Obituaries

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Melba D. Humphrey

Melba Darlene Humphrey, 62, of Mooringsport, and a native of Jena, passed away August 1, 2016. She was born February 27, 1954 in Jena, and graduated from Jena High School in 1972. Melba had lived in Mooringsport for the past ten years after moving from Oil City. She was a member of Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge. For 18 years, she taught school at Vivian Elementary School, and for five years at North Highlands School, and before that, she was a teacher’s aide for five years. Melba loved reading and working at the church with the youth. She was a loving mom, grand mom and great grand mom, and loved spending time with her family. She was a person who never met a stranger, and would be friends with anyone she met. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 5, at Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City, officiated by Rev. Ronald Wayne Dunn.

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Bradford ‘Brad’ Bates

Bradford “Brad” Keith Bates, 54, of Olla, passed from this life into his eternal home on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Savannah Grand in West Monroe following an extended illness. He was born in Lake Charles on March 8, 1962, to the union of Wayne Lamar Bates and Patsy Ruth Bradford Bates. A 1981 graduate of Jena High School, Brad continued his education at Northwestern State University where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1985, a Masters of Art in Student Personnel in 1988, and finally a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Nothing surpassed Brad’s love for the Lord and Christian music. He has performed piano all over the United States including as a member of the travel team for Centrifuge where he also taught classes. Brad’s walk with the Lord  also brought him to New York, French West India, and Martinique on mission trips. As a member of Olla First Baptist Church he served many years as the pianist.

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Margaret Ann Peel

Margaret Ann Peel, 73, of Olla, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. She was born Thursday, November 19, 1942 in Oakdale, to the union of her parents, Orval A. and Orelia Bryant Garrett. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, with Rev. Clark Palmer, officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery near Colfax under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include her son, Michael Moss of Urania; grandsons, Michael Glen Moss, and James Moss, both of Austin, TX, Robert Moss of Olla, and Tony Moss of Oak Harbor, WA; and four great grandchildren. 

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John Leslie Butler

John Leslie Butler, 65, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Monday, August 1, 2016, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. John was a veteran of the United States Marines. He worked in the oilfields of East Texas and was also a carpenter. He was a member of Jena Church of Christ. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at Jena Church of Christ with Rev. John Barker officiating. Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home of Ball. Survivors include his son, Adam S. Butler of Olla; three brothers, Wayne Butler of Jena, Edwin L. Butler of Udall, KS, and Parvin W. Butler and wife Norma Jean of Newton, TX; one sister, Betty Westbrook and husband John F. of Jena; one aunt, Joyce Thompson of Jena; and two granddaughters, Kailey Butler and Bella Butler of Olla. 

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Louis Daniel Otwell

Louis Daniel Otwell, 69, of Fayetteville, NC, passed from this life on Friday, July 22, 2016. He was born January 17, 1947 in Jena to the union of his parents, Willie Burl and Norma Nugent Otwell. Louis was a truck driver. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, in the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery at Summerville with Rev. Reid Terry officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Survivors include five brothers, Wesley Otwell and Billy Otwell, both of Belah, Ben Otwell and Ricky Otwell, both of Jonesville, and Tom Otwell of Amity, AR; and two sisters, Janice Raulston of Pellcity, AL and Beth Wiggins of Jonesville. His brothers served as pallbearers.  

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Rickie D. Wilson, Sr.

Rickie Donald Wilson, Sr., 66, of Columbia, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Grace Home in Alexandria. He was born September 13, 1949 in Monroe to the union of his parents, James Huey Wilson and Mary Cathlene Boyette Wilson. Rickie worked in the telecommunications industry. He served proudly with the US Army. Music was a huge influence and love in his life and he played several instruments, especially the guitar. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. Interment followed in the Westbrooks-Swilley Cemetery at Aimwell under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Patrick Monet Wilson.

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Muriel W. Norris

Muriel Williams Norris, 90, of Pineville, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016, at her residence. She was born June 13, 1926. Mrs. Norris was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. She was a teacher for 25-plus years, teaching elementary school for East Baton Rouge, Rapides and Grant Parishes. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend that was dearly loved and will be remembered by all that knew her. Mrs. Norris was the widow of the late Rev. Jesse Norris, who preached more than a half-century, including many, many revivals in this area. They were married for 60 years before his death. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with the Revs. Jimmy Robertson, Jim Thomasee, Peter Hutchinson, and Danny Greig officiating. Graveside services followed at the Aimoch Cemetery near Summerville with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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Sherron Agnes Harris

Sherron Agnes Harris, 81, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016 in Jonesville. She was born Friday, June 28, 1935 in Wallace Ridge to the union of her parents, Newt and Loberta Chapman Montpelier. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest. Interment followed under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville “Bobby” Harris; two daughters, Donna Clara Harris and Dwanna Sikes; a brother, Gerald Montpelier; and a sister, Louellen Parish. Survivors include one son, Earl Dwayne Harris and wife Elizabeth Ann of Jonesville; one daughter, Dorma Tarver of Monterey; one sister, Glenda White of Gulfport, MS; two brothers, Hinson Montpelier of Jonesville and Larry Montpelier of Vicksburg, MS; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. 

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Cal H. McClary

Cal H. McClary, 39, of Kelly, passed from this life on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following an extended illness. He was born October 6, 1976 in Columbia to the union of his parents, Russell William McClary and Brenda Kay Nugent McClary. Cal served in the United States Marines, having served during Desert Storm in Iraq. He was a member of Kelly Baptist Church. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Olla with the Revs. Shane Duke, Joe Agulard and Greg Dunn officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in the Beech Creek Cemetery, west of Olla, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Mack H. Lutrick

Mack Hardtner Lutrick, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016, in Jena. He was born Wednesday, March 2, 1949 in Jena, to the union of Curtis and Clara Partin Lutrick. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Daryl Floyd and Gary Wagoner officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon Lutrick, Curtis “Pete” Lutrick, Jr., James Lutrick, John “Tencie” Lutrick, Earl Lutrick and Albert Lutrick; and sisters, Mary Beavers Thornton and Ruth Beavers Banandi. Survivors include five sisters, Emma Lee Sharp, Illa Mae Cox, Ena Ewing, Margaret Lambert and husband Whitney and Rosemary Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Clint Malcomb, John Cox, Raymond Sharp, Timmy Lutrick, Jack Powell, and Dewayne Ewing.

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