Obituaries

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Nancy Mai McCartney

Nancy Mai Whitley McCartney, 86, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born on January 14, 1929 to Kenneth and Hattie Mai Williams Whitley in Nashville TN. She graduated from North High in Nashville in 1948, where she was voted “Most Dignified” and married Johnny McCartney of Urania, that same year. Mrs. McCartney was a long-time resident of Jena where she was active in the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a member of the Town & Country Garden Club and did volunteer work at both LaSalle General Hospital and Hardtner Medical Center. She loved her family, her church family, working crossword puzzles and LSU Football. Mrs. McCartney moved last year from Jena, to Fort Smith, to be with her family where she enjoyed her great-grandchildrens’s activities, shopping and getting her nails done. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.

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James “Ron” Ronald Sones

James “Ron” Ronald Sones, 52, of Holum, passed from this life unexpectedly on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in Holum. He was born on June 16, 1963 in Natchez, MS to the union of his parents. Ron worked as a maintenance man in upkeeping yards. He held many hobbies including working in his own yard, watching car races, hunting, especially deer, and cooking. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Little Star Baptist Church near Grayson. He is preceded in death by his father, James W. Sones; grandparents, William and Bessie Cooper, Robert and Rosie Corales and Willis Jefferson Sones; uncles, Richard Malone and Eddie Malone; and his aunt, Jean Busby.

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Otto “Paw-Paw” Slay

Michael Otto “Paw-Paw” Slay, 68, of Sicily Island, and formerly of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born September 26, 1947 in Jena, to the union of his parents, Otto and Eunice Hudnall Slay. Mr. Slay was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam conflict. He served on the Destroyer USS Tattnal as a Fire Control Tech. He worked as a rig engineer for Ensco Drilling for 30 years and retired four years ago. He was a member of East Jena Baptist Church. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Tommy Sanson and Oliver Dean officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery in Jena with full military honors, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hazel King.

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Katherine “Kathy” Garsee

Katherine “Kathy” Thompson Garsee, 60, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, November 22, 2105, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born August 9, 1955 In Forest City, Arkansas. Mrs. Garsee was a homemaker. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Gary Thompson; and brother, Ronnie Thompson. Survivors include one son, Charlie Pritchard and wife Susie; father, W. G. Thompson of Whitehall; sister, Laurie Williams; brother, Gary Thompson; and grandchildren, Cody Pritchard and Hadlie Jo Pritchard. 

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Iris Evonne Eubanks

Iris Evonne Eubanks, 79, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, November 27, 2015, at Grace Home in Alexandria. She was born October 25, 1936 in Sikes to the union of her parents, LeRoy and Ola Killens Hatten. Mrs. Eubanks was a homemaker. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29, in the Urania Pentecostal Church in Urania, with the Revs. Clay Hutto and Todd Tucker officiating. Interment followed in the Pinehill Cemetery in Urania under the directions of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Jena. She was preceded in death by a son, Nick E. Eubanks; her parents; and a sister, Doris Johnson. Survivors include, husband, Jimmy R. Eubanks of Urania; daughters, Vickie C. Neal of Trout and Karla Lee of Urania; sons, Johnny K. Eubanks of Pineville, Larry R.

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Trevor Henry Rogers

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Dorothy “Dot” Crooks

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Mary Jane Wiles

Mary Jane Wiles, 67, of Columbia, passed from this life on Friday, November 13, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 19, 1948 in Grayson to the union of her parents, Orval Lee and Ola Myers Wiles. Mary Jane loved arts and crafts. She loved listening to country music and spending money on her grandchildren. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia with Rev. E. R. Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Cross Roads Cemetery, west of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Renee Torres of Olla; one brother, Jimmy Ray Wiles of Columbia; four sisters, Paula McMullen of Columbia, Margaret Lee of Jena, Judy Lloyd of Grayson, and Patsy Poole of McComb, MS; and three grandchildren, Melissa McManus, Hailey Torres, and Emily Torres. Pallbearers were Keith LeMoine, Wesley Lee, Jr., Stacy Bird, Keith Williams, Bobby Finley, Kelly Lloyd, and Norrie Anding.
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Edwin Earl Savoy, Jr.

Edwin Earl Savoy, Jr., 55, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in Baton Rouge. He was born in Jena on June 8, 1960. Earl was a self-employed tree surgeon. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Earl Savoy, Sr. and Mildred Lavern Keene Savoy; and a sister, Martha Savoy. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Parks Savoy of Jena; two daughters, Ashley Savoy and Brandi Savoy, both of Jena; two sisters, Priscilla Scott of Vivian and Sarah Wiggins of Winnsboro; one grandson, Nathan Cupit; uncle, Johnny Savoy; and a host of nieces and nephews.
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Ben Frank Morris

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