Obituaries

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Billie Jean Thompson

Billie Jean Thompson, 85, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in LaSalle General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 7, 1933 to the union of Audie Grace and William Hugh Nugent.

Mrs. Billie loved and enjoyed her birds, and was an avid gardener of flowers. She had many accomplishments in life, including being president of the LaSalle Republican Women in its early years, was a Beauty Control Consultant, and had completed seminary studies at Bible Seminary in Chattanooga TN.

She was a sweet spirited soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15, from the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. George Ferrington, Dominick DiCarlo, and Jimmy Keene officiating.

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

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Shirley P. Stephens

Shirley Prudhomme Stephens, 68, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

Services were held at 12 noon, Saturday, June 15, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church with Rev. Joel Ford officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her longtime companion of many years, Robert Louis Stephens; and father, William Louis Prudhomme.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Brandy Nicole Ragsdale and husband Jason; sons, Joshua Childress, and John Robert Stephens and wife Sheila; mother, Annie Jones; sisters, Libby Ford and husband Kenneth, and Tammy Guthrie; brothers, Robert Prudhomme and wife Carol, and Michael Shane Prudhomme and wife Nikki; grandsons, John and Zach Stephens and Tyler, Trey and Landon Ragsdale.

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Waymond ‘Pete’ Hopkins

Waymond “Pete” Hopkins, 84, of the Old River Community, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 13, 2019, at the LaSalle General Hospital in Jena, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 15, 1934 to the union of his parents, Sam and Elemena Hopkins.

Mr. “Pete”, as he was affectionately known by all, was a bright spirited soul who always had a kind word, and an addictive smile for everyone he met. He never had an ill word to say about anyone.

Mr. Pete was a longtime member, and deacon of Pritchard Baptist Church, where he served his Lord and Savior to the fullest. He was a model Christian for all to follow. Mr. Pete served for 20 plus years as a Gideon of the Gideons International organization after retiring from International Paper, Natchez Mississippi Division.

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Larry E. Grimm

Larry Edward Grimm, 75, of Nebo, entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at his residence with his loving family by his side, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born August 1,1943 in Paris, Texas, to Mary Rozena Netherland and Edward Earl Grimm.

Larry grew up and lived his life in Nebo. He was retired from the oil field industry. While working on a job in Woodville, Texas, he and his fellow crew members would eat at Ferrall Cafe’, where he met his loving wife, Elaine. They were married on August 28, 1965.

He was also a farmer, who had cows and baled hay. If it was summer and the sun was shining, Larry was in the hay field! He also served in the Louisiana National Guard for twelve years and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 17, at Nebo Baptist Church with the Revs. Matthew Murrell and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

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Linda Jo Jeane Esters

Linda Jo Jeane Esters, 80, of Columbia, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 9, 1938 in Urania.

Mrs. Esters was retired from Atmos Energy after thirty-two years of service. She also worked for Lawson and Lawson as a cook on a tugboat for three years. She volunteered at the Martin Homeplace in Columbia for four years.

Linda graduated from LaSalle High School in 1956 and was a member of the Grayson Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Linda loved sitting on her back porch, tending flowers, and loved her family immensely. She nurtured and fed anyone who would let her. She will truly be missed by family and friends alike.

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Louella Kenney Boothe

Louella Kenney Boothe, 88, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Jonesville.

She was born December 6, 1930 in Wisner to her parents, W. E. Kenney, Sr. and Mary J. Kimball.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Rosin Creek Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Chad Curry, B. J. Randall, A. J. Kimball, and Gary Howington officiating.

Interment followed in the Boothe Cemetery of Harrisonburg under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61-years, Melvin Alfred Boothe; son, Keith E. Boothe; great granddaughter, Adyson Randall; her parents; five brothers and two sisters.

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Vera Elaine Aubrey

Vera Elaine (Lil’ Granny) Aubrey, 75, of Tullos, passed from this life on Monday, June 3, 2019.

She was born March 25, 1944 in Manifest.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at New Life Pentecostal Church near Manifest with Rev. David Poole officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her father, Jeddie Morris of Jonesville; Mother, Martha Coleman of Jena; and sister, Linda (Sue Baby) Brown.

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Frances Cooper Wood

Frances Cooper Wood, 89, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Brookdale Senior Living Center, in Alexandria, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Wood was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Jena and she sang in the choir for many years. Mrs. Wood enjoyed sewing, decorating, crafts, and cooking. She will forever be missed by those that loved and knew her.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, in the chapel of Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball with the Revs. Cliff Stewart and Terry Townsend officiating.

Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park of Ball, under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home of Ball.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wood; parents, Joe and Edna Cooper.

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Mickey D. Mills

Mickey D. Mills, 69, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, June 3, 2019, at his home.

A native of LaSalle Parish, he was born April 20, 1950 to the union of his parents, Mick and Eunice Mills.

Mickey loved hunting, fishing, family time and supervising his chore lists. He worked in the oilfield and served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Patton Baptist Church just north of Jonesville, with Rev. Juan McClure officiating.

Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristy D. Mills; son, Logan D. Mills; siblings, Dorothy Rushing, Loried Crain, Clifford Mills, Brian Mills and Steve Mills.

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Nedra L. LeGrande

Nedra L. Breeland LeGrande, 60, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at her residence.

Memorial services were held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Magnolia Community Church in the Magnolia Community with the Revs. Byron Norris, Larry Chapman and Ronnie Beaubouef officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Troy Breeland, Jr.; mother, Mavis Anne Crawford; brother, Michael Johnson; and grandparents, Fred and Virginia Breland.

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