Funeral Services for Mrs. Minnie Mary Johnson Pilgreen, 88, of Linville, LA were held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville. Officiating was Rev. Paul King of Liberty Baptist Church at Linville. Visitation was held Friday, July 26, 2013 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home beginning at 5 p.m. Interment followed at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Linville under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Minnie was born on August 15, 1924 in Conway, LA to John J. Johnson and Mae Tubbs Johnson. She passed away on July 25, 2013 in West Monroe, LA. She was a lifelong resident of Union Parish, Louisiana and a graduate of Linville High School. On March 12, 1943, Minnie married Raymond Dawson Pilgreen of Linville, LA. A faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church, she served as a Sunday school teacher and sang alto in the church choir. Later in life, Mrs. Pilgreen was a resident of the Arbor Rose in Farmerville, LA.
Minnie was a devoted Christian and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family faithfully and unconditionally. Her kindness and generosity touched everyone who knew her. She had a special love for animals and cared deeply for all God’s creatures.
She is preceded in death by her parents: John J. and Mae Tubbs Johnson, husband: Dawson Pilgreen, granddaughter: Kim Smith Saunders, her brother: Odell Johnson and sisters: Darlene Jones, Mildred Ball and Doris Dollar.
She is survived by her daughters: Betty Ray and husband Vernon of Dean LA; Janet McMillon and husband Greg of Farmerville, LA; grandchildren: Cindy Ray and Connie Ray- Hall; great grandchildren: Erin Sutton, John Paul Smith; Caleb Smith. Kacie Smith, and Ethan Hall; great -great grandchildren: Jace, John Laine, Jordyn, Justice, and Jeremiah and her sisters: Marguerite Adams, Dot Tartar and Teenie Bowen.
Pallbearers were: Johnny Dollar, Randy Bowens, Stan Kennedy, Kayne Frye, Tyrone McPherson, Allen Pilgreen, and Bill Dollar.
Honorary Pallbearers were: Sam Slater, Ricky Bradshaw, Rusty Bradshaw, Terry Bowen, and Wayne Pilgreen.
Our thanks to the Arbor Rose in Farmerville, Union General Hospital, Glenwood Hospital, and Kilpatrick Funeral Home. We are very grateful for the love and support of the community, including Liberty Baptist, Haile Baptist and Dean Baptist churches.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church cemetery fund or the American Heart Association.