Obituaries

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Sandra Hopkins

Sandra Hopkins, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at her residence in Jena. She was born November 14, 1947 in Jena to the union of her parents, Lloyd and Nila Frazier Thompson. Sandra was a housewife who loved to cook. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Ronnie Tarver and Terry Doughty officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery near Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by parents, and first husband, Doyle Allien; father and mother in-law, Sam and Elemena Hopkins; niece, Rhonda Goetzman; sister-in-law, Rae Collins; and brother-in-law, James Hopkins. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald “Duck” Hopkins of Jena; daughter, Robbin Douglas and husband Eual, Jr.

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Lonnie Brown

Lonnie James Brown, 74, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born January 12, 1942. Lonnie James liked restoring antique trucks, mechanizing, horses and farm animals. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church near Jonesville, with Rev. Joel Ford and Bro. Claude Chaney officiating. Interment followed at Heard Cemetery of Manifest under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, James Monroe Brown; mother, Mellia Virginia Brown; sister, Joyce Goins and husband George; one granddaughter, Destiny D. Brown; and brother-n-law, Bobby R. Ewing. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Brown of Jonesville; two sons, Wade M. Brown and wife Tonya, and James L.

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Mary Ellen White

Mary Ellen White, 73, of Tullos, passed from this life on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her residence. She was born August 26, 1942 to the union of Clinton D. and Elizabeth Cockerham Randall. Mary was formerly employed by the Town of Tullos, and served as Town Clerk for 20 years. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at Cockerham Cemetery at Summerville. Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James L. “Joe” White; grandson, Eli Pritchard White; brother, Clifton Randall; and two sisters, Elva Bowman and Elsie Weeks. Survivors include two daughters, JoEllen White and Penny White; son, Derek White and wife Anna; grandchildren, Corey Ellis and wife Ashley, Codey Ellis and wife Kristen, Madison Smith, Breanna White, Hayden White, Grady White, and Savannah Floyd; five great grandchildren; and a special sister, Jerry R. Streetman.

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Murl Poole Strong

Murl Poole Strong, 89, of Olla, passed from this life on March 16, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in the Homochitto community of Amite County, Mississippi on July 30, 1926. Mrs. Strong graduated from Crosby High School in Crosby, Mississippi and attended Southwest Junior College in Summitt, Mississippi where she was an outstanding basketball player. In 1948 she married O.B. Strong, Sr. The two made a home in Olla, where they founded and operated O.B. Strong Timber Co. and raised their three children. Mrs. Strong was an avid follower of LaSalle High School athletics and a dedicated member of the LSU TAF for over 25 years. She was also a devoted member of the Olla United Methodist Church where she served on the administrative board for over 60 years. She was the first director of Olla Head Start. She was an active member of the Pinewood Garden Club of Olla. She enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with her family.

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Larry Wayne LaCroix

Larry Wayne LaCroix, 64, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. He was born Wednesday, August 8, 1951 in Ferriday to the union of his parents, Wayne Bernard and Marjorie Sanson LaCroix. Larry Wayne was a resident of Jonesville and a Corporal with the Catahoula Parish Correction Center. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at Evangeline Baptist Church with the Revs. Jack Knapp and Curtis Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Evangeline Baptist Church Cemetery of Wildsville under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

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Tom Green Joy

Tom Green Joy, 89, of Rhinehart, passed from this life on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. He was born October 18, 1926 in Walters to the union of his parents, Dave Franklin and Sallie Bradford Joy. Mr. Joy worked for the La- Salle Parish Police Jury for 31 years, retiring in 1985 as maintenance superintendent. He loved hunting and fishing and served his country in the United States Army. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, in the Pritchard Baptist Church of Old River Community with the Revs. Terry Doughty, Daniel Breithaupt and Matthew Murrell officiaiting. Interment followed in the Pritchard Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Sue Joy; and his parents. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Syble Pritchard Joy of Rhinehart; daughter, Dottie Allen and husband Lonnie of Nebo; sons, Tommy Glen Joy and wife Marlene of Jena, Robert L.

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Richard Allen Worsham

Richard Allen “Hot Wheels” Worsham, 62, of Baton Rouge, passed from this life on Monday, March 7, 2016, at his home. Rick loved motorcycle riding and fast car racing. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at Prosperity Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Wagoner and Daniel Hixon officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Methodist Cemetery of Deville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd L. Worsham; mother, Ruby Pearl Crooks Chevallier; grandparents, John W. and Gertrude Crooks and David and Susie Worsham. Survivors include his brothers, Lloyd L. Worsham, Jr and wife Theresa, and Robert R. Worsham and wife Kathy; sisters, Sue Phillips Nation and husband Billy, and Linda King and husband Jimmy; nieces and nephews, Angie Strickland, Cheryl Joiner, Jennifer Worsham Silva, Amber Norris, Jeffery L. Bento, Jason Worsham, Larry Chevallier and Nicholas Bento; and numerous other relatives and friends.

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Charles Boyette

Charles Boyette, 76, of the Walters Community, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Jena. He was born Monday, March 13, 1939 in Sicily Island to the union of his parents, James Quitman and Anna Penniston Miles Boyette. Charles was a veteran of the United States Air Force and worked for the federal government for 42 years. He served faithfully at the Jena Post Office before retiring. He was a 32nd degree Shriner and member of the Michael Dempsey Lodge #327 F&AM in Jena. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13, at Prosperity Baptist Church at Walters with the Revs. Tommy Sanson and Larry Whittington officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery at Deville under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Reginald Boyette.

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Lessie Marie McNaughton

Lessie Marie McNaughton, 79, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at her residence in Olla. She was born February 25, 1937, in Urania to the union of her parents, Bert and Lessie Belle Cader. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Olla, and was a devoted Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs fan. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 11, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Jesse Henderson officiating. Interment followed at Hebron Cemetery, west of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/Columbia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton McNaughton; son, Bobby Ray McNaughton; and daughter, Charlotte Underwood. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth McNaughton and wife Virginia, and Terry McNaughton and wife Barbara, all of Hebert; daughter, Barbara Garcia and husband Mario of Olla; two sisters, Ruby Jackson of Pineville and Mary Klanecky of California; 22 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren.

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Dania Inez Hutchins

Dania Inez Hutchins, 55, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born October 26, 1960 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, Clyde Henry Lewis and Inez Mc-Guffee Lewis. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 14, at the First Baptist Church of Jonesville with the Revs. Gary Norris and Marion Collier officiating. Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery at Rosefield under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Drew Rodney Hutchins. Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Rodney Hutchins of Harrisonburg; daughter, Lacy Denise Hutchins of Harrisonburg; two brothers, H. C.

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