Obituaries

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Sammie Nell Armour

Sammie Nell Armour, 81, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, January 3, 2020.

She was born August 30, 1938 in Jena to the union of her parents, Sam Phillip Hopkins and Elemena Carrington Hopkins.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Ira “Sonny” Hopkins, Waymond “Pete” Hopkins, and Carlton Douglas “Dugan” Hopkins; and sister, Thelma Rae Collins.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Mike Armour and wife Josephine of Duncan, OK, and Greg Armour and wife Sheri of Tyler, TX; daughter, Deborah Jones and husband David of Jena; brother, Donald “Duck” Hopkins of Jena; sister, Nedra Jean Moore of Haughton; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

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08
Jan

Ronald Kevin Biggs

Ronald Kevin Biggs, 55, of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, December 29, 2019. He was born September 1, 1964 in Columbia. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at Tullos First Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery at Sharptown under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Hannah Biggs. Those left to cherish in his memory include his father, Ronnie Biggs of Kelly; mother, Barbara Gaylor of Olla; sons, Johnathan Biggs of Columbia, and Avery Biggs of Urania; brothers, Jimmy Biggs of Georgia, and Steven Biggs of Texas. Pallbearers were Darand Lane, James Richardson, Jeff Jones, Trey Borand, and Mark Cummins. Honorary pallbearers were Johnathan Biggs, Avery Biggs, Hannah Biggs, and Roselynn Biggs.

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08
Jan

Ruby Jean Dannehl

Ruby Jean Dannehl

Ruby Jean Poole Dannehl, 65, of Enterprise, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the Columns Nursing Facility in Jonesville following an extended illness.

She was born April 8, 1954 at Jena to the union of her parents, Cary Surveal Poole and Octavia Whitehead Poole.

To know Ruby was to love her. She loved to cook for her family and was truly a help mate to her husband.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, from the sanctuary of Rosefield Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Robinson officiating.

Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, “Dee” Poole, Linda Haye, and Elaine Poole; her brother-in-law, Clifford Poole; her brother, Wayne Poole and sister-in-law Donna Nell Poole; and her great niece, Willow Michelle Westbrook.

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08
Jan

Addie Mae Lewis

Addie Mae Lewis

Addie Mae Williams Vantree Lewis, 97, of Jena, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 30, 2019 in her residence.

She was born June 4, 1922 in Sicily Island to the union of her parents, Rev. Johnnie Williams and Annie Bell Cook Williams.

As a child, she attended the St. Stephens Baptist Church of Vidalia, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Her father was pastor of the church, and she accepted Christ at the age of 17.

In 1949, Mrs. Lewis moved to Jena and became a member and Choir President of L&A Baptist Church in Good Pine. In 1980’s, she moved back to St. Stephens Baptist Church, and in 2017, she became a member of New Evergreen Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Mission department.

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08
Jan

Melissa D. Hunter

Melissa D. Hunter

Melissa D. “Missy” Hunter, 53, of Jena, was called to accept her heavenly home on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

She was born December 13, 1966 in Jena to the union of her parents, J. B. Hunter, Sr. and Laura Hunter.

Melissa confessed Christ at an early age and united with New Evergreen Baptist Church in Jena, and attended Trout Creek Baptist Church.

She attended and graduated from Winnfield High School, a member of the Class of 1985. She was an employee of LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena for 20 years.

A celebration of life was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at Trout Creek Baptist Church of Good Pine with Rev. Jamerson Jackson officiating.

Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her mothers, Laura Hunter and Lucille Turner; and three sisters, Donnitta Hunter, Adrienne Hunter, and Dlolita “DeeDee” Hunter.

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08
Jan

Gloria Sue Miller

Gloria Sue Miller

Gloria Sue Miller, 63, of Trout, passed from this life on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at her home following an extended illness.

She was born on Friday, July 27, 1956.

Sue loved working in the medical field and taking care of others. She loved and adored her grandchildren, which were her heart. She loved spending time with her sister Vicki and niece Kelli, and going on trips together.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the Sandy Lake Community in Catahoula Parish with the Revs. Mickey Hudnall and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Day Cassels; father, Davis Cassels; her foster mother and father, Inez and Herchel Collins; and brother, Donnie Cassels.

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08
Jan

Mattie Mae Sanders

Mattie Mae Sanders

Mattie Mae Rambo Sanders, 101, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, January 3, 2020 in Jena.

She was born October 25, 1918, in Georgetown to the union of Joseph William Rambo and Mattie Elisabeth Barron.

Mae graduated Valedictorian of her class of 1936 from Selma High School. She attended beauty school with a degree in cosmetology, worked in the retail field and retired from the Louisiana Training Institute for girls in Ball, Louisiana.

She was a member of Good Pine First Baptist Church, and also a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mae loved to fish.

She was a seamstress for herself, daughter, and granddaughters. She was a Bible Scholar and taught Sunday School Classes in various churches. She loved to cook for her family and friends. Mae had a wit about her that will forever be remembered.

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01
Jan

Barbara Louise Goade

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Barbara Louise Goade, 79, of Olla, passed from this life to her heavenly home on December 25, 2019, in Tyler, Texas.

She was born November 17, 1940 in Grayson to the union of her parents, Emsley Masters and Ovis Young Masters.

Louise was a member of Standard Baptist Church for most of her life. Declining health in her later years prevented her from attending but she still had a love for her church. She was an active member of the Olla Kiwanis Club in her younger years.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, from the sanctuary of Standard Baptist Church near Olla with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating.

Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Goade; and her brother, Roy Masters.

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01
Jan

Edith Marie Meredith

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Edith Marie Meredith of Conroe, Texas, and formerly of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, December 27, 2019 in her residence in Conroe.

She was born September 20, 1914 and was 105 years old at her death.

Ms. Marie, as she was affectionately known by all, was a bright spirited soul, full of life, enjoying every moment. She was a devout Christian that loved her Lord and Savior.

She spent her time working as a seamstress and enjoyed quilting. She will be sorely missed by all who had opportunity to meet her, as she never met a stranger.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Harvey Blasingame officiating.

Interment followed in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Nebo under direction of Kinner and Sevens, Inc.of Jena.

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Ronnie Henderson

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Ronnie Henderson, 60, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, December 23, 2019, at his home.

He was born April 24, 1959 in Harrisonburg to the union of his parents, Melvin Henderson and Margaret Henderson.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, at Meyers Bend Pentecostal Church of Harrisonburg with Rev. Bill Cotton officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his father; and nephew, Jeffrey P. Starks.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kim Henderson; two sisters, Sheila Johnson and Christina Starks, both of Pineville; mother, Margaret Henderson of Harrisonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Raymond Adams, Wayne Jones, Mark Harstad, Eric Parker, Trey Thomley and Justin French.

Honorary pallbearers were William “Billy” Smith and Olan Johnson Sr.

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