Obituaries

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14
Aug

Bill Marshall

Allen Monroe “Bill” Marshall, 84, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, August 7, 2017, in Jonesville.

He was born November 10, 1932 in Bay County, Florida to Willie Monroe “Bill” and Ruby Odom Marshall.

Bill was a member of Harrisonburg First Baptist Church. He retired from McDermott, Inc. after working 35 years as a boat captain.

Bill served two years in the U.S. Army, spending most of those years in Korea. He was also a member of Harrisonburg Lodge 110 F&AM since 1973.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9th, at Heard Cemetery in Manifest with Revs. Robert Bradley and David Mitchell officiating.

Burial will follow under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home-Jonesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James Marshall, Bascom Marshall, and Herman Marshall; and one sister, Edna Jean.

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14
Aug

Christie Beth Kilgore

Christie Beth Kilgore, 47, of Trout, passed from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Georgetown.

She was born July 17, 1970 in Orange, Texas.

Christie was employed by the State of Louisiana as a supervisor for the Department of Children and Family Services. She was a member of the Belah United Pentecostal Church and was a Sunday school teacher and secretary of the Ladies Ministry.

She loved to bake, crochet, decorate, craft, and loved puzzles and made the best pancakes ever.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. David Hutchinson and Daren Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery in Sharptown under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Ayla Breeland; and her father, Robert Bigner.

Mon
14
Aug

Buddy Harris

Vernon B. “Buddy” Harris, 90, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

He was born September 17, 1926 in Olla to the union of his parents, Patrick and Olene Smith Harris.

Buddy served his country in the United States Navy for four years. He was a longtime member of Olla First Baptist Church, and was an entrepreneur of a retail store in Olla. He loved to travel extensively and has visited every state.

Services were held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12 at First Baptist Church of Olla with the Revs. Johnnie Phillips and Greg Dunn officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Marie Harris; his parents; grandson, Nick Harris; and sister, Nellie Ruth Harris.

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14
Aug

Rev. ‘Joey’ Bignar

Rev. Jolia “Joey” Wayne Bignar, 74, of Jonesboro, was called to his home with the Lord on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Brother Joey was a native of Jena, and served in the National Guard. He ministered and pastored for 46 years serving at Springhill Baptist Church in Grayson, Willow Bayou in Tallulah, Standard Baptist Church in Olla, McDonald Memorial Baptist. and Center Point Baptist, both in Jonesboro. He had recently retired and became a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Jonesboro First Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne Morrow, Terry Mims, Brian McAllister, Donald Lemmons and Dennis Bignar officiating.

Interment followed at the Tidwell Landing Cemetery at Nebo under direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Mon
07
Aug

Larry Robertson

Kenneth Larry Robertson, 85, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 30, in Jena.

He was born Friday, February 26, 1932 in Alexandria, to the union of Martin and Agnes Ardoin Robertson.

Larry was a veteran and served for many years as a Louisiana State Trooper.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Mickey Hudnall officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ball with arrangements by Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Malcolm Robertson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tommy Nell Breland Robertson of White Sulphur Springs; a son, Jerry Dewitt Frazier and wife Rhonda of Jena; daughter, Renee’ Hodnett and husband Cary of Effie; his sister, Judy Allen and husband Jimmy of Tioga; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mon
07
Aug

John “Bill” Reeves

John “Bill” William Reeves, 51, of Rhinehart, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in his residence.

He was born Monday, August 9, 1965 in Alexandria, to the union of Ernest and Nina Alexander Reeves.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Wagoner and Terry Doughty officiating.

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

He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Smith) Reeves; two sons, Bryceton Croft and Ethan Croft; brother, Ernie Reeves and wife Mary; sisters, Nelda Renfrow and husband Ronald and Susan Little and husband Lawson.

Pallbearers were James Cader, Kevin Guinn, Bryceton Croft, Ethan Croft, Ernie Reeves, and Mitchell Stokes.

Mon
07
Aug

Asilee Tally Randall

Asilee “Lee” Tally Randall, 86, of Olla, passed away quietly early Saturday morning, July 29, 2017, with her elder son, Dana Tally, by her bedside at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. She was a long-term survivor of breast cancer, which she fought with a matter-of-fact determination and purpose.

Lee was born Asilee Hipps in Asheville, NC on Nov. 13, 1930 and moved to Fresno, CA when she was 4 years old. She always loved the summers she spent in the Sierras where her father worked in the sawmill. This sparked a life-long love of the mountain pine forests.

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07
Aug

Debra Lynn Evans

Debra Lynn Parker Evans, 59, of Summerville, passed from this life on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Medical City Hospital in Plano, Texas, from complications following surgery.

She was born June 17, 1958 in Jena to the union of her parents, Ellred Jamar and Neva Sybil Venable Parker.

Debra retired in June of 2007 after serving 30 years in various positions at the LaSalle Library in Jena.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham, Scotty McDowell and Brandon Poole officiating.

Interment followed in the Aimoch Cemetery in the Aimoch Community under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
07
Aug

Yvonne Cecile Barron

Yvonne Cecile Barron, 77, of Jena, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born to the family of Benjamin and Elizabeth Methvin Wright on Monday, January 1, 1940 in Texas.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Tim Merritt and Mitchell Norman officiating.

Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and Bonnie Lee Barron, Mattie Butler, Maxine Lane, Tyrone Wright, Jimmy Wright, Anita Eddy and Pauline Holt.

Those left to cherish her memories are a daughter, Yvette Tiger of Jena; sons, David Barron, and Victor Barron, both of Jena and Cameron Barron of Indiana; brothers, Jessie Wright of Galveston, TX and Dole Wright of Wyoming; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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31
Jul

James Edward Yule

James Edward Yule, of Nebo, passed from this life on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 11 days.

He was born May 12, 1922 at Nebo to the family of James Wilson and Leonie Nancy Bignar Yule.

Mr. Yule was a veteran having served during World War II, had a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, and was famously known as a woodcarver. His famous duck calls was a favorite of hunters worldwide.

Born and reared along the shores of central Louisiana’s waterfowl-rich Catahoula Lake, Ed learned woodworking at a very early age.

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