Obituaries

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Betha Lou Culp

Betha Lou Culp, 81, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, August 15, 2016, at the Riverside Hospital in Alexandria. She was born April 23, 1935, in Rhinehart to her parents, Phillip Frank Paul and Emmie Jewell Clark. Mrs. Culp was a retired LPN. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with Rev. Mike Russell officiating. Interment will follow under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pearl Culp; son, Willie Phillip Culp; daughter, Eva Lou Culp; her parents; and a brother, John Paul. Survivors include one son, Allen Culp of Jena; daughter, Emmie “Ilene” Capps of Jena; sisters, Emmie Catherine Watson of Ball, and Frankie Marie Culp of Jena; grandchildren, James Capps and April Capps, and three great grandchildren, Isis Capps, Isabelle Capps, and Clint Capps.  

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Tashiana Tasha Walker

Tashiana “Tasha” A. Walker, 17, of Jena, died suddenly on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in a traffic accident in Tullos. She was born July 14, 1999 in Jena. Tasha was a junior at Jena High School where she was loved by each one of her classmates. She was a member of New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, in the auditorium at Jena High School. Interment will follow in Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena. Survivors include her father, Maurice Hunter; her mother, Jackie Walker; and four sisters, Dominique, Shatoya, Shante and Denikwa Walker.

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Wanda Lynn Stott

Wanda L. Stott, 83, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following an extended illness. She was born February 2, 1933 to the union of her parents, Harold Landson Fish and Ailena Dozier Fish. Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, from the sanctuary of Pine Hill Baptist Church of Olla with the Revs. Ed Smith and Corey Fowler officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Rodney Taylor, and by her grandson, Brandon Taylor. Survivors include her son, John Stott (Kim); her daughters, Tena Taylor Smith (Curtis), Vanessa Taylor Meziel (Jack), and Debra Owings and (Dave); step-daughter, Louise Exline (Connie Mac); her brother, Jim Fish (Francis); and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

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Bishop Norris Poole

Bishop Norris K. Poole, 83, of Winnsboro, passed from this life on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria following an extended illness. He was born June 23, 1933 at Wallace Ridge to the union of his parents, Welby J. and Gholda Randall Poole. Bishop Poole was a resident of Winnsboro, and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was in the ministry for over 46 years, serving as pastor at Gum Point Pentecostal Church near Crowley, Rosen Creek Pentecostal Church of Harrisonburg, Wallace Ridge Pentecostal Church of Jonesville; and at the time of his death was serving as Bishop and Senior Pastor at Wayside Pentecostal Church of Winnsboro. A ceremony celebrating his life was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, at New Life Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Tommy Cotten, David Poole, Allan Hatten and Charlie Curry officiating. Graveside services were at noon on Monday, Aug.

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James Herbie Hardy

James Herbie Hardy, 70, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 13, 2016, in his residence. He was born Monday, September 17, 1945 in Winnsboro, to the union of his parents, J. D. and Joyce Llynn Crawley Hardy. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Good Pine Baptist Church with the Revs. Brandon Poole and Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Linda Kay Freeman Hardy of Jena; his son, James David Hardy and wife Stacy Yvette of Pineville; a daughter, Rebecca Ann Verzwyvelt and husband Vincent of Pineville; brothers, Robert L. Hardy and wife Pam of Dry Prong, George C. Hardy and wife Iris of Jonesville and John D. Hardy of Jonesville; step-brothers, Gene Branch and wife Debbie of Sicily Island, and Jimmie Smith and wife MiMi of Brookhaven Miss.

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Loretta Ashley

Loretta Poole Ashley, 78, of the Nickels Community, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in Urania. She was born Sunday, March 6, 1938 in Poole Bend, Louisiana, to the union of Welby and Gholda Randall Poole. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 in the Cornerstone Apostolic Church in the Aimoch Community with Rev. Daryl Floyd officiating. Interment followed in the Old Siloam Cemetery at Aimwell under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Ashley; her parents; and four brothers, Dan Poole, Joel Poole, Aaron Poole, and Olan Poole.

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Iris McMillin Seyfert

Iris Odell McMillin Seyfert, 92, of Port Allen, and formerly of Jena, passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer. Originally from Manifest, Iris spent many years in Jena raising her family. She moved to Houston, TX for a short time, then to St. Francisville, and then to Port Allen. She was born May 7, 1924 at Manifest to the union of her parents, Luther and Ruth McMillin. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Terry Doughty officating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Walter W. Seyfert; son, Walter W. Seyfert, Jr.; grandson, Jonathan Logan Book; and brother, James Shelton McMillin. Survivors include one son, Donald L.

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Melba D. Humphrey

Melba Darlene Humphrey, 62, of Mooringsport, and a native of Jena, passed away August 1, 2016. She was born February 27, 1954 in Jena, and graduated from Jena High School in 1972. Melba had lived in Mooringsport for the past ten years after moving from Oil City. She was a member of Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge. For 18 years, she taught school at Vivian Elementary School, and for five years at North Highlands School, and before that, she was a teacher’s aide for five years. Melba loved reading and working at the church with the youth. She was a loving mom, grand mom and great grand mom, and loved spending time with her family. She was a person who never met a stranger, and would be friends with anyone she met. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 5, at Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City, officiated by Rev. Ronald Wayne Dunn.

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Bradford ‘Brad’ Bates

Bradford “Brad” Keith Bates, 54, of Olla, passed from this life into his eternal home on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Savannah Grand in West Monroe following an extended illness. He was born in Lake Charles on March 8, 1962, to the union of Wayne Lamar Bates and Patsy Ruth Bradford Bates. A 1981 graduate of Jena High School, Brad continued his education at Northwestern State University where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1985, a Masters of Art in Student Personnel in 1988, and finally a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Nothing surpassed Brad’s love for the Lord and Christian music. He has performed piano all over the United States including as a member of the travel team for Centrifuge where he also taught classes. Brad’s walk with the Lord  also brought him to New York, French West India, and Martinique on mission trips. As a member of Olla First Baptist Church he served many years as the pianist.

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Margaret Ann Peel

Margaret Ann Peel, 73, of Olla, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. She was born Thursday, November 19, 1942 in Oakdale, to the union of her parents, Orval A. and Orelia Bryant Garrett. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, with Rev. Clark Palmer, officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery near Colfax under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include her son, Michael Moss of Urania; grandsons, Michael Glen Moss, and James Moss, both of Austin, TX, Robert Moss of Olla, and Tony Moss of Oak Harbor, WA; and four great grandchildren. 

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