Obituaries

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10
Apr

Cleo Nichols

Cleo Nichols, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

He was born January 18, 1929 in Boyce to the union of his parents, William Daniel Nichols and Lillie Coutee Nichols.

Cleo was a member of Jena First Baptist Church, Boyce and Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodges for over 50 years (Past Master); Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron); Blue Lodge; Scottish Rite; and El Karubah Shrine.

Mr. Nichols worked in the oil field most all his life and retired as Drilling Superintendent from Justiss Oil Company in 1982. He was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the 224th Infantry from 1951 to 1952.

He loved his family, loved to hunt and fish, had an incredible sense of humor and was very loved by anyone who knew him.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, at First Baptist Church of Jena with the Revs. Craig James and Dominick DiCarlo officiating.

Wed
03
Apr

John Eddie Cotten

John Eddie Cotten, 73, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

He was born November 7, 1945 in Urania to the union of his parents, John Wesley Cotten and Josie LaVurle Gough Cotten.

John was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather with a warm spirit and big heart. He loved nature and animals.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Brother Chance Steen officiating.

Interment followed in the Taylor Chapel Cemetery near Summerville under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marry Nell Cotten, and Sissy Jones. Those left to cherish in his memory include his wife of 37 years, Pam Boyett Cotten of Trout; daughter, Samantha Cotten Manning and husband Jeffrey of Jena; and two grandchildren, Levon and Josie Manning.

Wed
03
Apr

Jackie R. Reeves

Jackie R. Reeves, 70, of the Sandy Lake Community of Catahoula Parish, passed from this life on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

He was born Thursday, June 17, 1948 at Jonesville to the union of Jephta Reeves and Dorothy Reeves.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at First Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with Rev. Bruce Lofton officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Shirley Reeves.

Wed
03
Apr

Ashton Lane Harris

Ashton Lane Harris became an angel in Heaven on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at his residence in Latrell, Louisiana.

During his three short months here on Earth (born December 22, 2018), he touched many lives. He was deeply loved by his family and friends.

Wed
03
Apr

Doris R. Alexander

Doris Richardson Alexander, 99, of Jena, passed from this life surrounded by her loving family in the La-Salle Nursing Home of Jena on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

She was born February 11, 1920 to the union of Roy and Lula Richardson.

Ms. Alexander was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Jena, and a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church of Rhinehart.

She was a sweet spirited soul, and was loved by all who knew her. She was a devoted church worker and especially loved the Lord. Ms. Alexander was retired from the education system and was a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, April 1, at First Baptist Church in Jena with the Revs. Dominick DiCarlo and Terry Townsend officiating.

Interment followed in the Alexander Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
27
Mar

Sandra Ferguson

Sandra Ferguson, 70, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

She was born February 8, 1949 in Orlando, Florida to the union of her parents, Edwin Herndon and Louise Grant Herndon.

Sandra loved her family and she enjoyed fishing.

Memorial services will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at the First Baptist Church in Tullos.

Her ashes will be spread in Florida where she grew up.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dewana Black and husband Glynn, Tonya Wofford, and son, Ronnie Ferguson; grandchildren, Jason Black and wife Hannah, James Black and wife Madison, Brandon Morrison, Josh Faircloth and wife Jamie, Addison Williams, Noah Ferguson, and Jasper Ferguson; and great grandchildren, Logan Morrison, Annistyn Black, Madison Faircloth, and Allison Faircloth.

Wed
27
Mar

George H. Davidson

George Harrison Davidson, 81, of Pollock, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born November 19, 1937 at Zenoria to the union of his parents, Thomas J. and Ellie Hudson Davidson.

George grew up in the Little Creek and Zenoria communities of LaSalle Parish.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College and his master’s degree from LSU. He retired from Grant Parish Schools having spent 30 years at Pollock School as teacher, assistant principal and principal. He worked at Camp Windywood in the summers from 1960-1969 caring for the horses and teaching horseback riding.

He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends, country music and cheering for the LSU Tigers. He was a member of Pollock United Methodist Church where he served in many areas and loved his church family.

Wed
27
Mar

Belinda Sue Collins

Belinda Sue Collins, 67, of Georgetown, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was a lifetime member of the Selma Methodist Church and worked 25 years at Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville. She was a devoted daughter and loving sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton L. Collins; and parents, P.E. Ussery, Jr. and Cleo Ussery.

Those left to cherish her memory include her devoted sister, Anita Ussery; brother, Dewayne Ussery (Patti & P.J.); very special cousin, Nancy Middleton; nephew, Joey Ussery; and niece, Sarah Ussery.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wed
20
Mar

Othel “Dick” Walker

Othel “Dick” Walker, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

He was born February 5, 1935 in Dubach.

Mr. Walker was a member of New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena and an employee at Amos Service Station. He was former cook for Nick’s Café, Justiss Oil, and Windham Oil.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at New Evergreen Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Sibley and Larry Walker officiating.

Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Walker; mother, Bertha McNeil Walker; brother, Jehovah Walker; sisters, Pearlie Walker and Elvon Walker.

Wed
20
Mar

Sam E. Tidwell, Jr.

Sam Edward Tidwell, Jr., 67, of Columbia, and a native of Tullos, passed from this life on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe following an extended illness.

He was born October 13, 1952 in Tullos to the union of his parents, Sam Edward Tidwell, Sr. and Margie Tidwell.

Sam was a loving husband and father and son. He was a member of the Band of Rebel M C. Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, from the Columbia chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Bro. Saint Barnette officiating.

Following the service, the family honored Sam’s request to be cremated.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rena Moore Tidwell; his parents; and his brother George Tidwell.

Left to cherish his life and memories are his daughters, Charlene NicoleAllen Earls (Johnny) of Columbia and Georgia Marie Conner Simms (Kevin Conner) of Kelly; and four grandchildren, James Allen, Niki Wyatt, Ronni Simms and Haley Cherneski.

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