Obituaries

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25
May

Marilyn Mitchell

Marilyn Faye Mitchell, 62, of Wildsville, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 25, at Evangeline Baptist Church of Wildsville with Pastor Curtis Smith officiating. She was preceded in death by her father, Rollie Mitchell, Jr. and mother, Freda Faye Mitchell of Wildsville; and sister, Carolyn Brocato of Slidell. Those left to cherish her memory include her daugters, Hope McMillin and Summer McMillin, both of Jonesville; one granddaughter, Jaden Meyers of Jonesville; and a nephew, Mitch Brocato and wife Krissy of Slidell.

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25
May

Alice Sue Redich

Alice Redich, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at her residence. She was born December 13, 1950 in Bastrop to the union of her parents, Fred and Thelma Marie Bradford Whittn. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, at Cross Roads Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, William Perry Whittn. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Phillip Redich of Jena; son, William Pecou, Jr. of Patterson; daughters, Dawn Meshell Dimler of Canton, GA, and Rachel Lynn Elliot of Jasper, GA; brother, Micheal Whittn of Pheonix, AZ; grandchildren, Ryan Rampley, Taylor and Catlyn Pecou, Tiffany Dimler, Katy Bachman; and great-granddaughter, Cadence Bachman.

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21
May

Sheila Ratcliff Paul

Sheila Ratcliff Paul, 63, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. Sheila loved to cook and feed her family, loved her pets and loved her church family and playing the piano. The Lord and her family were the two most important things in her life. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at Jonesville Church of God with the Revs. Marion Trisler, Jr., Terry Deville, Tim Crooks, and Brad Crooks officiating. Interment followed in the Eva Church of God Cemetery in Monterey under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe L. (Jay) Ratcliff and Mable Crouch Ratcliff.

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21
May

James Wilson Curry

James “Wilson” Curry, 63, of Curry, Louisiana, passed from this life on Monday, May 14, 2018. He was born August 26, 1954 in Winnfield to the union of Phillip and Lois Curry. Wilson lovingly served his Lord and Savior as a Deacon at Georgetown Baptist Church. He was a Master Mason and worked in the Petroleum Industry his entire life. He was an avid duck hunter and loved those early morning hunts. His true passion was to spend time with his family and his best friend and wife, Karen, of 45 years. Lovingly known as “Bop” by those dear to his heart, he was a gentle giant with a heart as big as he was. He never met a stranger and loved to reminisce whenever he had the chance. A celebration of his life was held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 18, at Georgetown Baptist Church with the Revs. Carl Griffith and Todd Whittington officiating. Masonic graveside services followed at 1 p.m. at the Crossroads Cemetery, west of Tullos, under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

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21
May

Donald L. Cooper

Donald Lawrence Cooper, 73, of Rogers Community, passed from this life on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born Jauaury 11, 1945 in Clarks to the union of Lawrence and Ludie Auttonberry Cooper. Donald was a member of Hurricane Creek Baptist Church and worked as a superintendent for Twin City Electric for 25 years and was also a cook in the Louisiana National Guard for 6 years. He loved hunting and fishing and Saints football. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Interment followed in the Hurricane Creek Cemetery in the Hurricane Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc of Jena.

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14
May

Rev. Preston Holder

Rev. Preston Holder, 89, of Jonesville, and a former resident of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Rev. Holder was a retired Baptist minister, having served as pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church of Rhinehart, as well as many other churches in this area. He was also a former employee in the petroleum industry. While he was pastor at Pine Grove, he assisted his wife, Ruby, in establishing the first Mission House in Jena. Services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Scotty McDowell, Dennis Baker, Craig James, and Mickey Hudnall officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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14
May

“Donnie” Littl

Bennie “Donnie” Littleton, 67, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena. Donnie was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Sandy Lake United Pentecostal Church in the Sandy Lake Community of Catahoula Parish with the Revs. Joel Ford and Tommy Cotten officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius “Sud” Littleton; mother, Delcie Hunter Littleton; and one brother, Lenord Littleton. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carlene Littleton; son, Dewain Littleton and wife Jodie; son, Chad Littleton and fiancé Onita; daughter, Dawn Littleton Fowler; eight grandkids; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Ronnie “Slick” Adams, Tony Adams, Ronnie Adams, Derek Adams, Michael Adams and Stanley Gardner.

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14
May

Wanda Morgan

Wanda Morgan, 73, of Trout, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born July 17, 1944 in Shreveport. Wanda was a minister’s wife and they pastored Faith Temple Church of Trout and Joyce Assembly of God of Joyce. She enjoyed working faithfully in church ministry. Wanda enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and was always laughing and loved to sew, quilt, and crochet. She loved to sing her favorite song, “Mansion over the Hilltop” and was known for her “Cathead” biscuits. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Goldonna Assembly of God Church. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Goldonna, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Morgan, Sr.; son-in-law, Bill Thornton; grandson, Micheal Wilson; and brother, Michael Aldy. Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, John Morgan, Jr.

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14
May

Jim Leonard Ray

Jim Leonard Ray, 94, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. He was born November 16, 1923 in Nebo to the union of his parents, John Roy and Cora Paul Ray. Mr. Ray served his country in the United States Army during World War II, and retired from the LaSalle Parish Police Jury as a gravel truck driver. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 10, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his wives, Nelda Lou Mitchell and Lea Jane Normand; his parents; brother, Claude Ray; sisters, Dorothy Allen, Ruby Clarkston and Mary Lou Duke. Those left to cherish in his memory include his sons, Ricky Ray and wife Tammy, and Keith Ray and wife, Dena; daughter, Markaye Newman and husband Russell; sister, Myma Horn; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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07
May

Edwin Wright, Sr

Edwin Miles Wright, Sr., 75, of Pineville and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in his residence surrounded by family. He was born July 4, 1942 in Alexandria to the union of Dallas E. and Glen Miles Wright of Jena. Ed grew up in Jena, attending Jena Elementary, Junior High, and Jena High School, graduating in1960. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Louisiana Tech University in 1964. Following college graduation and tenure as an officer in administrative positions in the USAF, Ed began employment in State Civil Service in June 1972 as an institutional counselor at Pinecrest State School in Pineville. Ed’s leadership potential was quickly recognized, and he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Cottage Life Department, the largest single department at Pinecrest State School.

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