Obituaries

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21
Feb

Bennie Carl Brewer

Bennie Carl Brewer, 81, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at his residence.

He was born August 2, 1935 in Manifest to the union of his parents, Floyd Mathis and Stella Ingram Brewer.

Bennie was self-employed for many years as a butcher.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Jimmy Keene and Zach Wells officiating.

Interment followed in the Big Creek Cemetery of Dry Prong under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Verden Brewer.

Tue
21
Feb

Mary Gough

Mary Gough, 80, of Trout, passed from this life on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Alexandria. She was born Dec. 29, 1936.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time but will be announced by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
13
Feb

Clyde Vanantwerpen

Clyde Wayne Vanantwerpen, 69, of Panama City, Florida, and formerly of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at Panama City Nursing Home and Rehab Center.

He was born November 24, 1947 to the union of his parents, Clyde Albert and Maudell Wainwright Vanantwerpen.

During his working life he was employed in the Oil Field.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Olla Cemetery in Olla.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his sister, Gwen Green of Fountain, Florida; and her daughter, Debbie Dahdah and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mon
13
Feb

James H. Tooke

James Harold Tooke, 84, of Kenner, and formerly of Jena, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

He was born December 29, 1932 in Ringgold to the union of Virgie Chloe Corley Tooke and Henry Seward Tooke.

James graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (Louisiana Tech.) in 1957 with degrees in Civil Engineering and Land Surveying.

He was stationed at the U.S. Army Base in Yuma, AZ where their daughter Debbie was born. Mark was born in Shreveport in early 1960. Later that year, the Tookes moved to Jena, and set up their small business, Tooke Land Surveying, which they owned and operated there until 2002.

James was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1961 and served as a congregation elder in the Jena, the Olla and the Central Kenner Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mon
13
Feb

Susan Huff Stewart

Susan Huff Stewart, of Jena, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at her residence, at the age of 54 years, 1 month and 15 days.

She was born December 23, 1962 in Crockett, Texas, to the family of James and Patricia Lawson Huff.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at Trinity Baptist Church near Jena with the Revs. Mike Russell and Dennis Baker officiating.

Interment followed in the Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Bradley K. Stewart; sons, Cory Smith of Clayton and Chance Windham of Ruston; brothers, James Cody Huff of Houston, TX, Jaime Huff of Pineville and Mark Carney of Monterey; and her step-mother, Jackie Huff of Monterey.

Pallbearers were Todd Cooper, Thomas Turner, Daniel Walker, Chad Wilbanks, Cole Humphries and Hunter Frey.

Mon
13
Feb

Brenda Janelle Sharp

Brenda Janelle Sharp, 58, of Pineville, entered eternal rest on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena.

She was born September 18, 1958 to the union of her parents, Travis and Mavis Norman.

Services were held at 12-noon on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community with Rev. Charlie Sharp officiating.

Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Rush Funeral Home of Pineville.

Survivors include her sons, Benjamin Sharp, and Clint Sharp, both of Trout; her sister, Teresa Cockerham and husband James of Jena; her brother, Tracy Norman and wife Kara of Jena; four grandchildren, Levi, Lexi, Angela and Alyric; and a host of nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers were Burt Stephens, Wacker Pritchard, Louie Don Sharp, Kit Walker, Jamie Smith and Robbie McDaniel.

Mon
13
Feb

“Joe” Ratcliff

Orville Joseph “Joe” Ratcliff, 88, of Ovilla, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Monday, January 30, 2017, at the home of a granddaughter, Khristi Busby, in Ovilla.

He was born November 22, 1928 in Olla to the union of his parents, Rev. Thomas J. “Tom” Ratcliff and Tempie P. Bass Ratcliff.

Joe served in the United States Air Force during World War II, reaching the rank of Corporal. He later worked for many years in the oilfield, and retired as a Supervisor for Dresser Industries.

A memorial service will be held at 12-noon, Saturday, Feb. 18 at Fellowship Baptist Church in the Fellowship-Belah Community, with Rev. Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
13
Feb

Myrtis “Beth” Nugent

Myrtis Elizabeth “Beth” Nugent, 86, of Pineville, and a native of Jena, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Tioga.

She was born Wednesday, July 23, 1930, in Jena to the union of Thomas Jason “Jay” and Addie Wilkinson Roberts Doughty.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Ed Cooper officiating.

Interment followed in the Nolley Memorial Cemetery in Jena under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by husband, Joe Nugent, long-time LaSalle Clerk of Court; her parents; and a sister, Ruth Paul.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Nugent and wife Cecile; her daughter, Linda Jo Nugent Bordelon and husband Danny; and a granddaughter, Laura Brasley and husband Owen.

Pallbearers were Tommy Paul, Steve Sanders, Skipper Sanders, Jay Sanders, Owen Bradley and Jack Warren.

Mon
13
Feb

Richard E. Lanier

Richard Elvin Lanier, 61, of Jena, passed from this life at his residence on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He was born April 8, 1955 in Jena to the family of Stid and Betty Lou Lanier.

Ricky worked as a pumper for Hunt Petroleum Oil Company for 20 years.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Hair Cemetery with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Monty Carol Smith Lanier; parents; a sister, Margaret Smith; and an infant brother.

Survivors include three daughters, Danna Walker and husband Kit, Mandi Brooks and husband Brad and Alaina Breithaupt and husband David, all of Jena; two brothers, Wayne Lanier and wife Denise and Steve Lanier and wife Scarlet, all of Jena; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brad Brooks, Peyton Walker, Wayne Lanier, Jarod Lanier, Derek Wiggins and Carl Husbands.

Mon
13
Feb

Edith K. Huffman

Edith Kathleen Huffman, 69, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

She was born January 18, 1948 to the union of her parents, Edgar Lee and Barbara Edith Stevenson Huffman.

Edith was a self-employed secretary.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Byron Norris officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Lester Lee Huffman.

Survivors include one brother, Allen Huffman of Jena; two sisters, Delores Ann Wilson and husband Jerry, and Tammy Lenay Huffman, all of Jena.

Pallbearers were Bruce Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Tony Wilson, Slim Stapleton and Johnny Hutchins.

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