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Jimmy Ray Eubanks

Jimmy Ray Eubanks, 85, of Urania, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

He was born November 29, 1931 in Kelly to the union of his parents, John Calvin Eubanks and Mary Ella Riser Eubanks.

Mr. Eubanks served his country in the United States Air Force for twenty years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant and after his military years he became a special agent with United States Customs serving for twenty-two years. He was an avid sportsman loving camping along with hunting and fishing.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 24, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. E. R. Johnson and Clay Hutto officiating.

Interment with full military honors followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery of Urania with burial under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iris Evonne Eubanks; and a son, Nick Eldon Eubanks.

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Vera Chevallier

Vera Chevallier, 95, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

She was born August 18, 1921 in Walters to the union of her parents, Joe and Annie Sanson Chevallier.

Mrs. Chevallier was employed in the cafeteria at Jena Junior High School for many years.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Oliver Dean and Jimmy Keene officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tracie Chevallier; and her parents.

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Jamie Renee Bates

Jamie Renee Bates, 31, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Good Pine.

She was born January 23, 1986 in Alexandria.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at Sanctuary Family Worship Center in Jena with the Revs. Jimmy Young and Heath Harris officiating.

Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery of Nebo under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Survivors include her son, Isaiah Dewayne Todd; father, James H. Bates, III, mother; Angela Cater and husband Lonnie Cater; brothers, Landon Kale Cater, Coley Brandon Cater and Brandon Bates; sisters, Brittany Danielle Bates, Sara Leigh Ann Brock, Megan Nicole Bates, Brandie Bates, Misty Herron and Selena Bates.

Serving as pallbearers were Dale Overstreet, Jr., Jay Meadows, Justin Waldron, Danny Campbell, Joe Kimball and Lance Brown, with Nathan Brock serving as an honorary pallbearer.

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A. C. Riggs

A. C. Riggs, 90, of the Packton Community, passed from this life on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

He was born December 20, 1926 to the union of his parents, Arch and Bessie Riggs, and was a lifelong resident of Grant Parish.

Mr. Riggs was a graduate of Selma High School and a veteran of World War II having served in the South Pacific. His career with Penrod Drilling Company spanned many years in the oil field. Upon retirement, he established Riggs Enterprises, Inc. and worked as a drilling consultant.

During stints between jobs, he returned to his farm where he enjoyed growing vegetables and maintaining an orchard, which became his full time job upon final retirement. Mr. Riggs served as deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield.

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Sonny Peterson, Sr.

Harold “Sonny” Everett Peterson, Sr., 82, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

He was born June 26, 1934 in Urania to the union of his parents, Henry Everett Peterson and Parrie Huddleston Peterson.

Sonny received his B.S. degree in geology from Louisiana Tech, Ruston, LA and did his Masters work in geology at LSU, Baton Rouge. He was ordained a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Jena, on July 30, 1967 and served as a Deacon in various Baptist Churches until moving to Austin in 2002 where he and his wife Lena joined Tarrytown United Methodist Church.

He was also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. His career in the oil and gas industry spanned 36 years. After a short stint selling drill bits for Grigsby Tool and Hughes Tool, in 1963 he began work in exploration for Justiss-Mears Oil Company, Jena. Most importantly, that is where he met Lena Rae Breithaupt.

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Edward E. Minks

Edward E. Minks, 83, passed away peacefully at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania surrounded by his loving family, following an illness.

He was born October 26, 1933 in Oklahoma to the union of his parents, McCarty and Anna Salle Minks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Anna Minks.

Survivors include a son, William E. Minks; a daughter, Len Patterson; and grandchildren, Josh and Macy Jacob and Hudson Patterson.

Arrangements will be announced later by Riser Funeral Home of Columbia/Olla.

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Edith M. LaCroix

Edith Middleton LaCroix, 88, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born September 21, 1928 in Natchez, Mississippi to the union of her parents, Leslie and Essie Loper Middleton.

Mrs. Edith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesville.

Services were held at 12-noon on Wednesday, March 15, at the First Baptist Church in Jonesville with the Revs. Ralph Webber and Todd Pennington officiating.

Interment followed in the Evangeline Cemetery of Wildsville under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Willie Middleton.

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Frank Edwin Kirl

Frank Edwin Kirl, 56, of Hebert, passed from this life on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.

He was born November 9, 1960 in Jena to the union of his parents, Frank Gene Kirl and Tiny Thacker Kirl.

Frank was a carpenter who enjoyed working with his hands. He had many hobbies and interests including fishing, playing his guitar, singing with his karaoke machine and listening to music.

He loved his family and many friends and enjoyed socializing with them at hog roasts or just hanging out. He was full of life and loved every moment of it.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Cecil Aron Jones

Cecil Aron Jones, 78, of Tullos, passed from this life on Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Jena.

He was born July 9, 1938 in West Monroe to the union of his parents, Carey Ellis and Edna Cotten Jones.

Cecil was employed as a pumper for A J and J Thornton and also served in the Louisiana National Guard.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Jimmy Greer officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Reba Jones and Alma Doughty.

Survivors include his son, Douglas Aron Jones of New Ross, IN; daughter, Barbara “Bobbie” Leman of Crawfordsville, IN; brother, C. E. Jones of Trout; sister, Barbara Greer of Trout; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and ex wife Deanna Tyler.

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Billy Gene Davis

Billy Gene Davis, 87, most recently of Jena, and a longtime resident of Venice, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Billy is best known for his keen sense of humor and long-running jokes. He was a best friend to everyone and he never met a stranger.

Billy loved being with family and friends, but treasured the time spent with his beloved Dorothy. He will be sadly missed but his life will be celebrated.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, in the chapel of Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey.

Interment followed in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery in Belle Chase under direction of Mothe Funeral Home of Harvey.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Dwayne Davis; and siblings, L. B. “Sonny” Davis, Lucille Buley, Bernice Davis, and Wallace Davis.

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