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Shirley Lee Gilbert Burton was born to the union of Henry and Irene Gilbert on July 24,1927. In New Orleans, Louisiana. On April 12, 2022, God spoke to his servant, Shirley and said, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter the joy of the Lord.” Shirley accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at an early age. She was a product of New Orleans Public Schools and an education graduate of Xavier University with a Masters from Tulane University in Early Childhood. While

Many people do not know that I grew up in South Louisiana in Acadia and Evangeline parishes. Alana and I were married in 1991 in Baton Rouge. That year, we moved to Ruston, where I begin my law enforcement career. Wayne and Doyce Houck welcomed us into this community. More importantly, they welcomed us into their family. I worked with Wayne and sought his advice and counsel for 30 years. He was indeed a husband worth respecting.A father worth imitating; andA friend and leader worth following. More

Franklin, Louisiana "Awesome! Very informative speaker. Belton's the best we've had in a long time. He had me in tears. Straight from the heart." Iris Sharpe (Franklin Rotary Club) John gave his inspirational life story about growing up in South Louisiana and how his walk of faith brought him to North Louisiana to raise his family, become a successful businessman and District Attorney.

Published by the National District Attorneys Association in their April issue of The Prosecutor. John Belton, District Attorney for the Third Judicial District in North Louisiana, attributes his strong faith and perseverance to his father, Willie Belton. Willie was a decorated veteran of the Korean War who became an owner of several businesses, and a civil rights leader. Willie Belton was shot and wounded saving another soldier during the Korean War and was highly decorated for his bravery, but when he returned home, his own country

District Attorney and Sheriff hosts: DA Penny Douchiere, DA Brian Frasier, DA Mack Lancaster(Ret),DA Chris Nevils, DA Danny Newell, DA James Paxton,DA Steve Tew, Sheriff John Ballance, Sheriff Clay Bennett,Sheriff Andy Brown, Sheriff Sammie Byrd, Sheriff Kevin Cobb,Sheriff Sam Dowies, Sheriff Dusty Gates, Sheriff Gary Gilly,Sheriff Wayne Houck(Ret),Sheriff Rickey Jones,Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Sheriff Steve May(Ret),Sheriff Jay Russell, Sheriff Scott Mathews,Sheriff Mike Stone(Ret),Sheriff Mike Tubbs,Sheriff Stephen Williams & Sheriff Wydett Williams

NANCY DUPLECHAINAssociate Editor From left are Rotarians Brent Coreil and Brian Ardoin, District Attorney of the 3rd and Basile native JDC John Belton, and Rotary President Peter Strawitz. (Gazette photo by Nancy Duplechain) The District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District, which includes Lincoln and Union Parishes, and Basile native John Belton was the guest speaker at the Ville Platte Rotary’s May 11 meeting. Belton was the guest of board member Brian Ardoin who has been knowing Belton most of his life. He introduced Belton as

Dr. Rodney Wood, Louisiana Legislative Chaplain played freshman football at LSU and was friends with wide receiver Andy Hamilton. “Andy told me if I would give control of my life to Christ, he would change my desires. That was an amazing thought, to think that God would do things to me, that he would change me,” Wood said. Hamilton signed him up for a Campus Crusade Conference in Texas. “On the first morning of that conference, on Aug. 9, 1971, I bowed my head and asked the