Obituaries

Tue
20
Jan

Dorothy Walker Wood

Dorothy Walker Wood, 96, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, January 19, 2015. She was born January 5,  1919, in Beaumont, Texas, to the union of her parents, Ella Boddie Walker and J. M. Walker. Mrs. Wood was a 1935 graduate of Jena High School, attended Louisiana Tech University, and graduated from Northwestern State University in 1941. She was a retired educator, having taught  in the LaSalle Parish School system for many years. She was a member of Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena, and was active in many community organizations and activities, most recently the Town and Country Garden Club and the Jena Vision Plan.
Tue
13
Jan

Didn’t take long for her to steal my heart

My wife and I lost our baby shortly after noon last Wednesday. I had heard that losing a close pet could be as traumatic as losing a loved one, and I can testify to that fact now. We have lost pets in the past, but none were as
close to our hearts as Toto, our dachshund.   
 
Tue
13
Jan

Does it pay to be royal?

In honor of this writer’s recent trip across the Pond to Great Britain and the visit of two British royals, Duke William and Duchess Kate, to the USA, I thought we’d take a gander at an area of interest to me – how do royals make
their money?   
 
Tue
13
Jan

Shirley Jean Hubbard

Tue
13
Jan

Elayne McCartney Miller

Elayne McCartney Miller, 74, of Ruston, and a native of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, January 8, 2015. She was born April 5, 1940 at Olla to the union of her parents, Joe and Loyce McCartney. Elayne, also lovingly
Tue
13
Jan

Mavis Vivian Monroe

Tue
13
Jan

Johnny Byrl Ruddell

Johnny Byrl Ruddell, Sr., 83, of Olla, passed from this life on January 7, 2015. He was born November 18, 1931 in Standard to the union of his parents, James Elbert and Beulah Beatrice Ruddell. Mr. Ruddell was a veteran,
having fought in the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a motorman in the oilfield industry for many years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, from the sanctuary of Standard Baptist Church with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Stapleton Ruddell of Olla; two sons, Johnny Byrl Ruddell, Jr. and wife Ofelia of Olla, and Roger Corley and wife Connie of Rowlett, TX; 22 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Phil Crawford, Michael D. Taylor, David Sharp, Keith Ruddell, Kent Ruddell, and David Nichols.  
Tue
13
Jan

Mary Ann Sootoo

Tue
13
Jan

Richard Wayne Speaks

Richard Wayne Speaks, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born September 25, 1946 in Urania to the union of his parents, William
Houston and Beulah Bartley Speaks. Richard was employed in the maintenance department of LaSalle General Hospital for many years, and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a loving father, and grandfather. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 10, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Brad Bunting officiating. Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery in
Tue
06
Jan

Eva Lou Culp

Eva Lou Culp, 59, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born September 15, 1955 at Jena to the union of her parents, Pearl Culp and Betha Lou Paul Culp. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Trinity Baptist Church, just east of Jena, with Rev. Mike Russell officiating.  Arrangements were handled by Riser Funeral Home of Columbia/Olla.
She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include two sons, Michael Wahlberg of Austin, TX, and Jedediah Wahlberg of Beaumont, TX; her daughter, Angelique Michelle Wahlberg of Chicago, IL; her mother, Betha Lou
Culp of Jena; her brother, Pearl Allen Culp of Jena; and a sister, Emmie Ilene Capps of Jena.

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