Allie Gunn Sweet

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Allie Gunn Sweet, 90, of Grayson, passed from this life on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born July 14, 1923 in Sikes to the union of her parents, Frank and Ruby Jones Gunn. Mrs. Sweet was a member of Grayson Baptist Church and started the childcare food program for Caldwell Parish and several surrounding parishes. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 15, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia with Rev. Jimmy Goodman officiating. Tommy Parker delivered the eulogy. Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Deaumond Sweet; three brothers, Robert Gunn, Albert Duncan “A. D.” Gunn, and Odell Gunn; two sisters, Loyce Gunn Otwell and Vera Nell Gunn; son-in-law, Gary Prudhomme; daughter-inlaw, Faye Bates; and great grandson, Elijah Bates. Survivors include two sons, Charles Edward Bates and wife Kellie of Greenwell Springs, and Tillman Sweet of Grayson; two daughters, Betty Prudhomme and Ethel Sweet, both of Grayson; grandchildren, Sherry May, Gary Bates, Amanda Hill, Sherry Helfrick, Bubba Flores, Josh Flores, and Marion Deaumond “Tater” Tarver; and eight great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Joe Carroll Bates, Tommy Parker, Stacy Coates, Glen Grant, Gary Watts, and Tillman Sweet. Honorary pallbearers were J. T. Thompson, Raymond Cruse, Buddy Nugent, and David McKeithen.
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