Obituaries

Tue
18
Oct

Steven H. Callender, Sr.

Tue
18
Oct

Kenneth Boothe

Tue
18
Oct

Stephen G. Auman

Mon
10
Oct

Wanda Lynn Fish Stott

Wanda L. Fish Stott, 83, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following an extended illness. She was born February 2, 1933 to the union of her parents, James Lansdon Fish and Allena Pearl Dozier Fish. Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, from the sanctuary of Pine Hill Baptist Church of Olla with the Revs. Ed Smith and Corey Fowler officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Rodney Taylor, and by her grandson, Brandon Taylor. Survivors include her son, John Stott (Kim); her daughters, Tena Taylor Smith (Curtis), Vanessa Taylor Meziel (Jack), and Debra Owings and (Dave); step-daughters, Louise Exline (Connie Mac) and Clarice “Toni” Stott; step-son, Michael Stott; her brother, Jim Fish (Frances); and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Mon
10
Oct

Reagen M. Rainey

Reagen M. Rainey, 19, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from injuries sustained in an accident on LA 124 north of Harrisonburg. Reagan graduated with the Class of 2016 from Harrisonburg High School last May. She was attending Delta Community College majoring in early childhood development. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church in the Sandy Lake Community in Catahoula Parish, with the Revs. Mark Johnson, and Joel Ford officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. Survivors include her mother, Melinda Deann Rainey; father, William Sharp; mawmaw, Rajean Rainey; pawpaw, Barry Rainey; nonni, Rosa Rainey; paternal grandparents, David and Betty Sharp; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends who loved her very much.

Mon
10
Oct

Ella Inez Fortson

Ella Inez Fortson, 95, of Jena, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born January 10, 1921 to the union of her parents, Lloyd W. Jones and Hattie Durham Jones. Mrs. Fortson was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jena and a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club. She and her late husband, Allen Fortson, Jr., were owners and operators of Fortson Hardware in Jena for many years. She loved her friends and family. Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Dominick DiCarlo and Terry Townsend officiating. Interment followed in the Nolley Memorial Church Cemetery in Jena under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen J. Fortson, Jr.; son, Allen J. Fortson, III; daughter-in-law, Catherine Crawford Fortson; sister, Irene Jones Moore; brother, Joel P. “Sonny” Jones and her parents.

Mon
10
Oct

Nina Bradford

Nina Elizabeth Richardson Bradford, 91, of Liberty Hill Road, Hartwell, Georgia, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at her home. She was born on September 27, 1925 in Hartwell, GA, the daughter of the late J. C. Richardson and Janie Lee Cordell Richardson. Mrs. Bradford was the widow of Isaac Leslie Bradford and preceded in death by one brother that was not named at birth. Mrs. Bradford graduated from Hartwell High School and Rabun Gap Nacoochee College. After college, she worked in Atlanta building airplanes during WW II, then returned home to Hartwell, where she was a homemaker, giving up her career as a teacher to raise her children. Mrs. Bradford grew up in the Sardis Baptist Church and later became a charter member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was an active member as long as her health permitted. She served in the nursery department for over 40 years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct.8 in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell with the Revs.

Mon
10
Oct

Steve Auman

Stephen Gary “Steve” Auman, 77, of Jena, passed from this life at noon Saturday, October 8, 2016, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment will follow under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. A complete obituary will be published in the next edition of this newspaper.    

Mon
03
Oct

Louisiana State Police mourns the passing of Trooper Bobby Smith

The Louisiana State Police family suffered another terrible loss last Sunday morning with the sudden death of Trooper Bobby Smith. Words are inadequate to describe the life, love, and character of Trooper Smith. Trooper Smith began his career with LSP in 1983, and tragically on the night of March 14, 1986, Bobby was shot in the face by an armed assailant during a traffic stop. As a result of that incident he lost his sight, his career, and his marriage. Never one to succumb to adversity, Bobby earned his Ph.D., authored several books and set out on a path of helping others. He found love again and married his wife Janie. As if the unspeakable challenges Bobby had overcome were not enough, he lost his only daughter Kimberley in a car crash, and later lost his only son Brad. However, Bobby’s will to help others would carry him through his personal challenges as he traveled the world sharing his story and lifting up others.

Mon
03
Oct

Adell Paul

Adell Paul, 81, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Friday, September 30, 2016, at her residence. She was a member of Community Pentecostal Church. She was a Godly lady and a great prayer warrior. She was the best wife, momma, grandma and friend. She loved unconditionally. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church near Jonesville with the Revs. Ronnie House, Lance Torrey and Todd Tucker officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 54 years, Ethelbert Paul; three grandsons, Luther Elbert Carter Sr., Jory Lee Wallace and Rex Nevada Wallace; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Diane Carter and Ariana Issabella Parker; and one great grandson, Little Ben Carter.

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