Obituaries

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“Snookie” Webb

Claudette Thornton “Snookie” Webb, 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in Kountze, Texas.

She was born September 6, 1938 in San Augustine, TX to Howard E. and Princella Evon Frazier Thornton.

Claudette had been staying with her mother in Kountze. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 22, at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, TX, with interment following in Fellowship Cemetery in Warren, TX.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband, Billy Webb; and two sons, Allen Wayne Browning and Howard Lee Browning.

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Lee ‘Red’ Tingle

Lee Floyd “Red” Tingle, 90, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, April 21, 2017 at his residence.

He was born March 15, 1927 in Jena to the union of his parents, Homer Andrew and Eva Foley Tingle.

Red worked for Welch Motor Company in downtown Jena as an auto mechanic for many years and retired as a shop mechanic for Justiss Oil Company of Jena.

He was a Navy veteran, having served in Okinawa, Japan during Operation Ice Berge during World War II.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 23, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Billy Tingle and Evelyn Thompson officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; parents; brother, C. W. Tingle; and granddaughter, Jeanie Marie Tingle.

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Tamara Gay Smith

Tamara Gay Stroud Brown Smith, 53, of Lexington, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Chickasaw Nation Hospital in Ada, OK following a lengthy illness.

She was born March 15, 1964 in Shreveport.

Tamara was a beautiful person, very talented, creative, and gifted in so many ways. She is truly missed and loved.

A memorial service was held April 8 at Wadley Funeral Home in Purcell, OK.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Dale Smith of Lexington, OK; one daughter, Jennifer Griffin; her parents, Lonnie and Sharon Brown; two brothers, Randall R. Stroud Brown and Lonnie Shane Brown; one sister, Mandi M. Black; and a grandson, Hayden.

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Harvey Joe Price

Harvey Joe Price, 62, of the Belah Community, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria.

He was born Novmeber 30, 1954 in Jena to the union of his parents, Earl and Chessie Taylor Price.

Harvey Joe was a lifelong resident of the Belah Community and worked all this life as an oilfield contractor. He represented District 7 on the LaSalle Parish Police Jury for four years, from 1992 to 1995.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 22, in the Fellowship Baptist Church of the Belah Community with the Dr. Bill Robertson and Rev. Packy Thompson officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joey Dale Price; a son, Tommy Joe Price; his parents; a brother, PFC Michael Price; and a sister, Connie Price.

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Joseph Picard

Joseph “Joe” Picard, 79, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Jena Nursing and Rehab facility in Jena.

He was born February 1, 1938 to the union of his parents, Olive and Louis Picard in Franklin, Louisiana, and was baptized at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Franklin. He became a member of Midway Baptist Church, Jena in 2008.

Joe suffered polio as a child and a stroke at the age of 18. Even with these drawbacks, he began working for the St. Mary Parish School Board in 1977 as a custodian at Centerville. Joe moved with friends from Franklin to Olla, in 1989, following oil field and other odd jobs until his health deteriorated and he was no longer able to take care of himself.

Joe entered the LaSalle Nursing home in late 1999 and moved to Jena Nursing and Rehab (JNRH) in 2009. He never met a stranger and JNRH was his home and the residents were his family.

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Ruth Marie Graham

Ruth Marie Graham, 87, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed from this life on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born May 29, 1929 in Pittsburg, PA, to the union of her parents, Henry William and Nina Gongaware Wilson.

Mrs. Graham was a domestic housekeeper.

Funeral visitation was held Wednesday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harold Graham; her parents; son, Timothy Homer; brother, Ray Wilson; and sisters, Clara, Loine, Sandy, Judy, and Florence.

Survivors include her son, Mark Allen Graham of Midway; daughter, Robin Weir of Midway; brothers, George Wilson and Paul Wilson, both of Ellwood, PA; sisters, Helen Wiley of Ellwood, PA, Nina Wiley of Castlewood, PA, and Mary Ann Minter of Shenago, PA; three grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

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Billye B. Graham

Billye Bankston Graham, 78, of Nebo, passed from this life on Saturday, April 22, in Nebo.

She was born September 29, 1938 in Harrisonburg to the union of her parents, Owen and Clara Bankston.

Billye was a longtime active member of Nebo Baptist Church, and graduate of Harrisonburg High School. She was a homemaker, artist, floral designer, and animal lover.

She worked at many florist shops and designed and decorated a float for a Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, at Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Matthew Murrell officiating.

Interment followed in Graham Cemetery in the Nebo Community under direction of Griffin Funeral Home of West Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lila Mae Gaultreaux; and a granddaughter, Krystle Berry.

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Rebecca Ann Cotten

Rebecca Ann Cotten, 60, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Harrisonburg.

She was born Sunday, November 25, 1956 in Pineville.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church near Jonesville with the Revs. Junior Cotten and Todd Tucker officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ben Frank Morris; her mother, Pauline Stanfield Morris; husband, Talton Cotten; brother, Ben Monroe Morris; and sister-in-law, Martha Morris.

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Onessia Anderson

Onessia Anderson, 93, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.

She was born March 11, 1924 in Summerville to the union of her parents, Walter and Bernice Gough Cockerham.

Mrs. Anderson worked as nurse in the Head Start Program. She played softball until she was well into her forties and loved sports and hunting and fishing. She loved to garden and also loved to cook and make Christmas candies and fruit cakes.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Heath Harris, Kyle Robertson and Tyler Anderson officiating.

Interment followed in the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery of Summerville under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

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Jerry Nell Milton

Jerry Nell Miles Milton, 74, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Citizens Medical Center in Columbia Heights.

She was born June 30, 1942 in Urania to the union of her parents, Frayne and Jewel Weaver Miles.

Jerry Nell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olla. She loved her Sunday school class and worship music there.

Mrs. Milton’s greatest delight was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always a part of her grandchildren’s lives including all their activities. She loved cooking for her family and others.

She was a graduate of LaSalle High School where she earned the John Phillip Sousa Award as a clarinet player in the LHS band. She went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe where she later worked to handle news releases for the college.

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