Obituaries

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Jai Thomas Mokry

Jai Thomas Mokry, 39, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in Alexandria.

He was born Friday, July 22, 1977 in Metairie, Louisiana.

A private family funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Dominick DiCarlo officiating.

Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Connie Doughty; five brothers, Jason Daniel Mokry and wife Brittany, Shane Mokry and wife Kim, Tommy Fredricks and wife Alicia, Danny Fredricks and wife Vickie, and Danny Mokry.

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Col. Ray Thompson

Col. Ray G. Thompson, 84, (USAF, Ret.), of Bossier City, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, surrounded by his three loving children.

He was born in Rayville to Rowe and Gladys Thompson.

Ray played football at Tulane University and upon his graduation began his service to our nation in the United States Air Force. A Vietnam veteran he was a decorated F-100 pilot and career military officer, among other accomplishments having served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, being stationed at the Pentagon and the State Department, and concluded his career as Commandant of the USAF ROTC at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

After his military career he returned to Jena, and enjoyed his second career as an executive at Justiss Oil Company before retiring to Bossier City in 1999. While in Bossier he was an active member of Cypress Baptist Church and was an accomplished genealogist, fisherman, and lifelong patriot.

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21
Feb

Julian Craig Walker

Julian Craig Walker, 48, of Belah, passed from this life on Friday, February 17, 2017, at his residence in Belah, following a six-year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Friday, February 7, 1969 in Alexandria, to the union of Julian and Ginger Walker.

Craig was employed in the oilfield industry, working for BP as a production operator. He was a 1987 graduate of Jena High School and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Craig was an avid outdoorsman and loved to duck hunt. His family was very important to him, and his children was the love of his life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the sanctuary of Fellowship Baptist Church in Belah with the Revs. Mike Devellier and Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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21
Feb

Azalea Pullin

Azalea Pullin, 77, of Nebo, passed from this life on Monday, February 20, 2017, in Jena. She was born July 2, 1939.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time but will be announced by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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21
Feb

George Stephens, Jr.

George Clinton Stephens, Jr., 78, of Ferriday, passed from this life on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at his residence.

He was born September 16, 1938 in Bee Bayou, LA to the union of his parents, George Clinton Stephens, Sr. and Eula Lee Cannon Stephens.

Mr. Stephens worked for Halliburton as a cementer, and also served our country in the United States Navy.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Tommy Sanson officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jessie LaCroix Stephens; brothers, Glynn Stephens, Robert Stephens, and Bernard Stephens; and sisters, Margeret Jeffery, Martha Greer, and Ruby Bee.

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Feb

Thomas L. Taylor

Thomas Louis Taylor, 92, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Hardtner Medical Center of Urania.

He was born July 5, 1924 in Hennon Camp, Louisiana, to the union of his parents, Balem Edwards Taylor and Mary Hatten Taylor.

Thomas was a decorated veteran with the Army who served in the Korean Conflict and World War II. He retired as a car salesman after many years and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, from the sanctuary of Zion Hill Baptist Church, west of Olla, with Rev. Jesse Henderson officiating.

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

He was met at Heaven’s gate by his beloved wife of 67 years, Mollie H. Taylor; his parents; his sons, Roger Dee Taylor and Kevin “Buster” Taylor; and his sister, Opal Reitzell,

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Feb

“Sonny” Thompson

Julian “Sonny” Thompson, Jr., 77, of the Walters Community in lower LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born March 28, 1939 to the union of his parents, Charlie Arlene and Julian “Dub” Thompson, Sr.

Sonny was an oilfield man, fisherman, and cattleman. He loved being Captain of dredge boats.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Mt. Herman Baptist Church in the Walters Community with Rev. Larry Whittington officiating.

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in the Nebo Community under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his son, Grady Justin Thompson; his parents; and one sister, Nita Dayton.

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Feb

“D. M.” Wood

Delbert Monroe “D.M.” Wood, 91, of Jonesville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He was born Friday, Aug. 21, 1925 in Belmont, MS, to the family of George Authur and Mary Thorne Wood.

D.M. began farming at the early age of 14 in Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He then returned to Truman, Arkansas and married Mary Magdalene (“Mag”) Russell in 1949. D.M. and Mag had two sons, Charles and Gary. Mr. Wood bought farmland in the Jonesville area in 1964, and he and his family moved to Catahoula Parish shortly thereafter. D.M. and his sons established Wood Farms and have been farming in Catahoula and Concordia Parishes ever since.

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21
Feb

You created “US” when you . . .

A lot has been said and written since the election of President Donald Trump last November. Many wondered how he could have been elected – others knew. A faithful reader shared a column last week with me that was written by Paul Genova, the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Wireless Telecom Group, Inc., since June 30, 2016.

I think Paul pretty well summed it up as to when Trump was elected. Here is what Genova had to say:

“I haven’t said too much about this election since the start....but this is how I feel.

 

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The other half of an inspirational story

Last March, this writer wrote about the inspirational life of Joey Feek, one half of the country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory, who had passed away from cervical and colorectal cancer at age 40, and how her faith had brought her through it all. Now, her husband, Rory, has written a book to share his own story, and it’s equally inspiring.

“Rory Feek knew when he set out to write his book, ‘This Life I Live,’ he would need to be brutally honest even if that meant sharing some of the less-flattering moments in his life. The country star, whose wife Joey Feek died of cancer last year, decided to put his pen to paper and share the good, the bad and the ugly.

“The father of three - he has two adult daughters with his ex-wife and one with Joey who is nearly three years old – wasn’t afraid to let his kids into his colorful life. ‘There are definitely parts that they didn’t know, but I’m not afraid. It’s my life and that’s what makes it important,’ Feek told Fox News.

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