Obituaries

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Olive ‘Mitch’ Futrell

Olive LaVerne Mitchell “Mitch” Futrell, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Alexandria. Mitch graduated from Jena High School in 1943. She married F.D. Futrell in 1947. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State College in 1961. Mitch worked in the maternity ward at the Baptist Hospital in Alexandria, LA for many years. She then went to work for Central State Hospital Outpatient Clinic, retiring after 40 years of nursing. A devout Christian, Mitch was deeply involved in her church. Mitch loved to bake, sing with her choir group, God’s Recycled Angels, spend time with family and friends, and could always be counted on when anyone needed her. Survivors include her sister, Lonie Lou “Imogene” Andrews, of Eros; loving daughters, Martha Tiedt and husband, Roger of Pampa, TX, Judy Broussard of Pineville, and Nancy Kute and husband Terry of Charlotte, NC.

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Joel Thomas Cripps

Joel Thomas Cripps, 51, of West Monroe, passed from this life on Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Jena. He was born June 11, 1965 in Ruston to the union of his parents, Willie and Virginia Cripps. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home in West Monroe with Bro. Tom Lowe officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arcadia under direction of Griffin Funeral Home of West Monroe. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shela Roberson.

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Rev. Jimmie Thornhill

Rev. Jimmie L. Thornhill, 69, of the Midway Community, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at his residence. He was born September 17, 1946, in Alexandria, to the union of his parents, Howard and Marie Thornhill. Rev. Thornhill was founder and pastor of Heaven’s Gate Pentecostal Church in Ball. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 22, at Community Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. Chuck Fritz, Ronnie House and Fred Thornhill officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Howard Thornhill, John Thornhill and Tommy Thornhill; three infant sisters.

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Bettye Jo Sandifer

Bettye Jo Sandifer, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. She was born March 22, 1932 in Urania to the union of her parents, Jessie Burl and Pearl Doyle Allbritton. Mrs. Sandifer was retired from the Belden Corporation. Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, at the Good Pine Baptist Church with Rev. Brandon Poole and Jeff Sandifer officiating. Interment will follow in the Renfrow Cemetery near Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by husband, Orvin Sandifer; her parents; son, Larry Gene Sandifer; sisters, Edith Blackshear, Ethel Shankles, Nelda Allbritton and Lou McCarty; brothers, Gilbert Allbritton, Leonard Allbritton, and Earl Allbritton.

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John William Reeder, Sr.

John William Reeder, Sr., 69, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his residence with his loving wife by his side. He was born May 7, 1947 in Pineville to the union of his parents, Corbett Reeder and Jessie Irene “Jack” Boyd Reeder. John was a member of Summerville Baptist Church and worked for Entergy in the control room. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23, at Summerville Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Henderson, Leslie Tam and Craig James officiating. A committal service followed in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Jena under direction of White Oaks Funeral Home of Oakdale. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, John Gale Coker, Sr.; his grandparents, John and Stella Doughty Boyd and William and Minnerva Coutee Reeder. Survivors include his loving wife of 18 years, Betty Lou Coker Reeder of Jena; one son, John William Reeder, Jr.

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Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Paul Jones, 40, of Columbia, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at his residence. He was born March 23, 1976 in Urania, to his parents, Denise Murphrey Cox and Robert Benjamin Jones. Jonathan was loved dearly by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Graveside services were held at 9 a.m., Thursday, July 21, at the Urania Cemetery in Urania with Rev. Donnie Boney officiating. Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He is preceded in death by a son, Destin Jones, and his grandfathers, William Thomas Murphrey and Robert Benjamin Jones, Sr. Survivors include his parents; his fiancée, Tori Powell; sons, Blake Jones and Tyler Jones; daughter, Taylor Jones; brothers, Bradley Jones, Ben Jones, Dawson Jones, Jesse Cox, Jacob Cox, and Joshua Cox; sister, Casey Toups; and grandmothers, Mary Murphrey and Dee Lois Whiddon. Pallbearers were Jesse Cox, Jacob Cox, Joshua Cox, Dawson Jones, Davis Young and Brandon Mitchell.

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Terry Lynn Carr

Terry Lynn Carr, 47, of Groveton, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Shreveport. He was born August 31, 1968 in Pasadena, TX to his parents, Horace Leonard Carr, Jr. and Charlene Law Carr. Terry graduated from Groveton High School with the class of 1987 and later married his high school sweetheart, Karen Snyder. He lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his sons. He never hesitated to express his feelings. Terry was the best father that his boys could ever have asked for as a parent. He was the rock that his family stood upon. He had a genuine love for children and he enjoyed reading to his youngest son Gavan about ‘Hank the Cow Dog’ and going to watch Little League baseball games. He also enjoyed watching or playing a little football with his family. Terry also had a deep love for spending time in the Piney Woods and learned many of life’s lessons along with how to hunt and fish.

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Terry Wayne King

Terry Wayne King, 74, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his residence in the Midway Community. He was born March 28, 1942 in Jena to the union of his parents, Harvey and Clara “Jack” King. Terry was a retired pusher in the oilfield, and served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a great musician and played with several groups, including the band performing at the Jena Senior Citizens Center. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the East Jena Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Norris and Terry King, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Charles “Doodle” King, H. A. King, Harley “Pud” King, Lee “Bozo” King, Jerry “Flop” King, J. G. King and Jimmy King; granddaughters, Chelsie Fogleman and Ainsley Wilson.

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Thomas O. Hamilton

Thomas Owen Hamilton, 86, of Jonesville, passed from his life on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Oakdale Community Hospital in Oakdale. He was born Friday, April 18, 1930 in Terrahaute, IN, to the union of his parents, Jack and Rose Wilson Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was a resident of Jonesville and a member of the Good Road Pentecostal Church of Jonesville. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at Good Road Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Brian Taylor, Chris Hamilton and Chad Franklin officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alta Hamilton; daughter, Tammy June Hamilton; granddaughter, Crystal Guice; four brothers, Bill Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, Walter Hamilton, and John Hamilton; and one sister, Dorris Franklin.

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Barbara Mosely Back

Barbara Mosely Back, 74, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, July 24, 2016. She was born May 14, 1942 in Jena, the second daughter born to Roy and Lillian Humphries Mosely. Barbara grew up in Jena and graduated from Jena High School in 1960. She moved away in the mid 60’s and returned to Jena in the late 70’s. She retired from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services in 1999. She was a member of Sanctuary Family Worship Center Church in Jena. Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Heath Harris and Evelyn Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Belah-Fellowship Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roy Lawrence and R. L. Mosely; and a granddaughter, Joan Robertson. Survivors include her children, James K.

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