Obituaries

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Rev. Everette D. Mayo

Rev. Everette D. Mayo, 87, bettter known as “Bro. Shorty”, passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at the age of 86 years. He was born in Newellton, LA on April 7, 1930. He started his ministry at the age of 17 years, pastored several churches and assumed pastorship of the Aimwell Pentecostal Church in April of 1960. He served as pastor there from 1960-1990 and then became Bishop of the church - a position he maintained in heart and title until his death. Brother Shorty was a Chaplain at Huey P. Long Hospital and Central State Hospital for over 30 years. He was a great lover of people and had a passion and love for God that defined his life. He served as the Superintendent of the Louisiana District of the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ for 26 years and then as the National Assistant Chairman of the organization for 12 years. His ministry spanned 69 years of preaching, pastoring, singing, worship and serving others. Bro. Shorty was an avid outdoorsman.

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Irene Bruit

Irene Bruit, 93, of Wildsville, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in Jonesville. She was born February 13, 1923 in Concordia Parish to the union of her parents, Benjamin Randall and Mollie Tarver. Mrs. Bruit was a retired beautician, and was a faithful member of Evangeline Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and Training Union for many years. Her life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Mrs. Irene “Granny” to those who knew and loved her was an inspiration and mentor, not only to her family, but to the many lives she touched throughout her life. Granny loved her Church and Church family, but most of all she loved her Lord. She thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the holidays with her family. She always looked forward to making candy for the holidays and distributing it throughout the community. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct.

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Ayla Faith M. Breeland

Ayla Faith Marie Breeland, six-year old first grader at Jena Elementary School, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She was born July 26, 2010. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. David Hutchinson officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery near Nebo under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, G. T. Breeland. Survivors include her father, Allen Breeland of Jena; step-mother, Jessie Breeland of Jena; mother, Wendy Blasingame of Jena; sister, Julia Breeland of Jena; grandparents, Peggy Breeland of Jena, Micah “Dog” Dave Blasingame of Jena; step grandparents, Christie Kilgore of Little Creek, and Erick Guin of Nebo; step great grandparents, Floyd Broussard and wife Lucy of Little Creek. Pallbearers were Micah Blasingame, Jr., Kevin Meche, Louie Don Sharp Jr. and Kirk Poole.

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Donny G. Sheppard, Sr.

Donny Gene Sheppard, Sr., 83, of Jena, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 16, 2016 in his residence. He was born Monday, January 2, 1933 in Electra, Texas, to the union of his parents, John Morris and Hester McDowell Sheppard. Donny was a camp supervisor for Halliburton Services, a member of the Pampa Lodge #966, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jena. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in the First Baptist Church in Jena with Rev. Dominick DiCarlo officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerry Gayle Wright Sheppard; his parents; one brother, Bobby Sheppard; and four sisters, Martha Ainsworth, Louise Morehead, Betty Butler, and Shirley Gaharan. Survivors include two sons, Donny Sheppard, Jr.

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Donnie E. Nation

Donnie E. “Scrappy” Nation, 73, passed from this life on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Citizens Medical Center in Columbia Heights. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at Pine Grove Apostolic Church of Kelly with the Revs. Johnny Barnhill and Heath Barnhill officiating. Interment followed in the Little Star Cemetery in the Holum Community in Caldwell Parish under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by dad, Willard Nation; mom, Jimmie Nation; brother, George Nation; and granddaughter, Kassie Simons.

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James I. Cupples

James Isaac Cupples, 97, of the Pleasant Ridge Community near Olla, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights. He was born January 16, 1919 near Olla to the union of his parents, Viola Jones Cupples and James Wiley Cupples. James was reared in a dogtrot house in the Pleasant Ridge Community, just northeast of Olla, and attended school for one year at Harris Chapel, a one-room schoolhouse in his community. He then attended and graduated from Olla-Standard High School in 1939. After working a short time in the logwoods, he joined the U.S. Navy on October 1, 1940, where he would serve for the next 20 years. Sailor Cupples was sent to San Diego, California for his first assignment and training, and was assigned to the USS McDougal 3358, a Navy destroyer, where he would spend most of the next 14 years on assignment in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. On December 1, 1940, the USS McDougal left San Diego headed for Pearl Harbor.

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Rev. Charles Anderson

Rev. Charles W. Anderson, 63, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following a brief illness. He was born October 9, 1953 in Holden, LA. Charlie, as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was a prominent businessman, minister and public servant. He owned and operated a Dry Kiln and Lumber Yard for the past 20 years. Rev. Anderson also served as pastor at Maranatha Fellowship Church (now Lifepoint) for eight years and served as co-pastor for six years. He was a member of the Sanctuary Family Worship Center at the time of his death. Charlie also was a fixture on the LaSalle Parish School Board for the past two decades. He was first elected to the Board in the fall of 1994, and served one 4-year term from 1995-1998, representing District 9.

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Donny G. Sheppard, Sr.

Donny Gene Sheppard, Sr., 83, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at his residence in Jena. Arrangements were incomplete at press time on Monday, but will be handled by Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.
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Doris Glynn Gray

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Maxine A. Dearmon

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