Obituaries

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Howard D. Ward

Howard Decell Ward, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, August 9, 2019 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pineville.

He was born on March 5, 1929, in Jena, to the union of his parents, Watson Ward and Elizabeth Courtney Ward.

Mr. Ward proudly

served his country in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena with full military honors provided by the Jena Honor Guard.

Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Ward, Bobby Ward, and Eugene Ward; his sisters, Essie L. Polk, Myrtle “Mert” Beard, Marie Combs and Wilma Wright; his wife, Ella Bell “Red” Ward; oldest son, Donald Ray Ward; and oldest daughter, Catherine K. Ward Louis.

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Polly Miley

Polly LaCour Miley, 75, of Ferriday, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Sunday, August 11, 2019, in Alexandria.

She was born December 29, 1943 in LaSalle Parish.

Polly was a resident of Ferriday, a member of Ferriday First Baptist Church and a member of The Ladies Auxiliary Club at Panola Woods Country Club.

Polly earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education at Northeast Louisiana University and was a school teacher in Concordia Parish School System until she retired.

Polly was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Family and friends were her most prized possessions. One was always welcome to come and sit and visit with her on her front porch. Polly was the “glow” in a room full of people and had a true zest for life. She had a strong faith in God and she loved her community.

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Aug

Timothy McDowell, Sr.

Timothy Wade McDowell, Sr., 58, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, August 16, 2019.

He was born September 23, 1960 in Alexandria to his parents, Eugene McDowell and Beverly Plummer McDowell.

Timothy loved hunting, fishing, and being at the camp with his family.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Scotty McDowell officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Arnold and Verdie McDowell, and Melvin and Irma Plummer.

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Aug

Robbie Masters

Robbie Masters, 63, of Jena, passed from this life over the weekend at his home on Lutrick Lane in the Pleasant Hill Community, east of Jena.

Funeral arrangements had not been made as of press time on Monday, but will be handled by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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Aug

Carol Suzette Masters

Carol Suzette Masters, 70, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

She was born February 21, 1949 to the union of her parents, Elbie Masters and Clarice Clinton Masters.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, with Rev. Dennis Bignar officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her brothers, Manual R. Masters of Perham, MN and Bobby G. Masters of West Monroe; sister, Gail Wilburn and husband Don of Deville; nephews, Brian Masters, Darren Bignar, Gary Masters, and Jamie Bignar; and niece, Deedra Zeaglar.

Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Bignar, Darren Bignar, Brian Masters, Gary Masters, Bobby Masters, Mason Zeaglar, Brayden Zeaglar, and Jim Bignar.

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Aug

James Elliot Love

James Elliot Love, 82, of Jena, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Tuesday, March 2, 1937 in Olla, to the union of Clifton Benson and Mary Barker Love.

James proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from May 1955 to December 1958, where he served as a communication center specialist and crypto operator. He was an educated man who held a Master’s in Philosophy. He was a Baptist Pastor who served his community.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Crossroads Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard A. Bullock, Johnnie Phillips, and Brandon Poole officiating.

Interment followed in Tidwell Cemetery in Sharptown under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Alice Evelyn Love.

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Aug

Patsy L. Jones

Patsy L. Jones, age 79 of Winnfield, passed from this life on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

She was born Thursday, April 11, 1940 in Belah, to the union of Claude Allen Jones and Alice Laverne (Ganey) Jones.  

Ms.  Patsy was a fun spirit who frequented many social functions in her day, where she would grace other attendees with her presence and her frozen lemonade pies.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Bill Robertson and Steve Jones officiating.

Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Nelda Butler; and two brothers-inlaw, Gerald Butler and Dee McCann.

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Denver Glen Finley

Denver Glen Finley, 72, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria after a brief illness.

He was born October 15, 1946 in Olla to the union of his parents, Dixie Finley and Beatrice Meredith Finley.

Denver was a quiet man who took care of his family and worked hard all his life. He was always willing to help a neighbor or friend when needed. He enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing.

Denver was a member of Olla First Baptist Church.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, at Olla First Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Dunn officiating.

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

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Noel Wayne Adams

Noel Wayne Adams, 73, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, August 12, 2019, at his home.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Larto Baptist Church of Larto with the Rev. Kenny Smith and Brother Juan Mc-Clure officiating.

Interment followed in the Pease Cemetery of Jonesville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis J. Adams and Essie White Adams; brothers, Otto Adams, W.L. Adams, Curtis R. Adams, and B.L. Adams; sister, Carolyn Adams Vercher; and daughter, Rena M. Adams.

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Ruby Faye Hailey

Ruby Faye Hailey, 77, of Nebo, passed from this life on Thursday, August 8, 2019, following a brief illness.

She was born October 8, 1941 in Jena.

Faye was a member of Nebo Baptist Church where she served as secretary and worked in the nursery for many years. She loved to mow her yard and fish.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 11, at Nebo Baptist Church in Nebo with the Revs. Mark Breland and Stephen Richardson officiating.

Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Butler; mother, Susie Crooks Seaton; brother, Andy Butler; and sisters, Louise Root, and Rachael Hawthorne.

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