Obituaries

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17
Mar

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.

Tue
17
Mar

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.

Tue
17
Mar

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.

Tue
17
Mar

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.

Mon
09
Mar

Roy Max Brazzell

Roy Max Brazzell, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born May 31, 1939 in Jena to the union of his parents, Clarence Abel and Velda Mae Maxey Brazzell. Mr. Brazzell was an insurance agent, and served his country in the United States Army. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Georgetown Baptist Church in eorgetown with Rev. Carl Griffith officiating. Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife,
ora Isaac Brazzell of Georgetown; daughters, Nancy Curtis and John Matthew Nugent, and Jennifer Brazzell, all of Georgetown; and granddaughters, Alicia Bernard and Arianna Brazzell. Pallbearers were Matt Nugent,

Mon
09
Mar

Rev. P. A. “Fox” Paul

Rev. P. A. “Fox” Paul, 85, of Jena, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born on Thursday, July 4, 1929 in Nebo to the union of his parents, Dottie Estelle Wilson Paul and Willie Huston Paul.
Rev. Paul was pastor of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and Chaplin for the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena. He was retired from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Rev. Paul joined the U.S. Navy when he was only 16 years old, and served his country proudly during World War II. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown and graduated from Jena High School, and attended Louisiana
College. In his younger day, he broke horses, rode bulls, and is considered by many to be “One of the last old time cowboys.” Brother Fox loved to grow vegetables and feed people. He had great compassion for

Mon
09
Mar

Ruby Lee Lofton

Ruby Lee Lofton, 94, of Sportsmans Paradise, passed from this life on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Matthews Memorial Health Center in Alexandria. She was born October 14, 1920 in Dry Prong to the union of her parents, Christopher and Rosie Cupp Neal. Mrs. Lofton was a beautician and owned a salon for over 30 years. She loved the outdoors and especially loved fishing and gardening. Services were held at 11:30
a.m., Wednesday, March 4, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. E. Ray Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery of Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W. E. Lofton; daughter, Ernestine Lofton; her parents, and siblings, Carmen Gorman, Felder Neal, Ancel Neal, and Huey Neal. Survivors include a sister, Onie Neal Schneider of Pineville, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Michael James, Andrew James, John Crooks, and Austin Crooks

Mon
09
Mar

Brenda Gayle Pritchard

Brenda Gayle Pritchard, 64, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville. She was born November 22, 1950, in Alexandria, to the union of her parents, Joel “Hawk” and Vida Whatley La- Croix. Brenda was a homemaker and a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church. She served her country in the Army National Guard. Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Kevin Manuel and Charlie Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers,

Mon
09
Mar

Judy McEntyre Stone

Judy McEntyre Stone, 67, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born on Wednesday, September 17, 1947, in Pineville, to the union of her parents, Arthur Ray and Vera Lee McEntyre. Mrs. Stone was a resident of Jonesville, and a member of Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Joel Ford, Lonnie Weidner, and David Lambert officiating. Arrangements were under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years,Rev. James Henry Stone; and her parents.

Mon
09
Mar

Ranie Brantley Sanders

Ranie Brantley Sanders, 67, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Jonesville. She was born on Monday, December 1, 1947 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, Curtis James Brantley and Evelyn Jones Brantley. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Young’s Funeral Home in Jonesville. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery at Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Charles Gibson. Survivors include an aunt, Mable Bryan of Wildsville; and two cousins, Johnnie Ruth Sturgeon of Vidalia,
and Pat Hudnall of SandyLake. Pallbearers were Brent Scott, Lee Worsham, Jeffery Bento, Brandon Mayo, Charles Rachel, Jr., and Ray Townsend, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Hudnall and Shane Massey

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