlin met Margaret Ellen Abington. The couple graduated in 1949 and soon married. They would spend the next 67 years together. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. His son, Mark Kerlin married the former Mary Catherine Burke, and added Marshall Cannon, Matthew Landry, and great-grandson Jonah Landry to his family. His daughter, Ellen Nita and her husband, Daniel Reeves Donaldson, added their children Jonathan Daniel, and Thomas Mark. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Pete Abington and his wife, Ellen, nieces and nephews, Clay Abington; Julie Abington Brewton and her husband Mickey; Valerie Abington; Doug Abington and his wife Beth and great niece and nephew Katiebeth and Walker; Elizabeth Abington Prejean; Camille Abington Hansen and husband Jim, son Jake Harrington and wife Erynn and great niece Brynn; and Rodney Abington and son Gavin Abington.Kerlin was preceded in death by his parents, George and Nita Sutton; his beloved mother and father-in-law, Nellie and Douglas Abington; his brother-in-law, Douglas Abington; his sister-in-law Mai Abington; and his nephew, Stephen Douglas Abington. A special thanks to his friends and caregivers Deborah Haskett and Joe Williams. Thanks also to his friend, David Graham, who made his life so special by their Kisatchie escapades. Those honored to serve as pallbearers include: Matthew Landry Sutton, Marshall Cannon Sutton, Jonathan Daniel Donaldson, Thomas Mark Donaldson, Leonard Clayton Abington, Douglas Walker Abington, Rodney Crews Abington, and James Michael “Mickey” Brewton. Honorary pallbearers include L. J. Melder, David Graham, Jim Bob Key, Robby Lucky, and Joe Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in the honor of Kerlin Caspari Sutton to the Northwestern State University scholarship fund of your choice at NSU Foundation, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or any other charity of your choice in his honor.

Mr. Brandon Banks

( May 07, 1989 - January 14, 2017 )

Celebration of Life and Legacy Services set for Saturday, January 21, 2017, 11:00 a. m. at the Ben Johnson Auditorium with burial following in the New Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery, St. Maurice, LA.

Margaret Speight

( March 18, 1931 - January 16, 2017 )

Funeral service for Margaret Dunwar Speight will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, January 23, 2017, in Blanchard St. Denis Chapel in Natchitoches, LA with Rev. Gerald Gant and Rev. William Phillips officiating. Interment will follow the services in Lawrence Serenity Cemetery at Natchitoches, LA. Visitation will be Monday, January 23, 2017, from 11 AM until 1 PM in the funeral home chapel. Margaret, 85, of Natchitoches, LA, passed away on January 16, 2017, in Natchitoches, LA. She was born March 18, 1931, in Natchitoches to Oscar Dunwar, Sr. and Joanna Lee Dunwar. Margaret was a housekeeper and mother to many children throughout her life. There was never a kinder and more genteel lady that one could meet. She was a hard worker and a wonderful cook. She was born and raised in Natchitoches, where she attended and finished high school. She met and married Elmo Newson, a union that produced two daughters, Gwendolyn and Brenda. Later in life, she married Hayward Speight; both husbands preceded her in death. Margaret was a fine Christian lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Joyce Berryman and her husband Henry of Natchitoches, LA; her grandchildren, Lonard Davis and wife Danyale of Harrisburg, PA, Nishan Doron Newson of Natchitoches, LA, and Ashley Berryman of Natchitoches, LA; her great-grandchildren, Christian Davis, Ryan Davis, Sydney Davis, Kelsee Berryman, and Kiara White; her sister, Bennie Murray and her husband James; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special family friend, Elizabeth Johnson of Natchitoches, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, and two infant brothers. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Gwendolyn Davis; two sisters, Emma Lindsey and Barbara Lacaze; and two brothers, Oscar Dunwar, Jr. and Joseph Patrick Dunwar.

Ms. Mary Toussaint

( July 21, 1964 - January 16, 2017 )

Final Arrangements are pending at this time.

Ms. Shirley Hardy

( April 11, 1948 - January 13, 2017 )

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, January 21, 2017; at 11:00 a.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the chapel. Burial will be held in the New Bentham Baptist Church Cemetery in Atlanta, La.