Natchitoches & Area Obituaries

Mr. Michael Johnson Mr. Michael Johnson
(March 23, 1965 - February 5, 2016) 

Services will be celebrated Saturday, February 13, 2016; 10:00 a.m. at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until service time in the Chapel. Burial will be held in the St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery.


Mr. Cory Cofield Mr. Cory Cofield
(September 15, 1987 - February 9, 2016)

Services will be celebrated on Saturday, February 13, 2016; 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Amulet. Remains will lie in state at the church from Noon until service time. Burial will take place in Fern Park.


Mr. Clyde Anthony Mr. Clyde Anthony
(February 15, 1933 - February 9, 2016)

Funeral Service will be celebrated at the Greenville Baptist Church of Clarence, LA Saturday, February 13, 2016, 11:00 a. m. with burial following in the church's cemetery. The remains will lie in state for public visitation at the church from 10:00 a. m. to service time. Clyde Anthony Sr., the ninth child of the late Robert Anthony Sr. and Elvira Sapp Anthony, was born on February 15, 1933. Realizing the need for a spiritual Savior, Clyde was baptized at an early age. He confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior at St. Mary Baptist Church in Melrose, LA under the leadership of the late Rev. A.M. Brown. Clyde departed this life for his eternal home on February 9th at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Throughout his life, Clyde was known for his hunting, fishing, cattle corralling, and outdoor cooking skills. He was more recently known for his crawfish boiling expertise in the Natchitoches area. Clyde was a prominent provider for his family and was known for his outspoken personality. He was known to have a quick temper and stern look. You never had to question if he liked you or not. He was sure to let you know how he felt about you. In 1969, Clyde met and married Irma Small. With this union, three children were born. Irma remained by his side until his death. Clyde Anthony was preceded in death by his first wife, Gussie Marie Anthony, of twelve years which one child was born, Clyde Anthony Jr., and siblings: Emmitt Anthony, Robert Anthony, Atrice Anthony, Doretha Williams, Vernon Johnson, Earner Williams, Maxine Anthony, and Earline Helaire. His memory will be cherished by his wife of forty-six years, Irma Anthony; five daughters: Stephanie Howard (Robert) of Dallas, TX, Pamela Alexander (Eldridge) of Dallas, TX, Evelyn Taylor of Oakdale, LA, Pamela Wilson of Shreveport, LA, and Linda Turner of Houston, TX; six sons: Clyde Anthony Jr. (Weda) of Campti, LA, Deonte’ Anthony (Bianca) of Natchitoches, LA, Cedric Turner (Stephanie) of Winnfield, LA, Carroll Rachal of Natchez, LA, Floyd Rachal of Killeen, TX, and Ricky Cyiark of Oakdale, LA; one sister: Clara Norris of Houston, TX; a special nephew, Francis Lee Williams (Mary) of Houston, TX; four sisters-in-law: Carrie Anthony (late Robert Anthony) of Natchez, LA, Lessie Anthony and Patricia Morris (Albert) of Clarence, LA, Bessie Jones (John C.) of Winnfield, LA; two brothers-in-law: Ed Taylor (late Rosey Taylor) of Houston, TX and Henry Small of Natchitoches, LA; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Francis Roque, Jr.

( September 07, 1928 - February 06, 2016 )

A Memorial Mass for Francis Roque, Jr. will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Natchez, LA. Interment will follow at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Melrose, LA. Francis Roque, Jr., 87 years of age, passed away February 6, 2016. Francis was born September 7, 1928 to the late Francis Roque, Sr. and Maude Metoyer in Natchitoches, LA. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua for 62 years and spent most of his life in Natchitoches except for a time where he resided in Chicago, IL. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary LaCour Roque of Natchitoches, LA; son, Steven Roque; daughter, Denise Zavala both of Natchitoches, LA; sisters, Shirley LaCour and Alice Mae LaCour of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Nicole, Tamara, Ayesha, Darius, Jonathan, Kimberly, Stevie, Gabriella, and Kristina.

Ruby Jowers Matkin

( October 27, 1923 - February 08, 2016 )

Funeral services for Ruby Jowers Matkin will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Provencal in Provencal, LA with Rev. Roger Matkin and Bro. Bob Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Dry Prong Cemetery in Dry Prong, LA. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on February 12, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Provencal in Provencal, LA. Ruby Matkin, 92 years of age, passed away February 8, 2016. She was born October 27, 1923 in Verda, LA. She was survived by her five sons, Ronnie Matkin and wife Carla of Magnolia, TX, Randy Matkin and wife Kil of Canton, OH, Raymond Matkin and wife LaJuana of Conway, AR, Roger Matkin and wife Connie of Provencal, and Rodney Matkin and wife Paula of Jasper, TX; nine grandchildren, Stacey Matkin Briggs and husband Anthony of Magnolia, TX, Derek Matkin of Magnolia, TX, Ricky Matkin and wife Jamie of Hilliard, OH, Ryan Matkin and Hannah of Canton, OH, Mitzi Matkin Allen and husband Rory of Arlington, VA, Russell Matkin of Conway, AR, Bradley Matkin and wife Kresha of Many, LA, and Brittany Grace Matkin of Shreveport, LA; and seven great-grandchildren, Caleb, Breanna, and McKayla Briggs, Blake and Reagan Matkin, River Matkin (with a sister to be arriving soon), and Brielle Matkin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Lee Matkin; and her parents, Aaron Jowers and Cora B. Moore Jowers. Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Ronnie Matkin, Rickey Matkin, Brad Matkin, Russell Matkin, Blake Matkin, and Anthony Briggs. Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Matkin, Travis Matkin, Derek Matkin, and Caleb Matkin.