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Nick B. Harris

Nick B. Harris, 29, of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, June 19, 2017 from injuries he sustained in a traffic accident in the Fishville Community in Grant Parish.

He was born December 9, 1987 in Alexandria.

Nick was a railroad worker for Union Pacific Railroad.

Services were held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Johnnie Phillips and Todd Norris officiating.

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

Those left to cherish in his memory include his parents, Dennis and Suzanne Harris of Olla; sister, Summer Pruett and husband Anthony of Jena; niece and “daughter of his heart”, Kealie Brown; grandparents, Vernon B. Harris of Olla, and Jean Norris of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marie Harris and Shelby Norris.

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Myra Maxine Girod

Myra Maxine Girod, 90, of Rosefield, passed from this life on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.

Maxine, who was lovingly known as “Aunt Mac” or “Granny”, was born January 31, 1927 in Grayson to the union of her parents, William Alfred and Fannie Sones Guyon.

She was a life-long member of Rosefield Baptist Church. She enjoyed living in the Rosefield community and loved the many friends and neighbors she had there. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 26, at Rosefield Baptist Church in Rosefield with Rev. Bubba Tucker officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Girod; son, Jeff Girod; and great-granddaughter, Elyssa Reynolds.

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Donald R. Cooper Sr.

Donald Raymond Cooper, Sr., 81, of the Magnolia Community in lower LaSalle Parish, passed from this life suddenly on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his residence.

He was born August 26, 1935 in Walters to the union of his parents, Julian and Nellie Sanson Cooper.

Donald was employed by Hunt Petroleum and retired as a production superintendent. He also represented his area on the LaSalle Parish School Board for many years during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 26, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Mickey Hudnall officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Julian Cooper.

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Helen Virginia Clauss

Helen Virginia Smith Clauss, 86, of Jena and formerly of Oakdale, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

She was born Sunday, February 22, 1931 in Glenmora, to the union of Nathan and Cordie Winegart Smith.

Mrs. Clauss was a homemaker and teacher’s aide.

Services were held at 12-noon Thursday, June 22, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles G. Clauss; and her daughter-in-law, Robin H. Clauss.

Those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Dr. Charles Clauss of Jena, and Craig Clauss of Picayune, MS; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Johnny Hutchins, Wayne Davis, Joe Jones, and Brandon Jones.

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Norma Jean Adams

Norma Jean Adams, 77, of Jena, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, in Jena.

She was born Tuesday, April 9, 1940 in Humphreys County, Tennessee, to the union of Arnold Acey and Mildred Jewel Graves Adams.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 26, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Revs. Heath Harris and Evelyn Thompson officiating.

Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons-in-law, Billy Jack Humphries and Kenneth Scott Owens.

Survivors include daughters, Cathy Humphries of Trout, Carol White of Shreveport, Alice Meyers of Powder Springs, GA, and Marsha Williams of Munford, TN; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Karon Irene Wells

Karon Irene Poole Wells, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Jena.

She was born Sunday, December 25, 1949 in Jena, to the union of Ernest Lavere and Kate Lena Roark Poole.

Services were held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Jena with with Rev. David Poole officiating.

Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavelle Wells; her parents; her brothers, Alford Poole, Enoch Poole and Bennie Poole; and sisters, Nelda Mitcham and Ineta Brodnax.

Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Lemay; two grandsons, Landon Lemay and Brandon Lemay; a great-granddaughter, Harley Lemay; three brothers, Billy R. Poole, Clifford Poole and Charles “Buddy” Poole; and three sisters, Beth Coleman, Jakki Richardson and Rebecca Beckley.

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Cheryl Ellen Poole

Cheryl Ellen Poole, 78, of Natchitoches, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Shreveport.

She was born November 5, 1938 in Olla to the union of her parents, Arthur and Ruth Dollar.

Mrs. Poole was a member of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, and many clubs, such as the Wild Flower Society of Natchitoches, Red Hat Society and Eastern Star of Jena. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was an accountant and she obtained her Accounting and Business degree from Louisiana Business College. She enjoyed many years as the assisstant Manager of Gulfco Finance Company and also enjoyed traveling, RVing and Square dancing.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Tommy Rushing officiating.

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Kathy Waggoner

Kathy Waggoner, 72, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born October 7, 1944 in Lake Charles to the union of her parents, William and Clydean Waggoner.

She graduated from NSU in education Cum Laude. She was a devoted LSU and Saints fan and loved her family and animals.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 12, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret Waggoner; grandson, Craig Bond; and best friend, Charlotte Underwood.

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Bonita Marie Wade

Bonita “Bonnie” Marie Cramer Wade, 95, of Miami, FL passed away peacefully early morning on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was the widow of Jena native and basketball great, Malcolm “Sparky” Wade.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 24, 1921. She played violin in the Chicago Women’s Symphony and attended college briefly before joining Pan American World Airways as a stewardess in the 1940s.

After marrying her pilot husband, she settled in Miami, FL where she raised her family. She was a devoted parishioner at Church of the Epiphany, working in the library and as school nurse from 1966-1997.

Her Catholic faith and kindness to all of the parishioners, students, and faculty was a model for everyone to follow.

She is predeceased by her husband Malcolm Sparky Wade, Sr, and parents Walter and Helen Cramer.

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Kristen Coates

Kristen Carroll Coates, 72, of Manifest, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

She was born February 21, 1945 to the union of her parents, Otis and Cleo Carroll.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 9, at New Life Pentecostal Church of Manifest with Rev. David Poole officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carey Coates; sons, John Edward Coates and Bobby Jean Coates; brother, Bobby Lee Carroll and sister, Doris Philips.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Perry Coates of Manifest; sister, Margie Smith of Manifest; brother, Otis Carroll, Jr.; five grandchildren, two great grandkids and a host of nieces and nephews.

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