Obituaries

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06
Mar

Gearlene Ford Andrews

Gearlene Ford Andrews, 88, of the Aimoch Community, passed from this life on Monday, February 27, 2017 in Alexandria.

She was born October 23, 1928 in Olla to the union of her parents, Steve Dewey and Lois Greer Ford.

Mrs. Gearlene was a homemaker.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham and Mike Poole officiating.

Interment followed in the Aimoch Baptist Church Cemetery in Aimoch, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Earl Louis Andrews; brothers, V.T. Ford, Lavelle Ford and Q. T. Ford; sister, Bobbie Ruth Dayton; and grandchildren, Patrick Wilson, D. J. Westbrooks and Hance Drew Finlay.

Mon
27
Feb

Julian Craig Walker

Julian Craig Walker, 48, of Belah, passed from this life on Friday, February 17, 2017, at his residence in Belah, following a five and one-half year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Friday, February 7, 1969 in Alexandria, to the union of Julian and Ginger Walker.

Craig was employed in the oilfield industry, working for BP as a production operator. He was a 1987 graduate of Jena High School and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Craig was an avid outdoorsman and loved to duck hunt. His family was very important to him, and his children was the love of his life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the sanctuary of Fellowship Baptist Church in Belah with the Revs. Mike Devellier and Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
27
Feb

Thomas V. Yule

Thomas Venson Yule, 65, of Long Branch, Texas, and a native of Nebo, passed away on Friday evening, February 24, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1951 in Jena to the late Joe David “Dave” and Agnes Lucille Paul Yule.

Thomas graduated from Jena High School with the class of 1969 and attended Criswell College where he focused on biblical studies, and became an ordained minister. Thomas worked in the oilfield industry as a consultant for many years. He married Eva Louise Hopkins on Apr. 12, 1974, in Olla.

He loved fishing and hunting, especially quail hunting which was his passion. Thomas coached Dixie League Baseball for many years. He moved to the Carthage area in 1979, from Jena and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Gary.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage, TX with the Revs. Toby Tipps and Jim Newton officiating.

Mon
27
Feb

Eva Katherine Kelley

Eva Katherine Kelley, of the Magnolia Community, passed from this life on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in the LaSalle Nursing Home at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 16 days.

She was born March 7, 1929 at Nebo to the family of George Troy and Donie Hebron Breland.

Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and member of Victory Baptist Church.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Todd Norris officiating.

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Kelly; her parents; brothers, Junia Breland, G. T. Breland and Herman Breland; sister, Virginia Crawford; daughters, Greta M. Norris and Barbara Faye Hanner; and grandsons, Byron Norris, Jr., Jayson S. Norris and Cole Smith; step-daughter, Pam Kelley; and a step-son, Tony Kelley.

Mon
27
Feb

Azalea C. Hudnall

Azalea Clarkson Hudnall, 77, of Nebo, passed from this life on Monday, February 20, 2017, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born July 2, 1939 in Jena to the union of her parents, Frank and Edith Smith Clarkson.

Azalea was employed by the LaSalle Community Action Association for 36½-years and was serving as Director when she retired. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher. She also enjoyed working in her flower beds and gardening.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Crossroads Baptist Church with the Revs. Brandon Poole and Dustin McAnn officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by parents; a daughter, Rytha Hudnall; and brother, Jerry Clarkson.

Mon
27
Feb

Mary Ellouise Gough

Mary Ellouise Gough, 80, of Trout, passed from this life on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born December 29, 1936 in Harrisonburg to the union of her parents, Ed and Lillian Morris Taylor.

Mrs. Mary loved to cook and was a cook at the Brisket House in Jena for many years. She also had a following crowd who loved her cooking. She also loved to garden, quilt and spoil her grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Good Pine Baptist Church in Good Pine with the Revs. Brandon Poole and Jack Powell officiating.

Interment followed in the Taylor Chapel Cemetery of Summerville under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Ed Taylor.

Mon
27
Feb

Willie “Tommy” Ezell

Willie “Tommy” Ezell, 70, a native of Jena, and resident of Cut Off, Louisiana passed away Feb. 20, 2017.

Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, at First Baptist Church in Golden Meadow.

Interment followed in Cheramie Cemetery under direction of Samart-Mothe Funeral Home of Cut Off.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. L. Ezell, Sr. and Ozanner Ezell.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Ezell; children, Gayle Bourg and husband Scott, Jalynn Duet and husband Rusty, and Marilyn and Tyler Ezell; grandchildren, Kaylie Bourg, Branson and Jaci Duet, Maci Bourg and Jaxon Ezell; sister, Judy Barbour and husband Jim; brother, J. L. Ezell Jr and wife Karen; and numerous nephews and nieces.

 

Mon
27
Feb

Joy Cantrell Allen

Joy Cantrell Allen, 88, a longtime resident of the French Fork Community, passed from this life on Friday, February 24, 2017.

She was born January 17, 1929 in Junction City, Arkansas, to Bill and Pat Mason Cantrell.

She married John S. (Chock) Allen on May 29, 1946 after a 3-week courtship. This began 57 years of marriage, a son and three daughters, eleven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Joy was well known for her sewing and cooking skills. Her specialty was catfish and unique French fries. She was a devoted partner to Chock in fishing, hunting, and farming labors. As a team, they helped rescue many travelers, fishermen and hunters.

Tue
21
Feb

Jai Thomas Mokry

Jai Thomas Mokry, 39, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in Alexandria.

He was born Friday, July 22, 1977 in Metairie, Louisiana.

A private family funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Dominick DiCarlo officiating.

Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Connie Doughty; five brothers, Jason Daniel Mokry and wife Brittany, Shane Mokry and wife Kim, Tommy Fredricks and wife Alicia, Danny Fredricks and wife Vickie, and Danny Mokry.

Tue
21
Feb

Col. Ray Thompson

Col. Ray G. Thompson, 84, (USAF, Ret.), of Bossier City, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, surrounded by his three loving children.

He was born in Rayville to Rowe and Gladys Thompson.

Ray played football at Tulane University and upon his graduation began his service to our nation in the United States Air Force. A Vietnam veteran he was a decorated F-100 pilot and career military officer, among other accomplishments having served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, being stationed at the Pentagon and the State Department, and concluded his career as Commandant of the USAF ROTC at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

After his military career he returned to Jena, and enjoyed his second career as an executive at Justiss Oil Company before retiring to Bossier City in 1999. While in Bossier he was an active member of Cypress Baptist Church and was an accomplished genealogist, fisherman, and lifelong patriot.

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