Obituaries

Wed
08
Apr

Thomas R. White

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Thomas R. White

Thomas R. White, 82, of Lucedale, Mississippi, and a native of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Mobile Infirmary.

He was born September 22, 1937 to the union of his parents, Eli and Audie White.

Thomas retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding as QA Specialist. He served our country in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves.

He was a long-time member of Mt. Pisgah UPC where he served as church secretary, song director, deacon, and in many other roles. His passion was serving God, serving the church, studying the Bible, and his family that he loved dearly. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, in Mt. Pisgah United Pentecostal Church Cemetery with the Revs. Karl Causey and James Roberts officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Freeman Funeral Home of Leaksville, MS.

Wed
08
Apr

Mildred Thaxton

Mildred Thaxton

Mildred Sandel Thaxton, a resident of Jena, and native of Florien, passed from this life to her new Heavenly home on Sunday, March 30, 2020 in the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.

Ms. Mildred reached the age of 100 years, 3 months, and 13 days. She was born to the union of Needham and Mamie Bridges Sandel December 16, 1919. She was the wife of the late Rev. Bernice Olen Thaxton.

Ms. Mildred was certainly a loving homemaker and pastor’s wife during her life. She was blessed to be Salutatorian of her high school graduating class.

She was in every way precious in the sight of the Lord, and precious to all who had opportunity to meet her. She will be greatly missed by her family and great host of friends.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, a private family visitation was held at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
01
Apr

Kathlyn Wilbanks

Kathlyn Wilbanks

Sybil Kathlyn Wilbanks, 93, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, March 27, 2020, in the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born September 1, 1926 in Jena to the union of her parents, Preston E. and Katie Doughty Trichel.

Ms. Kathlyn, as she was affectionately known to all, was a bright spirited soul and always had a wit about her. She was loved by all who had opportunity to meet her. She was a devoted Christian and loved serving her Lord, and certainly had a great love for her church family.

She was also a member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Jena, and a member of The Red Hat Society in the nursing home. She has been an icon figure in the town of Jena for many years, and will certainly be missed.

Due to the mandates by the state of Louisiana in the recent COVID-19 outbreak, a private family visitation was held at Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
01
Apr

Mildred Thaxton

Mildred Thaxton

Mildred Sandel Thaxton of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.

Mrs. Thaxton was honored in December 2019 upon achieving her 100th birthday. She was born December 16, 1919 in Florien, to the union of her parents, Mamie Bridges and Needham Sandel.

On March 4, 1938, she married Berniss Olen Thaxton in Sabine Parish. To this union three children were born – Nelda Corley, Darryl Thaxton and F. C. Thaxton.

For 13 years, from 1953 to 1966, Mildred Thaxton and her minister husband, served the congregation of McVay Church of the Nazarene in the Belah Community.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of press time on Monday, but will be handled by Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
01
Apr

Edith Voncille Tarpley

Edith Voncille Tarpley, 94, of Belah, passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2020.

She was born August 9, 1925 in Belah.

Voncille will be remembered as a lifelong educator for the LaSalle Parish School System, and retired as Principal of Fellowship Elementary School. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 23, in the Belah Cemetery with Brother Paul Daily officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis “Paul” Tarpley; father, Anthony Windham; mother, Eula Mae Ganey Windham; son, Paul Anthony “Tony” Tarpley; brother, Dale Windham; and sister, Verna Peavy.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her son, Dr. Joe Tarpley and wife Anita of Belah; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Wed
01
Apr

Lena Maxine Mulig

Lena Maxine Mulig, 79, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, March 23, 2020.

She was born June 19, 1940 in Jena to her parents, Andrew Kennon Bradford and Lilly Clark Bradford.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, with Rev. Jimmy Keene officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers, W.L. Bradford, E.A. Bradford, and Oscar Bradford; sisters, Mildred B. White, Gladys B. Normand, and Dorothy B. Vickman; and son, Gregg McKeithen.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her husband, James Dale Mulig of Jena; sons, Jack McKeithen of Jena and Jason Mulig and wife, Shandalin of Austin, TX; daughters, Melinda K Cross and husband Robert of Pollock, and Tammy Mulig Gibson and husband Mike of Jena; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Wed
01
Apr

Barbara Miller

Barbara Louise Miller, 59, of Jena, passed from this life to her new home in Heaven on Monday, March 30, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Barbara has now won her battle and is at the feet of her Lord and Savior.

She was born March 24, 1961 in Jena to the union of her parents, George “Rex” and Louise Miller.

She was a bright spirited individual that always tried to see the best in everyone. She spent her working career in culinary arts working several places in the Jena area. She will be greatly missed by all that had the opportunity to know her.

In lieu of the COVID-19 outbreak, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, with Rev. Jeff Morea officiating.

Interment will follow under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and nephew, Trent Lisenby.

Wed
01
Apr

Don McCleery

Don McCleery

Donald Thomas McCleery, Sr., 80, of Urania, passed from this life on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria.

He was born June 1, 1939 in Staten Island, New York, to the union of his parents, William and Margaret McCleery, Sr.

Don owned and operated McCleery Insurance and Appraisal Company in Jena for many years before retiring. He served his country in the United States Navy.

He was an active member of the LaSalle Golf and Country Club of Trout where he won several trophies over the years. He was also a member of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Pineville.

Don was very likable and never met a stranger. He enjoyed all sports and was an expert at answering baseball trivia. He was proud of being the pitcher for his local baseball team in Staten Island when he was growing up. He loved his family and enjoyed visiting with his many friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wed
01
Apr

James E. Mannon

James E. Mannon

James Edward Mannon, 59, passed from this life on March 24, 2020.

He was born October 24, 1960 in Flint, Michigan to the union of his parents, Edward Lee and Mary Helton Mannon.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, with the Revs. Joey Paul and Johnny Keene officiating. He was laid to rest with his loving parents, with arrangements under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Timothy Taunton and Brad Coon; as well as brother-in-law, Robert Campbell.

Wed
01
Apr

Darlene Ann Ford

Darlene Ann Ford

Darlene Ann Ford, 72, of Summerville, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

She was born December 26, 1947 in Cotton Port.

Services were held at 12-noon on Sunday, March 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Chad Franklin officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her father, Ury John Moses; and her mother, Ora Mae Laborde.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her husband, Michael Dewayne Ford; sons, Bobby Jones (Rae), Mike Ford (Amanda), Jason Ford (Tasha), and Hunter Ford (Kayla); brother, Nulen Moses (Francis); sisters, Jacklyn Guillot (Jackie), and Melaine Asbra; stepfather, E. L. Laborde; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bandon Dubouys, Rocky Ford, Randy Tullos, Mike Ford, Hunter Ford, and Bryan Sikes.

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