Death Notices

Ronald Dillon
April 19, 1962 – February 4, 2023

dillonMr. Ronald Dillon, formerly of Castor, Louisiana, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023 in Homer, Louisiana. Ronnie, as he was called by family and friends, was born on April 19, 1962 in Quincy, Illinois to William and Wilma Dillon. Ronnie was a former roust-about on river barges.

As per his wishes, he will be cremated.


Josie Marie Carson
July 19, 1932 – February 2, 2023

carsonJosephine “Josie” Marie Beninati Carson was born on July 19th, 1932 in the small town of Wharton, Texas. She was adopted by Fortunato and Giacoma Beninati, her beloved Sicilian Mamou and Papou, as a baby.

Josie’s curls were almost as big as her personality. She wreaked havoc during her days in Catholic school and never failed to recall them without a barrel of laughs involved. She was a troublemaker and a jester amongst those that knew her. If you are one of the lucky ones, you were loved by her and likely called a “brat” somewhere along the line. Josie was leader of the brat brigade, and the only qualification you needed to join the club was a sense of humor.

Josie had a tremendous heart. Her affection could turn stone into jelly if you just gave her “five more minutes.” This was a famous line she would use on Weyman after Sunday services at (formerly) St. Paul Lutheran Church when she needed a little extra time to poke fun at the ushers (and whatnot). A good time was never enough for “Miss Josie.” It needed to be great.

Josie always said she would be knocking on Heaven’s door when Weyman was ready for her sass. It only took him fourteen years! Josie and Weyman had 57 long years together filled with passion, adventure, and an unwavering devotion for one another. They were soulmates bound by the Fruits of the Spirit. Josie was committed to her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and was steadfast in her faith through God’s precious Word.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Fortunato and Giacoma; her beloved, Weyman; her daughters, Joettie and Gina; and her grandson, David. She is survived by her sons, Steve and Jon, grandchildren, Vicki, Jenny, and Mike, an abundance of great grands, and too many friends to count.

Josie spent the last several years of her life in her granddaughter’s care and there was not a second in which she didn’t know and feel loved by her caregiving village. A world without Josie is a world that could use more cheer. Her joy was infectious, and her loss will be felt by the numerous communities and people she loved. Heaven is brighter this week, and you can bet she is still accepting applications for her (now) heavenly brat brigade.

Maw Maw—you are, and will continue to be, sorely missed and loved by all your “kids.”

A graveside service will be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 8th at the Antioch Cumberland Presbyteran Cemetery in Quitman, LA

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