Obituaries

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Shelton Miles

Shelton Miles

Shelton “Buddy” Miles, 79, passed from this life on Friday, January 24, 2020.

He was born December 9, 1940, to the union of Robert Miles, Sr. and Hortense Smith.

Buddy joined Starlight Baptist Church at an early age. After Starlight dissolved, he moved his membership to Harmonia Missionary Baptist Church. He attended school at Good Pine High School and also attended Grambling State University.

He was employed at Louisiana Pacific until his retirement in 1997.

Homegoing services were held at 12-noon on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Harmonia Missionary Baptist Church, Woodyard Road, in Olla, Rev. Clarence J. Reese, Sr., pastor, and Bishop Darrell D. Luther, officiant.

Interment followed in the Oak Forest Cemetery of Olla with final arrangements entrusted to King’s Funeral Home of Ruston.

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Nickie Lenn Terrell

Nickie Lenn Terrell, 86, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

He was born September 5, 1933 in Zenoria to the union of his parents, Ernest Terrell and Clara White Terrell.

Mr. Terrell was employed by the Town of Jena for five years, and also worked as a plumber, painter, carpenter, butcher and spent some time working in the oilfield.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, with Rev. Steve Jenkins officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Jane Lyday Terrell; his parents; brothers, Herman “Buster” Terrell, Jimmy Terrell, and Bobby “PeeWee” Terrell; sisters, Melba Jean Francis, Bernice Stoneman, and Marie Bruney.

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Irma Dean McGuffee

Irma Dean McGuffee

Irma Dean ‘Baba Dee” Eubanks McGuffee, 89, of Enterprise, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born June 14, 1930 at Enterprise to the union of her parents, Pearl and William Oscar Eubanks.

First Peter 3 speaks of the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. Baba Dee was the picture of a gentle quiet spirit. To know her was to love her and she showed love to everyone she met. She met her true love early in life.

Dee and Doc were married 54 years, setting an example for all the generations to follow. Baba Dee loved her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and was very excited when her great-great-granddaughter was born.

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Rose Maxey

Rosalie T. “Mrs. Rose” Maxey, 68, of Dry Prong, and a native of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at her residence in Dry Prong.

She was born September 1, 1951 in Urania.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 27, at Liberty Chapel Cemetery of Williana with Rev. Joe Johnson officiating.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Annie Mae Bass.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 51 years, John Maxey of Dry Prong; son, Brian Maxey of Seattle, WA; brother, Jerry Bass and wife Janice of Jena; cousins, Jean Aycock and Margaret Poplin of Olive Branch, MS; and a host of extended family and friends.

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Stewart P. Hardie

Stewart P. Hardie

Stewart Payne Hardie, 48, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

He was born August 20, 1971.

Stewart was a man of many traits and lived life to the fullest.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Utility Baptist Church of Jonesville, with the Revs. Jerry Sharp and Dustin Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the McFarian-Gurie Cemetery of Jonesville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

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Rheta Glynn Denton

Rheta Glynn Denton, 84, of the Mt. Sinai Community, passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

She was born in Trout on December 25, 1934.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Mt. Sinai Cemetery of Trout with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar McCartney; mother, Irma Francis; and two sisters, Marguerite Chevallier and Eula Cummings.

Left to cherish in her memory is her husband, Billy Wayne Denton of Mt. Sinai Community.

Pallbearers were Terry Knapp, Jack Zeaglar, Mickey Cockerham, Terry Clark, Alex Schopp, and Paul Daily.

Honorary pallbearers were Lynn Duke, Louis Paul, and Jack Cockerham.

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Ruthie Gail Cooper

Ruthie Gail Cooper

Ruthie Gail Cooper, 70, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

She was born December 3, 1949 in Jonesboro.

Ruthie Gail loved cooking, gardening, playing piano, and spending time with her family.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Byron Norris and Jessie Henderson officiating.

Interment followed in the Hurricane Creek Cemetery in the Hurricane Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Cooper; father, Truman Aaron Webb, Sr.; and mother, Virginia Ruth DeVore Cooper.

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Sylvia Welch Bell

Sylvia Welch Bell

Sylvia Welch Bell, 93, of Jena, answered God’s call to come back to her resting place on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

She was born May 10, 1926 to the union of the late Annie and Pierce Welch. She had a long life which brings a cycle of changes, birth, joy, death and sorrows, but through it all her Faith in God never changed.

Sylvia was one of six siblings: Pierce, Louis, Fred Welch, Audrey Johnson and Idell Stevenson, all who preceded her in death.

She attended school in Catahoula Parish, and on June 20, 1991, she married Leo Bell, who preceded her in death 15 days earlier, on January 4, 2020.

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Dorsie Lee Beech

Dorsie Lee Beech

Dorsie Lee Beech, 87, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

She was born June 7, 1932 in Oretta to the union of her parents, Edward Lee Parker and Flora Mae Koonce Parker.

Mrs. Beech loved traveling and fishing. When she was home, she liked to watch old westerns, listen to bluegrass music, and especially play moon with her family.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Bryon Norris officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery at Manifest under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beech; her parents; sons, Tim Beech and Bruce Beech; daughter, Linda Sue Beech; brothers, Freety Parker and Vernon Parker; and sister, Janelle Bates.

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Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor, 73, of Atlanta, Georgia, and native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

He was born and raised in Jena, the son of the late Hardtner and Erva Mae Taylor of Jena.

Mike spent the majority of his working career in New Orleans before moving to Atlanta, GA to be near his daughter and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 8, in the gymnasium at Temple Baptist Church in Jena.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Taylor; daughter, Alison (Steve); two grandchildren; brother, David Taylor (Tracy); and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family request memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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