Obituaries

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“Pete” Breland

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Daisy Belle Davis Gaspard

Daisy Belle Davis Gaspard, 84, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at the Christus St. Frances Medical Center in Alexandria following an extended illness. She was born on November 25, 1931 at Waverly, Louisiana to the union of her parents, Maud George Davis and Dovie Stevens Davis. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. Russell Rhodes and Willie Beaubouef officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery of Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James M. Gaspard; and her granddaughter, Bristen Glynn Gaspard.

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14
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Jonathan Brooks Wilhite

Jonathan Brooks Wilhite, 32, of Olla, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at Olla Methodist Church in Olla with Rev. Aaron Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at Chickasaw Cemetery, east of Olla, under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory of Ball. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Rawls; paternal grandparents, Virginia Bellow, Archie Wilhite and Louis Bellow. Survivors include his loving wife of 13 months, Jonnie Wilhite; parents, Frank and Vickie Wilhite; two sons, Vanner Smith and Jonathan Wilhite; two daughters, Kyria Wilhite and Kelsey Smith; one brother, Drake Wilhite; three sisters, Katlyn Wilhite, Jeanne Wilhite and Ashley Wilhite; and many uncles, aunts, family and friends. 

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14
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Ronald Ray Poole

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14
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Edna Mae Breithaupt

Edna Mae (Brown) Breithaupt, 82, of Jena, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 13, 2015 in Jena. She was born Saturday, October 28, 1933 in Wilkinson County, Mississippi to the union of Thomas Jefferson and Hattie Emma (Phipps) Brown. Mrs. Mae, as she was affectionately known by so many, was employed for many years in retail businesses in Jena. Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Jena First Baptist Church with the Revs. Dominick Di- Carlo and Todd Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under the directions of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home. Mrs. Breithaupt was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 24 years, Charlie Willis “C. W.” Breithaupt; a daughter Tonia (Breithaupt) Cockerham; two brothers, T. J. Brown and Norris Brown; and a great-great- grandson, Carson Hall.

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14
Dec

Michael Todd Tradewell

Michael Todd Tradewell, 53, of Holden, passed from this life on Thursday, December 10, 2015, in Chuuk, Micionesia, the diving boat Odyssey. He was born November 8, 1962 in Garland, Texas. Mr. Tradewell was a truck driver, a master diver and served in the United States Army for 32 years. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Survivors include his parents, Willie Lamar and Beth Elaine Tradewell of Jena; brothers, Robin Lamar Tradewell, John David Ingle and Paul Allen Ingle, all of Jena; and sister, Lisa Kaye Netherland of Jena. Services will be announced at a later date by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Pallbearers will be Jesse Ingle, Tyler Netherland, Ryan Nix, Guy Tradewell, Thomas Tradewell and Donovan Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be John Hutchinson, Johnny Young, all members of Veterans Honor Guard of Jena, Captain Robert Stutson, Michael Hunter and Bobby Vickers. 

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14
Dec

Richard Paul Vachula

Richard Paul Vachula, 81, of Trout, passed from this life on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in Jena. He was born on April 1,1934 in Whatley, MA to the union of his parents, Paul Vachula, Jr. and Stella Valeski Vachula. Mr. Vachula was an equipment operator in construction and a veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by parents, and son, Micheal Paul Vachula. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Burns Vachula of Trout; daughters, Linda Anne Vachula of Trout and Shirley Cox of Minden; and grandchildren, Whitney Whorton, Holly Watson, Megan Cox and Justin Cox. A memorial service will be announced for a later date by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. 

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14
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Clifton Benjamin Paul

Clifton Benjamin Paul, 55, of Jena passed from this life on Friday, December 11, 2015, at his residence in Whitehall. He was born March 3, 1960 in Jena and was employed as a driller in the oilfield industry. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Taylor Chapel Cemetery near Summerville under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his father, Emanuel Benjamin Paul. Survivors include one daughter, Brittany Paul of Jena; one son, Clifton E. Paul and Lacy of Olla; his mother, Edith Pearl Cotton Paul; and three grandchildren, R. D. Gorham, Amelia Goodeux and Anna Belle Paul.  

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07
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Kathy Anne Yaryan

Kathy Anne Derbonne Yaryan, 65, of Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and a former resident of Jena, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic Sherman House in Phoenix, Arizona. Born Kathy Anne Derbonne, in Alexandria, Louisiana on May 21, 1950 to Arthur E. and Lorena Lawrence Derbonne, Kathy grew up in Alexandria and she graduated from Bolton High School in 1968 where she was a competitive swimmer and gymnast. Kathy was the second child of a family of five children, sisters: Diane Ayers of Ringgold, and Gayle Eskew of Alexandria; and brothers, Arthur Derbonne of Ringgold, and David Derbonne of Natick, MA. Kathy married the love of her life, Van P. Yaryan, on November 21, 1970 at St Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, and they were able to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary four days before she passed.

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07
Dec

Joe D. Thornton

Joe D. Thornton, 80, of Urania, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in his home in Urania. He was born September 17, 1935 in Urania to the union of his parents, Willie and Mable Thornton. Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with the Revs. Karl Wayne Doughty and Buddy Willis officiating. Interment followed in the Pinehill Cemetery of Urania under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Francille Schultz; brothers, Billy Thornton, Bobby Thornton, and Norman Thornton. Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Carrie Ruth Spence Thornton of Urania; brothers, W. M. Thornton, Buddy Thornton and wife Diana, and Randy Thornton and wife Carolyn; sister-in-law, Judy Merle Thornton; and a host of nieces and nephews, and Carrie’s family. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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