Obituaries

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James Edward Womack

James Edward Womack, 71, a Winn Parish native, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, following a brief courageous battle with cancer, while surrounded by family and friends. He was born December 14, 1944 to the union of his parents, E. C. and Mary Belle Womack. James was a retired truck driver and a United States Navy veteran with two tours of Vietnam. He enjoyed working with his cows, working hay fields, enjoying a good meal, visiting and talking “truck” especially Emeryville models. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 4, at the Jordan Hill United Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Gary Wright, Willie Beaubouef, and Brian Montgomery officiating. He was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, Walter and Belle Womack; maternal grandparents, J.R. “Jim” and Emma Smith; and a great niece, Naomi Taylor Ellis.

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Willie Mae Nugent

Willie Mae Nugent, 79, of Holum, passed from this life on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria following a brief illness. Willie Mae Cooper Sikes Nugent was born November 30, 1936 at Holum to the union of her parents, William Thomas Cooper and Bessie Mae Beavers Cooper. She was a retired nurse, loved church singing and playing the upright bass guitar. She also loved sewing and knitting, growing flowers and reading books. She also loved Facebook which allowed her to visit with her family and friends on a daily basis. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday March 3, from the Columbia chapel of Riser Funeral Home with the Revs. Boyd Tannehill and Benny Braddock officiating. Interment followed in the Little Star Cemetery at Holum under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Will Sikes; by her son, Tommy G.

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Pauline Annette Morris

Pauline Annette (Stanfield) Morris, 79, of Jonesville, was received into Heaven on Monday, February 29, 2016. She was born on Friday, November 6, 1936 in Springhill, Louisiana, to the union of her parents, N. G. “Bo” Stanfield and Nettie (Heron) Stanfield. A memorial service was held at graveside on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m., in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community with Rev. Kevin Manuel officiating. Interment followed under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Frank Morris; a son, Ben M. “Bubba” Morris; her parents; two brothers, Charlie Stanfield and Herbert Stanfield; and three sisters, Irene Rogers, Inez Sawyer and Ionia Bell Terral.

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Margaret H. Lamb

Margaret H. Lamb, 85, of Sharptown, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born November 5, 1930 in Sharptown to the union of her parents, White and Ada Hudnall. Mrs. Lamb worked for the Justiss family for 30 years and also sat up with family and friends who were ill. Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 4, at Cross Roads Baptist Church of Sharptown with the Revs. Joey Bignar, Johnnie Phillips, and Tony Wilson officiating. Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Lamb; parents; sister, Ruth Albritton; and niece, Rytha Hudnall.

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Martha Lorene Hayes

Martha Lorene Hayes, 86, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, March 6, 2016. She was born November 18, 1929 in Bristoe, Oklahoma, to the union of her parents, William and Bertha Hill Dobson. Mrs. Hayes was self-employed with H. L. Mop and Broom Company. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Mike Russell officiating. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery near Olla under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, H. L. ‘Luther’ Hayes; and nine brothers and sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Suzy Windham of Jena, and Phyllis Rozelle of Ruby; one son, Bobby Randolph of Tampa, FL; brother, Donald Dobson of Sandsprings, OK; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Pallbearers were deacons of Trinity Baptist Church, with grandsons serving as honorary pallbearers.

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Jennifer Lorraine Duke

Jennifer Lorraine Duke, 46, of Marshall, Texas, passed from this life on Monday, February 29, 2016 in Shreveport. She was born June 23, 1969, in Alexandria to Jerry Glenn Duke and Virginia Smith Duke, and was a former resident of Jena. Jennifer graduated from Huntington High School in Shreveport and then Bossier Parish Community College with both phlebotomist and medical assistant certification. She worked at Bealls Department Store in Marshall, Kitchen Collections and Dollar Tree in Longview. Jennifer was a member of Waskom United Pentecostal Church. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 4, at Mt. Zion Cemetery in DeBerry, Texas. Interment was under direction of Downs Funeral Home of Marshall, TX. Survivors include her parents, Glenn and Virginia Duke of Panola, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Memorials may be made in her name to Waskom United Pentecostal Church, 235 Ellen Street, Waskom, TX 75692.

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Hilda Pauline Collins

Hilda Pauline Collins,73, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, February 22, 2016, at her residence. She was born January 2, 1943 in Lake Charles. Hilda was a store manager. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Hurricane Creek Cemetery with Rev. Tommie Haley officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton Roscoe Autry and Vivian Alene Foster Rachal; step-father, Herbert Lee Rachal; daughter, Teresa Ann Ford; and son, Joe Clint Collins. Survivors include one son, James Capps and wife Ilene; sisters, JoAnn Chladek of Jena, and Velma Rachal of Hollow Rock, TN; grandson, Jeremy Capps and wife April Dawn; and great grandchildren, Isis Ilene Capps, Clint Louis Capps, and Marilyn Isabelle “Bella” Capps. Pallbearers were Thomas Morgan, Robert Roberts, Joseph Chladek, Frankie Morris, and Rick McGuffee.

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Donny Ray Smith, Sr.

Donny Ray “Don” Smith, Sr., 73, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at his residence in the Midway Community following a brief battle with cancer. He was born October 16, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, to the union of his parents, William Efton and Grace Cornell Smith. Smith served the Town of Jena as Fire Chief from 1980 until his retirement two years ago. During his tenure, the Jena Fire Department witnessed vast improvements, including building the new fire station on West Bradford Street in Jena, as well as sub-stations in Midway and in north Jena. In 1996, Smith was elected as the Justice of the Peace for District 4, and was last re-elected in 2014 for a six year term as JP for the district, which includes all of Police Jury Districts 6 and 10, and Precinct 1 of District 5. With Smith only serving one year of the new term, a special election will be called in the fall of this year to fill the vacancy.

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Thomas Clearance Smith

Thomas Clearance “TC” “Top Cat” Smith, 71, of Erath, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Abbeville General Hospital in Abbeville. He was born April 24, 1944 in Jena. Mr. Smith was a retired truck driver for Texaco Petroleum. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with Rev. Steve Cripps officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his mother, Valerie Deville, and father, Oscar Smith. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Willie A. Pritchard Smith of Erath; two daughters, Karen Veazey of Erath and Mylissa and husband Richard Delcambre, Jr.

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Audley Mary Ann Smith

Audley Mary Ann Smith, 74, of Clayton, passed from this life on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at her residence. She was born Tuesday, April 1, 1941 in Jena to the union of her parents, Clark Ezell and Valerie Deville Smith. Miss Mary Ann worked for many years at U-Pack in Ferriday and M & M grocery store in Clayton. She owned and operated Smith’s Lounge in Clayton for many years. She was known for her coconut cake and sweet potato pies. She enjoyed working at the voter polls during every election. She loved her family, friends, and community. Services were at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29, at Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday with the Revs. Josh Morea and Curtis Smith officiating. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Ferriday. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sonny Smith; and brother, Tommy Smith.

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