Obituaries

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Apr

Kathleen Bickmann

Kathleen Bickmann

Kathleen Sikes Bickmann, 78, of Marrero, and a native of Sikes, passed from this life Wednesday, March 25, at her home in Marrero.

She was born March 24, 1942 in Sikes to the union of her parents, Janie Brister Gates and Jayson Eugene Gates.

Kathleen was a homemaker who was never idle. She loved arts and crafts and often taught classes to help others develop their talent and enjoy new hobbies for themselves. She loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Kathleen was a member of Marrero Baptist Church and the Golden Age Club of Marrero.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Olla Cemetery in Olla with Rev. Bo Prather officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Kenneth Sikes, Sr.; brother, Johnnie Gates; and sister, Barbara Smeby.

Wed
01
Apr

Former Jury president dies

Former Jury president dies

Bard Lambeth, 63, of Nebo, passed from this life during open heart surgery at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria on Sunday morning, March 29, 2020.

Lambeth represented District 8 on the LaSalle Parish Police Jury for three terms, serving from 2008 to 2020, and served as president of the body for the past several years.

Arrangements had not been completed before press time on Monday, but will be under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

A complete obituary will be published in the next edition of this newspaper.

Wed
25
Mar

Clotile H. Walker

Clotile Hudson Walker, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at her home. She was born September 12, 1928.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at Belah Cemetery in the Belah Community with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tiford Walker; her parents; and two sons, Mike Walker and Ronnie Walker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her special and dear friends, Denise Jackson, Tommy and Donna Jackson and family; Lee Smith and a host of friends; Alvin and Rose Allen, Barbra Deville, Tab Walker, Hurley Butler and family, and Gary Wayne Gainey.

Pallbearers were Carri Jackson, Cameron Wiggins, Dakota Davis, Chris Wiggins and John Sanderson.

Wed
25
Mar

Voncille Tarpley

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

She was born August 9, 1925, and enjoyed a life in the education field, retiring as principal of Fellowship Elementary School.

A complete obituary will be published in the next issue of this newspaper. Arrangements were handled by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
25
Mar

Alton Fife Johnson

Alton Fife Johnson

Alton Fife Johnson, 86, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena, after a brief illness.

He was born October 19, 1933 in Franklin Parish to the union of his parents, Jack Johnson and Francis Lord Johnson.

Alton worked hard all his life and was a wonderful provider for his wife and children. As a young man he worked on the farm picking cotton and he drove a log truck for a while.

He spent many years working at Angola State Penitentiary as a correctional officer. He retired from there and went to work at LaSalle Correctional Center. He retired from there also, but after that retirement he made fishing his “job.” He loved to fish and talk about fishing. He enjoyed the outdoors and when he was younger he enjoyed deer hunting as well.

Wed
25
Mar

Fay H. Ford

Fay H. Ford

Fay H. Ford, 83, of West Monroe, passed from this life on March 17, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

She became a resident of Columbia as she began a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer and lymphoma in early 2019. Through the years, Fay was an honorary resident of Caldwell Parish as she spent numerous hours supporting her granddaughters in 4-H activities and school events as Grayson Warriors and Caldwell Spartans.

She was born on January 26, 1937 in Lake Providence to parents, Jack and Marie Hagel.

She learned the value of community service in her early years as serving as Worthy Advisor (president) of her local assembly of Rainbow Girls. After graduating from business college in 1957 in Monroe, she worked for law and architectural firms.

She was active in Extension Homemaker Clubs and was a 4-H Club Leader in Ouachita Parish. Her passion for cooking, gardening and sewing was passed on to her daughters and granddaughters.

Wed
25
Mar

“Chris” Lane Clark

“Chris” Lane Clark

Christopher Lane Clark, 51, of Walters, passed from this life on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

He was born November 17, 1968, in Alexandria, to the union of Ronald Wayne Clark and Kaylon Gayle Manning.

Chris was an avid fisherman, often referred to as the “Fishin-Magician”. Chris could have caught a bass out of a mudhole.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at the Prosperity Baptist Church of Walters with the Revs. Kelton Hays, Byron Gray, and Tommy Sanson officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
18
Mar

Dianne Rollins

Margaret “Dianne” Rollins, 73, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at her home.

She was born November 30, 1946 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Louise and Ruben Bailey.

Dianne grew up in Liddieville along with her 12 brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, at Harris Cemetery of Crowville with Rev. Ken Davis officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doodle Rollins; parents; and two brothers, Donald Bailey and Tim Bailey.

Wed
18
Mar

Imo Ann Norsworthy

Imo Ann Norsworthy, 84, of Tomball, Texas, and a native of Jena, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020.

She was born August 2, 1935 in Jena, to the union of James Wade Andrews and Mardelle Chapman Andrews.

Ann graduated from Jena High School in 1954. She had been married to Kenneth Ray Norsworthy for 44 years until his death in 1999.

Ann retired from New Caney ISD as Attendance Secretary after 21 years of service. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21, at Greenwood Cemetery, 130 E. Stoner Ave., Shreveport. Arrangements are under direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Ray Norsworthy; daughter, Joyce Norsworthy; brothers, Billy Andrews and Herschel Andrews; and sister, Betty Lassiter.

Wed
18
Mar

Brenda A. McMillin

Brenda A. McMillin

Brenda Allien McMillin, 56, of 011a, passed from this life on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

She was born October 13, 1963 in Jena.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville with Rev. Jesse Henderson and Tim Kirl officiating.

Interment followed in the Richardson Cemetery in Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bradford; father, George Lynn McMillin; mother, Mary Louise Kirl McMillin; and sister, Donna Sharp.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her fiancé, Jimmy Hopkins, Jr.; sons, Chester McMillin of Clarks, and Joshua McMillin (Wendy) of Jena; daughter, Arnie McMillin (Jeff Corley) of 011a; sisters, Wanda Price of Jena, and Debbie Craft (Dwayne) of Oretta; grandchildren, Tessa Jones, Blade McMillin, Karma Jo McMillin, Joshua Ray McMillin Jr., Tristin Chevallier, Jasmine McMillin; and one great grandchild.

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