Obituaries

Obituaries

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Alice Pyles Strong, 99, of Delhi, went home to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 8, 2018,

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Violet Entrekin Smith, 87, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the home o

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Gary Dell Tucker, 74, passed from this life on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Rapides Regional Me

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Margie Magilean Brewton, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the LaSa

Mon
08
Jan

Betty Ruth Smith

Betty Ruth Smith, 85, of Winnfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

She was born Saturday, July 23, 1932 in Jena, to the union of her parents, Roy L. and Viva Taylor Roark.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and enjoyed crafting, embroidery, and sewing.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, at Corinth Baptist Church with the Revs. David Womack, Donnie Wise, and Yancy Martin officiating.

Interment followed in Squires Cemetery near Summerville under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Meredith Smith; sister, Vera Smith; grandson, Raymand Lee Normand, Jr.; son-in-law, Raymand Lee Normand, Sr.; and nephews, Elbert McAllister and Rodney Smith.

Mon
08
Jan

Velma Anglin Newsom

Velma Anglin Newsom, 91, formerly of Trout, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at her home in Huntsville, Alabama.

She was born February 13, 1926 in Jena, to the union of Susco and Ophelia Whatley Anglin, and had lived in Huntsville since 1998.

She was a devoted Christian of the Baptist faith and was a former member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Huntsville.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Fellowship Baptist Church Pastor Michael Devillier officiating.

Interment followed in the Roberts Cemetery in Kelly under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Etheledge Newsom; her brothers, Robert Anglin, Loys Anglin and A.C. Anglin; her sister, Lillian Anglin White; and her son, Dennis Wayne Gough.

Mon
08
Jan

Minnie Lou Manchester

Minnie Lou Allen Manchester, 101, passed from this life at 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

She was born March 24, 1916 to the union of her parents, John Marvin and Susie Joy Roberts Allen.

Mrs. Manchester was a life-long member of Nolley Memorial Methodist Church in Jena.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 30, at Nolley Memorial Methodist Church with Rev. Truman Stagg officiating.

Interment followed in the Nolley Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Vera Benton, Mott Taylor, Ruth Owens, Inez Coleman, Ava Morgan, and Jerry Williams; three brothers, Tommy Allen, Dwight Allen, and Edward Allen; husband, L. M.

Manchester; son, Buddy Manchester; and daughter, Hilda M. Randall.

Survivors include one sister, Sue Brooks of Jena; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Mon
08
Jan

Joseph Lance Johnson

Joseph Lance Johnson, 24, of Winnfield, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018.

He was born Thursday, March 4, 1993 in Urania.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Jessie and Obelene Ramsey, and paternal great grandparents, Woodrow and India Gaines; and paternal grandfather, David W. Gaines.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Jennifer Lea Gaines (Bradford Fredieu); father, Joseph L. Johnson, Jr.; brother, Brandon Lee Johnson (Cesley); maternal grandparents, Curtis and Judy Richey; paternal grandparents, Joe and Earline Johnson; and niece on the way, Alora Johnson.

A memorial service for Lance will be announced at a later time by his family.

Please contribute to their gofundme campaign to help with funeral expenses by visiting: Gofundme page.

Arrangements were handled by Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

Mon
08
Jan

Lena Thompson Hailey

Lena Thompson Hailey, 95, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, January 1, 2018, in Jena.

She was born March 4, 1922 in Jena to the union of her parents, Joseph David and Mattie Hailey Whatley.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Hailey; son,

Jackie Roy Hailey: daughter, Linda Racouly: parents: brothers, James G. Whatley and Archie L. Whatley.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Mark Hailey of Campti, and Raymond Hailey and wife, Teresa of Glenrose, TX; daughter, Ruth Hailey of Gardner; 24 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Mon
08
Jan

Dr. Jack B. Evans

Dr. Jack B. Evans, 98, retired Winnfield dentist, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

He was born on Thursday, May 8, 1919, in Catahoula Parish, and volunteered for military service with the Army Air Corps in September, 1939, and served through the end of WW II, earning two Purple Heart awards and reaching the rank of First Lieutenant.

After the war, he used the GI Bill to earn, in May, 1951, a DDS degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He practiced dentistry for one year in Winnsboro, and then practiced in Winnfield from 1953 until he retired in 1993.

Dr. Evans was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield where he attended the Sanctuary Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Winnfield Kiwanis Club, the Gideons, and the American Dental Society.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Winnfield with Rev. John Holland officiating.

Mon
08
Jan

Jack O. Bonner

Jack Oliver Bonner, 77, passed away at his home in the Trinity Community near Jonesville on the morning of January 4, 2018.

He was born on December 21, 1940 on a third-generation family farm in the Mississippi River Delta community of Turner in Phillips County, Arkansas to parents, Oliver Gaines Bonner and Geraldine Brown Bonner.

After graduation from Marvell High School, Jack took a job as a day laborer at a Bunge USA grain buying facility near Helena, Arkansas. He would spend the next 43 years employed by Bunge at several locations. Utilizing the work ethic and humanitarian qualities learned on the Bonner family farm Jack advanced with Bunger to manage facilities in Arkansas; Selma, Alabama; Greenville, Mississippi; Mermentau, Vidalia and Jonesville, Louisiana.

Tue
02
Jan

Sheryl Ann Smith

Sheryl Ann Drewett Smith, 71, of Dry Prong, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. She was born December 27, 1945 to the family of Thomas N. Drewett, Sr. and Magdalynn H. Drewett. Sheryl retired as a registered nurse after caring for the ill for more than 35 years. She was a thoughtful and caring nurse, serving in several area hospitals and institutions. Sheryl was a graduate of Jena High School and Louisiana State University at Alexandria, having obtained an Associate Degree of Nursing. Her favorite pastime was tending to her garden and flowers. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing her love of beautiful plants and gardens with others. Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Truman Skaggs and Amanda Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc.

Tue
02
Jan

Stephen Scott Sanders

Stephen Scott Sanders, 59, of Urania, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following a brief illness. Stephen was born on November 28, 1958 in California to the union of his parents, Mearl Sanders and Judith Ann Riter Sanders. Stephen worked in road construction in Washington state for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his father and by his grandparents, Alex and Dorothy Riter and Ruby and D. L. Sanders. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jaye Sanders of Urania; three daughters, Tamra Van Houten, Samantha High and Ashley Sanders, all of Oregon; his mother, Judith Ann Sanders of Vancouver, WA; his brother, Michael Phillip Sanders and wife Pamela of Vancouver, WA; four grandsons and one granddaughter, also a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service held at a later time.

Tue
02
Jan

Tracy Shirley

Tracy Shirley, 41, of Summerville passed from this life on Thursday, December 21, 2017, in Jonesville. She was born October 6, 1976 in Monroe. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, at Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Olla with Rev. Claude Chaney officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jessie and Beulah James; and paternal grandparents, W. E.

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