Obituaries

Tue
12
Aug

Josephine “Jody” Smith

Josephine “Jody” Smith, 75, of West Monroe, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. She was born April 10, 1939 to the union of her parents, James Archie and Jennie Vestal. Jody was a faithful member
of Community Baptist Church and was devoted to her family and friends. She was a retired frontend manager with Brookshire’s Grocery. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 8, at Community Baptist Church
in West Monroe with Rev. Danny McIlveene officiating. Interment followed in the Hasley Cemetery of West Monroe under direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jerry Lamar Smith; and a brother, Claude Reid Vestal. Survivors include two sons, Rusty Smith and wife Cheryl of Jena, and James Neal Smith of New Orleans; grandchildren, Curtis Smith of New Orleans, Stephanie
Tue
05
Aug

Barbara Jean Childress

Barbara Jean Childress, 74, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, August 2, 2104, at her residence. She was born December 11, 1939 in Monroe to her parents, Auda Hillman and Mary Lee Atkinson Meador. She was a homemaker, a loving mother, grandmother and sister that will be deeply missed by those that knew and loved her. A memorial service celebrating her life was held at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, at Fellowship Baptist Church
Tue
05
Aug

Horace Huey Meyers

Tue
05
Aug

Robin Dianne Hamilton

Robin Dianne Hamilton, 50, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at her residence. She was born December 24, 1963 in Ferriday, was a resident of Jonesville, and  member of Grace Baptist
Church in Jonesville. Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Grace Baptist Church in Jonesville with Rev. Perry Gardner officiating. Interment followed in the  Heard Cemetery at Manifest under direction of Young’s
Funeral Home of Jonesville. Survivors include her parents, Geraldine N. Blackwell and Barry Hamilton, Sr.; two daughters, Jessica  Smart of Manifest and Christina Watson of Deville; one grandson, Gunner Watson of Deville; one granddaughter, Rylee Smart of Manifest; three brothers, Neal Hamilton of Jena, Mark Hamilton of Trout, and Barry Hamilton,  Jr. of Harrisonburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Pallbearers were Don
Tue
05
Aug

Joe Windel Williams

Joe Windel Williams, 74, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his residence. He was born Sunday, September 3, 1939 in Winnsboro to his parents, G. C. Williams and Addie Williams Routon.
Joe worked in construction and was a welder by trade. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at the chapel of Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville with Rev.
James King officiating. Interment followed in the Harrisonburg Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Georgia Faye Conner and Joy Noel Collier. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Bonnie Lois Townsend Williams of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Donna Marie Skains and husband James of Kingwood, TX, and Carol Williams Lightle and husband hristopher
Tue
05
Aug

Geraldine Hatten

Geraldine Hatten, 81, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. She was born February 6, 1933.  Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 2, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla. Interment followed in the Wright Cemetery of Sikes under direction of  Riser Funeral Home of Olla 
 
 
Tue
29
Jul

Shelby H. Beasley

Shelby H. Beasley, 84, passed away peacefully in the afternoon of Friday, July 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 5, 1930 to the union of his parents, George Shelby and Cora Alice Beasley.
Shelby was the pillar of his family, a devoted father and grandfather. He had an unselfish and forgiving heart and most enjoyed storytelling with his friends and family gathered around. He will be remembered for his love for God, his sound advice, his country heritage and his passion for the outdoors. He was a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg, a graduate of Harrisonburg High School, and Louisiana State University, College of Agriculture. He
Tue
29
Jul

James “Jimmy” S. Atwell

James “Jimmy” S. Atwell, 48, of West Monroe, passed from this life on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Jimmy was born November 25, 1965 in Winnfield,  and grew up in Georgetown. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 2, at the First Baptist Church in Urania. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda E. White. Survivors include his father, Willie D. Atwell, and a brother, Todd M. Atwell, both of Georgetown, and a sister, Kelly M. Atwell of Olla.earers 
Tue
29
Jul

John “Jeff” Keith,

John “Jeff” Keith, 66, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at Good Road Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Corey Bruce, Robert Bradley, Chad Franklin and Bryan Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Weston Brown; parents, Albert and Eunice Keith; siblings, Earl K. Keith, Robert Keith, Floyd Keith, Geraldine Shipley, Linda Faye Adams, and Betty Jo Keith; and his in-laws, Pete and Francis Whatley.
Tue
29
Jul

Lynda Faye Berry Cockerham

Lynda Faye Berry Cockerham, 55, a native of Winnfield, and a longtime resident of Jena and Baton Rouge, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Lynda was a 1976 graduate of Winnfield Senior High School and earned a degree in psychology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She spent many years working in various capacities within the mental health field before becoming disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis.
Lynda loved cooking, fishing, bowling and being surrounded with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. There will be an evening of reminiscence on Saturday, August 2nd. Contact the family for additional details. Survivors include her husband, Ronald “Tom” Cockerham, and their children, Robyn “Mandy” and Allen and wife Ashley, and beloved granddaughter, Avery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, National MS Society, or your favorite charity

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