Obituaries

Wed
23
Oct

Glenda King Griffin

Glenda King Griffin

Glenda Faye King Griffin, age 74, of Monroe, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019, at her residence.

She was born in LaSalle Parish on January 14, 1945 to H.H. and Lessie Cotton King.

Though she had moved to Monroe, she remained a member of Big Creek Baptist Church in Jordan Hill, where she loved her church family. She and her late husband, Charlie Griffin, lived in Winn Parish for the entirety of their marriage where they operated several businesses. She enjoyed reading, sewing and spoiling her dog, Stormi.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Big Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Chelette and Donnie Wise officiating.

Private graveside services followed in Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and J.W. Arnold; and her husband, Charlie Griffin.

Wed
23
Oct

Renowned MIT professor dies

Renowned MIT professor dies

Jena native…

Woodie Claude Flowers, 75, of Weston, Massachusetts, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, October 11, 2019, after complications of a brief but acute illness.

He was a beloved teacher and pioneer in hands-on engineering education developed design and robotics competitions at MIT, FIRST, and beyond, while promoting his concept of “gracious professionalism”.

He was born November 18, 1943 in Jena to the union of his parents, Aber Lafayette and Bertie Graham Flowers.

Flowers was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His specialty areas were engineering design and product development; he held the Pappalardo Professorship and was a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

Flowers was named after his grandfathers Woodie and Claude. As a boy, he showed mechanical aptitude like his father, Abe, and he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Wed
23
Oct

Lloyd R. Eubanks, Jr.

Lloyd R. Eubanks, Jr.

Lloyd Raymond Eubanks, Jr., 57, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Jena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jena.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jena.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Mae Eubanks and Lloyd Raymond Eubanks, Sr.

Survivors include one brother, Wesley Eubanks of Jena; sister-in-law, Veronica Eubanks; sister, Hazel Eubanks Gregory of Lake Charles; nephews, Wesley Eubanks, Jr. and Allen Gregory; niece, Kimberly Gregory; step-kids, Craig Lee, Bruce Lee and Misty Lee; and numerous cousins.

Memorials to help cover funeral expenses may be made to the family in his memory.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Eubanks, and Hazel Gregory Eubanks.

Wed
16
Oct

Delmar ‘Buddy’ Evans

Delmar ‘Buddy’ Evans

Delmar Dewaine “Buddy” Evans, 66, of Manifest, passed from this life on Friday, October 11, 2019 in his residence surrounded by his wife and loving family.

He was born October 15, 1952 in Catahoula Parish to the union of his parents, Joe Delmer and Marion Francis Stewart Evans.

Buddy, as he was affectionately known by all, was a native of the Jonesville area most of his life, and was a farmer by trade. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his past time. He was an individual who tried to find the good in everyone, and will be greatly missed.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 14, at Pisgah Baptist Church of Manifest with Rev. Matt Windham officiating.

Interment followed in the Whiddon Family Cemetery of Summerville under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
16
Oct

James E. Thacker

James E. Thacker

James Edward Thacker, 37, of Summerville, passed from this life on Saturday, September 28, 2019 following an untimely death.

He was born July 30, 1982.

James was a bright spirited individual with a witty sense of humor about him that made everyone laugh.

James served our country for two years in the Untied States Air Force. He spent his working career in the Petroleum Industry as a driller. He will be dearly missed by both family and friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Summerville Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Henderson and Glenn Roark officiating.

Interment followed in the Thacker Family Cemetery of Summerville under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
16
Oct

Michael H. Roberts

Michael Harris Roberts, 68, of Benton, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 with his family by his side.

He was born on November 30, 1950 to the late Cecil and Jewel Roberts in Olla.

Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, and the outdoors. Among his other hobbies, building and restoring antique cars was by far his favorite. He loved bringing his restorations to car shows, and his 1963 Jaguar XKE was his prized possession.

He was a graduate of LaSalle High School in Olla.

A celebration of his life was held at 1 p.m., Friday, October 11, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister Patricia Roberts.

Wed
16
Oct

Rose Marie Hemphill

Rose Marie Hemphill

Rose Marie Hemphill, 83, of Olla, was received into heaven on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Tulane Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 25, 1936.

Rose was the wind beneath the wings of her family. The love and admiration she unconditionally gave her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends were a mighty force in their lives.

Rose lifted everyone up with her smile, pleasant spirit, and sense of humor. Even those that had just met Rose were warmed by her presence and genuine personality. Rose was always ready and willing to help in any way she could for anyone in their time of need.

She graduated from Jena High School, and Delta Business College. She spent her working career at Louisiana Pacific Corporation where she retired. She was a dedicated member of Pine Hill Baptist Church for many years. She will be sorely missed by all, especially her family and many close friends.

Wed
16
Oct

Donna Marie Boyett

Donna Marie Boyett

Donna Marie Boyett, 55, of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, October 7, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born September 26, 1964 in Ferriday to the union of her parents, Troy and Emma Morace. Donna was a loving person and enjoyed her family, reading, watching movies and taking her naps. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Olla with the Revs. Greg Dunn and Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her father, Troy Morace. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jerry Boyett; mother, Emma Breland; son, Joshua Boyett; daughter, Kristen Graham (Ryan); brother, Troy Morace (Kim); sisters,  Lisa Morace and Melissa Walton (Jimmy). Pallbearers were Jake Boyett, Ryan Graham, Jerry Sartin, Brad Evans, Tyler Walton and Patrick Bell.

Wed
09
Oct

“Mike” Routon

“Mike” Routon

Michael “Mike” George Routon, 59, of Olla, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from injuries sustained in an accident near Campti.

He was born November 15, 1959 in Urania to the union of his parents, Johnny Leon Routon and Johnnie Knighten Routon.

Mike was a man who enjoyed the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and occasionally golfing with friends. He was a devoted family man. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and where they were was where he wanted to be.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4, from the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Olla with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
02
Oct

Dena “Nell” Crawford

Dena “Nell” Crawford

Dena Lanell “Nell” Miller Crawford, 87, of Columbia, passed from this life on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights.

She was born July 20, 1932 in Baskin to the union of her parents, Willie Leon Miller and Ina Garner Miller.

Nell, as she was known by family and friends,  loved to work in her flower garden. Her green thumb was evident in the colorful display of beautiful flowers in her yard. She was a wonderful cook and loved cooking for her family and friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Jeff Robinson officiating.

Interment followed in the Old Catahoula Cemetery at Enterprise under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Gerald Crawford, Sr.; daughter, Susan Renee Crawford; brother, J. C. Miller and sisters: Lavelle Milby, Willie Ester Ellerman and Faye Carr.

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