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Johnny Lee Cruse

Johnny Lee Cruse, 86, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the Winn Parish Medical Center in Winnfield. He was born January 9, 1929 in Olla to the union of his parents, Floyd Carrol
Cruse, Sr. and Fannie Mae Franklin Cruse. Mr. Cruse was a logger by trade and a skidder operator. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, where he received a

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Robert “Dan” Holley, Sr

“Dan” Holley, Sr., 74, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Jonesville. He was born November 7, 1940 in Jenny, Arkansas to the union of his parents, Eugene and Elizabeth Holley.

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Clyde Sam Jackson

Clyde Sam Jackson, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, March 18, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born January 2, 1947 in Eden to the union of his parents, William and Mae Jones Jackson. Clyde was a former Chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, a respected tribal Elder, a traditional hide tanner, and also served on the State of Louisiana Inter-Tribal Council during the Administration of Gov. Dave Treen. He was an agent for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and served his country in the United States Air Force. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21,
at the Choctaw Indian Tribal Center in Trout with Raymond Johnson and Joe Peppers officiating. Interment followed in the White Rock Cemetery in the Eden Community under direction of Hixson Brothers

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Ellen Ruth Collins Potts

Ellen Ruth Collins Potts, 77, of Ruston, succumbed to cancer on March 20, 2015, after a battle, which began in September of 2010. She was born May 22, 1937 in Port Arthur, Texas, to the union of Frank Edward
and Mamie Delaughter Collins. Growing up near Jonesville with family and friends brought about precious memories. Academic excellence was her trademark. Ellen Ruth enjoyed high school reunions and appreciated her friends who stayed in touch. Ruth loved her God, her family, her friends, her church family, her colleagues, and her students. She enjoyed learning, teaching, traveling, watching sports, playing

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Enola Olivia Woodard Watson

Enola Olivia Woodard Watson, 83, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jena. She was born October 4, 1931 in Jena to the union of her parents, Charles Andrew and Savilla Estelle Brown Woodard. Mrs. Watson was a homemaker. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Harvey Blasingame officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodie Walter Watson; a
brother, Velton Woodard; and a great granddaughter, Rayne Lynn Bartley. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ann Watson Gunter of Jena; two sons, Woodie Clayton Watson of Ball, and Herbert Gary Watson of Jena;

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17
Mar

Mary Louise Valentine

Mary Louise Blackmon Valentine, 50, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, February 28, 2015, following a brief illness. She was born September 11, 1964 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Albert Clyde Blackmon, Sr. and Janice Sikes Blackmon. She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Sharon Ann Oser; and a brother, Nolan Blackmon. Survivors include her husband, John Valentine of Olla; her son, Michael Valentine and wife Christie of Olla; her daughter, Kayce Valentine of Olla; her mother, Janice Sikes Blackmon; three brothers, Johnny Blackmon of Dallas, GA, Dave Blackmon of Rusk, TX, and Albert Clyde “Buggy” Blackmon, Jr. of Idaho; sister, Patsy Oser of Wisner; and her beloved grandchildren, Savannah, Justin and Derek. The family gathered on the Riverwalk in Columbia to celebrate her life, which culminated with a balloon release on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

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William Perry Whitten

William Perry Whitten, 67, of Amelia, passed from this life on Monday, February 23, 2015, at Thibodeaux Regional Medical Center after a two month stubborn battle. He was born April 25, 1947, to the union of his parents, Fred and Marie Whitten. Perry, known as Pops to most everyone who knew him, was a proud United States Marine, having served in Vietnam and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. A former Commander of the American Legion and a member of the Marine Corps League, Perry was dedicated to his country. He was a devoted husband and father, having devoted his life to his family. Graveside services were held in the Morgan City Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 27, with the East St. Mary Veteran Funeral Squad rendering military honors, including Benny “Bubba” Love playing taps. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Whitten.

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Harold Ervin Norris

Harold Ervin Norris, 71, of West Monroe, passed from this life on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena. He was born on April 25, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, to the union of his parents, Leo Miller and Fern Arbogast Norris. Mr. Norris was a retired welder for Trans-Ocean. Graveside services were held at 12-noon Monday, March 9, in the Serenity Gardens Cemetery in Calhoun with Rev. Joel Johnson officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Survivors include his wife, Linda Norris of West Monroe; two sons, Kenneth Norris and wife Lisa of Trout, and Richard Norris of Jena; one daughter, Donna Bellmore of Columbia; two brothers, Kenny Norris of St. Louis, MO, and Gary Norris of Lener, OR; sevengrandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Mack E. Bellmore, Jr., William “Eddie” Cassell, Cleve Johnson, Evan Brown, Chris Norris, and Kenny Norris.

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Marie Lewis Kestner

Marie Lewis Kestner, 71, of Zenoria, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Tioga Community Care Center in Tioga. She was born February 25, 1944 in Trout to the union of her parents, Anderson and Rose Jackson Lewis. Mrs. Kestner was a custodian for the Jena Band of Choctaws. Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Zenoria Baptist Church with the Revs. Joel Johnson and Kent Hatfield officiating. Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery of Little Creek under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret Jones, Wilma Reed, and Dorothy Smith; and brothers, Milton Lewis, Joseph Lewis, and Earl Lewis.

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Marie Lewis Kestner

Marie Lewis Kestner, 71, of Zenoria, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Tioga Community Care Center in Tioga. She was born February 25, 1944 in Trout to the union of her parents, Anderson and Rose Jackson Lewis. Mrs. Kestner was a custodian for the Jena Band of Choctaws. Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Zenoria Baptist Church with the Revs. Joel Johnson and Kent Hatfield officiating. Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery of Little Creek under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret Jones, Wilma Reed, and Dorothy Smith; and brothers, Milton Lewis, Joseph Lewis, and Earl Lewis.

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