Obituaries

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Marilyn Hirtler

Marilyn Hirtler, 76, of Jena, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Jena Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 12, 1941, in Jena to the family of Eugene and Callie Bradford Brian. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Nebo Baptist Church. Services were held Thursday, June 7, 2018, in the Nebo Baptist Church with Revs. Steve Jones and Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William White “Bo” Bignar; third husband, Jack David Hirlter; sisters, Evelyn Love and Jewell Brian; brother, Eugene Brian, Jr.; son-in-law, Terry Edwards and step-daughter, Debbie Stewart. Those left to cherish her memories are her son, Bo Bignar and wife Amber; daughter, Tammy Edwards; step-daughters, Rita Stewart, Patricia Hirtler and Pam Hirtler; 15 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.

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Syble Diane Smith

Syble Diane Smith, 67, of Trout, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at her residence. She was born December 30, 1950 in Jena to the union of Percy and Loraine Jones Strickland. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 8, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. 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 husband, Leslie Allen Smith; her parents; brother, Donald Strickland; and sister, Ruth Ann Ford Those left to cherish in her memory include her daughter, Karen Smith Hebert and husband Donald of Trout; son, Bo Smith of Belah; grandchildren, Dylan Lee and Destiny “De De” Lee and one she loved as her own grandchild Brianna Cox; special niece, Carla Ford of Summerville; brothers, Junior Nugent of Belah, and Neal Nugent of Rhinehart; sisters, Linda Smith of Midway, and Betty Phelps of Rhinehart; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Max Mitchell

Albert Maxwell Mitchell, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena following a brief illness. He was born January 22, 1934 in Jena to the union of his parents, John Hubert and Alice Fradonia White Mitchell. Max, as he was better known in the community, began his first business when just a lad – raising and selling fishing worms. In 1964, he and his wife, Virginia, opened the Jena Dairy Queen, later changing the name to Jena Burger Barn, and they operated that business for more than a quarter century. During that same time period, the Mitchells opened and operated the Olla Burger Barn. Twenty years later in 1984, the Mitchells saw the need for a quality sit-down restaurant in Jena, and it was in that year they opened Ginny’s Restaurant, which they operated for the next quarter of a century. Ginny’s Restaurant drew hungry customers from far and near and was well known throughout Central Louisiana and beyond.

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Kathy Whittington

Kathreen Ann “Kathy” Whittington, 65, of Grayson, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 6, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 16, 1952 in Jena to the union of her parents, James McGraw and Mary Louise Beckham McGraw. Kathy was a loving soul that always had a smile upon her face. She went above and beyond to make sure everyone around her had what they needed and then some. She was a very artistic talented woman in her love of crafting. She loved to visit garage sales and search out that one special piece. She loved flower gardening and loved to feed and watch her hummingbirds from every window. To know her was to love her. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rita Jordan; her brother, Edgar McGraw; and her in-laws, Owen C. “Pete” Whittington and Lurlene Strickland Whittington.

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Charlotte Perkins

Charlotte Perkins, 50, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, June 8, 2018, at her residence. She was born June 12, 1967 in Jonesville. She used to spend hours shopping at goodwill stores. Memorial services were held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 11, at Pine Hill Baptist Church near Urania with the Revs. Ed Smith and Cory Fowler officiating, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her father: Ronald Cassels. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Richard Perkins of Urania; sons, Richie Perkins and wife Brandi of Bienville, and Jerry Perkins and wife Pamela of Wolf City, TX; daughter: Brittany Banks and her husband Billy of Waco, TX; mother, Lucille Jameson of Urania; dad, Malcolm Jameson of Urania; brothers, John Jameson, Ronnie Cassels, Randy Cassels, and Ricky Cassels; grandchildren: Libby Johnson, Trey Schneider, Briella Banks, Olivia Perkins, and Noah Chaney; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

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Davis Young

Davis Young, 66, of Urania, passed from this life on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his residence in Jena. He was born April 15, 1952 in Jena to the union of Spencer and Lucy Westbrooks Young. Davis was a hard working man who worked in the woods and he loved to go fishing. He loved his family and his grandchildren. Services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 27, at the First Baptist Church of Olla with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating. Interment followed at the Urania Cemetery in Urania under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his son, Davis Overton Young; his parents; siblings, Clyde Young, Kenneth Young, Mae Coleman, Ilene Coleman, Mavis Young, and Edith Humble.

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Chester Roy Walton

Chester Roy Walton, 70, passed from this life on Monday, May 28, 2018, at his residence. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Meyers Bend Pentecostal Church near Harrisonburg with Pastor Terry Glaspell, and Revs. Jack Knapp and Bill Cotten officiating. Interment followed in the Harrisonburg Cemetery under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Walton; mother, Maggie Walton; sister, Georgie Perrin; two brothers, Jimmy Ronald Walton and Robert Walton. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Walton; son, Jimmy Walton and wife Melissa of Harrisonburg; son, Tony Walton and wife Tabitha of Harrisonburg; Joe and Mandy Riley of Harrisonburg; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two brothers, George Walton Sr.

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Allen Kendrick

William Allen Kendrick, Jr., 56, of Jena passed from this life Thursday, May 24, 2018 in an accident in Pineville. He was born September 8, 1961 in Jena to the union of his parents, William Allen Kendrick, Sr. and Helen Bliss Clancy Kendrick. Allen served in the United States Marine Corps as a Bandsman, worked for Procter and Gamble Plant in Pineville, and served his community as a director of the Community Choir. Allen was an active member of the Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church of Jena. A memorial service honoring the life of Allen was held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 28, at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Truman Stagg and Daniel Hixon officiating. The service included full military honors, and was under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his father; and a niece, Sharon Lillian Bradford.

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Aaron Joubert, Sr.

James Aaron Joubert, Sr., 81, a former prominent Jena businessman, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. He was born August 30, 1936, in Washington, Louisiana, to the union of his parents, John and Estelle Stephens Joubert. Aaron grew up in the era of hard times, with a single mom after Aaron’s father died, leaving his mother with three small children to raise. Aaron began working at the age of 6, hauling ice and doing other small jobs to help bring a little money home to his mom and sisters. He grew up in Washington, Louisiana, along with his sisters. He cherished spending time with his cousins Allen, Raphael, and Vernon. Aaron also served in the US Army. Aaron and his late wife, Sherry, moved to Jena in 1963 after purchasing the Golden Age Nursing Center. Aarons hobbies centered around working and staying busy. He loved to tinker in his shop, keep his farm equipment maintained, bush hog, and maintain his beautiful home and property.

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Harry K. Henson

Harry K. Henson, 75, of Greensboro, NC, and formerly of Tullos, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro’s Beacon Place. A private celebration of his life will be held for the family Father’s Day weekend. Everyone knew him as “Harry K,” and also as Papaw, KK, Crow and Eureka. He was born to the union of Harry Henry Henson and Pauline Knouse Henson in Pleasant Hill, La. on December 29th, 1942. He and his family later moved to Jefferson, Texas where he lived until the age of 10. The family then moved to Urania, La. where he met the love of his life, at age 11. As a young teen, Harry K. enjoyed hiking and exploring the local dense forests and was in awe of the historical loblolly pines not far from his home. His love of nature extended to many years of white perch fishing. He loved the study of world history and government and was very accomplished in his knowledge of both.

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