Obituaries

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10
Jun

Jonny Medrano

Jonny Medrano, 67, of Trout, passed from this life at 12-noon on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home. He was born December 27, 1946 in Georgetown, Texas, to the union of his parents, Leo Medrano and Natalie Valdez Medrano. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Olla. 
 
 
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10
Jun

Carrie Eloyse Roark Bryan

Carrie Eloyse Roark Bryan, 92, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Beaumont, Texas. She was born June 7, 1921 in Olla to the union of Clarence and Ella Roark. Mrs. Bryan had recently  moved to Beaumont after residing in Groves, Texas, for many years and was a longtime member of Port Arthur First Chuch of the Nazarene. “Granda”, as she was known by so many, graduated from Jena High School  in 1940. She had a deep love for her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with them. She had a passion for writing and penned many stories of her childhood and family through the years. Her quick wit will be missed by family and friends. Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 5, at the Aimoch Baptist Church in the Aimoch Community with Rev. Todd Whittington officiating. Interment followed in the Aimoch Baptist Church cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Tue
03
Jun

Tim Beech

Tim Beech, 59, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born July 18, 1954 to the union of his parents, Robert Marion and Dorsie Lee Beech of Trout. Tim at 17 joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger during the Vietnam War. Upon completing his service in the Navy, he attended the Culinary Art School in San Francisco, California.
He was a quiet, genteel person who loved his family and friends. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday,  June 3, at Heard Cemetery near Manifest with the Revs.Walter Lloyd and Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Amelia Beech, and Lee and Flora Parker; sister, Lynda Sue Beech; and brother, Bruce Beech.
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03
Jun

Angela Beth “Angie” Jones

Tue
03
Jun

John James Maginnis

John James Maginnis, 66, of New Orleans, and publisher of LaPolitics Weekly and LaPolitics.com, which appears in this newspaper, died May 25, 2014. Born in Baton Rouge on May 17, 1948, Maginnis took an interest in politics and journalism at a very early age. As a young man, after school would let out at Sacred Heart, he would fold up editions of The States-Times and deliver them on his bike. While at Catholic High School, he started his first regular column in the school newspaper, The Bear Facts, and later served as editor of The Daily Revelle at Louisiana State University. John served in the U.S. Navy after college, spending time in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to his beloved Louisiana, he turned to what he did best and landed a reporter’s position with The Catholic Commentator Soon after he struck out as an independent journalist and publisher,
Tue
03
Jun

Mamie Myrtle Simon

Mamie Myrtle Simon, 91, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born September 3, 1922 in Jonesville to the union of Laura Renfro Davis and Luther Duncan “Gee” Davis. Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at the First Baptist Church in Jonesville with the Revs. Lloyd Trisler and Gary Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.
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03
Jun

Lillie Mae Bradford Breithaupt

Lillie Mae Bradford Breithaupt, 82, of Jena, was received into Heaven on Friday, May 30, 2014. She was a pharmacy clerk/cashier and a member of Nolley Memorial Methodist Church of Jena. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, at the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Daniel Hixon and Amanda Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in the Nolley Memorial Cemetery under direction of Kinner and 
Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Monroe and Maude Estelle James Bradford; three brothers,  James “Pete” Bradford, H. R. “Biggy” Bradford, and Charles L. Bradford; and three sisters, Bonnie Smith, Jessie Smith, and Marietta Germany. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Claude Kenneth Breithaupt of Jena; two daughters, Kathy Bye Marsh of Glendale, AZ and Khristi Albright of Thonotosassa, FL;
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03
Jun

Woodrow Myres Duke

Woodrow Myres Duke, 72, of Rayville, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Rayville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. He was born April 27, 1942 in New Orleans to the
union of his parents, Stuart Myers Duke and Opal Lucille Wilson Duke. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, at the Olla Cemetery in Olla with Rev. Chad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed under
direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He is survived by five sisters, Peggy Hale of Monroe, Linda Smith of Jena, Doris Inez Judice, Lettie Irene Duke and Priscilla Ruth Dearmon, all of Houston, TX; and a brother, Tom  ClydeDuke of Shreveport. 
 
 
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03
Jun

James Claudie Skipper, Jr.

Tue
27
May

Prison Rodeo: convicts become cowboys

A few weeks ago I accompanied some of my children and grandchildren, along with some friends, to the spring edition of the Angola Prison Rodeo – a rodeo unlike any that can be found anywhere except maybe in another prison.  
 

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