Obituaries

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Elizabeth Gunter

Elizabeth Gunter, 76, of Tioga, passed from this life on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena. She was born September 18, 1939 in Jena to the union of her parents, Herbert and Irma Beavers Corley. Mrs. Gunter was a C.N.A. Graveside services were held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in the Belah Cemetery with Rev. Lonnie Weidner officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Morris. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Smith of Pineville; son, Judas De- Wayne Gunter of Jena; granddaughter, Martha Warren of Pineville; grandson, Luther Paul Smith of Glenmora; and great grandchildren, Emily and Jeremy Warren.
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A. J. Duke

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Lonnie James Brown

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Charles “Man” Bradford

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Ralph Parker

Ralph Parker, 73, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Lafayette. He was born on Monday, August 24, 1942 in Catahoula Parish to the union of his parents, Alvie Lavere and Katie Sanders Parker. Ralph was an optimizer operator for Armstrong and Pirelli Tire, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 110 of Harrisonburg. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the chapel of Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville, with the Revs. Jack Knapp and Daniel Jordan officiating. Interment followed at Heard Cemetery of Manifest, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents: three brothers, Benny Parker, A. V. Parker, and Zoyle Parker; and one sister, Myra Parker Ricks.

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Joseph Enzor Hughes

Services for Joseph Enzor Hughes, 84, of Jonesville, were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2016 at Liberty Worship Center in Jonesville, with Rev. Lester Johnson officiating, Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home-Jonesville. Mr. Hughes, a United States Marine-Korean War veteran and a member of Liberty Worship Center, was a retired off shore engineer, and entrepreneur of many endeavors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Idee Hughes; a son, Joseph Kevin Hughes; and a brother, George Louis Hughes. Survived include two sons, Kent Hughes of Monroe, and Micah Hughes and wife Mary of Jonesville; five grandchildren, Jolee Brixey and husband Justin, Corey Hughes, Joseph “Beau” Hughes, Kaley Hughes and Micahla Hughes; four great grandchildren; three sisters, Lucille Tarver of Deville, Meryle Smart of Manifest, and Shirley Cotten of Jonesville; and several nieces and nephews.

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Sandra Hopkins

Sandra Hopkins, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at her residence in Jena. She was born November 14, 1947 in Jena to the union of her parents, Lloyd and Nila Frazier Thompson. Sandra was a housewife who loved to cook. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Ronnie Tarver and Terry Doughty officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery near Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by parents, and first husband, Doyle Allien; father and mother in-law, Sam and Elemena Hopkins; niece, Rhonda Goetzman; sister-in-law, Rae Collins; and brother-in-law, James Hopkins. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald “Duck” Hopkins of Jena; daughter, Robbin Douglas and husband Eual, Jr.

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Lonnie Brown

Lonnie James Brown, 74, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born January 12, 1942. Lonnie James liked restoring antique trucks, mechanizing, horses and farm animals. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church near Jonesville, with Rev. Joel Ford and Bro. Claude Chaney officiating. Interment followed at Heard Cemetery of Manifest under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, James Monroe Brown; mother, Mellia Virginia Brown; sister, Joyce Goins and husband George; one granddaughter, Destiny D. Brown; and brother-n-law, Bobby R. Ewing. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Brown of Jonesville; two sons, Wade M. Brown and wife Tonya, and James L.

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Mary Ellen White

Mary Ellen White, 73, of Tullos, passed from this life on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her residence. She was born August 26, 1942 to the union of Clinton D. and Elizabeth Cockerham Randall. Mary was formerly employed by the Town of Tullos, and served as Town Clerk for 20 years. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at Cockerham Cemetery at Summerville. Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James L. “Joe” White; grandson, Eli Pritchard White; brother, Clifton Randall; and two sisters, Elva Bowman and Elsie Weeks. Survivors include two daughters, JoEllen White and Penny White; son, Derek White and wife Anna; grandchildren, Corey Ellis and wife Ashley, Codey Ellis and wife Kristen, Madison Smith, Breanna White, Hayden White, Grady White, and Savannah Floyd; five great grandchildren; and a special sister, Jerry R. Streetman.

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Murl Poole Strong

Murl Poole Strong, 89, of Olla, passed from this life on March 16, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in the Homochitto community of Amite County, Mississippi on July 30, 1926. Mrs. Strong graduated from Crosby High School in Crosby, Mississippi and attended Southwest Junior College in Summitt, Mississippi where she was an outstanding basketball player. In 1948 she married O.B. Strong, Sr. The two made a home in Olla, where they founded and operated O.B. Strong Timber Co. and raised their three children. Mrs. Strong was an avid follower of LaSalle High School athletics and a dedicated member of the LSU TAF for over 25 years. She was also a devoted member of the Olla United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative board for over 60 years. She was the first director of Olla Head Start. She was an active member of the Pinewood Garden Club of Olla. She enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with her family.

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