Obituaries

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Annie Ruth Womack

Annie Ruth Womack

Annie Ruth Womack, 87, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born Saturday, March 25, 1933 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Alden and Louise Webb. She was a resident of Jonesville and member of Jonesville First Baptist Church.

Ann embraced life head on. She was resilient when she needed to be but always gracious, fun and caring. She loved her family but allowed her friends to feel like family. She played an integral role in the lives of her family from the youngest to the oldest. Ann enjoyed the company of her Sunday School class and regular gatherings with the Golden Girls. She was an avid reader and gardener. Ann will be missed by all.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at Jonesville First Baptist Church with the Revs. Todd Whittington and Gary Norris officiating.

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Herschel T. Vinyard, Sr.

Herschel T. Vinyard, Sr.

Herschel T. Vinyard Sr, 81, of Houston, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday evening, November 10th, 2020.

He was born to Herschel and Mamie Rettig Vinyard in Olla.

Herschel graduated from LaSalle High School in 1957 and earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1962. While at Louisiana Tech, Herschel was a four-year letterman in football, team captain, and was selected for three years as an All-Conference player. In 2001, he was named to the Louisiana Tech All-Century Football team.

Upon graduation, Herschel joined Texas Eastman Company in Longview, TX, and later, ExxonMobil Chemical in Baytown and Houston, retiring in 2000.

Herschel enjoyed his hobbies of studying the Bible, vegetable gardening, cooking, woodworking, hunting and fishing, and was most admired for his devotion to his family and faith in God.

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Billie N. Robertson

Billie N. Robertson

Billie Netherland Robertson, 65, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in Jena.

She was born November 17, 1954 in Harrisonburg to the union of her parents, Bennie and Billie Netherland.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at Community Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. Ronnie House and Chad Franklin officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Juanita Hardie.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Steven Coleman (Christina Smith) of Minden, Brad Coleman (Kristen) of Jena, and Troy Coleman (Maghon) of Lafayette; sister, Ruby Smart of Harrisonburg; and grandchildren, Spencer Coleman, Matt Coleman, Hannah Coleman, Molli Coleman, Peyton Coleman, Gabe Coleman, and Avery Coleman.

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Lillian Moore

Lillian Moore

Lillian Moore, 84, of Jena, was called Home to her Savior on Friday, November 13, 2020.

She was born November 8, 1936 in Monroe to the union of Mose Morace and Lonie (Ebey) Morace.

Lillian was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend, and Christian role model to many.

Throughout her life she was presented with many trials and tribulations. The trying times sculpted Lillian into the strong, caring, and witty woman that she was. She was always willing to open her doors to her family, even if that meant feeding all fifty of them at one time.

On “Jackson Hill”, Lillian was known as the fried chicken queen. Time spent with family was what Lillian enjoyed most. It was always a time of smiles, laughter, and her bluntly sharing what was on her mind. Good or Bad.

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C. F. Grantham

C. F. Grantham, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

He was born August 28, 1945 in Harrisonburg.

Services will be held at 12-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery in Belah under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

A complete obituary will be published in the next edition.

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Rev. Ernest Johnson, Sr.

Rev. Ernest Johnson, Sr

We miss you Daddy, it’s been 21 years since you closed your eyes and left this earth. God called you home so suddenly, a part of us went away when you left. Daddy, you are absent from your body but your spirit is still with us, you are in our hearts. Your love don’t go away. You walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed, still very dear. You will never be forgotten and we will meet again on the other side. Rest in Peace Daddy.

Missing and Loving you,

Rose, Yvette, Trina, Ernest Jr., Josh, Bre, Antwone, Xavien, Ashton, EJ and Antioch Baptist Church

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Annie Ruth Byrd

Annie Ruth Byrd

Annie Ruth Taylor Byrd, 89, of Chelsea, Alabama, and a native of Jena, passed into eternal rest at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama.

She was born December 10, 1930 in Jena to the union of her parents, John Marion Taylor and Lola Beck Taylor. She spent her childhood in the communities of Belah and Fellowship.

Annie attended college at Northwestern State College in Natchitoches, where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Home Economics. After college, she obtained employment with the State of Louisiana working in Vocational Rehabilitation in Alexandria, and Shreveport, where she remained until retirement.

Her Christian Faith led her to serve by taking care of the youngest in the nurseries at Horseshoe Drive Baptist Church in Alexandria, Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, and Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, AL. She was a grandmother to hundreds, if not thousands, over the years...and loved every one of them.

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Billy Crafts

Billy Crafts

William Chester “Billy” Crafts, 71, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe.

He was born on July 10, 1949 to Leon and Minnie Crafts (Pratt) in Northhampton, MA.

Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, carpentry, mechanics, horses and family.

He served in the United States Army and is a Veteran of the Vietnam War where he received several medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Army Commendation Medal. So to all his commrades “ Hoo-Rah”.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Tullos First Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery in Urania under direction of Riser and Son Funeral Home of Olla and Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, one grandson, seven brothers and three sisters.

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Jerry Ann Beckham

Jerry Ann Beckham

Jerry Ann Foster Beckham, 82, of Georgetown, passed from her earthly home to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

She was born April 15, 1938 to the union of her parents, B.F. and Ruby Parker Foster.

Jerry married the love of her life, Carl Beckham on April 28, 1956. She loved all of her family and friends.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Georgetown Baptist Church with Rev. Martin Parker officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Carl Beckham; her parents; her brother, Bill Foster; and her son-in-law, Mark Hebert.

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R. Douglas Tubre, Jr.

R. Douglas Tubre, Jr.

Richard Douglas Tubre, Jr., 81, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in Alexandria following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 22, 1939 in Sulfur, LA.

Doug grew up in Oakdale, went to work at the U.S. Post Office in 1958 as a letter carrier. In 1959 he married his sweetheart, Martha Lynn Young. In 1973 he transferred to Jonesville, as a supervisor and after working in Jonesville, Vidalia, and Ferriday, where he became Postmaster, he retired in 1994 after 36 years of service.

He professed Jesus as his savior as a teenager. He enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, gardening, and hunting. He loved his family, especially his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, at Grace Baptist Church in Jonesville with Rev. Matthew Murrell officiating.

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