Obituaries

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28
Aug

Kathylene P. Baldridge

Kathylene “Kaye” Pearl McCarty Baldridge, 87, of Olla, passed from this life on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born December 26, 1929 in Port Lavaca, Texas, to the union of her parents, Charles Baker and Miriam Vira Shippey McCarty. She was born and raised on the plains of South Texas during the Great Depression.

She was the second oldest of 13 children and therefore, she had many responsibilities. Her oldest sister and two oldest brothers helped in their grandfather’s dairy before and after school. She was up as early as 4 a.m.

She married at the age of 16 and moved numerous times over the years with her husband (who worked in the oil field business) and her growing family.

Mon
21
Aug

Ginger Worthington

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee; and will look up.” Psalm 5:3

Ginger Denise Worthington was born May 31, 1982 at 12:18 p.m. to her proud parents, Melvin and Coral Murray Worthington.

She was Baptized on June 26, 1987 and began her work in Christ’s Kingdom at the L & A Baptist Church in Jena. She was a member of Harvest Point Fellowship Church in Pearland, Texas pastored by Rev. Lawrence Scott.

At Harvest Point she was an active member and continued her enthusiasm in God’s work.

Educationally, Ginger’s goals were soaring from pre-school age through adulthood. She was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities from elementary through high school. She graduated in the year 2000 from Jena High School as Valedictorian, class president and Homecoming Queen.

Mon
21
Aug

Clyde Duane Wyant

Clyde D. Wyant, 79, of Columbia, passed from this life on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Columbia following an extended illness.

He was born February 8, 1938, in Caldwell Parish to the union of his parents, Henry Denius Wyant and Amy Cassells Wyant.

Clyde was a commercial fisherman most of his life and a carpenter. He was a member of Holum Baptist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with the Revs. Shane Duke and Mark London officiating.

Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery at Rosefield under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Carl Bustin; and by his siblings, Little Henry Wyant, H. D. Wyant, Earl Wyant, Maloy Wyant, Benji Wyant and Verina McKee.

Mon
21
Aug

Mary Louise Wilson

Mary Louise Wilson, 76, of the Belah Community, passed from this life early Sunday morning, August 20, 2017 at her home.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Ray and Mike Devillier officiating.

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in the Magnolia Community south of Nebo under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Frank and Elouise Augustas Pender Kirl; a daughter, Donna Lynn Sharp; and a brother, Gene Kirl.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband, Johnny Albert Wilson; daughters, Wanda Price, Debbie Craft and husband DeWayne and Brenda Bradford; three step children, Michell Wilson, Johnny Lynn and Harol Wilson; sister, Ann Pritchard and husband Shelby; brother, T. W. Kirl; 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Mon
21
Aug

Patricia Ann Spikes

Patricia Ann “Pat” Spikes, 72, of Columbia, passed from this life on Friday, August 18, 2017, at her home with loving friends and family around her.

She was born June 17, 1945 in Columbia.

She was retired from Columbia Elementary School, and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Grayson. She loved gardening and her grandchildren very much, and she loved sitting on her porch, rocking and watching hummingbirds.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Bro. Ken Evans officiating.

Interment followed in the Columbia Hill Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Bo Spikes; her mother, Kathleen Murphy; her father, Herman Murphy and wife Marietta.

Mon
21
Aug

Bobbie Nell Posey

Bobbie Nell Posey, 82, of Aimwell, passed from this life on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at her home in Aimwell.

She was born March 28, 1935 in Harrisonburg to the union of parents, Bryant and Nellie Doyle Ford.

Mrs. Posey retired after 30 years of driving a school bus for Catahoula Parish School System. She enjoyed fishing and caught fish when no one else could. She enjoyed spending time with her family and kids, and was a homemaker for 65 years. She loved to joke, pick and find humor in everything.

She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Aimwell Pentecostal Church and New Life Pentecostal Church for most of her life.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, at the New Life Pentecostal Church near Manifest with the Revs. David Poole, Craig James and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Interment followed in the Posey Cemetery in Aimwell under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
14
Aug

Ginger Worthington

Ginger Denise Worthington, 35, of Houston, Texas, passed from this life unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Houston.

She was a graduate of Jena High School and the daughter of Melvin and Coral Worthington of Jena.

A wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena.

Services will be held at 12-noon, Saturday, Aug. 19, at the First Baptist Church in Jena.

Interment will follow in the Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

A full obituary will be published in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Mon
14
Aug

Elton Ray Pardue

Elton Ray Pardue, 68, of Georgetown, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born October 15, 1948 at Chatham.

Elton Ray served in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne division having served in Vietnam and Germany. He was also a truck driver.

Mon
14
Aug

Elmer D. Palmer, Sr.

Elmer Davis Palmer, Sr., 76, of Grayson, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at University Health in Shreveport.

He was born May 24, 1941 in Enterprise to the union of his parents, Oscar Leonard and Geneva Leggett Palmer.

Elmer loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a commercial fisherman but he didn’t just fish for a living, he fished for fun too. Regardless of what he was doing you could always find him with his faithful pup, Misty, at his side. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Aug. 13, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Shane Duke officiating.

Interment followed in the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Donnie Davis Palmer; daughter, Lisa Palmer; brother, Leonard Marvin Palmer; and best friend, Duey Baum.

Mon
14
Aug

Billy McPherson Sr.

Billy Ray McPherson, Sr., 82, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born March 17, 1935 in Hebert to the union of his parents, Herman and Dottie Brown McPherson.

Billy served his country for three years in Korea while serving in the United States Army. He was a self-employed electrician.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joel Johnson officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin McPherson, Roy McPherson, Richard McPherson, and Charlie McPherson; and a sister, Lucille Lowe.

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