Obituaries

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Charles R. Welch

Charles Randall “Randy” Welch, 47, passed from this life on Monday, September 12, 2016, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born June 25, 1969 in Thibodaux. Randy was employed at U.P.S-Midstream. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for six years and served two tours of combat in Iraq. His love for his children and grandchildren was his greatest joy. Services were held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in the chapel of Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday with Fr. Louis Sklar officiating. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert Welch and Nora Tidwell; brothers, Lynn Welch and Joey Welch.

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Sep

“Coonee” Brazell

Yvonne “Coonee” Brazell, 67, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, September 16, 2016, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She was born September 22, 1948 in Crowley. Coonee was retired after serving as a Customer Service Representative at Walmart for 18 years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Carl Gulde officiating. An additional service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19, under direction of Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. Interment followed in the Abshire Cemetery in Crowley. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joy Suire Trahan.

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Sep

Ruth Vellere Coon

Ruth Vellere Coon, 82, of Nebo, passed from this life on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at the Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jena. She was born March 18, 1934 to the union of her parents, George and Melissa Ainsworth Wilson. Mrs. Coon was a homemaker. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Gary Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Charles “Shorty” C. Coon. Survivors include her son, Dempsy Coon and wife Marie of Simsboro; her daughter, Charisa C. Barrett of Ruston; her brother, W. G. Wilson of Jena; grandchildren, Heath Coon, Heather Coon, Jason Barrett, and Christy Barrett; and nine great-grandchildren. 

 

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21
Sep

Cynthia Broadway

Cynthia Denise Gorham Broadway, 50, of Olla, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. She was born Wednesday, September 22, 1965 in Winnfield. Mrs. Broadway was a Baptist and was employed by the Winn Parish School Board as a cafeteria manager at various schools for 13 years. Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at Old Union Baptist Church. Interment followed in Old Union Cemetery in Joyce under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Daniel Gorham, Sr; and a brother, Robert Daniel Gorham, Jr. Survivors include her mother, Margaret Vines Gorham of Winnfield; friend, David Thomas Hand of Olla; son, Derek Broadway of Joyce; daughters, Lacy Paul and husband Clif of Olla; daughter, Misti Wilkerson and husband Kyle of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Kenzley Reeves, Amelia Goodeaux, Annabelle Paul, and Sophia Wilkerson; and numereous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. 

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21
Sep

Mickey W. Pritchard

Mickey Wayne Pritchard, 64, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at his home in the Sandy Lake Community in Catahoula Parish. He was born December 24, 1951 in Dyess, Arkansas, to the union of his parents, Robert and Willie Dee Pritchard. He was raised in West Ridge, Arkansas and later moved to Louisiana. Mr. Pritchard and his brother, Jerry, owned and operated Pritchard Brothers Farms since 1976. They were cotton and soybean farmers in Catahoula Parish. Mr. Pritchard married Janice McMillin in 1975, and they had two daughters, Angela Dee and Jamie Lynne. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Sandy Lake with Rev. Craig James and Father Louis Sklar officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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21
Sep

Alfonzy “Al” Ellis

Alfonzy “Al” Ellis, 75, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Plantation Oaks Nursing Home in Wisner. Alfonzy was well known to sport fans throughout the area as he attended and rooted for the Block Bears and other teams. He had many friends in this area. Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Jack Knapp, Bruce Lofton, Paul Perry and Lance Torrey officiating. Interment will follow at the Evangeline Baptist Cemetery at Wildsville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest C. Ellis; mother, Mary “Mae” Ellis; brothers, Leon E. Ellis, Chester L. Ellis, Lendon C. Ellis, Earnest “Gene” Ellis and E.L. “Lawrence” Ellis; and sisters, Ida Lee Wiley, Helen E Fontenot and Betty Nell Champlin.

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Sep

Enoch Denver Boothe

Enoch Denver Boothe, 68, of Harrisonburg, left for his Heavenly home suddenly at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. He was born Friday, April 2, 1948 in Wisner, and grew up in Houston, Texas. Denver worked with the Houston Independent School District and retired to Harrisonburg. He had a love for life and people, always ready with a smile and brought joy in every situation. He had a generous spirit, always willing to give his last dollar to anyone in need. Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Crossway Family Worship in Jonesville with Rev. Joseph Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Cotten Boothe, and Baby Boy Boothe.

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Sep

Joseph Esters

Joseph Hubert Esters, 80, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at his home. Mr. Hubert was a resident of Jena, loved playing dominoes and was always up for a game. He was a loving brother, father and grandfather. He will be missed by many. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Clarks. Interment will follow under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Legg Esters; father, Irvin Esters; brothers, Glenn Lee Esters, Ralph Esters and Shelby Esters. Survivors include his spouse, Cynthia Struble of Jena; daughter, Opal Struble of Cottonport; sister, Shirley Yelverton of Hineston; two brothers, Kenneth Esters of West Monroe, and Alton Esters of Hineston; and two beautiful grandchildren.

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Sep

Charles McPherson

Charles Edward McPherson, 71, of Jena, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at his home with his loving family by his side. Charles was a superintendent in the drilling industry for many years and a veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his son, Coy McPherson, Sr. Survivors include his wife, Judy E. McPherson; son, James E. McPherson and wife Mary; grandkids, Nathan McPherson, Regina McPherson, Coy McPherson, Jr., Danielle Parrot, Justin McPherson, Jamie McPherson and Cole Johnson; great grandkids, Seth Smith, Keelie McPherson, Lexi Myles, Nicky McPherson, Carly McPherson, Natile Parrot, Chole Parrot, Wesley Parrot, Lilly McPherson and Ann McPherson, as well as family friends, Johnnie Corley Whatley, John Robbins and Wayne Pritchard.

 

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Elvena “Perper” Book

Elvena “Perper” Book, 90, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Friday, September 9, 2016, at The Columns Nursing Home in Jonesville. She loved fishing, gardening, church and singing. She was also a very great momma. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, at Good Road Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Chad Franklin, Bryan Taylor, and Joel Ford officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Book; mother, Dora ”Girlie” Paul; father, Milton “Manny” Paul; brother, Ethelbert Paul; sister, Lois Adams; grandsons, Scottie Book, Logan Book and Jewel Book. Survivors include her daughter, Melinda E.

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