Obituaries

Tue
21
Feb

Thomas L. Taylor

Thomas Louis Taylor, 92, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Hardtner Medical Center of Urania.

He was born July 5, 1924 in Hennon Camp, Louisiana, to the union of his parents, Balem Edwards Taylor and Mary Hatten Taylor.

Thomas was a decorated veteran with the Army who served in the Korean Conflict and World War II. He retired as a car salesman after many years and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, from the sanctuary of Zion Hill Baptist Church, west of Olla, with Rev. Jesse Henderson officiating.

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

He was met at Heaven’s gate by his beloved wife of 67 years, Mollie H. Taylor; his parents; his sons, Roger Dee Taylor and Kevin “Buster” Taylor; and his sister, Opal Reitzell,

Tue
21
Feb

“Sonny” Thompson

Julian “Sonny” Thompson, Jr., 77, of the Walters Community in lower LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born March 28, 1939 to the union of his parents, Charlie Arlene and Julian “Dub” Thompson, Sr.

Sonny was an oilfield man, fisherman, and cattleman. He loved being Captain of dredge boats.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Mt. Herman Baptist Church in the Walters Community with Rev. Larry Whittington officiating.

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in the Nebo Community under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his son, Grady Justin Thompson; his parents; and one sister, Nita Dayton.

Tue
21
Feb

“D. M.” Wood

Delbert Monroe “D.M.” Wood, 91, of Jonesville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He was born Friday, Aug. 21, 1925 in Belmont, MS, to the family of George Authur and Mary Thorne Wood.

D.M. began farming at the early age of 14 in Arkansas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He then returned to Truman, Arkansas and married Mary Magdalene (“Mag”) Russell in 1949. D.M. and Mag had two sons, Charles and Gary. Mr. Wood bought farmland in the Jonesville area in 1964, and he and his family moved to Catahoula Parish shortly thereafter. D.M. and his sons established Wood Farms and have been farming in Catahoula and Concordia Parishes ever since.

Tue
21
Feb

You created “US” when you . . .

A lot has been said and written since the election of President Donald Trump last November. Many wondered how he could have been elected – others knew. A faithful reader shared a column last week with me that was written by Paul Genova, the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Wireless Telecom Group, Inc., since June 30, 2016.

I think Paul pretty well summed it up as to when Trump was elected. Here is what Genova had to say:

“I haven’t said too much about this election since the start....but this is how I feel.

 

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Tue
21
Feb

The other half of an inspirational story

Last March, this writer wrote about the inspirational life of Joey Feek, one half of the country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory, who had passed away from cervical and colorectal cancer at age 40, and how her faith had brought her through it all. Now, her husband, Rory, has written a book to share his own story, and it’s equally inspiring.

“Rory Feek knew when he set out to write his book, ‘This Life I Live,’ he would need to be brutally honest even if that meant sharing some of the less-flattering moments in his life. The country star, whose wife Joey Feek died of cancer last year, decided to put his pen to paper and share the good, the bad and the ugly.

“The father of three - he has two adult daughters with his ex-wife and one with Joey who is nearly three years old – wasn’t afraid to let his kids into his colorful life. ‘There are definitely parts that they didn’t know, but I’m not afraid. It’s my life and that’s what makes it important,’ Feek told Fox News.

Tue
21
Feb

Lillie Mae Cagle

Lillie Mae Alberter Cagle, 85, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family.

She was born December 8, 1931 in Jonesville, the second of four daughters born to George Joseph and Myrtle Mae Sparks Alberter.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Patton Baptist Church of Jonesville, where she was an original and lifetime member, with Rev. Juan McClure officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesse A. Cagle; sons, Jesse Wayne Cagle and wife Linda, and James “Duck” Cagle; oldest grandson, Michael Wayne Cagle; youngest grandson, Logan Dewayne Mills; granddaughter, Kristy Mills; son-in-law, David E. Bryant; and sisters, Marie Smith and Mildred Spann.

Tue
21
Feb

Kent Ketten

Kent Ketten, 80, of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pineville.

He was born February 29, 1936 in Belleville, Illinois, to the union of his parents, Maurice and Inez Mulkey Ketten.

Kent, along with his brother, followed in the footsteps of his father and joined the Navy as a young man. He was an Electrician Mate on the destroyer, U.S.S. Blue (DD-744) during the Korean War.

He was a faithful member of the Urania Pentecostal Church. He had many friends there and he loved his church family dearly. Kent was a loving, supportive father and outstanding role-model who led by example. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Urania Pentecostal Church in Urania with Rev. Clay Hutto officiating.

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

Tue
21
Feb

James T. Coker

James Thomas Coker, 90, of Saline, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro after a lengthy stay.

He was born November 12, 1926 in Harrisonburg to the union of William and Irene Montpelier Coker.

Mr. Coker served in the United States Navy as a medic in World War II, and received the Purple Heart in the line of duty to his country. He worked in the logging woods for many years, was an avid fisherman and loved to listen and go to blue grass music festivals.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Squires Cemetery near Summerville with the Revs. David Walsworth and Roy Lowery officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Jean Corley Coker; oldest son, Thomas Ray Coker; and his parents.

Tue
21
Feb

Ray Edward King

Ray Edward King, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in West Monroe.

He was born January 26, 1945 in Lake Garfield, Florida, to the union of his parents, Wilmer and Rosie Skipper King.

Ray worked in the construction industry as a heavy equipment operator. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Arrangements were under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his sons, Jonathan King and wife Teresa of Jena and Dustin King and wife Betty of Mangham; daughter, Desiree King of Mangham; brothers, Albert Doyle King and wife Betty of Jacksonville, FL and Joe Ray King and wife Kitty of Winterhaven, FL; sister, Gerry Deal and husband Kenneth of Oak Harbor, OH; and grandchildren, Dakota King, Adam Benoit, Logan King, Anna Lusk and Savannah King.

Tue
21
Feb

Ronda McKeithen

Ronda Wooten McKeithen, 53, of Monroe, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in Monroe.

She was born November 18, 1963 in Winnfield to the union of her parents, Charles and Wanda Williams Wooten.

Ronda was a caregiver that was selfless in giving to her family, friends and those she treated at her work as an ICU nurse. She was an adventurer who had sass and was bossy when needed.

Wootie was a fun person who had the ability to make anyone and everyone she met laugh. Her hobbies included gardening, cooking and music. She was the best mother to her children and deeply loved by her family and friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 from the sanctuary of Beulah Baptist Church near Georgetown with Rev. Lamar Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, A.J. McKeithen.

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