Obituaries

Tue
18
Sep

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Willis Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. She was born November 13, 1923 in Jena to the union of her parents, Rawlins Parker and Rosa Russell. Mrs. Taylor was a lifelong resident of the Belah Community and was a faithful member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. She also enjoyed making quilts with the Quilting Grannies for many years. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Robertson, Tom Swain and Rick Feazell officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Audis Valentine; and second husband, Alonzo Taylor.

Tue
18
Sep

Burnis L. “Poo” Walker

Burnis L. “Poo” Walker, of Jena, went to his eternal home on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, two days shy of his 89th birthday. He was born on September 13, 1929 to Maude and Ossie Walker in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. He was one of eight children, including a twin sister. Poo graduated from Cotton Valley High School in 1947 and continued his education at Louisiana Tech, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Business Administration. After College he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. On May 16, 1953, he married his Cotton Valley sweetheart Martha Ferguson. In 1954, he brought his wife and first child, Kay, to Jena, to begin his career at Justiss-Mears Oil Company. In the following years Poo and Martha had two more children, a son Jamey and a daughter Gaile. Poo was first and foremost a Christian and longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Jena.

Tue
18
Sep

Sherrol R. Rosier

Sherrol R. Rosier, 59, of Summerville, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in Summerville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Doris Roark; her late husband, James Elvin Rosier, Jr.; and Sherwood Breithaupt. Services were held Friday, September 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville with Revs. Jessie Henderson and Rickey Nugent officiating. Interment followed at Squires Cemetery in Summerville under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. Survivors include her children, Josh Perrin and wife Robin of Jena, Amber Lewis and husband Chris of Alabama, Jacob Perrin of Jena,  Jalyn Johnson and husband Joe Dan of Texas, James Rosier of Jena, and Macie Curtis and husband Riley of Jena; 16 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild, Brinley Ayven Perrin. Pallbearers were John Perrin, Jordan Perrin, Levi Perrin, Joe Dan Johnson, Ethan Lilly, and Riley Curtis. Honorary pallbearers were Colton and Noah Perrin.

Tue
11
Sep

Purvis ‘Earl’ Cotten

Purvis “Earl” Cotten, 83, passed from this life on Monday, September 3, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 29, 1935 in Harrisonburg to the union of his parents, Purvis and Eva Young Cotten. Earl was a proud Navy veteran and served the United States on the USS Shanagri-La. An avid bluegrass music enthusiast, Earl enjoyed playing his fiddle, visiting the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree, and listening to Bill Monroe. Earl was happiest while hunting in the Miss- Lou area woods, especially during squirrel season. He served as Concordia Parish’s constable and owned and operated Earl Cotten and Sons Painting. Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Meyer Bend Pentecostal Church near Harrisonburg with Brother Robert Martin officiating. Interment followed in the Westbrooks Swilley Cemetery under direction of Bateaste Memorial Funeral Home of Natchez, MS.

Tue
11
Sep

Sharel Renee Miller

Sharel Renee Miller, 63, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in Winnfield. She was born May 8, 1955 in Sikes to the union of her parents, John Beryl and Johnnie Mae Crews Miller. Renee was a wellknown animal advocate. She worked tirelessly and was an overachiever for the PAWS Animal Society. She was lovingly referred to as The Cat Lady. Renee was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept.9, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Father Louis Sklar officiating. Interment followed in the Old Bethel Cemetery, west of Clarks, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Stacy Renee Nugent Rials; her grandmother, Edna Miller; and her son-in-law, Dustin Kyle “Duck” Anding.

Tue
11
Sep

Edith Ann McDaniel Price

Edith Ann McDaniel Price, 80, of Winnfield, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her home after a long and protracted illness. She was the daughter of the late Simon G. McDaniel and the late Audie Townsend Mc- Daniel. Mrs. Price was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winnfield where she was organist for more than 50 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech and her Master’s in Organ Performance from Northwestern State University. Mrs. Price was retired as a piano instructor having taught children from Winn and surrounding parishes for more than 50 years and was co-owner of Southern Funeral Homes, Inc. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at First Baptist Church in Winnfield with the Revs. Calvin Phelps, John Holland, and Steven Smithson officiating. Interment followed in Garden of Memories under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry L.

Tue
04
Sep

Steven Joshua Webb

Steven Joshua Webb, 31, of Monroe, passed from this life on Monday, August 13, 2018. He was born on February 8, 1986 in Columbia. Steven was employed as a laborer with a local roofing company. He was a gifted writer, an avid music lover, creative intellectual, knowledge-hungry bookworm, gentle-natured, free-spirited world wanderer and explorer of life. If he had a penny to his name, he would give it to someone in need. He was a selfless soul and a friend to many. Steven loved reading, journaling, attending music concerts, traveling, laughing with his sister, and spending time with family (especially his daughter), friends, and his beloved dog, Asher. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at East Jena Baptist Church in Jena with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Hilton L. Weaver, Sr., and his mother, Susan Ann Weaver.

Tue
04
Sep

Russell W. McClary

Russell William McClary, 68, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. He was born March 8, 1950 in Columbia to the union of Calvin and Idell McClary. Russell was a truck driver all of his working life and he was a Pastor for many years. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Olla with the Revs. Shane Duke and Greg Dunn officiating. Interment followed in the Beech Creek Cemetery of Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Nugent McClary; son, Cal McClary; and his parents. He is survived by his son, Gary McClary and wife Kristy of Palisade, CO; daughter, April Cotten and husband David of Olla; brother, Waymon McClary and wife Wanda of Keatchie, LA; grandchildren, Chelsey Cotten, Clay Cotten, Drew Dempewolf, Kyla McClary, Grayson McClary, Lauren McClary, and Emery McClary.

Tue
04
Sep

Doney L. Gant

Doney Lisenby Streetman Gant, 86, of Vidalia, passed from this life on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Merit Health in Natchez, Mississippi. She was born on Thursday, September 24, 1931 in Standard to the union of her parents, Thomas Dalton and Neva Slay Streetman. Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the chapel of Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday with Rev. Jerry Sharp, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Natchez under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Ferriday. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, General Gradon Lisenby; husband, Ira Pete Gant; husband, W. G. Brock; seven brothers, John Henry Streetman, Leo Virgil Streetman, L. D. Streetman, James Burt Jinks, Harold Jinks, George Streetman, and Joseph Streetman; and two sisters, Josie Burkett and Mary Spangler.

Tue
04
Sep

Wyannie Cox Flowers

Wyannie Cox Flowers, 105, of Sammamish, Washington, and a native of Olla, passed from our lives to Heaven on Friday, August 17, 2018 at her home. She was born May 20, 1913 near Olla to the union of her parents, John Alexander Cox and Rosa Lillie Hopkins Cox. Wyannie grew up outside of Olla on the family farm where she had fond memories of her rural childhood. She walked to school several miles each day, and took her studies very seriously. Despite having to manage her share of the family chores and other demands of farm life at the time, she was a disciplined student throughout. As the first person in her family to go to college, Wyannie graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1935, and later earned her Masters Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She taught school in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) while on an accompanied Army posting to Trieste, Italy with her late husband Lt. Col.

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