Obituaries

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Earl W. Nugent

Earl W. Nugent, 81, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Hilltop Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Thursday, March 17, 1938 to the union of his parents, Earl B. Nugent and Maureen Hutson Nugent.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Standard Baptist Church, north of Olla, with Rev. Ed Smith officiating.

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

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Judy Ann Meierhans

Judy Ann Meierhans

Judy Ann Meierhans, 75, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria surrounded by her loving family.

Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved caring for and cooking for family and friends. She spoke her mind, loved reading, enjoyed arts and crafts and enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino. She will be missed by everyone that knew and loved her.

A celebration of life for Judy Ann Meierhans was held Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Community Center in Jena.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory of Ball.

She was met in Heaven by her parents, Henry and Esta Towell; a sister, Janice Meredith; and two brothers, David Towell and Larry Towell.

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Lewis Bradley Deville

Lewis Bradley Deville

Lewis Bradley Deville, 61, of Emmet, Arkansas and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, in Tyler, Texas.

He was born October 15, 1958 to the union of Lonnie Lewis and Marilyn Elaine Deville of LaSalle Parish.

Brad spent his working career in the Oilfield Industry. He enjoyed farming, working with his cows, and certainly his family and grandchildren. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Tommy Prince officiating.

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

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Rev. Gary L. Wright

Rev. Gary L. Wright

Rev. Gary Lynn Wright, 72, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Monday, February 10, 2020.

He was born Sunday, June 8, 1947 in Olla to the union of his parents, Beulah Mae Hemphill Wright and Elbert James Wright.

Gary was known far and wide for his storytelling. Gary began honing that skill while making his classmates laugh at GHS, working the oilfield, and through the airwaves driving a log truck going by the CB-handle…Bull-Moose.

Later in life, his story would eternally change when he accepted Christ as his Savior. Called to preach, Gary would find his life’s passion telling the greatest story every told. He would spend hours in personal study, one-on-one discipleship, teaching small group, preaching Bible Conferences, serving as interim pastor at several Baptist churches and just fellowshipping with fellow ministers.

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Richard L. Whittington

Richard L. Whittington

Richard Lee Whittington, 70, of Columbia, passed from this life on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria following an extended illness.

He was one of six siblings born to Harry Richard “Sonny” Whittington and Johnnie Lea Whitten Whittington.

Richard was a heavy equipment operator and retired with the LaSalle Parish Police Jury. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He loved rabbit hunting and loved to cook.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, from the sanctuary of Cross Roads Baptist Church, west of Grayson, with the Revs. Shane Duke and Todd Whittington officiating.

Interment followed in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his father and by his brother, Larry Dean Whittington.

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Rev. T. W. Terral

Rev. T. W. Terral

T. W. Terral, 87, of Baton Rouge, and a native of Jena, went home to meet his heavenly Father on Friday, February 14, 2020.

He was born July 22, 1932 in Jena to a family of loggers, and lived a long and fruitful life. His parents were J. B. “Buddy” and Ethel Terral.

He never forgot his humble roots and he never lost his bond with the working man. He was known as “Dad” to his children, “Pop” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, “Uncle T” to his many nieces and nephews, and “Brother Terral” to the community.

T.W. was called to vocational ministry at a young age and dedicated the remainder of his life to preaching the gospel and sharing the love of Jesus to everyone he came in contact with. He exemplified God’s love through his humble servant hood, his steadfast faithfulness, and his relentless dedication to sharing the gospel with everyone he met.

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Grace Iona Cooper

Grace Iona Cooper, 96, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, February 14, 2020.

She was born December 7, 1923 in Timpson, Texas, to the union of her parents, Jesse Edgar Coleman and Addie Octavia Pritchard Coleman.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Jesse Henderson and Ricky Gresham officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette “Buster” Cooper; parents; son, John D. Cooper; brothers, Authur Coleman, and Lloyd Coleman; and sister, Octavia Taylor.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, James D. Cooper and Jesse N. Cooper, both of Jena; daughters, Margaret Brumette of Trout, Marilyn Callender of Urania, Janice Stringer of Trout, and Mildred Powell of Jena; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.

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David F. Miles

David F. Miles

David Frayne Miles, 75, was born at home in Tullos, Louisiana on November 14, 1944 to Delwood Frayne and Jewel Francis Weaver Miles.

After a long and adventurous life, he died of a heart attack on Saturday, January 17, 2020 on the Philippine island of Marinduque where he chose to live with his wife and son.

David’s life was a series of many interests and careers. After graduating LaSalle High School in 1963, he attended Northeast Louisiana for 3 years before joining the Army.

He served in Vietnam in the Military Police as a Criminal Investigator before returning home to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. He loved to fly and earned private, commercial and chief flight instructor licenses.

Using his army experience, David also owned businesses in Louisiana and Texas working as a licensed and registered private investigator.

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Albert Clay White

Albert Clay White

Albert Clay White, 95, formerly of Jena, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at his daughter’s residence in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

He was born August 25, 1924, in Mayna, Louisiana, to the union of Albert C. White and Mary Jane Belgard White.

Clay was a member of First Baptist Church in Jena, where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, stationed in England with the 8th Army Air Force, 305th Bomb Group, 365th Squadron.

After his service to his country, Clay graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Animal Science (1949) and M.S. in Agriculture (1959). He served as Associate County Agent and County Agent for LaSalle Parish from 1949 to 1985 in Jena.

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Virgie "Messie" Smart

Virgie “Messie” Smart

Virgie Amesses “Messie” Prewitt Smart, 79, of Leesville, passed from this lfe on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

Amesses was the second daughter of a Baptist minister, having lived around Leesville her entire life. She was a 1958 graduate of Leesville High School, where she served as Homecoming Queen in 1956; flag bearer in the Pep Squad and active in the student council.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Leesville, where she worked as educational secretary for 24 years and an active member of the church choir and benevolence committee.

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