Obituaries

Wed
15
May

Glen Joseph Perdue

Glen Joseph Perdue, 47, of Olla, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born March 2, 1972 in Columbia. Glen was retired from the Louisiana National Guard. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at Wilbanks Cemetery at Summerville with the Revs. Dennis Fontentot and Charles Edgar officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Those left to cherish in his memory include his father Martin Glen Perdue of Minden; mother, Katherine Lovella Lee Perdue of Jena; brothers, James Wilborn Perdue of Valdosta, GA; Charles Edgar Perdue of Falk, AR; and sisters, Marlene Fern of Olla, and Sarah Mae Camp of West Monroe. Pallbearers were James Perdue and Charles Perdue.

Wed
08
May

Brenda Ann Melvin

Brenda Ann Melvin, 75, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born August 24, 1943 to the union of her parents, Willie Joseph and Odelia Ann Angeron.

She was a loving individual to all who knew her, and always brought a smile into the room. Ms. Brenda loved and enjoyed gardening in her spare time. She served as church secretary for many years at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena.

Services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Interment will follow at a later time in a private family ceremony.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Steven Brian Melvin of Jena; her daughter, Alysa Dawn Melvin Schrock of Jena; one sister, Billie Marie Bowdoin and husband James of Norfolk, VA.; three grandchildren, Matthew James Nugent, Heather Marie Schrock, and Anna Mae Schrock.

Wed
08
May

Rose Marie Cockerham

Rose Marie Cockerham, 60, of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Monroe.

She was born November 9, 1958 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Oscar and Geneva Palmer.

Rose Marie loved being outside tending to her yard. While she mowed and weeded everything herself, she had a special talent for growing beautiful flowers. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Rev. Carl Griffith officiating.

Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery near Kelly under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Elmer Palmer and Marvin Palmer.

Wed
08
May

G. C. Cooper

Garey Clifford “G.C.” Cooper, 87, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born July 21, 1931, the son of Robert Cooper and Annie Mackey.

Bro. G. C. accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and united with Trout Creek Baptist Church in Good Pine.

G.C. lived in Jena, from the time he was born until the time of his passing. He was employed with Humphries Motors, where he worked for 45 years and became part of their family.

G.C. wore many hats as a man striving to support his family, supporting the community, and the youth of Jena. He worked from 8-5 at Humphries Motors then headed straight to the ballpark, where he helped coach and umpire ballgames. He helped any child that needed his help with a big Kool-Aid smile.

Wed
08
May

Carole Wright Aplin

Carole Wright Aplin, 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Zachary, LA on May 5, 2019, following a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

She was formerly of Aimwell and Jena. Carole was born on March 10, 1944 in Harrisonburg, to George Gratton Wright and Mattie Lee Wright. She was a 1962 graduate of Harrisonburg High School. She worked with her sister, Patsy White, in her daycare, and was retired from the Jena Walmart with 20 years service.

Wed
01
May

Ronald “Ron” Smoot

Ronald Dean “Ron” Smoot, 73, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena.

He was born August 12, 1945 in Marion, Illinois, to the union of his parents, Rev. James Earnest Smoot and Ruby Simmons Smoot.

Ron was a wonderful father and grandfather.

He served as Chief Lab Technician at LaSalle General Hosital for 28 years and during that time he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the LaSalle Ambulance District.

Ron was an avid golfer until he became disabled. 

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Curt Mayo officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Wed
01
May

Jerry Lynn Etheredge

Jerry Lynn McCartney Etheredge, 83, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born December 6, 1935 in LaSalle Parish to the union of her parents, Quincy Luke McCartney and Robbie Waggoner McCartney.

Jerry was a lifelong faithful member of Pine Hill Baptist Church and she was a 1954 graduate of LaSalle High School in Olla. She made her lifelong career as a homemaker and mom.

She was very dedicated to the care of her family. She is well known for her love of cooking and making sure no one around her was hungry. She was fierce in her love for her family and service to her Lord. She served the verses well in Proverbs 31:10-31. Praises to a virtuous woman.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, from the sanctuary of Pine Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Edward Smith officiating. Rev. Stacey Pitman delivered the eulogy.

Wed
01
May

George R. Eskew

George R. Eskew, 70, of Hewitt, Texas and a native of Jena, passed away Friday morning, April 19, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He was born September 7, 1948, in Jena, the son of the late George Willard and Rita Imelda (Eubanks) Eskew. He was a 1967 graduate of Jena High School.

George continued his education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. On August 21, 1969, he entered to serve his country in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge May 6, 1975.

On August 15, 1981, he married the former Trudy Ann Chasson in Jena. For over fifteen years, George was branch manager of Sam’s Club in Waco. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid Midway Panther football supporter, having not missed a home game in twenty-nine years.

Wed
24
Apr

Elaine Robbins Carroll

Elaine Robbins Carroll, 91, of Olla, passed from this life on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at her home in Olla.

She was born October 14, 1927 at Goss, Mississippi, to the union of her parents, Evin William Robbin and Corine Conerly Robbins.

Elaine loved being outdoors and working in her yard. She enjoyed gardening but she especially loved to mow. Elaine was a sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Ray Carroll; brothers, Ralph Robbins and Windell Robbins; and sisters, Jessie Filippi and Doris Nunnery.

Wed
24
Apr

Melba Bradford Little

Melba Jane Bradford Little, 81, of Winnfield, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 18, 1937 in Rochelle to the union of her parents, James Ozroe Bradford and Velma Blackshear Bradford.

Mrs. Little was dedicated to her family, friends, and students. She graduated from Georgetown High School, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University, and Master’s Degree from Northwestern State University.

After moving to Winnfield in 1968, she and husband Ray joined First Baptist Church. She taught English at Winnfield Senior High School for 30 years, leading the department to outstanding achievements. Her love of teaching, the knowledge she imparted to her students, and her standard of excellence is her legacy.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 22, at Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield with the Revs. Steven Smithson and John Holland officiating.

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