Obituaries

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Joe A. Ganey

Joe A. Ganey

Joe A. Ganey, 72, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, in his home with his wife at his side. He was born February 13, 1947 in Alexandria to the union of Leland and Jo Wade Ganey. Joe served in the National Guard during peace time. He worked in the oilfield throughout his life and had a great love of the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.   Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary “Beth” (Buxton) Ganey; two brothers, Gerald Ganey (Donna) of Baton Rouge, and Leland Ganey (Vicki) of Sarasota, FL.  The family of Joe Ganey will see to his final wishes privately as per his request. Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena was trusted with arrangements.

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Rebecca C. Forrest

Rebecca C. Forrest

Rebecca Lynn Coleman Forrest, 59, of Jena, was received into Heaven on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

She was born August 5, 1960 in Kimball, Nebraska to the union of Warren Douglas “W.D.” and Linda June (Horn) Coleman.

Rebecca was a woman of Christian faith and loved researching and studying the Bible and often journaled from the Word, and hymns.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Steve Jones officiating.

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

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Krystal Forrest Redfern (Chris) and Lacie Forrest; one sister, Charlene Carter; two brothers, Douglas Coleman (Janet) and David Coleman (Rebecca); five grandchildren, April, Greggory, Mark Redfern, Hannah Redfern, Luke Forrest and Mia Forrest; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

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H. Charles Dunn

H. Charles Dunn
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Herman Charles Dunn, 82, of Effie, LA passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

He was born July 5, 1937 to the union of Herman and Ferral McCann Dunn.

Charles was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He joined the United States Navy after high school and began his entrepreneurship, from Mobile Air to Who’s Riding Where, website, also, including traveling the world providing housing for victims of national disasters.

Later in life his love for beautiful horses, and young people, one may have found him at a team penning or rodeo, paying entry fees and cheering on the completion.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Interment followed in Hayes Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Pineville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 39 years, Nelda Woodson Dunn.

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Roger Bordelon

Roger Bordelon, 64, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019, at The Summit Retirement Center.

He was born in Jena.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Sue Brooks and Wilmore Bordelon; sister, Mary Bordelon; two brothers, Lester Bordelon and Marvin Bordelon; and a grandson, Bubba Watkins.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Amanda Carraway and husband Jason and Terica Bordelon; son, Jimmy Ronsonet and wife Leann; sister, Sharon Ketten and husband Robert; brother, Paul Bordelon and wife Ann; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

The family will have a small memorial service in Franklin, LA at a later date.

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Charlotte Ruth Stutson Aarons

Charlotte was born December 19, 1944 and passed from this life Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the LaSalle General Hospital in Jena; Charlotte was a lifelong resident of Catahoula Parish and a member of Crossway Family Worship.

She worked for many years as district secretary of Catahoula Soil and Water Conservation District in Harrisonburg. She later served as a member of that governing board. Charlotte’s life was marked by service to her family, church, community, and others.

Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Bo” Aarons; son, Charles Sterling “Scooter” Aarons; parents, Charles B. “Chic” and Beatrice Stutson; grandson, Joseph Taylor Reeves; and niece Ginger Tiser.

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Bo & Charlotte Aarons

Bo & Charlotte Aarons
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Joseph L. “Bo” Aarons

Joseph L. “Bo” Aarons, 71, and Charlotte Ruth Stutson Aarons, 74, residents of Enterprise passed away five days apart and joint services were held at the Rosefield Cemetery on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Bo was born August 7, 1948 and passed from this life Friday, December 6, 2019 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Bo was a lifelong resident of Catahoula Parish and a member of Crossway Family Worship.

Bo enlisted in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War where he was wounded three times in battle, for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts.

After returning home from wartime, Bo began a career working in production at Freeport-Sulphur until he retired in 1998. During this time he served two years in the Louisiana National Guard.

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Virgil Thornton, Jr.

Virgil Thornton, Jr.

Virgil J. Thornton, Jr., 78, of Monroe, formerly of Columbia, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Monroe after an extended illness.

He was born January 8, 1941 in Baton Rouge to the union of his parents, Virgil J. Thornton, Sr. and Jimmie Lou Townley Thornton.

Junior, as he was known by friends and family, served his country proudly in the U. S. Air Force. He retired from Entergy where he started as a meter reader and moved up to a lineman. He was an active member of Olla Pentecostal Church where he served as a board member. He was a major part of Praise Singing before his illness prevented him from participating. Junior was a mentor to young men.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9 at Olla Pentecostal Church of Olla with the Revs. Jonathan Crist and Robert Thornton officiating.

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Oliver M. Sanders

Oliver M. Sanders

Oliver Milton Sanders, 93, of Pineville, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pineville.

He was born September 26, 1926 in Jena to the union of his parents, Oliver Bing and Medora Belle Robertson Sanders.

Mr. Sanders proudly served our country in the United States Air force, retiring as a Staff Sergeant.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with the Revs. Gary Wiley and Aaron Theard officiating.

Interment will follow with full military honors in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery near Jena under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Pineville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Johnnie Lanier Sanders; parents, Oliver Bing and Medora Belle Robertson Sanders; brother, E. V. Sanders; and sister Lorean Breithaupt.

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Steve R. Humphries

Steve R. Humphries

Steve Randall Humphries, 63, of Grayson, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

He was born December 21, 1955 to the union of George and Mavis Humphries.

Steve loved his family and friends, grandbabies, the outdoors, mowing the pasture, jeep riding and giving Veter a hard time.

Memorial services were held at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, from the Olla chapel of Riser Funeral Home with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Todd Whittington officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers,  Glen Humphries and Jeff Humphries; and great-nephew,  Kohen Lane Humphries.

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Hedy Joan Butler

Hedy Joan Butler

Hedy Joan Weatherly Henderson Butler, 77, a resident of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

She was born in Brinkley, AK on August 14, 1942 to the union of Ira Vernon Weatherly and Florence Florene McCullar, the second born of six children.

Hedy attended LaSalle High School and went on to complete her studies in Real Estate at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX and later attended Tyler Commercial College where she graduated as an Automation Secretary. On February 28, 1992, she married her husband Robert M. “Bob” Butler at Nolley United Methodist Church.

Hedy became an active member of her church family and the Nolley UMW Wesley Circle. Hedy had great passion for the arts and was a talented and accomplished artist herself. She studied through the Art Institute in Michigan and held membership in the Contemporary Artist Guild in Alexandria.

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