Obituaries

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Tammy Marie Bell

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Tammy Marie Trosclair Bell, 58, passed from this life on Saturday, February 2, 2019. She was a native of Houma but had lived in Jena for a time and attended Midway Baptist Church.

She was a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. She loved to spend time with her husband, talk about the Lord among each other and with their children, playing games on her computer, and watching television.

Whenever concerts were held at church, she attended and truly enjoyed the music. She loved playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Coteau Baptist Church in Houma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lilly Mae Constrantchis Trosclair and Arthur Peter Trosclair; brother, Aubrey Paul Trosclair, Sr.; nephew, Aubrey Paul Trosclair, Jr.; and grandsons, Michael Paul Wade Wilson and Thomas Ezekiel Frizzell.

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In memory of Bobbie Virginia Smith

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Departal for Heaven on February 18, 1013 Never To Be Forgotten!

It’s hard to believe, but six years have passed since you left us. We think about you, and love you more, each and every day of our lives. You were, and are everything to us, and our memories help to keep us going, as best we can, to cope with the loss of such a great lady! We are diminished by your absence, and Heaven is enhanced by your presence! God bless you, as he always has, and we’ll see you again some day.

Always, Pat, Sonny and Annabeth Brasseux all the rest of the family and a host of friends of Bobbie Virginia Smith

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Betty Irene Phelps

Betty Irene Phelps, 65, of Rhinehart, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

She was born July 12, 1953 in Jena.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Phelps; father, Percy Donald Strickland, Jr.; mother, Laura Lorrine Jones; daughter, Christina Phelps; brother, Donald Strickland; and sisters, Syble Smith, and Ruth Ann Ford.

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Feb

Helen Anglin Webb

Helen Louise Webb, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, February 16, 2019, a day before her 66th birthday. Arrangements were incomplete at press time, but will be announced by Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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20
Feb

Barbara Sant Ratcliff

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Barbara Sant Ratcliff, 67, of Columbia, and formerly of Nebo, passed from this life on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born April 24, 1951 in Meridian, Mississippi, to the union of Willie Sant and Kathleen Ferrand.

Barbara had a true servants heart and dedicated herself to her chosen profession in healthcare as an LPN and then a RN for over fifty years. While she loved her career, her true passion and love was her family. She enjoyed spending her time and devoting her energy to her loved ones whom she cherished very much.

Services were held at 12-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Robbie Alford Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the Columbia Hill Cemetery in Columbia under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Danny Joe Ratcliff.

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20
Feb

Donna Nell Poole

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Donna Nell Poole, 68, of Summerville, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in her residence surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness.

She was born October 26, 1950 at Jena to the union of her parents, Lawrence Edwin and Alda Donna Poole.

Donna was known by all for her addictive smile and bright personality. She had a kind word for all. She served several area churches through the ministry of music as pianist. She had a great love for her Savior and her church family.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb.17, at Summerville Baptist Church in the Summerville Community with the Revs. Mickey Hudnall and Jessie Henderson officiating.

Interment followed in the Spring Ridge Cemetery near Aimwell under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Poole; and a brother, Jerry Poole.

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20
Feb

Mike Nelson

Michael “Mike” Nelson, 74, a resident of Morgan City, was called home to be with the Lord at his residence on Tuesday February 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 2, 1944, in Columbia, La., the son of Gwendolyn Cruse Nelson and Copeland Ray Nelson.

Mike served in the United States Marine Corp from 1963-1967. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam with Battlefield promotions to Corporal, then Sergeant.

After Vietnam, he played minor league baseball for two years. He also was an avid pool player who learned from the great Willie Mosconi. He was a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals fan from the age of 8 years-old and did play-by-play with the late Harry Carey. He had a great passion for the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish.

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Betty Carey Brown

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Betty Carey Brown, 80, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at her residence.

She was born November 25, 1938.

Betty was loved by all who met her.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Crossroads Baptist Church near Nebo with Rev. Billy Prince officiating.

Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

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Feb

Bertha Evans Morace

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Bertha Evans Morace, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the age of 102.

She was born to Alexander Steven Evans and Hattie Lee Oma Gibson on December 30, 1916 in the Rogers Community.

She was married to Charlie Wellman Morace from 1933 until his death in 1994.

Mrs. Morace was preceded in death by her brothers, Lonnie Evans, John Evans, Edgar Evans, and C. W. Bonds; her sisters, Martha Evans, and Lula Shadow; her sons, Paul Raymond Morace and Alex Morace; and grandsons, Andy Lemoine and Michael Lemoine.

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Walterine Durham

Walterine Brewton Durham of Jena passed from this life on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at her residence in Jena.

She was a lifelong resident of the area, and spent her working career as a Dietician Nutritionist at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Pineville.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jena, where she taught children’s Sunday School for over 40 years. She possessed a great love for children. She was a great lover of nature, and continued to help family and friends with proper diet after her retirement.

Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss is her daughter, Naylyn Dill and husband Jerry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Walter and Sadie Smith Brewton; one brother, William Walter (W.W.) Brewton, Jr; and sister-in-law, Aliene Ganey Brewton.

A private family graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Friday, February 15, under the direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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