Obituaries

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24
Aug

Gerald Donald Proffer

Gerald Donald Proffer, 70, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at his residence. He was born March 23, 1945 in Clarks to the union of his parents, Winifred and Dottie Proffer. Donald enjoyed his work as a mechanic for Lassiter Logging, was a talented wood craftsman and an avid hunter. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Graveside services were  held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Chickasaw Cemetery near Olla with Rev. Joe Aguillard officiating. Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Polly Ruddell Proffer; a son, Shad Proffer; and two brothers, Buddy Proffer and Delbert Proffer.

Mon
17
Aug

Jeanette Lorine Stanfield

Jeanette Lorine Stanfield, 77, of Belah, passed from this life on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena. She was born March 3, 1938 in Eunice to the union  of her parents, Leopole and Eva Louise Esters Schatzle. Mrs. Stanfield was a housewife and loved to crochet  and work in her garden. She was a Sunday School teacher, wonderful mother, grandmother, and great  grandmother.  Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, inthe chapel of Hixson Brothers  Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. David Hutchinson and Larry Chapman officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc.  of Jena.She was preceded in death  by her parents and a sister, Barbara McLendon. Survivors include her husband,  Everett Stanfield of Belah; three daughters, Rhonda Floyd of Belah, Lorri Atkins of  Summerville, and Tina Collins  of Jonesville; two sons, David L. Stanfield of Ville Platte, and Terry G.

Mon
17
Aug

Ernestine Thomas Johnson

Ernestine Thomas Johnson, 92, of Jena, departed this life on July 24, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 16,  1923 to Dennis (Diddle) andBertha Richardson Thomas of Jena. She graduated from the LaSalle Parish School System and continued her education, graduating from Grambling State University.  Mrs. Johnson was employed at Good Pine High School until integration and  then was transferred to Jena Junior High School, where  she served until her retirement  in 1979. Memorial services were  held Saturday, August 8,  at New Evergreen Baptist  Church of Jena with the pastor, Rev. Donald Sibley, officiating. She was preceded in  death by her parents; two brothers, D. C. and A. D.;  and a son, Wellington Joseph (W.J.). Survivors include one  daughter, Glenda R. Rose of Las Vegas, NV; one sister,  Doris T. Jack of Jena; four  grandchildren, Edwin Rose of Las Vegas, NV, Wellington  Joseph, II and Demetra Michelle  Johnson of Ft.

Mon
17
Aug

Evelyn Ruth Gunn

Evelyn Ruth Gunn, 88, of Urania, passed from this life  on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at her residence. She was born August 16, 1927 in Kelly to the union  of her parents, Ernest Miller Gunn and Celeta Martin  Gunn. Mrs. Gunn was a member of the First Baptist Church of  Urania and was a bookkeeper by trade. She was a favoriteaunt to many nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Bo Prather officiating. Interment will follow in the  Harris Chapel Cemetery near Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Odis  Gunn; and sister, Ernestine Compton. Survivors include one sister, Kathy Franklin and husband Gene of Urania; special niece, Trisha Hudson and  husband Thurman; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gary  Gunn, Keith Gunn, Jimmy Compton, Daryl Freyou, Jay Banes, and Kevin Daughtry.

Mon
17
Aug

Jimmie Lee Duncan

Jimmie Lee Duncan, 81, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at her residence in Olla. She was born February 20, 1934 in Fort Necessity, to the union of her parents, Benjamin Franklin Taylor and Mattie Ethel Walton.  Mrs. Duncan was a homemaker. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at New Union Baptist Church, located north of Tullos, with  the Revs. John Bradley and Tommy Hollis officiating.  Interment followed in the  Pinehill Cemetery of Urania under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.  She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Miles Edward Murphrey;  second husband, Willard Duncan; son, Thomas E.  Murphrey; three sisters, and granddaughter, Desiree A. Boddie. Survivors include three  daughters, Vicki L. Lucas  of Trout, Judy F. Roberts of Benton, AR and Marilyn S. Herron of Jonesville; son, Stephen D. Ingles of Longview,  TX; 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Mon
17
Aug

Cecil Preston Duncan

Cecil Preston Duncan, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at his residence in the Midway Community. He was born February 22, 1940 in Pineville to the union of Charlie and Minnie Coody Duncan. Cecil was a meat processor,  helped with Sunday School at his church, Midway Baptist Church, and loved to play the keyboard with family  and friends. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Midway Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Bunting and  Gary Norris officiating.Interment followed in the  Pleasant Grove Cemetery of Pineville under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral  Home of Jena. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Polly Duncan  of Jena; four sons, Dwayne Duncan of Jena, Michael Duncan, Mark Duncan and  Randy Duncan, all of Baton Rouge; daughter, Gay Nell  Whatley of Trout; grandchildren, Vinson Whatley, Melissa Harris and Ian Duncan; and great grandsons, William  Harris and Jacob Harris.

Mon
17
Aug

J. W. “Dub” Crooks

John Walter “J. W.” (Dub) Crooks, 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born December 20, 1936 in Jena to the union of his parents, Dewey George and Lena Clark Crooks. Dub worked for Justiss Oil Company, Penrod offshore, engineer with LA. Midland Railroad, K.F. Cementing and retired from Fruit of the Loom  (Belden). He loved to duck hunt and work in his garden and was a Mason.  Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Terry Doughty and Jimmy Keene officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery of Jena under direction of Hixson  Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Doris  Doughty, Irma Lee Callender and Mary Graham; brothers, “LE” “Pomp” Crooks, Julian  Crooks and Lawrence Crooks.

Mon
17
Aug

Michael Wayne Callender

Michael Wayne Callender, 65 of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, August 9, 2015.  He was born September 2, 1949 in Urania, to the union of Houston B. and Ophelia Callender. Mike worked in the plywood  industry for 30-plus years. He enjoyed “Quality  Time” with his family, especially  sitting around on the  porch drinking coffee and sharing stories and hanging  out with his Lil Yorkie, Suzie. Services were held at 9  a.m., Friday, August 14, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena, officiated by Rev. Johnnie Phillips, pastor of First Baptist Church in Olla, and Rev. Dean Johnson of Old Pisgah Baptist Church in Marthaville. Burial followed at Urania Cemetery in Urania, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.  He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Walter and Katie Mae Sanders; paternal grandparents, Henry and Alice  Callender.

Mon
17
Aug

Lula Mae Brian

Lula Mae Brian, 96, passed from this life on Tuesday,  August 11, 2015, in Beaumont, Texas. She was born July 25,  1919, in Henderson, Texas, to the union of her parents,  Arthur and Lillie Brooks Stokes.  Mrs. Brian was a strong  woman with an even stronger faith. Even though her  life held hard times and struggles, she persevered  and smiled her way through them. Never did she let anything  stand in her way of caring for those she loved.  After the death of her  husband, Cecil Alonzo “Lon” Brian in 2006, she moved to  Beaumont to live with her on. She was a resident of Summer Place Nursing Home for several years. Mr. Brian was from Jena and several family members still reside in the area. A service celebrating her life was held Aug. 15 at Memory Park Cemetery in Longview, Texas, with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Elsie Stokes and Bonnie Smith, and her brother, Lloyd Stokes. urvivors include two sons, Robert K.

Mon
10
Aug

Mary Lou Welch

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