Obituaries

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Robert Keith Stringer

Robert Keith Stringer, 60, of Natchitoches, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 17, 2018. He was born February 7, 1958 in Natchitoches to the union of his parents, Cecil and June Barker Stringer. Robert was a graduate of Natchitoches Academy. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time outdoors, particularly in Kisatchie National Forest. He loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandson, Kane. Robert was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches. Interment followed in the Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches.

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Charles E. Taylor

Charles Edgar Taylor, of Jena, died Sunday, July 22, 2018, after a long and valiant battle against rheumatoid arthritis and its ravages, at the age of 74 years and 10 months. He was born on September 19, 1943 near Jonesville, to the union of Lee Edgar and Mary Tolar Taylor. Charles was a truck driver in the oil industry for 32 years, and was respected by all who knew him. He was a man of simple tastes. In healthier times he took great pleasure in gardening, woodworking, deer hunting with dogs, and fishing with his family. His children cherish the memories made as they spent many hours white perch fishing in the lakes and bayous near their home in Jonesville. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 27, at First Baptist Church in Jena with Jerry Gurie giving the opening prayer, Rev. Terry Townsend reading scripture, Rev. Johnnie Phillips sharing some thoughts, and message by Rev. Dominick DiCarlo, FBC pastor. Ron Carr led in the closing prayer.

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Jennie Belle White

Jennie Belle White, 81, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born on Monday, September 28, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi, to the union of her parents, Carl and Daisy Harper. Jennie retired from teaching in the Catahoula Parish School System and founded the Bread Crumb. She was a resident of Jonesville and a member of Utility Baptist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, at Utility Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph Webber and Mike Russell officiating. Interment will follow at Parhams Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, DuWayne White; granddaughter, Casey White; and sister, Winona Elias.

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Lorene “Rat” Cockerham

Lottie Lorene “Rat” Cockerham, 85, of the Old River Community, was received into heaven on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, She was born Wednesday, April 26, 1933 to the union of Truman and Daisy Crooks Breithaupt. Mrs. Cockerham was a life-time member of Pritchard Baptist Church. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27, in Pritchard Baptist Church in the Old River Community with the Revs. Terry Doughty, Gary Norris and Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment followed in Hawthorne Cemetery near Trout under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 57 years, Conrad Glynn “Teet” Cockerham; her parents; a sister, Ruth McMillin; and a grandson, Beau Alan Stapleton. She is survived by her three daughters, Sharon Corley and husband Tillman, Glenda Stapleton and husband Dub, and Sandra Cooper and husband Rusty; brothers, Travis Breithaupt, L.V.

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Weston K. Humphries

Weston Kyle Humphries, infant son of Dillon and Ashley Humphries of Jena, was born and passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Services were held at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 28, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Brandon Poole officiating. Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lialah Celeste Whittington; great grandparents, Ronnie and Shawn Tarver; grandfather, Roger Boyette; great-great uncle, Steven Kyle Jones; and great grandmother, Mary Kennedy.

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Evelyn Estelle Mitchell

Evelyn Estelle Mitchell, 80, of Belah, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in LaSalle Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was born September 12, 1937 to the union of her parents, Burley and Roberta Tarver Corley. Evelyn was a devoted church worker and a devoted Christian. She was a member of the McVay Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with her beloved family. Mrs. Mitchell was a dispatcher for the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Department and Pineville Police Department for many years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Jerry Cole, Kendal Price and Randy Ray officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Matthew Corley, Verla Stringer, and Lewis Corley; and a special niece, Robin Slack.

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Pearl LaCour

Pearl Allbritton LaCour, 82, of Haughton, and a native of Tullos, passed from this life on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Shreveport. She was born July 8, 1936 in Tullos to Jesse and Pearl Allbritton. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Bro. Robert Batchelor and Jeff Sandifer officiating. Interment followed in Hill Crest Memorial Park under direction of Dignity Memorial Funeral Home of Haughton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Long LaCour; son, Duane LaCour; parents; and ten brothers and sisters. Survivors include two sons, Reggie LaCour and wife Rita, and Lowal LaCour; daughter, Pam Spayth and husband Tom; grandchildren, Ryan and Ronnie LaCour, and Seth and Colton Spayth; great-grandson, Nate LaCour; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Pallbearers were Andy Roberts, Ronny Steele, Sherman McCarty, Herman McCarty, Kenneth Phillips, and Jimmy Phillips.

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Judy Graham

Judy Graham, 56, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. She was born November 13, 1961 to the union of her parents, Ollie and Marguerite Carlisle Courtney. Judy was a homemaker and loved her husband and family. In her pastime, she loved to work puzzles. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Jena with the Revs. Zach Wells and David “Sonny” Carlisle officiating. Interment followed in the Graham Cemetery of Nebo under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Kathy Carroll and Pennie Courtney; and a brother, Eddie Courtney. Those left to cherish her memories are her husband, William ‘Guy Buck’ Graham; a son, Royce and wife Ashley; a sister, Connie Zocher and husband Mark; a brother, Royce Courtney; and one grandchild, Shelton Blake.

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Walter Breithaupt

Walter Breithaupt, 81, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Thibodaux. He was born May 9, 1937 in Jena to the union of his parents, Robert and Ethel Cooper Breithaupt. Walter was an SP 4 engineer and worked for the State of Louisiana Department of Highways. He was a farmer, avid fisherman, and he loved cooking, camping and working in his garden, and is a former member of Shady Grove United Pentecostal Church of Nebo. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Gary Norris and Joey Paul officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Robert Breithaupt and Otis “Leon” Breithaupt; and sister, Colleen Breithaupt.

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Marjorie B. Watson

Marjorie Berlene Watson, 92, a lifelong resident of Rosefield Community, crossed over to her heavenly reward on Friday July 20, 2018, at LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena.
Mrs. Watson was born in Rosefield on August 8, 1925, to the union of William Alfred Guyon, Sr. and Fannie Sones.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 23, at Rosefield Baptist Church with the Revs. Mickey Hudnall and Patrick Willis officiating.
Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 60 years, Harold B. Watson; brothers, A. J. Guyon, Alton Guyon, and Harron Guyon; and sisters, Maxine Girod and Cora Lee Swafford.

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