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Leigh Hurl J. Jordan

Leigh Hurl Jutzi Jordan, 92, of Winnfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. She was born Tuesday, March 23, 1926 in Rochelle, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield. Services were held at 11 a.m, Thursday, June 14, at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield with Rev. John Holland officiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories in Winnfield under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Ella Nugent Jutzi; husband, Arnold Jordan, Sr.; son, Arnold Jordan, Jr.; sister, Alma Jean Smith. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Ronnie Lee Jordan, Mitchell Lynn Jordan and Ellen Jo Jordan; grandchildren, Joey Jordan, Angela Davis, Tammy Bento, Stephanie Shuff, Sonya Cornett, Mitchell Lynn Jordan, II, Brooklyn Noel Johnson and Nikki Lawson; 19 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

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Emitt W. Walker

E. W. Walker, 91, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. He was born Sunday, August 8, 1926 to the union of his parents, Charley and Emmett Edwards Walker. Mr. Walker proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was retired from International Paper with over 40 years of service as an instrument operator. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at Utility Baptist Church near Jonesville with Rev. James Foster and Dr. Ralph Webber officiating. Interment followed in the Locust Grove Cemetery of Jonesville under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lottie Elaine Walker; son, Rodney Neal Walker; six brothers, Larry Walker, Willie Walker, Genie Walker, Charlie Walker, Rev. Mack Walker, and Dudley Walker; and a sister, Bonnie Collins.

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Gary D. Randall

Gary Dewayne Randall, 71, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born September 30, 1946 in Winnfield to the union of his parents, Lowell P. Randall and Bernice Aycock Randall. Gary was a devoted active member at Standard Baptist Church until his health affected his attendance. Gary’s grandkids was the light of his life and loved hunting and fishing. He was employed as a diesel mechanic and served as shop foreman for twenty five years with Permian Corporation. He was also employed with Trademount, Monroe Mack, Amyz Concrete and Cliffs Drilling. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, from the sanctuary of Standard Baptist Church near Olla with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Hawthorne Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Donna Randall; and a brother, Bill Randall.

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Gene Branch

Gene Branch, 62, of Sicily Island, passed from this life on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his home. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at New Life Pentecostal Church near Manifest with the Revs. David Poole and Ken Hoots officiating. Interment followed in the Siloam Cemetery of Aimwell under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Bama Young; grandfather, Henry Young; father, J. D. Hardy; mother, Rubye Young Hardy; sister, Dianne Smith; and brothers, Tommy Smith, David Branch and James Hardy. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Debra Branch of Sicily Island; daughter, Shaunda Minton and husband Steve; grandchildren, Tommy, Chaznee and Lexie; brothers, Jimmy Smith and wife Mimi, John Hardy, R. L. Hardy and wife Pam and George Hardy and wife Iris; sisters, Sue Hardy Cotten and husband Derwood and Valerie Hardy Poole and husband Dwight; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Lester Van Fannin

Lester Van Fannin, 75, and a lifelong resident of the Old River Community, crossed over to his heavenly reward on Father’s Day, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018, at his home on Old River. He was born in Archie, Louisiana on May 14, 1943, to the union of Madison Monroe and Carrie Francis Fannin, Lester worked hard from a young age at a variety of jobs. Farming, dozer work, and outside activities kept him very active and productive. He farmed soybeans, cotton, corn, milo, wheat, cattle, catfish, and hogs. While at Whitehall Mall, he had fun keeping a tally of breakfast biscuits sold, greeting customers at the gas pump, and stocking shotgun shells.

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Loleta Ann May

Loleta Ann Kees May, 74, of Grayson, passed from this life on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Ochsner’s Medical Center in New Orleans after a brief illness. She was born July 2, 1943 in Winnfield to the union of her parents, O’Neal Kirkland Kees and Dorothy Cornelia Riggs Kees. Leta was raised in Georgetown and was Valedictorian of the 1961 graduating class of Georgetown High School. She attended and graduated from LSU with a degree in Home Economics. After graduation Leta moved to Texas to take a job with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. While she always declared she would never be a school teacher, like her mother and grandmother, it seemed life had a different plan. While home for a visit a series of events led her to take a position as a second grade teacher there in Georgetown. In 1975 she accepted a position at Grayson Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. While teaching she went back to college and took classes from LA Tech, Northwestern, LA College and NLU, now ULM.

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Dr. Johnny F. Jones

Dr. Johnny Filmore Jones, DVM, 83, of Winnfield, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Born Tuesday, August 7, 1934, in Olla, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Filmore Jones and Vera V. Jones Wells; step-father, Tuley J. Wells; daughter, Vera Voncille Jones Cunningham; great grandson, Dylon Jay Stinson; and grandparents, John and Josie Long and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Filmore Jones. Dr. Jones was an active veterinarian in Rapides Parish for 56 years. He was also owner of Cenla Animal Clinic. Dr. Jones served as president of the Cenla Vet Association. He was a Police Jury Member for Ward 10 (District B), President of Rapides Parish Police Jury, and a member of Kingsville Baptist Church. Dr. Jones graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School, Class of 1963. He moved to Winn Parish for the last 4 years where he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

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Lisa Michele Brown

Michele Brown, 41, of Jena, gained her wings on April 28, 2018 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born October 20, 1976 in Pineville to Betty Brown and the late Link Simmons. Lisa was baptized at Mars Hill Baptist Church by Rev. Benjamin Henry. Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Mars Hill Baptist Church near Jena with Rev. Gregory Tolbert officiating. Interment followed in Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her father, Link Simmons; brother, David Brown; sister, Christine Simmons; and daughter, Chelsey Renay Brown.

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Wanda Dees

Wanda L. Dees, 64, of Midway, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her residence in Midway. She was born October 1, 1953, in Pineville to the family of Hayward and Gladys McClain Hines. She was a homemaker. Services were held Sunday, June 10, 2018, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles Hayward “Chip” Cross; sister, Francis Marie Breland; and granddaughter, MaKayla Hope Cross. Those left to cherish her memories is one grandchild, Mariah Cross; four sisters, Frankie Trisler of Jonesville, Linda Parker of Starkville, MS, Evelyn Thacker of Calcasieu and Hilda Breland of Jena; and a brother, Larry Hines of Jena. Pallbearers were David Thompson, Trisler Thompson, Randall Forrester, Ryan Forrester, Zack Thacker, and Cody Thacker. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers-in-law and nephews

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Michael LaPrairie, Sr.

Michael “Larto” LaPrairie, Sr., 55, of Monterey, passed from this life on Monday, June 4, 2018. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Eva Church of God in Monterey with Pastor Collard and Pastor Jordon officiating. Interment followed in the Eva Church of God Cemetery of Monterey under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florine LaPrairie; father, Mike LaPrairie; and sister, Bertha Louise LaPrairie. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Raffie LaPrairie; son, Michael A. “Tony” LaPrairie, Jr. and wife Leah Roberts; daughter, Tanya Winborne and husband David; daughter, Summer C.

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