Obituaries

Wed
20
Feb

Gloria Jean Ainsworth

Gloria Jean Ainsworth passed from this life on Friday, February 15, 2019, in Lake Charles, surrounded by her loving family.

Gloria was a bright spirited soul as witnessed by all who knew her. She had a great love for her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers in her spare time. She spent many years in the Health Care profession during her working career.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home with the Revs. Marcus Wade and Kirk Mayo officiating.

Interment followed in the Squires Cemetery near Summerville under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay Dee and Ella Agness Ainsworth; and her husband, Fred Ainsworth.

Wed
13
Feb

Fritz Sagdahl

Quentin “Fritz” Francis Sagdahl, 88, of Tullos, passed from this life on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

He was born October 30, 1930 to the union of Emil and Eleanor Olson Sagdahl of Furguson Falls, Minnesota.

Quentin was a graduate of Furguson Falls High School class of 1949. After high school, he attended vocational trade school and spent his working career as a welder in the petroleum industry.

He served his country as an Airman in the Untied States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge December 28, 1953.

Quentin served for twelve years as a councilman for the town of Tullos, Louisiana.

He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Tullos First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
13
Feb

Mike Pritchard

Michael “Mike” Walter Pritchard, 62, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

He was born April 13, 1956 in Archie.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, from the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Terry Doughty and Johnny Porter officiating.

Interment followed in the Pritchard Cemetery at Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gove Alberta Pritchard; mother, Sarah Jane Hanes; and brothers, Timothy Pritchard, Oggie Pritchard, and George Pritchard.

Wed
13
Feb

Bertha Loread Morace

Bertha Loread Morace, 102, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

She was born December 30, 1916 in Rodgers.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Mike Evans officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her father, Alexander Steven Evans of Catahoula Parish; mother, Hattie Leeoma Gibson of Jackson, LA; brothers, Lonnie Evans of Trout, Edgar Evans of Jena, John Evans, and CW Bonds; sisters, Lula Shadow of Jena, and Martha Evans; sons, Paul Raymond Morace of Ruston, and Alex Morace; and grandsons, Andy Lemoine and Michael Lemoine.

Wed
13
Feb

Ray A. Babcock

Ray A. Babcock, 89, of Pollock, and a native of Catahoula Parish, entered eternal rest on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Woods Haven Nursing Home of Pollock.

He was born April 1, 1929.

Ray grew up in Catahoula Parish. He was a retired construction superintendent working highway construction, which was his passion. He was a member of Pollock United Methodist Church. Ray will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearlie Mae Babcock.

Those left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory include three daughters, Deborah Jefferson of Bentonville, AR, Barbara Ashworth of Pollock, and Donna Utech and her husband Tim of Tallahassee, FL; four sons, Rod Babcock and wife Charlene of Pitkin, Joe Babcock and wife Molly of Pollock, Steve Babcock of Baton Rouge, and Kenneth Babcock of Blanchard; one sister, Alice Girod of Houston, TX.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Wed
06
Feb

Bobby L. Smith

Bobby L. Smith, 84, of Urania, passed from this life on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Urania Pentecostal Church. She loved her church, and church members, and held a special spot in her heart for her pastor, Rev. Clay Hutto, but most of all she loved the Lord. She is blessed to be with Pop again.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Urania Pentecostal Church with Rev. Clay Hutto officiating.

Interment will follow in the Urania Cemetery under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Smith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her nephews, Brian K. Corley, Kevin J. Corley, Paul L. Corley and Jeffery S. Corley.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Corley, Paul Corley, Scott Corley and Keith Corley.

Wed
06
Feb

Enos LaVel Masters

Enos LaVel Masters, 84, of Jena, was born on this earth on December 22, 1934 in Sandy Lake and his heavenly birthday was Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

He was born to the union of William Vernon Masters and Nellie Loice Mitchell.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at New Life Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. David Poole and Tony Ewing officiating.

Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Vernon Masters; mother, Nellie Loice Mitchell; brothers, Millard Masters, Ocie Masters, and Alvin Masters; sisters, Viva LaCroix and LaVerne Cox; grandchildren, Allen Dale Masters and Michelle Cherie Newman.

Wed
06
Feb

Tommy Hudnall, Sr.

Tommy Enoch Hudnall, Sr., 86, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

He was born August 21,1932 in Jena to the union of his parents, White Hudnall and Ada Hudnall.

Mr. Hudnall was a veteran of the United States Army, was a heavy equipment operator and was employed by Justiss Oil Company of Jena.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at Cross Roads Baptist Church in the Cross Roads Community with Rev. Dennis Bignar and Dennis Bradford officiating.

Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery near Whitehall under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth Albriton, and Margaret Lamb; and daughter Rytha Edith Hudnall.

Wed
06
Feb

Bruce L. Henry

Bruce Landreth Henry, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, February 1, 2019.

He was born December 21, 1951 in Jena.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Bobby McGee officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his father, George Robert Henry; mother, Ruby Jean Edwards; sister, Dottie Sue Warwick; and son, Bruce Lane Henry.

Those left to cherish in his memory include his son, Steven Mac Henry and wife Meagan of Aimwell; daughter, Carrie Jean Henry of Grayson; brothers, Clifton “Click” Henry of Jena, and Larry Henry of Monterey; and four grandchildren, Ian Williams, Ryleigh Ashworth, Lincoln Henry, and Pyper Henry.

Wed
30
Jan

Judith “Judy” Brown

Judith “Judy” Syvern Brown, 67, of Houston, Texas, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

She was born July 3, 1951 in Jena to the late Doretha Wilson and L. V. Walker.

Judy was baptized at Mars Hill Baptist Church at a very young age.

She attended Good Pine High School where she played varsity basketball for the Jena Giants. She later went on to attend community college in both Alexandria, and Houston, TX. Later she permanently moved to Houston, where she would continue growing her family.

She made many friends who would later become more like family. She did all of this while keeping close and strong bonds with family and friends in Jena.

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