Obituaries

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Jimmie Ruth Hamilton

Jimmie Ruth Hamilton, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Gadsden, Alabama.

She was born April 4, 1946 in Manifest.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Ashton Clark officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Hamilton; father, James Brown; and mother, Claire Pippins.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Leonard Roland “Buddy” Smith Jr. of Grayson, and Jimmy Wayne Hamilton and wife Nicole of Gadsden, Al.; daughters, Judy Ruth Smith, and Carolyn Rose Wise and husband Jackie, all of Jena; and Francis “Renee” Session of Georgetown.

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Melba Verlene Franklin

Melba Verlene Franklin, 80, of Monroe, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe.

She was born June 28, 1938 in Hohenwald, Tennessee, to the union of her parents, W. I. Brown and Annie Beatty Brown.

Verlene married William H. “Bill” Franklin of Grayson, LA on May 28, 1955, shortly after he had re-enlisted in the U.S. Army. For the next 18 years, the family lived in several locations while he served in the Army, including three years in Germany. During the early years of their marriage, three daughters were born to the union.

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Arlice W. Atwell

Arlice Wilson Atwell, 80, of Selma, passed from this life on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Alexandria.

He was born February 12, 1938 at Selma to the union of his parents, Willie and Edith Atwell.

Arlice was a bright spirited soul and was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a logger in the logwoods for many years. He served in the Air Force in Canada as an air police officer.

He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Georgetown United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Rev. Donnell Spurgeon officiating.

Interment followed in the Lincecum Cemetery of Georgetown under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Lee McCrary; his parents; a brother, Thomas Stanley Atwell; a grandson, Sgt. Jacob Gray; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Hall.

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Gloria L. Adams

Gloria L. Callendar Adams, 79, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights.

She was born June 10, 1939 at Urania to the union of her parents, Tommy Lee Callendar and Bessie Pauline Simmons Callendar.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, from the Columbia chapel of Riser Funeral Home with the Revs. Jack McKeithen and Dennis Baker officiating.

Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery of Sikes under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57-years, Chester Adams, Sr; sister, Mackie Wilson; grandson, Matthew Culberson; and a great grandson, Kristian Adams.

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Mildred Janet Esters

Mildred Janet Bradford Esters, 71, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, December13, 2018, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born July 10, 1947 in Olla to the union of her parents, Horace Greeley Bradford, Sr. and Bertha Lee Evans Bradford.

Mrs. Esters served as mayor of Georgetown from 1981 to 1984, and was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.

She was a nursing assistant in her early years at the Hardtner Medical Clinic in Olla. She excelled at being a homemaker, loving to cook, sew, helping raise her nieces and nephews; and she loved to help the elderly around her.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. Zackary Thacker and Yogi Patel officiating.  

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Wallace N. Walker, Sr.

Wallace Nelson Walker, Sr., 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at his residence.

He was born September 17, 1940 in Jena.

Services were held at 12-noon Thursday, Dec. 6, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Doilton Walker; mother, Gladys Matilda Edwards; and step brother, Larry Don Roberts.

Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife, Angie McNeely Walker of Jena; sons, Wallace “Rusty” Nelson Walker Jr. and wife Debra of Liberty, MS, and James Kevin Walker of Jena; step-brother, Charles David Roberts of Jena; and seven grandchildren, Cal Walker, Jesse Walker, Rick Walker, Phoenix LeJeune, Cadence Walker, Christian Walker, and Corban Walker.

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Barbara Jean Smeby

Barbara Jean Smeby, 78, of West Monroe, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

She was born February 14, 1940 to the union of her parents, Jayson and Vetoile Gates.

Barbara was a member of the Light House Baptist Church. She owned and operated Barbara’s Daycare in her home. She enjoyed cooking, crafting, listening to gospel music, especially the Gaither’s, but most of all spending time with family and planning family reunions.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe with Rev. Ricky Baker officiating, and Mike Downhour delivering the eulogy.

Graveside services followed at the Olla Cemetery in Olla with Rev. Bo Prather officiating, and burial under direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home of West Monroe.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Johnnie Gates.

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Edna Hodges

Edna Hodges, 86, of Kelly, passed from this life on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

She was born February 17, 1932 in Rosefield to the union of her parents, Charles and Alpha Hyde.

Mrs. Hodges was a member of the Rosefield Baptist Church and she loved to play the piano and sing. Her loving kindness was a virtue that will be remembered most about her. She was a mother to anyone that came to her house.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Rosefield Baptist Church with Rev. Bubba Tucker officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Bryan Hodges; her parents; daughter, Gayla Urena; sons, John Hodges, Sr. and Joel Hodges; grandchildren, Bryan Stewart and Kristian Adams.

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William J. Dickey

William Joseph Dickey, 83, of Kelly, passed from this life on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born August 26, 1935 in Crowville to the union of his parents, Garland and Mary Caraway Dickey.

Mr. Dickey was a Godly man who was a member of the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle. He was an active hunter and he also loved to fish. He was a family oriented man and he could play any instrument by ear. He also loved gardening and raising chickens.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle with Pastor Sherman Jones and Rev. Allan Hatten officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lonnie Dickey, Robert Dickey  and Daniel Dickey; and one grandchild, J.J. Dickey.

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Carole Elizabeth Dey

Carole Elizabeth Dey, 55, of Jonesville, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, after a lengthy illness.

Carole was a 1981 graduate of Harrisonburg High School. She was manager of Subway of numerous years. Her favorite place to be was the beach.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at Liberty Worship Center in Jonesville.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Jr and Mattie S. Dey; sister, Mary Ann Dey; grandparents, Clarence and Altha Strange and George Sr and Elizabeth Dey.

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