Obituaries

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03
Jul

Robert S. Rogers

Robert S. Rogers, 84, of Urania, died Thursday morning, June 27, 2019, from injuries he sustained in a traffic accident on LA. 125 just north of Urania.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6, at the Urania Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla and Columbia.

A complete obituary was not available at press time but will be published in the next edition of your parish newspaper.

Wed
03
Jul

Eddie Taylor

A celebration of life was held for Eddie Taylor of West Monroe on July 1, 2019 at Griffin Funeral Home in West Monroe.

Eddie was born June 17, 1960 in West Monroe, and passed from this life on June 26, 2019, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Lake Providence. He was 59 years of age.

As many of Eddie’s friends have said, “To know Eddie was to love him… He was a gentle giant of a man, quite humble, with a willingness to help anyone in need, always with a smile on his face… Eddie was a sweet soul, soft spoken and kind… He was the salt of the earth and truly a giant among men.”

He enjoyed taking part in Renaissance Festivals and was a motorcycle enthusiast who made many road trips with dear friends. Eddie took great pride in his job and received numerous awards. He was employed by nexAir where he had worked for approximately 20 years.

Wed
26
Jun

David B. Watkins

David B. Watkins, 72, of Pineville, entered eternal rest on Friday, June 21, 2019 at his residence in Pineville, surrounded by his loving family.

David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He lived for and dearly loved his family and his relationship with God. He was a wonderful man who always exemplified unconditional love.

He adored his grandchildren, bragged on them constantly, served his country in the United States Navy and loved “food”. He will be missed by those that loved and knew him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, in the chapel of Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball.

Wed
26
Jun

Martha Sue Warwick

Martha Sue Warwick, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, June 17, 2019.

She was born February 12, 1951 in Jena to the union of her parents, Drewitt Pritchard and Clara Brian Pritchard.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at Shady Grove Pentecostal Church of Nebo with the Revs. Curtis Thornton, Joey Paul and Tyler Pritchard officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Willie “Bill” Pritchard.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her husband, Lester Warwick of Jena; sons, Bill Warwick of Nebo, and Robert Warwick and wife Brittany of Trout; brother, Drewett Pritchard and wife Sarah of Nebo; sister, Laura Hutchins and husband Johnny of Jena; and grandchildren, Brylon Warwick and Nevaeh Warwick.

Wed
26
Jun

Judy Lynn Newsom

Judith Lynn Newsom, 63, of Tullos, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at her residence in Tullos following a brave, yet lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born March 27, 1956 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Gene Riley Powell and Lillian Taylor Powell.

Judy served as first lady of Tullos during the tenure of her husband, Charles Edwin Newsom, when he served as mayor. He preceded her in death, passing from this life on February 24, 2019.

She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and was a member of the Springhill Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of the LaSalle Parish School System.

Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 24, from the sanctuary of Springhill Baptist Church near Kelly with Rev. Elvis Price officiating.

Wed
26
Jun

Waymond ‘Pete’ Hopkins

Waymond “Pete” Hopkins, 84, of the Old River Community, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in LaSalle General Hospital of Jena, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. “Pete”, as he was affectionately known by all, was a bright spirited soul who always had a kind word, and a smile for everyone he met.

He was a longtime member and deacon of Pritchard Baptist Church, where he served his Lord and Savior to the best of his ability.

Mr. Pete served for 20-plus years as a Gideon of the Gideons International organization, and LaSalle Parish Prison Ministry after retiring from International Paper Company with 42½-years in the Natchez, Mississippi Division.

He has shared the good news of the gospel in many churches throughout the community with an excitement for what Christ was doing through the witness of the Gideons.

He will certainly be missed by all who had opportunity to make acquaintance with him.

Wed
26
Jun

Michael ‘Mike’ Fisher

Michael “Mike” Gene Fisher, 56, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, June 21, 2019, at his home in Trout after a lengthy illness.

He was born November 13, 1963.

Michael was a proud Elder of The Jena Band of Choctaws. He worked in the oilfield as a driller most of his adult life.

He enjoyed watching Nascar and football, spending time outdoors, fishing and just riding the back roads listening to music. But his favorite thing though was to spend time with his wife, kids, grandchildren and great grandson.

Services were held at 12 noon Sunday, June 23, at Zenoria Baptist Church with the Revs. Joel Johnson and John Morgan officiating.

Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery at Little Creek under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
26
Jun

Melina Ann Cruse

Melina Ann Cruse, 61, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, June 17, 2019.

She was born October 31, 1957 in Columbia. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 at the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Rev. Bobby McGee and Randy Douglas officiating.

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

Those left to cherish in her memory include her parents, Rufus Kenneth Cruse and Margie Grace Douglas Cruse of Jena; brother, Kenneth Scott Cruse of Urania; sister, Lori Cruse Bell of Pineville; nephews, Tyler Cruse of Olla, and Peyton Bell of Jena; niece, Mallori Bell Williams, and husband Cody of West Monroe; and great niece, Emmalyn Williams of West Monroe.

Pallbearers were Mike Medina, Kenneth Paul, Tracey Burton, Cody Williams, Peyton Bell, and Dandy Dove.

Honorary pallbearers were Butch Easter, Jim Williamson, and Billy Scott.

Wed
19
Jun

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.

Wed
19
Jun

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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