Obituaries

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07
Apr

Marion Clinton Bennett

Marion Clinton Bennett, 83, of Jonesville, was received into Heaven on Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was born Friday, June 5, 1931 in Jonesville to the union of Richard Wilds Bennett and Alice Mae McGee Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a charter member of Grace Baptist Church in Jonesville and served as an elder for eleven years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesville at the time of his death. He served his country in the United States Army. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, at First Baptist Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Gary Norris, Travis Glenn and Paul Piro officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Glenn Bennett; brother, Richard McGee Bennett; sister, Violet Marie Bennett White; and two nephews, Jessie White and Bobby White.

Tue
07
Apr

Elgin Ray Cooper, Jr.

Elgin Ray Cooper, Jr., 59, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria. Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 6, at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community with the Revs. Terry Doughty and Mike Russell officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Ruth Burlew Cooper; father, Elgin Ray Cooper, Sr. Survivors include his daughter, Erica Cooper Mc- Lendon and husband Jonathan; grandson, Jase McLendon; brother, David N. Cooper and wife Tammy; sister, Sheila Mason and husband Kenny; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Woodie Fairbanks, Roger Wilson, Jeffery Estes, Wayne Cooper, Chad Evans, and Marcus Evans.

Tue
07
Apr

Wm. ‘Little Bud’ McConnell

William Marion “Little Bud” McConnell, 80, former resident of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Marshall, Texas. He was born July 10, 1934 in Bastrop to the union of his parents, William Richard and Mary Elsie Cothran McConnell. Little Bud was a member of Central Baptist Church, was a graduate of Springhill High School in the Class of 1953, and a graudate of Northwestern State University in 1957. He taught Industrial Art at LaSalle High School for 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt turkeys, quail, deer, ducks, and loved to fish. He was a professional cabinet maker. He was loved by his family and a host of friends and will be missed by all who knew him. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Springhill with Rev. Phillip Casper officiating. Interment followed in the Springhill Cemetery under direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Springhill.

Tue
07
Apr

Charlie Cassels

Charlie Cassels, 72, of Grayson, went to be with the Lord on Good Friday, April 3, 2015, after all his family was able to tell him goodbye until we all meet again some day. He was born January 1, 1943 to the union of his parents, Murphy Ray and Lillie Mae Cassels. Charlie retired from Flint Ink Company after 33 years of hard labor. He was a loving husband, daddy, brother and uncle, and he loved to raise a big community garden and always kept his yard mowed. His favorite things to do were fishing and hunting, but he made sure his garden was worked first of all. He was also a great basketball and baseball player at Enterprise High School, and he never stopped his love of sports. He spent many years working with kids at the ballpark, coaching and umpiring. Charlie was also a member of the Caldwell Parish School board for 17 years and adult Sunday school teacher for many years at Holum Baptist Church.

Tue
07
Apr

Rubye Young Hardy

Rubye Young Hardy was set free in the early morning hours of March 31, 2015. On the other side waiting to share the sunrise and coffee were her husband, J. D., her sons, David Branch and Tommy Smith, her daughter, Dianne Smith, and her granddaughters, Gena and Alana Smith. Mrs. Hardy, 82, was born September 29, 1932 in Rosefield to the union of her parents, Henry and Bama Mae Avery Young. As a child, Mrs. Rubye attended Enterprise School in Enterprise. Later in life, she returned to Catahoula parish to live out most of her years with her husband, J. D., in the hills outside Aimwell. Some would say that Rubye was old fashioned or maybe even a survivalist. She did love the land and knew how to take care of it and live from it. She was an avid gardener, raised a bountiful vegetable garden and kept a yard full of beautiful flowers. Between her and J. D., they had eleven children and then raised one granddaughter as their own. It doesn’t end there, for she helped to raise others.

Tue
07
Apr

Louise Grace Smith-Moore

Louise Grace “L.G.” Smith-Moore, 91, of Brewton, Alabama, passed from this life at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2015, in Brewton. She was born May 13, 1923 in Leesville, the daughter of the late Henry Jake Smith, Sr. and Beatrice Johnson. Mrs. Moore worked for years as a Home Health Aide. She was a member of Second Saint Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton, AL, and the Oriole Chapter 18 in Jena, Order of the Eastern Star. Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at Trout Creek Baptist Church in Trout with Rev. Roger Washington officiating. Interment was in Bergen Memorial in Brewton, AL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Charlie Cummings and John W. Moore; her son, Willie C. “W.C.” Cummings; two brothers, Henry Jake Smith, Jr. and Willie G. Smith; and sonin- law, Arthur Walker.

Tue
07
Apr

Harry “Cuz” Roberts

Mon
30
Mar

Joseph Chris Tarver

Joseph Chris Tarver, 66, of Panama City Beach, Florida, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born October 20, 1948 in Portsmouth, VA to the union of his parents, Joseph Crawford “J.C.” and Edna “Pat” Hudnall Tarver. Paternal grandparents were the late Virgil and Marie Tarver of Jena, and maternal grandparents were the late Robert “Bob” and Sallie Graham Hudnall of Nebo. Chris was a 1966 graduate of Jena High School, a home building business contractor and a veteran of the United States Air Force, who served during the Vietnam Conflict. Services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould, Arkansas, with Rev. Kim Bridges officiating. Interment followed in Harvey’s Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Linda G. Tarver of Panama City Beach, FL; and special cousins, Louise Bradford Pritchard of Nebo and Keith Tarver of Jena.
Mon
30
Mar

Barry K. Hamilton, Sr.

Mon
30
Mar

Mary Joe Ireland Goodwin

Mary Joe Ireland Goodwin, 78, of Monroe, and a native of LaSalle Parish, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital in Shreveport. She was born February 11, 1937 at Tullos, and graduated from Jena High School. Survivors include her husband, Eugene Goodwin; daughter, Terry Mastroni, and foster daughter, Tori Warden; son-in-law, Louis Mastroni; sisters, Geraldine Carpenter and Melba King; and a grandchild, Shaun Walters.

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