Edith K. Huffman

Edith Kathleen Huffman, 69, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

She was born January 18, 1948 to the union of her parents, Edgar Lee and Barbara Edith Stevenson Huffman.

Edith was a self-employed secretary.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Byron Norris officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Lester Lee Huffman.

Survivors include one brother, Allen Huffman of Jena; two sisters, Delores Ann Wilson and husband Jerry, and Tammy Lenay Huffman, all of Jena.

Pallbearers were Bruce Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Tony Wilson, Slim Stapleton and Johnny Hutchins.


Sandra Lynn Cole

Sandra Lynn Russell Cole, 70, of Jena, passed from this life at 11:23 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born June 6, 1946 in Shreveport to the family of Laverne Lutrick and Earle Lutrick.

Mrs. Cole was a homemaker.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with Rev. Brandon Poole officiating (weather permitting).

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Thomas Dale Cunningham.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Van Meter of Jefferson, TX, and Kathie Griffin of Longview, TX; one son, Phillip Faust, Jr. of Jena; sisters, Barbara Rinkle of Tatum, TX, Rose Jones of Beckville, TX; Brenda Glasgow of Kilgore, TX, Sue Smith of Jena, Alvin Laurene Peoples and Dollie Jane Blaylock, both of Winnsboro, Shirley Diane Martin of Ferriday, and Bobbie Nell Hogue of Tallulah; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Jerry Breithaupt

Jerry Emile Breithaupt, 73, of Winnsboro, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

He was born April 2, 1943 in Alexandria to the union of his parents, Oscar E. and Dorothy Helen Wainwright Breithaupt.

Jerry was a pharmacist, and loved working at Winnsboro Drug, was an avid hunter and marksman, loved shooting his guns. He loved helping people, spending time with family and spoiling the grandchildren. He loved his career. He received his Golden Certificate for practicing pharmacy for 50 years.

He was in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict, stationed in Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio and Captain in the Army, and was an avid reader.

Services were at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Rev. Floyd Hawthorne officiating.

Interment followed in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.


Lori Lee Smith

Lori Lee Smith, 57, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, January 30, 2017, at her home.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at Harrisonburg Christian Assembly Church with Rev. Lynell Hatten officiating.

Interment followed at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Harrisonburg under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Ferrington.

Survivors include her husband, Oscar Charles Smith, Jr.; children, Tiffany Washington of Jonesville, Scottie Lee Boothe of Jonesville, Rusty Lee Boothe of Harrisonburg, Oscar Charles Smith, III, of Jonesville, and Leon Smith of Jonesville; siblings, Wanda Sue Farrington of Franklinton, LA, Debbie and Keith Siffert of St. Landry, LA, and Floyd Dean and Kerry Ferrington of Harrisonburg.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Ferrington, Cody Ferrington, Brendan Ferrington, Jimmie Smith, Calvin Holly, and Chester Coleman.


Melba Jean Morrow

Melba Jean Allbritton Morrow, 85, of Houston, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

She was born February 20, 1931 in Tullos, to the union of her parents, Dewey and Thelma Allbritton.

Fiesty and spirited, she paved the way for the four brothers that followed. She loved her brothers, any sport with a ball, sewing, puzzles, and could keep a house plant alive for decades – a trait she did not pass along to her daughter.

Mrs. Morrow was a faithful subscriber and reader of her hometown newspaper, The Jena Times.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home in Houston, TX, with Rev. Jeff Campbell officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.


Marilyn C. Leonard

Marilyn Ann Cotten Leonard, 62, of Dry Prong, LA, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at her residence in Dry Prong.

She was born on November 5, 1954, in Houston, TX and worked for several different companies as a House Mother/Sitter for area group homes. She loved to shop for her family.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with Pastor Mark Breland officiating.

Interment followed in the Taylor Chapel Cemetery in Summerville under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Nell Loften Cotten; husband, Walter Leonard, III, and great granddaughter, Serenity Hebert.


Florence Evelyn Miller

Florence Evelyn Weaver Miller, 89, of Trout, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Vidalia.

She was born August 25, 1927 in Urania to the union of her parents, Henry L. and Jesse Gertrude Tam Weaver. 

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Reid Terry officiating.

Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery in Urania under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivy D. Miller; her parents; two sisters, Billie Ruth Mills and Elouise Barnam; and one brother, Hilton “Buddy” Weaver. 

Survivors include one son, Gerald D. Miller; three granddaughters, Robyn Miller, Nanci Quinley, and Tracie Kimes and husband Gary; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, along with some great-great neices and nephews. 


Sherman Floyd Brooks

Sherman Floyd Brooks, 69, of Lake Charles, and native of Jena, died at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016, at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Lake Charles.

He was born September 7, 1947 in Jena to his parents, Beulah and Floyd Brooks.

Sherman was a graduate of Jena High School. He worked in the Petrochemical Industry for many years as a Drilling Consultant. He loved the outdoors and had many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Volentine Brooks of Lake Charles; one son, David Brooks of DeQuincy; his mother, Beulah Brooks of Jena; one sister, Sharon Brooks of Jena; two grandchildren, Tyler and Alex Brooks of DeQuincy.

He is preceded in death by his father, Floyd Eddie Brooks.

Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.


J. R. “Pete” Smith

Jesse R. “Pete” Smith, 81, of Ball entered eternal rest on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria. Pete and his wife, Kathy, owned and operated Piggly Wiggly Grocery in Jena for many years.

Pete was a native of Pineville, born August 4, 1935, and a member of Hosanna Baptist Church, Ball.

During his working years, he was a grocery store owner; then, after many years, he worked as a Sales Rep. for Specialty Foods. Upon retirement he started part time work at Harvest Foods in Marksville, where he so much felt at home and loved his workers as his second family.

After graduating in the first graduating class at Pineville High School, of which he was proud to be a part, he moved to Muskegon, Michigan; while on vacation back in Pineville, he met his forever wife, Kathryn; they fell in love and married on July 30, 1955. God blessed this union with two sons, Randy and David.


Sherry G. Roberts

Sherry Dean Graham Roberts, 61, of Columbia, passed from this life on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the main campus of Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans.

She was born March 9, 1955 in Jena to the union of her loving parents, Clyde Russell Graham and Juanita Price Graham.

Sherry was a member of the Outreach Baptist Church and was Assistant Warden at the Caldwell Correctional Center. Sherry was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Sherry was the kind of person where you knew where you stood with her.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, from the sanctuary of Outreach Baptist Church with Rev. C. R. Martin officiating.

Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Warner and Betty Dannehl; and two nephews, Russell and Keith Warner.


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