Obituaries

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Ginger Worthington

Ginger Denise Worthington, 35, of Houston, Texas, passed from this life unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Houston.

She was a graduate of Jena High School and the daughter of Melvin and Coral Worthington of Jena.

A wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena.

Services will be held at 12-noon, Saturday, Aug. 19, at the First Baptist Church in Jena.

Interment will follow in the Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

A full obituary will be published in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

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Elton Ray Pardue

Elton Ray Pardue, 68, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born October 15, 1948 at Chatham.

Elton Ray served in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne division having served in Vietnam and Germany. He was also a truck driver.

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Elmer D. Palmer, Sr.

Elmer Davis Palmer, Sr., 76, of Grayson, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at University Health in Shreveport.

He was born May 24, 1941 in Enterprise to the union of his parents, Oscar Leonard and Geneva Leggett Palmer.

Elmer loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a commercial fisherman but he didn’t just fish for a living, he fished for fun too. Regardless of what he was doing you could always find him with his faithful pup, Misty, at his side. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Aug. 13, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Shane Duke officiating.

Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Donnie Davis Palmer; daughter, Lisa Palmer; brother, Leonard Marvin Palmer; and best friend, Duey Baum.

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Billy McPherson Sr.

Billy Ray McPherson, Sr., 82, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born March 17, 1935 in Hebert to the union of his parents, Herman and Dottie Brown McPherson.

Billy served his country for three years in Korea while serving in the United States Army. He was a self-employed electrician.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joel Johnson officiating.

Interment followed in the Hair Cemetery in Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin McPherson, Roy McPherson, Richard McPherson, and Charlie McPherson; and a sister, Lucille Lowe.

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Bill Marshall

Allen Monroe “Bill” Marshall, 84, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, August 7, 2017, in Jonesville.

He was born November 10, 1932 in Bay County, Florida to Willie Monroe “Bill” and Ruby Odom Marshall.

Bill was a member of Harrisonburg First Baptist Church. He retired from McDermott, Inc. after working 35 years as a boat captain.

Bill served two years in the U.S. Army, spending most of those years in Korea. He was also a member of Harrisonburg Lodge 110 F&AM since 1973.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9th, at Heard Cemetery in Manifest with Revs. Robert Bradley and David Mitchell officiating.

Burial will follow under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home-Jonesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James Marshall, Bascom Marshall, and Herman Marshall; and one sister, Edna Jean.

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Christie Beth Kilgore

Christie Beth Kilgore, 47, of Trout, passed from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Georgetown.

She was born July 17, 1970 in Orange, Texas.

Christie was employed by the State of Louisiana as a supervisor for the Department of Children and Family Services. She was a member of the Belah United Pentecostal Church and was a Sunday school teacher and secretary of the Ladies Ministry.

She loved to bake, crochet, decorate, craft, and loved puzzles and made the best pancakes ever.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. David Hutchinson and Daren Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery in Sharptown under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Ayla Breeland; and her father, Robert Bigner.

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Buddy Harris

Vernon B. “Buddy” Harris, 90, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

He was born September 17, 1926 in Olla to the union of his parents, Patrick and Olene Smith Harris.

Buddy served his country in the United States Navy for four years. He was a longtime member of Olla First Baptist Church, and was an entrepreneur of a retail store in Olla. He loved to travel extensively and has visited every state.

Services were held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12 at First Baptist Church of Olla with the Revs. Johnnie Phillips and Greg Dunn officiating.

Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Marie Harris; his parents; grandson, Nick Harris; and sister, Nellie Ruth Harris.

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Rev. ‘Joey’ Bignar

Rev. Jolia “Joey” Wayne Bignar, 74, of Jonesboro, was called to his home with the Lord on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Brother Joey was a native of Jena, and served in the National Guard. He ministered and pastored for 46 years serving at Springhill Baptist Church in Grayson, Willow Bayou in Tallulah, Standard Baptist Church in Olla, McDonald Memorial Baptist. and Center Point Baptist, both in Jonesboro. He had recently retired and became a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Jonesboro First Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne Morrow, Terry Mims, Brian McAllister, Donald Lemmons and Dennis Bignar officiating.

Interment followed at the Tidwell Landing Cemetery at Nebo under direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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Larry Robertson

Kenneth Larry Robertson, 85, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 30, in Jena.

He was born Friday, February 26, 1932 in Alexandria, to the union of Martin and Agnes Ardoin Robertson.

Larry was a veteran and served for many years as a Louisiana State Trooper.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Mickey Hudnall officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ball with arrangements by Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Malcolm Robertson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tommy Nell Breland Robertson of White Sulphur Springs; a son, Jerry Dewitt Frazier and wife Rhonda of Jena; daughter, Renee’ Hodnett and husband Cary of Effie; his sister, Judy Allen and husband Jimmy of Tioga; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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John “Bill” Reeves

John “Bill” William Reeves, 51, of Rhinehart, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in his residence.

He was born Monday, August 9, 1965 in Alexandria, to the union of Ernest and Nina Alexander Reeves.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Wagoner and Terry Doughty officiating.

Interment followed in the Alexander Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Smith) Reeves; two sons, Bryceton Croft and Ethan Croft; brother, Ernie Reeves and wife Mary; sisters, Nelda Renfrow and husband Ronald and Susan Little and husband Lawson.

Pallbearers were James Cader, Kevin Guinn, Bryceton Croft, Ethan Croft, Ernie Reeves, and Mitchell Stokes.

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