Obituaries

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Kenneth G. Wood

Kenneth G. Wood

Kenneth G. Wood, 74, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

He was born December 31, 1946 in Truman, Arkansas, to the union of his parents, Aurie Bell and Buford Wood.

Kenneth graduated from Arkansas State University and was Executive Vice President at Southern Heritage Bank where he was employed for 41 years. He was the choir director of Utility Baptist Church for 40 years. He loved to travel and cook.

Outdoor memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 15 at Utility Baptist Church near Jonesville with Revs. Dustin Robertson and James Foster officiating.

Arrangements were under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

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Ellis A. Weatherford

Ellis A. Weatherford

Ellis Auston Weatherford, 75, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, January 8, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.

He was born January 14, 1945 in Winnfield to the union of his parents, Clarence Ray Weatherford and Beulah Spangler Weatherford.

Ellis was a loving husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He spent his life working in carpentry and construction making a living for his family. He loved to hunt and loved gardening and wood working.

He was a member of the Beech Creek Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held at a later time, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia and Olla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ray Weatherford, Joseph Weatherford, Jay Weatherford, and Douglas Weatherford; and his sister, Ellen Forte.

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Janell Rhodes Watkins

Janell Rhodes Watkins

Janell Rhodes Watkins, 98, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born February 27, 1922 in Douglas, Georgia, to the union of her parents, Charles A. Rhodes and Annie Dorminey Rhodes. She was an only child, but had three aunts very close in age that were like sisters.

Janell graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Her parents operated a full-service filling station where she helped “manage” the station. She and her parents were active in their church, Faith Temple, where she met Jesse Watkins.

They were married December 24, 1944 and immediately went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the next six and a half decades, they served churches in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.

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Walter ‘Punk’ Robbins

Walter ‘Punk’ Robbins

Walter “Punk” Wells Robbins, 81, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, January 9, 2021 and is now at home with his Lord.

He was born October 19, 1939, to the union of his parents, Wiley Wells and Elnora Breland Robbins.

Walter worked in the oilfield most of his life. He started out working for Justiss-Mears Oil Company as a rough neck and then a driller. He went overseas working for Trans World Drilling Co. as a company man until Chevron bought Gulf Oil out. He retired from Chevron in 2003.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Kent Hatfield officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene Robbins and Marshall Robbins; half-brother, Edward Robbins; sisters, Claudell Whatley and Onita Maxwell; and half-sister, Hattie Webb.

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Thomas R. Prince

Thomas R. Prince

Thomas Ray Prince, 92, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, January 4, 2021 in Pollock.

He was born March 6, 1928 to the union of his parents, Joseph W. Prince, Sr. and Josie Dees Prince.

Thomas Ray loved playing music at the nursing home and at church. He was a great guitarist.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Larry Whittington officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joseph W. Prince, Jr.

He is survived by his sister, Rita Dedman; and a host of nephews and nieces.

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Evangelene Lukens

Evangelene Lukens

We can only imagine the rejoicing in heaven as they welcomed home a faithful servant, Evangelene Marie Amstutz Lukens, on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at age 87.

She was a woman of prayer and steadfast faith. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, but her life and legacy will live on through those who knew her and the godly heritage she left. Many people will remember her for the cards and notes that she sent to offer encouragement and assurance of prayer and to celebrate special days. She gave her heart to Jesus at a very young age and died peacefully in the hands of caring nurses who were by her side at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana, after a short illness.

Evangelene was born on July 22, 1933, in Delta, Ohio, to the union of Rev. Allen Clyde and Gertrude Lucile (Brorein) Amstutz. She was the second of four children.

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Charles R. Paul

Charles R. Paul

Charles Raymond Paul, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, January 8, 2021, in Crowley.

He was born February 15, 1948 in Alexandria.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Sunday, January 10, at Nebo Baptist Church in Nebo with Rev. Mark Breland officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his father, Judge Paul; and mother, Bertha Allen Paul.

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Bonnie Oliphant

Bonnie Ruth Cruse Oliphant, 85, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born March 20, 1935 in Harrisonburg to the union of her parents, John W. Cruse and Gussie Morris Cruse.

Bonnie Ruth was a resident of Harrisonburg and a member of Bird’s Creek Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Harrisonburg Cemetery with Rev. Michael Boyd officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Robert Oliphant, Jr.; and brother, Lamar Cruse.

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Clifford Allen Noland

Clifford Allen Noland, 80, of Jena, passed from this life early Monday morning, January 11, 2021 at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

After a career as a long distance truck driver, Clifford spent his final working years as The Jena Times van driver distributing newspapers in the area.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time Monday, but will be announced by Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball. A full obituary will be published next week.

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Emogene B. McClure

Emogene B. McClure

Emogene Breithaupt McClure, 89, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, January 10, 2021, in Jena.

She was born August 31, 1931 in French Fork to the union of her parents, Terry Calhoun Breithaupt, Sr. and Teadie Walker McClure.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Whitehall United Pentecostal Church at Whitehall with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Interment will follow in the Pentecost Cemetery of Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley McClure; infant daughter, Deborah McClure; parents; brothers, Aulcie Breithaupt, Leslie Breithaupt, and Terry Breithaupt, Jr.; and sisters, Ernestine B. Robertson and Lessie Lea McClure.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her daughter, Cynthia McClure Phelps; grandson, John Stephens; and great-grandsons, John Stephens II and Zack Stephens.

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