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Janice Sharon Slay

Janice Sharon Slay, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Palestine, Texas. She was born August 24, 1949 in Alexandria to the union of her parents, Lavious Berthard and Myrtis Lee Chevallier Masters. Sharon was employed as a secretary for LaSalle Testers. Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Oliver Dean and Tommy Sanson officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Otto Slay; and her parents. Those left to cherish in her memory include her son, Michael Lance Slay of Fairfield, TX; brother, Shelby Masters of Walters, and grandchild, Michael Lance Slay, II. Pallbearers were Mark Krause, Sean Masters, Jason Evans, Kurt Ainsworth, Andrew Masters, and Trey Thomley.

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Linda Gentry Lery

Linda Gentry Lery, 74, of D’Hanis, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 13, 2017. She was born December 5, 1942, in Good Pine, to Dalton and Louise Gentry. Linda, a 1960 graduate of Jena High School, was a loving, unique individual who touched the lives of all who knew her. She married Dennis Frank Lery on June 25, 1960 ... on his 21st birthday so he’d never forget their anniversary. Although she worked inside and outside of the home, she was completely dedicated to her family and rearing their three children, John, Paul, and Denise. She will be remembered most for being a committed wife and an unconditionally loving mother and grandmother. Her family was her biggest accomplishment. Her daughter was her partner in crime -- they called and texted daily. Denise wishes to express condolences to everyone who didn’t have a mom as amazingly awesome as she and her brothers did.

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Rev. C. D. Thornton

Rev. Cullen Devon (C.D.) Thornton found a peaceful shallow place to cross the river surrounded by his loving family in his home in Lake Charles, Wednesday morning, July 5, 2017, at 3:30 am. He was born on July 10, 1936 to Rev. J. E. and Agatha Haymon Thornton, in Provencal, Louisiana. His grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, two sisters and three brothers were all oldtime preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His mother and father raised their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The children learned early the words of the scriptures and the music of old-fashioned gospel revival songs - and they grew up loving both. D. Thornton’s entrance into ministry began at age eight, when he accompanied his sister, Marie Erickson, in evangelistic work, playing guitar and singing before she preached.

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Mary Ann Sagdahl

Mary Ann Sagdahl, 82, of Tullos, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Jena. She was born Friday September 28, 1934 in Tullos, to the union of William and Julia Steen Rankin. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 12, at the First Baptist Church of Tullos. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Donald Rankin. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 63 years, Quentin Francis “Fritz” Sagdahl of Tullos; two daughters, Mary Francis Clements and husband Kellam of Imperial, MO and Kellie Ann Harris and husband Chip of Hattiesburg, MS; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and a brother, Leonard Rankin and wife Ann of Tullos. The family asks that memorial donations be made to www.fightcolorectalcancer.org in honor of Mary Ann Sagdah.

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Willie Oscar “W.O.” Holmes

Willie Oscar “W.O.” Holmes, 83 of Tullos, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. He was born Monday, May 14, 1934, in Winnfield, to the union of his parents, Walter Clayton and Ola Mae Bruce Holmes. “W.O.” was retired from Huey P. Long Vocational School and served in the US Army from 1956-58. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, at Calvary Baptist Church, west of Tullos, with Rev. Dick DeBusk officiating. Interment followed in the Beech Creek Cemetery under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond Holmes and Jimmy Holmes; grandson, Clayton Thomas Holmes; and great granddaughter, Maci Alexander Holmes.

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Robert Allen Clark

Robert Allen Clark, 70, went to his heavenly home on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born May 11, 1947 in Winnfield, the son of Charles E. Clark, Sr. and Erma Drucilla Allbritton Clark. Robert spent his younger years in Winnfield, graduating from Winnfield High School in 1965. After graduating from high school, he started a job in Lafayette, where he met his wife of 50 years, Beverly Hayes Clark. They went on to share a life of traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and pursuing business ventures in Lincoln Parish and LaSalle Parish. Services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, July 10, at Calvary Baptist Church, west of Tullos, with Rev. Dick DeBusk officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Mildred Tullos Rooney; his brothers, Charles Clark, Jr., Melvin Clark, Bill Clark, Jimmy Clark, and Jerry “Poochie” Clark.

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Mildred Ruth LeMay

Mildred Ruth Paul LeMay went home to be with the Heavenly Father on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Jonesville. She was born Saturday, August 24, 1940 to the union of Leslie Earl, Sr. and Lois Huffman Paul. Ruth spent most of her life in LaSalle Parish with the exception of a time spent in Scotland, Greece, and Indonesia as her husband worked in the oil industry. She spent a number of years as a cook on a towboat and was involved in a number of other home-based businesses. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 6, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Allen LeMay; and three brothers, Johnny Murrel Paul, Earl Paul, Jr. and Aubrey Paul. She is survived by one daughter Kathy Le- May of Jonesville; one son Terry LeMay of Jena; four grandchildren, Dr. Tia M.

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Susan Weaver Henry

Susan Weaver Henry, 57, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at her residence. She was born on September 17, 1959 in Jena. Susan was employed in home health care services. She was an excellent seamstress and avid Beatles fan. She loved gardening, crafting, and spending time with her children, granddaughter, and beloved dog, Faith. Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ethel and John Taylor, and father, Hilton L. Weaver, Sr.

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Scherry Coldiron Case

Scherry Coldiron Case, 67, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, July 3, 2017, at The Columns Nursing Home in Jonesville. She was born November 5, 1949 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, Johnnie and Edna Wade Coldiron. Scherry was a member of Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church and a former member of Lake Lilly and Grace Baptist Church. She worked for fifteen years as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide for Catahoula Parish Schools and also worked for fifteen years, at the Catahoula Parish Library for a total of 30 years. She enjoyed gardening, reading, walking, hunting, fishing, traveling and sightseeing. She received the most joy by spending time with her family while drinking a cup of coffee. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 7, at Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Frank Bass and Todd Tucker officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Comer Funeral Home of Ferriday.

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Mary Ann Sagdahl

She was born Friday September 28,1934 in Tullos, to the union of William and Julia Steen Rankin.

Mary Ann Sagdahl, 82, of Tullos, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Jena.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, John Donald Rankin.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 63 years, Quentin Francis “Fritz” Sagdahl of Tullos; two daughters, Mary Francis Clements and husband Kellam of Imperial, MO and Kellie Ann Harris and husband Chip of Hattiesburg, MS; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and a brother, Leonard Rankin and wife Ann of Tullos.

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