Obituaries

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T. “Glen” Coolman

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Thomas “Glen” Coolman, 46, of Pollock, and a native of Olla, entered eternal rest on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Alexandria.

He was born November 20, 1972.     

Glen was an electrician supervisor for Diamond Offshore Drilling and most recently for OAR, (Offshore Air & Refrigeration), of Lafayette. He also owned Louisiana Lighting and Maintenance and enjoyed restoring and working on cars. He was of the Baptist faith and loved going to the beach and to Vegas! He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., June 28, in the chapel of Rush Funeral Home of Pineville with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating.

Interment followed in Restland Cemetery of Pollock under direction of Rush Funeral Home of Pineville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Smith Coolman.

Wed
31
Jul

Effie Mae Bradford

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Effie Mae Breithaupt Bradford, 86, of Montgomery, Texas, formerly of Jonesville, left this world peacefully, with family by her side, on Friday, July 26, 2019, after suffering a major stroke. She is now with our Lord and Savior and whole again in both body and mind.

Born October 16, 1932, in Walters, she is predeceased by her parents, Ethel Cooper Breithaupt and Robert Fulton Breithaupt; her husband, John Alvin Bradford; her brothers, Robert Breithaupt, Otis “Leon” Breithaupt and Walter Breithaupt; and her sister, Colleen Breithaupt.

Effie graduated from Block High School in 1951 and obtained a 2-year degree from the Louisiana Business School in Pineville in 1953. She worked as a bookkeeper for Brown Brothers Feed Store in Jonesville, for over 40 years, and in her later years, for CARC Work Activity Center in Jonesville. She was a strong Christian woman who raised her children with a deep-seated belief in God.

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31
Jul

John L. Bloodsaw

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John L. Bloodsaw, 77, of Wildsville, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Jena.

He was born June 23, 1942 at Wildsville.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, August 2, at Concordia Funeral Home in Ferriday.

A homegoing celebration will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Old Daughters Baptist Church at Wildsville, with Pastor Woodrow Pellerie officiating.

Interment will follow in the Athlone Cemetery of Wildsville under direction of Concordia Funeral Home of Ferriday.

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17
Jul

John Murphy Wyles

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John Murphy Wyles, 50, of Winnsboro, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at his home in Winnsboro.

He was born August 30, 1968 in Columbia to the union of his parents, Herman Lee Wyles, Jr. and Betty Flo Cassels Wyles.

John worked in law enforcement his entire adult life. He started out with the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Department then went to the Monroe Police Department before starting his career with the Louisiana State Police. He was a Trooper with Troop F before transferring to the Emergency Services Unit in 2004.

John was promoted to Deputy Command Technician where he served as a bomb technician. He served in several supervisory positions as well as received numerous service awards and commendations.

While John loved and enjoyed his work, his family was his greatest love and source of joy. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

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17
Jul

Charles Slay, Jr.

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Charles Ray Slay, Jr., 51, of Rhinehart, passed from this life Tuesday night, July 2, 2019, in Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, at the Jonesville Church of God with Rev. Marion Trisler and Brad Crooks officiating.

Interment followed in the Garden of Memories under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roscoe Slay, grandmother, Madge Slay; grandfather, Claude Mott; grandmother, Lillie Comeaux; aunts, Lillian Russell and Betty Coleman; uncles, Howard Mott and Elmer Mott; and cousin, Timothy Russell.

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17
Jul

Susan A. Templeton

Susan Armstrong Templeton, 57, of Urania, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the home of her mother in Grayson, following an extended illness.

She was born January 14, 1962 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Charles Floyd Armstrong and Mattie Lee Franks Armstrong.

Susan had a heart of gold. She was always aware of those around her and never wanted to hurt anyone’s feelings. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and her family meant everything to her.

Although she faced many battles in life she placed her faith in the Lord Jesus and served Him with gladness and love in her heart. Her home church was New Life Pentecostal Church and even though she was unable to attend her heart was always there.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13 from the sanctuary of Urania Pentecostal Church of Urania with the Revs. David Poole and Clay Hutto officiating.

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10
Jul

Carl Albert Edwards

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Carl Albert Edwards, 66, of Rhinehart, passed from this life on Friday, July 5, 2019, at his residence.

He was born December 18, 1952 in Jena.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 7, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Brother Buster Sharp officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery near Olla under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Albert Edwards of Jena; mother, Catherine Hudnall of Jena; sisters, Patsy Desoto and Billie Jean Smith.

Those left to cherish in his memory include his son, James Carl Edwards of Houston TX; daughters, Jeanie Edwards Coleman and husband Chris of Whitehall, and Samantha Edwards; and six grandchildren.

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10
Jul

Ruth C. Chevallier

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Ruth Cunningham Chevallier, 89, of the Mt. Herman Community, wife, mother, grandmother, life-long care taker, passed from this life to her Heavenly home, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

She was born May 8, 1930, in Oakdale, to the union of her parents, Henry Thomas “Steve” and Rosalea Vallery Cunningham.

Ruth was born with a servant’s heart, which played a part in choosing her career path.  Her passion, along with caring for and loving her family, was helping children at Pinecrest State School, where she was a long-time nurse in various departments, before retiring in 1992.  

She was an avid reader and the oldest living member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities; from Sunday school teacher and director, Vacation Bible School teacher and director, to a host of various church committees. She was a childhood member of the Pentecostals of Alexandria.

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10
Jul

Mary LaVerne Adams

Mary LaVerne Gough Adams, 91, of Sikes, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Winn Parish Medical Center in Winnfield following an extended illness.

She was born May 22, 1928 at Hinton Camp, Louisiana, to the union of her parents, Ed and Edna “Little Maw” Gough.

She was a lifelong resident of Winn Parish, a faithful member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She married the love of her life, Hubert Adams in 1949, and they spent 70 years as man and wife.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 5, from the Olla chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Rev. Stacey Pitmon officiating.

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

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10
Jul

Johnny Gilliam

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Johnny Major Gilliam, 84, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, July 5, 2019.

He was born August 20, 1935 in Urania to the union of his parents, Arch Gilliam and Lena Varnell Gilliam.

Johnny was a retired truck driver and a hard worker his entire life. He served his country as a United States Navy Veteran. He was proud of his service for our nation.

He was a man of many talents, he could do anything. His greatest accomplishment in life was his wife of sixty years and his children and grandchildren whom he loved and cherished the most. Johnny was the kindest and most thoughtful person you would ever meet. If you had a problem his door was always open to anyone that needed shelter, food, love or just some good advice.   

He always kept God close to his heart and soul. God knows he’s taken home a great selfless man who will be missed so much. He was our family rock. We love and miss you already, but we know you’re not hurting anymore.

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