Obituaries

Tue
03
Jul

Margie M. Brewton

Margie Magilean Brewton, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. She was a homemaker. Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 28, in the Goldonna Baptist Church with the Revs. Doyle McGrew and Jim Cooper officiating. Interment followed in the Goldonna Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Brewton; a son, Ted Brewton; and a grandson, Chris Spears. Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Brenda DeBello and husband Ray of Haughton, Louise Myles and husband Lum of Jena and Liz Rugg and husband Bush of Downsville; a son, Dom Brewton and wife Barbara of Augusta, SC; a sister, Audra Stevenson of Readhimer; and seven grandchildren.

Tue
03
Jul

Virgil Brawley

Virgil Ray Brawley, Jr., 69, of Mountain View, Arkansas, and a graduate of LaSalle High School in Olla, began a new journey beyond this world on Friday, June 22, 2018. He was born September 29, 1948 in Brookhaven, MS to Dorothy Case and Virgil Ray Brawley, Sr. Virgil learned to love horses and blues music as a child in the stables with his dad and the transistor radio tuned to WNOE New Orleans. He began playing guitar in Brookhaven “garage bands” as a teenager then went on to play “Brookstock” in his hometown every summer with friends & classmates. Virgil served in the Army as a sergeant in Vietnam where he was stationed in a long-range reconnaissance platoon as a sniper. He was highly decorated with numerous medals including two Bronze Stars & an Army Accommodation Medal with Valor. Upon returning to MS, Virgil attended Co-Lin Community College, then received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio, Television & Film from University of Southern MS.

Tue
03
Jul

Addie Leah Butler

Addie Leah Ronsonette Butler, 83, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and formerly of Jena, passed away at 10:29 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, AR. surrounded by family. She was born September 30, 1934 in Shreveport to the union of her parents, Vivian Domengeaux and Walter Joseph Ronsonette. She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Butler- Oberste and son-in-law, Dan Oberste. Addie attended Providence High School in Alexandria, LA and the University of Southwestern in Lafayette, LA. She was co-owner of Butler Insurance and Real Estate in Jena, with her then husband, Robert Butler. Following retirement she moved to Little Rock Arkansas to be closer to her daughter. Addie was welcomed into Tracy’s married family, enjoying dinners and holidays with the large Oberste clan. She acquired her daughter’s appreciation for Pinot Grigio but maintained her love of fine steak despite Tracy’s red-meat-free urging.

Tue
03
Jul

James Allen Francis

James Allen Francis, 62, of Jena, passed from this life at his residence in Jena on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born August 26, 1955 at Jonesville to the union of his parents, Joe Marion and Lois Lorene “Jack” Finlay Francis. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He loved his family with his whole heart, especially his grandbabies. Over the years, he drove a truck for Francis Gravel, Holsum Bread Company and Baroid-Halliburton. He graduated from Jena High School in 1973. James was a lifelong member of Temple Baptist Church where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years. Even in his last days he loved watching baseball, listening to music, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 29, at Temple Baptist Church in Jena with the Revs. Lane Corley and Jimmy Keene officiating.

Tue
03
Jul

Ida Mae Cockerham

Ida Mae “Fidget” Cockerham, 76, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal church with Rev. Joel Ford officiating. Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. C. Cockerham, Jr.; daughter, Patricia Coates; and brother, Bobby Ray Squyres. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, James Cockerham and spouse Lori; and grandsons, Curtis Coby and Brett of Leavenworth, KS; grandson, Brian Coates of Jonesville; sister-in-law, Beverly Edwards and spouse Jessie of Jonesville; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were David Squyres, Robert Squyres, David Ray Squyres Jr, Anthony Squyres, Scotty Smart and Deven Cupstid.

Tue
03
Jul

Kathleen Earl Bruce

Kathleen Earl Bruce, 82, of Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. She was born Wednesday, September 25, 1935 in Winnfield, to the union of her parents, Albert Earl and Audrey Mae Miles Wilson. Mrs. Bruce enjoyed having the grandkids and great grandkids coming over to visit, where they always held their birthday parties. She loved sitting in her recliner or rocker watching the birds and squirrels. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 29, at Georgetown Baptist Church with the Revs. Joel Johnson and Joe Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Bruce; and daughter, Lori Bruce.

Tue
03
Jul

Myrna “Cubby” Boyd

Myrna “Cubby” W. Boyd, 84, of Jena, was called to be with her Lord on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at her home in Jena after a lengthy illness. She was born January 20, 1934 in Good Pine. Cubby retired in 1990 from the Concordia Welfare Office after many dedicated years of service. She was an active member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Jena where she played the piano for many years. Services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, William Matthew “W.M.” Boyd; her parents; son, Terry Boyd; brothers, Cicero Winborne and Bobby Enterkin; and grandson, Bart Nathan Boyd.

Mon
25
Jun

Carrice Baker

Carrice Anne Russell Baker, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday June 23, 2018 in her home. She was born Sunday, July 5, 1926 in Rhinehart, to the union of Willie and Alice Alexander Russell. Mrs. Baker was a legendary girls basketball coach, serving at Winnsboro High School for 26 years and then at Jena High School for 13 years. She had numerous awards and honors over the years and was proclaimed as the winningest girls basketball coach in Louisiana history. (See story about Coach Baker’s career on page 1A this week). Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, at First Baptist Church of Jena with Rev. Dominick DiCarlo officiating. Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was predeceased by her husband, William Morgan Baker, Sr; her parents; a brother, Steele A. “Alex” Russell; and sisters, Lorraine Russell Baker, Mable Russell and Alice Rose Sparks.

Mon
25
Jun

Leroy Henderson

Lenard Leroy Henderson, 79, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Georgetown. He was born Friday, July 29, 1938 in Selma, Louisiana to the union of Dodd and Hattie Armstrong Henderson. Leroy was a graduate of Georgetown High School and was a member of Tullos First Baptist. He started working in the oil industry for Justiss-Mears Oil Company and later worked for Hunt Petroleum, where he retired after numerous years. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 25, at First Baptist Church of Tullos with the Rev. Scott Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery in Georgetown under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Aaron Henderson. Survivors include his wife Verlene Henderson of Georgetown; a son, Leonard R.

Mon
25
Jun

Mary Louise Curtis

Mary Louise Curtis, 91, of Trout, passed from this life on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. She was born November 2, 1926 in Marion, Oregon to the union of her parents, Annanias and Edyth Swabb Wilson. Mrs. Curtis was a retired bookkeeper. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Billy Edwards and Clark Palmer officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, O. E. Curtis. Those left to cherish in her memory include her son, William R. Curtis of Trout; daughter, Clarice Ann Curtis of Trout; and sister, Edyth Jenness of Seattle, WA; grandsons, Stephen Roy Curtis and Carl Raymond Smith; and great grandson, Andrew Smith. Pallbearers were Clark Palmer, Kendall Price, Johnny Hutchins, Bill Appleby, Justin McPherson and Chad Taylor

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