Obituaries

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Mavis Harp Steen

Mavis Catherine Harp Steen, 98, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Jena.

She was born June 29,1918 in Grayson to the union of her parents, Fred Clark and Angie Irene Cloyd Harp.

Mrs. Steen was a school teacher and taught for many years in the LaSalle Parish School System. She was a member of Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena with the Revs. Truman Stagg, J. Roddie Taylor and Amanda Carpenter officiating.

Interment will follow in Nolley Memorial Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don H. Steen; her parents; a son, Fred B. Steen; and a sister, Carlotta Harp Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Steen Permenter and husband Paul of Tyler, Texas.

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Zachery D. Robinson

Zachery D. Robinson (Banes), 24, of Tullos, entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in LaSalle Parish.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 11, at the Life Church in Olla with Rev. Steve Cripps officiating.

Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery in Urania under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home of Ball.

Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Robinson of Olla; his father, Bennie “Lyn” Banes (Lori Whatley) of Urania; maternal grandparents, Joanie Randall (Rex) of Olla; paternal grandmother, Betty Banes; maternal great grandparents, Alvie Snody (Isabel) and Melba Deville (George); one son, Karrson Andrew Parsley; daughter, Addilynn Ruth Robinson; four brothers, Christian Crafts, Michael Banes, Marcus Elkins and Harley Stroud; and five sisters, Chelsey Carter, Whitney Crafts, Tessa Banes, Brittany Banes, and Kaitlin Elkins.

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Slater Blade Smith

Slater Blade Smith, 21, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Jonesville.

He was born Wednesday, June 7, 1995 in Pineville.

Slater was an avid outdoorsman who loved baseball, fishing, and hunting and he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 15, at the Heard Cemetery of Manifest with Rev. David Poole officiating.

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

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Lemoine W. Reedstrom

Lemoine Evelyn Wilbanks Reedstrom, 95, of Marshall, Texas, passed from this life on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

She was born December 8, 1920 in Jena to the union of her parents, Kate and Harvey Wilbanks.

Mrs. Reedstrom moved to Houston, TX in 1942 with Humble Oil Company. In 1958 she was employed with the Spring Branch Independent School District until 1973 when she and her husband, Charles, started the family businesses, Computer Assistants and Compass Micromation.

In 1993, she and Charles visited the Holiday of Lights in Marshall, TX and decided not to leave but to make Marshall their home.

Lemoine was affectionately known as Hon, Moinster, Mom, friend, sweetheart, and Muppy by all. After 95 years of life, 68 of which she was the wife of Charles D. Reedstrom, she was called home by her loving Lord Jesus.

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James M. Whatley

James Melvin Whatley, 60, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

He was born Tuesday, June 26, 1956 in Jena, to the union of James Monroe Whatley and Vera Bernice Whatley.

James was a veteran and worked in the oilfield.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 8, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Clark Palmer officiating.

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

He was predeceased by his wife Linda Randall Whatley; his parents; and a brother, Larry Whatley.

Survivors include his daughters, Angie Whatley of Jena, and Charlotte Blackwell of Olla; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Bobbie Jean Smith

Bobbie Jean Poole Smith, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jena.

She was born January 25, 1945 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Frank NcCoy Poole and Katie Mae Richmond Poole. She grew up in Columbia.

In the early 1970’s Bobbie moved to Jena where she owned and operated the Strand Theatre in downtown Jena, which is now in the process of being restored. Bobbie was a homemaker who loved interior decorating and arts and crafts. She was a caring housewife and mother.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Bro. Craig Franklin officiating.

Interment will follow in the Jena Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Gracie Halley and Ella Moore; and a brother, Grady Poole.

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‘Buddy’ Plumlee

Granvill Henry “Buddy” Plumlee, 79, passed from this life on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the LaSalle General Hospital following a lengthy illness with multiple illnesses.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, which would have been his 80th birthday.

Buddy was born in Clarendon, Arkansas on May 27, 1937 to William and Oma Plumlee. He attended school in Stuttgart and went on to become a construction manager in the highway and heavy construction field.

He met Mary Lou while assigned to a highway construction project in Mary Lou’s hometown of Tullos. Buddy and Mary Lou were married on July 14, 1957.

Buddy retired in 2008 after a distinguished 53-year career where he took part in projects spanning all over Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. He enjoyed his retirement by spending time with his family, gardening, farming, and continuing his study of all things weather related.

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Brooke Nobles

Brooke Nobles, 26, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Brooke was a graduate of Grant High School.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 5, at the Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church near Jonesville with the Revs. Lance Torrey and Todd Tucker officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Brian Nobles; grandpa, Henry LaVern Riley; and great-grandfather, T.J. Torrey.

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Miles C. King

Miles Carlton King, 81, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Monday, May 1, 2017.

He was born Thursday, February 20, 1936 in, Urania.

Mr. King served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of Lincecum Baptist Church of Georgetown and the Georgetown Lodge #298 F & AM.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at Beulah Baptist Church near Georgetown with Rev. Lamar Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed in the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery near Georgetown under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cary King and Lillian Chromchak; first wife, Joy King; and sisters, Carolyn Wood and Henrietta Tannehill.

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Melba Jean Francis

Melba Jean Francis, 79, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, May 5, 2017, at her home in Jena.

She was born February 18, 1938 in Zenoria to the union of her parents, Ernest and Clara White Terrell.

Mrs. Melba worked as a Nurse from 1976 until her retirement. She was a lifelong member of Temple Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, camping, word games, playing cards with the rook ladies and Council on Aging.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at Temple Baptist Church in Jena with the Revs. Jimmy Keene and Reid Terry officiating.

Interment followed in Nolley Memorial Cemetery in Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Justin Russell and Charles Francis; brothers, Buster, Jimmy, Bobby (Pee Wee) and an infant brother; sisters, Marie Bruney, Bernice Stoneman and an infant sister.

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