Preston ThreatsApril 24, 1939 ~ January 24, 2020 (age 80)
Preston Threats was born April 24, 1939, in East Carroll Parish, to the late Percy and Polly Threats. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. S.A. Cooper, where he served as a Junior Deacon. Throughout his life, Preston has always been known as a humble and laidback person who didn't mind lending a helping hand if he could. Growing up on a plantation taught him the importance of life at an early age.
Preston attended school in East Carroll Parish. Although he did not complete his education, nothing stopped him from becoming a hard-working man. As a young man, he knew that he had to be a provider for his family. He worked at Hollybrook Gin until he retired.
Even though Preston worked from sun-up to sundown, he also enjoyed socializing with family and friends. Preston knew there was more to life than work. He enjoyed slow rides around the town, visiting family and friends, and going to church. To many, he was known as Preston, Pres, or Mr. Threats; to his brothers, he was known as Chief; to his children, he was known as Dad or Cool Dude; to his grandchildren, he was known as PaPa; and to his nieces and nephews, he was known as Uncle Preston. Preston didn't say much or raised his voice, but you knew he was in the building because when he stepped in, he showed out. One thing Preston Threats loved to do was dress. He was always sharp as a whistle wherever he went. To know him, was to love him. Preston was one of a kind and a smooth-talking guy.
Preston was a walking miracle, but death called him on in the morning of January 24, 2020. Even at death, he was surrounded by family and friends.
Preston was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Polly Threats; five siblings, Ruthie Lee Hewitt, Della Jackson, Roosevelt Threats, James Threats, and Ollie Dean Carter; three children, Alice Lee Hopkins, Veronica Ann Threats-Davis, and Sylvester Lewis, and a devoted and loving life mate of 42 years, Irena Layton King.
He leaves to cherish his memories: four sons, Billy Joe Gibson, Sr. (Linda) of Carrollton, Texas; Brendell Hopkins and Preston "Junior" Hopkins (Tina), both of Monroe, Louisiana; and David Hopkins of Mesquite, Texas; one son-in-law, Kenneth Davis of Mansfield, Texas; four daughters, Brinda Hopkins of Ruston, Louisiana; Sheila Threats-Bell (Jerry) of Lake Providence, Louisiana; Mildred Hopkins-Branch of Tallulah, Louisiana; and Ruby Carter-Richards (Luther) of Houston, Texas; a daughter that he raised, Tracy Jackson of Pioneer, Louisiana; one sister, Ethel Mae Threats of Lake Providence, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law, Marie Threats of Kenner, Louisiana and Alice Threats of Lake Providence, Louisiana; a devoted caregiver and cousin, Rosie Lee Willison of Lake Providence, Louisiana; thirty-three grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.