Obituaries

Tue
30
Oct

Johnny Neal

Johnny Neal, 77, of the Belah Community, passed from this life on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. He was born June 1, 1941 in Old River, LA. Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Revs. Ron Nations, Jeff Sandifer, and Zack Wells officiating. Interment will follow in the Pritchard Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Neal; his mother, Peggy Rosier; brother, Butch Neal; and sister, Ethlyn Richey. Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife of 54 years, Christine Hudspeth Neal of Belah; son, Kenneth Neal of Trout; daughter, Connie West and husband Scott of Addis, LA; sister, Nona Farmer of Belah; two grandchildren, Cody Smith, and Calee Smith; three great grandchildren, Thatcher Smith, Edith Smith, and Grayson Dauzart.

Tue
30
Oct

Donnie C. Stewart

Donnie C. Stewart, 65, passed from this life on Monday, October 22, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Catahoula Cemetery of Enterprise with Rev. Stacy Pittman officiating. Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Field Stewart and Ethel Lucille Foster Stewart; brother, Herman Stewart; nephews, Tommy Adams and Jimbo Stewart; and niece, Carrie Stewart. Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Jared Stewart and wife Hannah; two grandchildren, Kaleb and Ashlyn; brothers, James Stewart and wife Sherry, Buck Stewart and wife Donna, George Stewart and wife Sherry and Richard Stewart and wife Bonnie; sisters, Joyce Bratton and Norma Adams and husband Pete; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Tue
23
Oct

Archie Baum

Archie Baum, 85, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Citizens Medical Center of Columbia. He was born March 6, 1933 in Olla to the union of his parents, Tom and Rose Baum. Archie was an Army veteran and loved to tell stories. His favorite story to tell was the one about how he met the love of his life, Jean. A private family service is being planned. He was preceded in death by his parents and his eight brothers, Calvin Baum, Huey Baum, Houston Baum, George “G.A.” Baum, R. B. Baum, James Baum, Carl Baum and Duey Baum. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 65 years, Irma Jean Baum; and a host of nieces and nephews. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Tue
23
Oct

Christina Irene Phelps

Christina Irene Phelps, 50, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena. She was born June 24, 1968 in Alexandria to the union of Elvin Ray and Betty Irene Phelps. Christina was a member of Standard Baptist Church. She was beautiful inside and out and loved helping other people. She loved her family, her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Standard Baptist Church near Olla with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah Community near Jena under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her father, Elvin Ray Phelps.

Tue
23
Oct

Elizabeth “Libby” Jarvis Lockey

Elizabeth “Libby” Jarvis Lockey, 52, of Pineville, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Alexandria. Libby was born on February 20th, 1966. She graduated from Bolton High School in 1984 and continued on later in life to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University of Alexandria with a degree in nursing. She was a registered nurse for 16 years, and she was admired by all of her patients and coworkers. She was employed at Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital. Libby was a beautiful, selfless woman. She had a contagious laugh and lit up every room with her smile. Libby was always the life of the party and spent her extra time making everybody laugh. She enjoyed being with her daughters, having fun with her friends, spending time in New Orleans and was at peace sitting on the beach listening to the waves. She took pride in her job and was known by many as the best nurse around. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and had an immense faith in her heavenly Father.

Tue
23
Oct

David E. Johnson

David E. Johnson, 78, of Maurice, passed from this life on Saturday, October 20, 2018. He was born August 17, 1940 in Jennings to the union of his parents, D.D. and Vera Johnson. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a former local math teacher. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Heard Cemetery owith Rev. Brandon Poole and Rev. Rod Jackson officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish in his memory include two sons, David Chris Johnson and wife Tina of Natchitoches and John Johnson and wife Alida of Youngsville and grandchildren Lisa, Sarah, Matthew, Daniel and Caleb.

Tue
16
Oct

Ruby T. Streetman

Ruby Taylor Streetman, 90, of Jena, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family.
She was born July 29, 1928 in Glenmora, to the union of Benjamin and Lessie Rambo Taylor.
Mrs. Streetman was a housewife and mother who enjoyed gardening and sewing.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball with Rev. Lyndon Marcotte officiating.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Streetman; her parents; one daughter, Alicia Streetman; two sons, Johnny Wayne Streetman and Bobby L. Streetman; sisters, Alicia Mitchum, Juanita Macek, Hattie Hamm and Marjorie Duncan; and one brother, William Taylor.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Dyer of Jena, Donna Grimm and husband John Sid, of Jena, Shirlene Streetman of Tallahassee, FL and Sabrina Harrington of Jena; one son, Curtis Streetman and wife Marie of Pineville; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Tue
16
Oct

Roy Arthur Mercer

Roy Arthur Mercer, 76, of Joyce, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his home.
He was born April 8, 1942 in Winnfield to the union of his parents, Earlie Mercer and Clara Lucas Mercer.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at Cross Roads Cemetery of Joyce with Rev. Norris Curry officiating.
Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Julius Mercer.
Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife of fifty-one years, Linda Dunn Mercer of Joyce; son, Craig Mercer and wife Shannon of Winnfield; grandchildren, Brandon and Dale and wife Anna; and great grandchildren, Daniel, Eli, and Aubrey.

Tue
16
Oct

Sarah B. Massey

Sarah B. Massey, 88, of the Aimoch Community, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena following a short illness.
She was born September 18, 1930 at Aimoch to the union of her parents, William Author Poole and Beatrice Harper Poole.
Ms. Sarah was known by everyone for her always sunny disposition and her love for others. She enjoyed her loving family and grandchildren, along with the beauty of her flowers and hummingbirds. She was a Proverbs 31 mother and wife to her family.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at Aimoch Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Doughty and Bobby MaGurie officiating.
Interment followed in the Aimoch Baptist Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Tue
16
Oct

Wilma Breithaupt

Wilma Breithaupt, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.
She was born August 12, 1928 in Archie to the union of parents, Elijah Sparks Robertson and Janie Collins Robertson.
Mrs. Breithaupt was a founding charter member of the Whitehall United Pentecostal Church.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at Whitehall United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Joey Paul officiating.
Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery at Sharptown under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Breithaupt; parents; brothers, Robert Robertson, John Robertson, Ben Robertson, Rufus Robertson, Bud Robertson, and Issac “Ike” Robertson; sisters, Carrie Thompson, Doll Breithaupt, and Lulu Whitard; and grandchild, Mackie McMillin.

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