Obituaries

Wed
02
Sep

Violet “Austin” Keen

Violet “Austin” Keen

Violet Marie “Austin” Keen, 82, of Tullos, passed from this life on Friday, August 14, 2020.

She was born February 6, 1938 in Jena.

Mrs. Keen was a superstar for the Jena High School Lady Giants basketball team in the 1950’s.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20, at Pine Hill Cemetery of Urania with Rev. Cory Fowler officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Keen, Sr.; parents, Richard Austin and Nancy Trotti Austin; one brother and three sisters.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Jerry Keen, Jr. (Patricia), Lane Keen (Nancy), and Jimmy Lynn Keen; daughter, Connie Tucker (Phillip); eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeff Keen, Jr., Justin Keen, Matt Madsen, Matt Keen, Shaun Keen, and Turner Carr.

Wed
02
Sep

Billy Wayne Denton

Billy Wayne Denton, 89, of the Mt. Sinai Community, passed from this life on Monday, August 24, 2020.

He was born November 8, 1930 in Whelen Springs, Arkansas to the union of his parents, Larkin Denton and Martha Terral Denton.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rheta McCartney Denton; his parents; and a brother, Terral Denton.

Survivors include one brother, Bobby Denton of Jena; and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were Jack Zeagler, Andrew Clark, Mickey Cockerham, Paul Daily, Terry Knapp, Alex Schopp, and Brayton Reeves.

Honorary pallbearers were Lynn Duke, Lewis Paul and Jack Cockerham.

Wed
26
Aug

Rev. Jimmy Ray Young

Rev. Jimmy Ray Young

The Jena Community mourns the passing of one its prominent religious and civic leaders, the Reverend Jimmy Ray Young.

Rev. Young, 79, passed on August 21. This native son returned to Jena and was appointed pastor of the L&A Missionary Baptist Church in 2007. He and his wife of 57 years, the former Sylvia Anderson of Shreveport, instantly became stalwarts in the Jena community, often advocating for those whose voices were faint.

As consensus builders, they were sought out for wise counsel and advice on critical issues such as educational enhancements, economic disparity, and social justice.

Rev. Young was born to Booker T. Young and Magdalene Washington Young on April 4, 1941, in Robeline. His formative years were spent at Good Pine School in Jena. Upon moving to Bossier Parish, he attended Charlotte A. Mitchell High. He was degreed by Detroit Bible College and William Tyndale Seminary in Detroit.

Wed
26
Aug

Robert A. Plunkett

Robert A. Plunkett

Robert Alva Plunkett, 83, of Pasadena, Texas, and a native of Jena, was called home by our Lord and Savior on August 20, 2020.

He was born on December 7, 1936 in Bear Creek, Louisiana to Robert Clifton and Carrie Mae Plunkett. He grew up alongside his brother James and his sister Shirley in Good Pine.

Robert was a 1955 graduate of Jena High School, where he achieved the honor of Valedictorian, and was given the nickname “The Jena Spike” for his athletic ability on the football field. He was halfback on the 1954 Giants football team, which was the first Jena team to win a district championship.

After high school he attended Louisiana Tech and earned the degree Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts. Though this was a huge accomplishment, marrying his high school sweetheart was what Robert was most proud of during his college years. Robert and Tasca were married on August 17, 1957 and spent 63 years selflessly devoted to one another.

Wed
26
Aug

Todd Patterson

Todd Patterson

James Todd Patterson, 55, of Minden, a former coach and teacher in the LaSalle Parish School System, passed from this life on August 17, 2020 in Shreveport.

He was born September 27, 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona to the union of his parents, John I. Patterson and Joy Darden Patterson.

Todd was a man who “wore many hats” in his daily life. He was an educator as well as serving as a paramedic and deputy coroner for Webster Parish. During his career as an educator, Patterson, who was lovingly referred to as “Coach Pat”, was a softball coach, served as Vice-Principal at Minden High School and recently served as Principal of Doyline High School.

He was well-respected and loved by those he worked with. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minden.

Patterson was teaching at Grayson Elementary School and assisting with coaching at Caldwell Parish High School when Superintendent Cary McGuffee recruited him for the LaSalle School System in 1994.

Wed
26
Aug

Kenneth R. Morris

Kenneth R. Morris

Kenneth Ray Morris, 60, of Amarillo, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, died Sunday, August 16, 2020.

He was born October 26, 1959, in Jena, to Ray and Patsy Morris. After graduating from LaSalle High School, he served his country in the United States Air Force.

Kenneth worked for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Defense in Albuquerque, NM before moving to Amarillo in 1998. He loved to ride motorcycles, play his guitar, and play video games.

Service information will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.

Wed
26
Aug

Glenda Ferrington

Glenda Ferrington

Glenda Ferrington, 75, of the Antioch Community near Summerville, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

She was born May 28, 1945 to the union of her parents, Floyd Ferrington and Alene Volentine Ferrington.

Glenda was a joy to know and was always open for a road trip. She loved watermelon and her Little Debbie cakes. Services were held at 12-noon Sunday, Aug. 23, at Cornerstone Apostolic Church in the Antioch Community with the Revs. Jack Knapp and Dan McClure officiating.

Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery of Summerville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandson, Scottie Book.

Wed
26
Aug

Houston E. Carroll

Houston E. Carroll

Houston Edward Carroll, 85, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

He was born December 21, 1934 in Jena to the union of his parents, Edward Carroll and Gertie Brown Carroll.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Kent Hatfield officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Cecil Carroll.

Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife, Marilyn Carroll; son, David Carroll (Suzanne) of DeBerry, TX; daughter, Sheila Morgan (John) of Jena; grandchildren, Michael Morgan, Steven Morgan, Christin Davidson, and David Carroll, Jr.; great grandchildren, Lani Davidson, Hannah Davidson, Landon Davidson, Harper Davidson, Houston Carroll, and Hadley Morgan.

Wed
19
Aug

Zelda Ann Roberts

Zelda Ann Roberts

Zelda Ann Roberts, 76, of Huntington, Texas, passed from this life on Monday, August 10, 2020.

She was born March 19, 1944 in Archie to the union of her parents, Ernest and Mary Coleman.

Zelda worked for Norman Frede Chevrolet in Clear Lake City, Texas for 38 years. She loved reading, working crossword puzzles, and Shiloh Spur Longhorn cattle.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 13, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with Dr. Mark Allen officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gus Coleman and Jimmie Dale Coleman; paternal grandparents, Walter and Rosa Coleman; and maternal grandparents, Jim and Fannie Pritchard.

Wed
19
Aug

Georgia Dale Owens

Georgia Dale Owens

Georgia Dale Owens, 78, of Jena, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born Sunday, September 14, 1941 in Trout to the union of her parents, Vira Maebell Beavers Thornton and George Edward Thornton.

Georgia was a bright spirited soul with a heart of gold and love for everyone. She was a devoted Christian that was very much involved in her church. She was an individual who never met a stranger. Her sweet presence and smile will always be cherished and greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in the field of Hospital-Psychiatry. She was a graduate of the Rod Brady Nursing School. She also attended Christ for The Nations, Missionary School in Dallas, Texas.

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