Obituaries

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Norma Lee Guthrie

Norma Lee Guthrie

Norma Lee Hopkins Guthrie, 90, of Liberty, Mississippi, and formerly of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Liberty Community Living Center in Liberty, with her loving family at her side.

She was born November 13, 1928, to the union of James Owen and Naomi Hopkins.

Ms. Norma served as a CNA in her working career at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. She was very much loved by her family, especially her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena.

Interment followed in the Chickasaw Cemetery near Olla under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Dollie Dimple Hopkins; one brother, James Lowell Hopkins; and one step-brother, Tony Lynn Hopkins.

Wed
02
Oct

Janice Lucille Richmond

Janice Lucille Richmond

Janice Lucille Richmond, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, after an extended battle with cancer.

She was born on December 4, 1946, to the union of Jim and Josie Richmond in Caldwell Parish where she grew up. She lived in Jena, LA for over 10 years in the late 1960’s and 1970’s where she was a charter member of the Jena Jaycees Jaynes and helped form the first ever Jena Dixie Youth Tee-Ball League.

During her life she held many jobs, including apartment manager, loan officer, and special needs home health representative, until her health forced her to retire.

Her passions included birds, flowers, and the love of her life, her children and grandchildren. She was a Christian who prayed every day and night for her family, calling out her children and grandchildren by name.

Wed
25
Sep

Warren Gene Spruell

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Warren Gene Spruell, 62, of Olla, passed from this life on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania after an extended illness.

He was retired from the oil field and construction, and loved to rabbit hunt and running dogs.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Zion Hill Baptist Church, north of Olla, with pastor Rev. Denver McBroom and Rev. Johnny Ruddell officiating.

Interment followed in Zion Hill Church Cemetery under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Milton Spruell, Sr. and Gladys Marie Lee Spruell; and brothers, James (Buddy) Spruell, Jerry Wayne Spruell and Roy Lee Spruell Sr.

Wed
25
Sep

Louyette N. Smith

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Louyette Mildred Nobles Smith, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 20, 2019.

She was born December 17, 1934 in Walton County Florida to the union of the late Rev. Curtis James Nobles and Jessie Lee Bodiford Nobles.  

Mrs. Smith was a loving mother and aunt.  She enjoyed spoiling her son and all of her nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, at the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Daren Smith, David Hutchinson, Larry Chapman and John Nobles officiating.

Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.  

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John Monsey Smith; her parents; and her brother, Leon C. Nobles.

Wed
25
Sep

“Hopper” Rogers

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Quintin “Hopper” T. Rogers, 91, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, September 20, 2019, at his home.

He was born November 10, 1927 in Urania,

Hopper served five years in the Air Force and loved to hunt, fish and garden. He was a good man who worked hard for his family who he loved so much.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Pine Hill Baptist Church of Olla with Rev. E. R. Johnson officiating.

Interment will follow with full military honors, under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Ray Rogers.

Wed
25
Sep

Tommy Allen Poole

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Tommy Allen Poole, 57, of Columbia, passed from this life on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Citizens Medical Center in Columbia Heights following a lengthy illness.

He was born June 23, 1962 at Olla.

Tommy was a diesel mechanic but could weld and do most anything he set his mind to. He enjoyed fishing, cooking and telling a good story. He was a huge football fan. He loved to cheer-on his favorite teams -  the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, west of Columbia, with Rev. Jack McKeithen officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Poole; and his mother, Sherlene Rodgers Herrington.

Wed
25
Sep

Mona Sue McClure

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Mona Sue Hamilton McClure, 63, of Trout, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019, at her residence after a yearlong battle with cancer.

She was born January 5, 1956 in Ferriday, LA to the union of Joe Tooley, Sr. and Mary Alyce Hamilton.

Mona was a retired registered nurse who loved spending time with her family and was an avid gardener. She had a green thumb and could cut and root any plant that she set her mind to grow. She also loved to travel and was able to see much of the world while she and her husband Mike lived in Doha, Qatar.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in the chapel of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the Hamilton Family Cemetery in Eva, LA, under the direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
25
Sep

Donald Lirette, Sr.

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Donald Joseph Lirette, Sr, 87, a native of Bourg and resident Jena, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.

Donald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend that will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by all who were blessed to know him.

He proudly served as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War. He was a retired employee of Chevron-Texaco after many years. He also enjoyed camping, gardening, woodworking, and making people smile. However, his greatest love was his family.

Services were held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bourg, Louisiana, under direction of Chauvin Funeral Home of Houma.

Wed
25
Sep

Rufus Kenneth Cruse

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Rufus Kenneth Cruse, 87, of Jena, passed away from this life on Thursday, September 19, 2019 following a brief illness.

He was born July 16, 1932 in Olla to the union of Rufus Lloyd Cruse and Beulah Mae Ainsworth Cruse.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Gary Norris and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Burial followed in the Woodland Cemetery in Jena under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melina Ann Cruse; brother, Cliffie Cleon Cruse; and sister, Evelene Cruse Cannaday.

Wed
25
Sep

Harold “Red” Carter

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Harold Ivey “Red” Carter, Sr, 76 of Jena, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at his home surrounded by friends and family.

He was born October 2, 1942 in Woodville, Mississippi, to the union of his parents, Jasper and Jewel Carter.

Red was the owner and operator of Jena Electric Company for 44 years. He was a devoted Christian and member of Searcy Baptist Church in Trout. He was a devoted outdoorsman, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Kalub Holley; and one great-grandson, Gavin.

Services were held at Searcy Baptist Church Friday, September 20, 2019, at 10 AM and interment followed at Woodland Cemetery in Jena under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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