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May 30, 2018


Lois Burris Gatlin
May 12, 1937 - May 23, 2018

Lois Burris-Gatlin, a resident of Franklinton, LA, age 81, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. For more than 40 years, Lois and her mother-in-law, Sylvia Gatlin, owned and operated a cafe in Franklinton. The cafe was known for great food, tasty red beans and rice, as well as the best fried chicken.
Lois was born on May 12, 1937 and was the eldest child of Lora Mae Walker-Burris and Osborne Burris. She married Earnest Gatlin and, together, they had a total of seven children. One child, Stephanie, died shortly after birth. She was a member of Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness USA.
She has joined other family members who have left their earthly homes. In less than three months prior to her death, Lois lost two grandsons, Thad Douglas and Rico Anders. She was also preceded by her parents; paternal and maternal grandparents; brother, Bernes E. Burris, who lost his life while serving his country; one daughter, husband; mother-in-law; and one son-in-law, Larry D. Stewart.
She leaves many to cherish her sweet memories: her brother, Osborne (Odelia) Burris, who she would usually refer to as Son; one sister, Mae Helen (Ronnie) Clark; six children: Thad (Lorretta)Gatlin, Dorothy Gatlin-Stewart, Lynetta (James) Gatlin-Brown, Rickey Gatlin, Derek Gatlin and Lora Mae (Bruce) Gatlin-Magee; sixteen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and café family.
The visitation will be from 2:00PM-6:00PM Friday, June 1, 2018 at Crain and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Franklinton. Funeral services will be 2:00PM Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Sweet Home Church, Pastor Kevin Golden, officiating. Interment: Sweet Home Church Cemetery

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