Obituaries

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James Herbie Hardy

James Herbie Hardy, 70, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 13, 2016, in his residence. He was born Monday, September 17, 1945 in Winnsboro, to the union of his parents, J. D. and Joyce Llynn Crawley Hardy. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Good Pine Baptist Church with the Revs. Brandon Poole and Johnnie Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Linda Kay Freeman Hardy of Jena; his son, James David Hardy and wife Stacy Yvette of Pineville; a daughter, Rebecca Ann Verzwyvelt and husband Vincent of Pineville; brothers, Robert L. Hardy and wife Pam of Dry Prong, George C. Hardy and wife Iris of Jonesville and John D. Hardy of Jonesville; step-brothers, Gene Branch and wife Debbie of Sicily Island, and Jimmie Smith and wife MiMi of Brookhaven Miss.

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Loretta Ashley

Loretta Poole Ashley, 78, of the Nickels Community, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, in Urania. She was born Sunday, March 6, 1938 in Poole Bend, Louisiana, to the union of Welby and Gholda Randall Poole. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 in the Cornerstone Apostolic Church in the Aimoch Community with Rev. Daryl Floyd officiating. Interment followed in the Old Siloam Cemetery at Aimwell under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Ashley; her parents; and four brothers, Dan Poole, Joel Poole, Aaron Poole, and Olan Poole.

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08
Aug

Iris McMillin Seyfert

Iris Odell McMillin Seyfert, 92, of Port Allen, and formerly of Jena, passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer. Originally from Manifest, Iris spent many years in Jena raising her family. She moved to Houston, TX for a short time, then to St. Francisville, and then to Port Allen. She was born May 7, 1924 at Manifest to the union of her parents, Luther and Ruth McMillin. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Terry Doughty officating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Walter W. Seyfert; son, Walter W. Seyfert, Jr.; grandson, Jonathan Logan Book; and brother, James Shelton McMillin. Survivors include one son, Donald L.

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08
Aug

Melba D. Humphrey

Melba Darlene Humphrey, 62, of Mooringsport, and a native of Jena, passed away August 1, 2016. She was born February 27, 1954 in Jena, and graduated from Jena High School in 1972. Melba had lived in Mooringsport for the past ten years after moving from Oil City. She was a member of Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City. She was also a member of the Moose Lodge. For 18 years, she taught school at Vivian Elementary School, and for five years at North Highlands School, and before that, she was a teacher’s aide for five years. Melba loved reading and working at the church with the youth. She was a loving mom, grand mom and great grand mom, and loved spending time with her family. She was a person who never met a stranger, and would be friends with anyone she met. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 5, at Fresh Oil Worship Center in Oil City, officiated by Rev. Ronald Wayne Dunn.

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08
Aug

Bradford ‘Brad’ Bates

Bradford “Brad” Keith Bates, 54, of Olla, passed from this life into his eternal home on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Savannah Grand in West Monroe following an extended illness. He was born in Lake Charles on March 8, 1962, to the union of Wayne Lamar Bates and Patsy Ruth Bradford Bates. A 1981 graduate of Jena High School, Brad continued his education at Northwestern State University where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1985, a Masters of Art in Student Personnel in 1988, and finally a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Nothing surpassed Brad’s love for the Lord and Christian music. He has performed piano all over the United States including as a member of the travel team for Centrifuge where he also taught classes. Brad’s walk with the Lord  also brought him to New York, French West India, and Martinique on mission trips. As a member of Olla First Baptist Church he served many years as the pianist.

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08
Aug

Margaret Ann Peel

Margaret Ann Peel, 73, of Olla, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. She was born Thursday, November 19, 1942 in Oakdale, to the union of her parents, Orval A. and Orelia Bryant Garrett. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, with Rev. Clark Palmer, officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery near Colfax under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include her son, Michael Moss of Urania; grandsons, Michael Glen Moss, and James Moss, both of Austin, TX, Robert Moss of Olla, and Tony Moss of Oak Harbor, WA; and four great grandchildren. 

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John Leslie Butler

John Leslie Butler, 65, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Monday, August 1, 2016, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. John was a veteran of the United States Marines. He worked in the oilfields of East Texas and was also a carpenter. He was a member of Jena Church of Christ. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at Jena Church of Christ with Rev. John Barker officiating. Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home of Ball. Survivors include his son, Adam S. Butler of Olla; three brothers, Wayne Butler of Jena, Edwin L. Butler of Udall, KS, and Parvin W. Butler and wife Norma Jean of Newton, TX; one sister, Betty Westbrook and husband John F. of Jena; one aunt, Joyce Thompson of Jena; and two granddaughters, Kailey Butler and Bella Butler of Olla. 

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Louis Daniel Otwell

Louis Daniel Otwell, 69, of Fayetteville, NC, passed from this life on Friday, July 22, 2016. He was born January 17, 1947 in Jena to the union of his parents, Willie Burl and Norma Nugent Otwell. Louis was a truck driver. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, in the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery at Summerville with Rev. Reid Terry officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Survivors include five brothers, Wesley Otwell and Billy Otwell, both of Belah, Ben Otwell and Ricky Otwell, both of Jonesville, and Tom Otwell of Amity, AR; and two sisters, Janice Raulston of Pellcity, AL and Beth Wiggins of Jonesville. His brothers served as pallbearers.  

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01
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Rickie D. Wilson, Sr.

Rickie Donald Wilson, Sr., 66, of Columbia, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Grace Home in Alexandria. He was born September 13, 1949 in Monroe to the union of his parents, James Huey Wilson and Mary Cathlene Boyette Wilson. Rickie worked in the telecommunications industry. He served proudly with the US Army. Music was a huge influence and love in his life and he played several instruments, especially the guitar. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. Interment followed in the Westbrooks-Swilley Cemetery at Aimwell under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Patrick Monet Wilson.

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Muriel W. Norris

Muriel Williams Norris, 90, of Pineville, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016, at her residence. She was born June 13, 1926. Mrs. Norris was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. She was a teacher for 25-plus years, teaching elementary school for East Baton Rouge, Rapides and Grant Parishes. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend that was dearly loved and will be remembered by all that knew her. Mrs. Norris was the widow of the late Rev. Jesse Norris, who preached more than a half-century, including many, many revivals in this area. They were married for 60 years before his death. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with the Revs. Jimmy Robertson, Jim Thomasee, Peter Hutchinson, and Danny Greig officiating. Graveside services followed at the Aimoch Cemetery near Summerville with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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