Frances Jewel Brown Burch was born on October 28, 1926 in Sardis, Mississippi and passed away at the age of 95 on September 23, 2022 in Denham Springs, Louisiana. She was a 1945 graduate of Sardis High School. Frances, “Jewel” to many, possessed great strength and many talents, but she will be remembered most for her loving nature and giving spirit. She had a boundless love for her family, and behind her sweet, beautiful smile there was warmth and wisdom that touched the lives of all who knew her. In troubled times, Frances often had these sage words to offer: “We never know what tomorrow’s going to bring,” and “We take it as it comes.” Though she faced much strife in her life, Frances never lost her faith and always lived by her Christian values.


Frances is survived by daughters Linda Weatherford and Gloria Burch; grandchildren Stephanie Pierson (Wayne), Jamie Weatherford (Gary White), Nicole Smith (Thad), TJ Gaughf, John Weatherford, Leslie Falcone (Jamie), and Jo Ann Weatherford (wife of Wade); great-grandchildren Kara, Blayke, Brook, Allen, Dalton, Gavin, Navarre, Caroline, and Jay; great-great-grandchildren Colton and Henleigh; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved family members and friends. She is preceded in death by parents James and Mildred Brown; siblings Edwin Brown, Rawdon Brown, Alene Houston, and sister-cousin Mary Ladner; son John Carl Burch; son-in-law James Weatherford; grandson Wade Weatherford; and former spouse John Burch.


Services for Frances will be held on Monday, September 26 at Judson Baptist Church in Walker, LA. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM with a service conducted by Rev. Merlin McCon at 2:00 PM. A brief graveside service will follow at Judson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Milton Brown, James Ira Houston, Jimmy Houston, Wendell Ladner, TJ Gaughf, John Weatherford, Dalton Weatherford, and Gary White. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Grantham, Ronnie Palmer, and Edwin Falcon.    

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