Obituaries

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Jeffrey Alan Ratcliff

Jeffrey Alan Ratcliff, 51, of Kiln, Mississippi, passed from this life on Sunday, January 15, 2017, surrounded by his wife, Tina, and close family friend, Linda Ellis Burton.

He was born October 27, 1965 in New Orleans.

Jeffrey worked the Mississippi River as a Tow Boat Captain for 27 years.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Pinehill Baptist Church near Olla.

Services were also held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, at Shiloh Baptist Church at Kiln, MS

Survivors include his wife Tina Adams Ratcliff of Kiln, MS; daughter, Jessica Eubanks Page and husband Johnnie of Fort Gibson, OK and their five children Bailee, Karley, Katie, Chloe, and Blaze; daughter, Terri Bryant and husband Fred of Perkinston, MS and their three children, Aaron, Autumn, and Marcus; Aunt and Uncle Elaine and Wayne Hosner of Lumberton MS; and countless brother and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Peggy Sue Peyton

Peggy Sue Peyton, 58, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in the Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born December 8, 1958 in Jena to the union of her parents, Robert Dale “Rip” and Bobbie Ruth Gunn Ray.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joey Paul and Bro. Beau Manasco officiating.

Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father, and Maw Maw Nancy Ray.

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Shellee Rennee Deville

Shellee Rennee Deville, 50, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

She was born November 26, 1966 in Houston, Texas.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Denver McBroom officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronnie White; grandparents, Delo and Beatrice Thompson, and Clyde and Audrey White.

Survivors include her daughters, Shaliea Blackmon of Mobile, AL, and Shalaina Deville of Pineville; brothers, Donald Nugent of Jena, Byron Nugent of Deville, and Shelton Nugent of Rogers; sister, Laraina Richerson of Rogers; mother, Mary Sue Miller and step-father, Richard Miller of Rogers; and five grandchildren.

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Doris Estelle Allen

Doris Estelle Allen, 93, of Nebo, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

She was born February 20, 1923 in Belah, to the union of her parents, Phineous and Katie Wilson Gray.

Mrs. Doris was a member of Nebo Baptist Church, was a homemaker, drove a school bus for years, and worked at the Jena Burger Barn for many years. She loved working in her flower garden and loved to go fishing.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Nebo Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Norris, Matthew Murrell, and Daniel Breithaupt officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Dayton “Pete” Allen; son, Wallace “Buddy Pete” Allen; brothers, Tab Gray, Ernest Gray, Dayton Gray, and Jim Gray; sister, Hazel Long; parents; and grand daughter, Jada Morphis.

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Laura ‘Mame’ Hunter

Laura “Mame” Hunter, 74, of Jena, went to her Heavenly home on Sunday, December 25, 2016.

She was born March 10, 1942 to Rubin Wright, Sr. and Thelma Foster Wright, the second of six children.

Laura confessed Christ at an early age and united with the New Evergreen Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dave Woods.

Laura attended and graduated from Good Pine High School, a member of the Class of 1962. She worked at Belden Wire and Cable until their closure in the early 1990’s.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, at New Evergreen Baptist Church in Jena with Pastor Rev. Donald R. Sibley and Rev. Brian Moran officiating.

Interment followed in Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena.

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Patsy E. DeSoto

Patsy Edwards DeSoto, 69, of Deville, and a native of Jena, passed from this life to her Heavenly home on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

She was born September 15, 1947 in Jena to the union of her parents, Albert and Catherine Edwards.

A graduate of Jena High School, Patsy was headstrong and determined and lived life her way. She loved to fish, dance and work in her flower beds. She loved her little fur babies and camp life with her husband and best friend, who will miss her presence the most.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronnie Nation and Joe Peppers officiating.

Interment followed at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Deville under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home of Pineville.

She was preceded in death by her son, David S. Tillar; and her parents.

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Wayne Ainsworth

Darrell Wayne Ainsworth, 73, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

He was born September 21, 1943 in Olla to the family of Perry and Nettie Mae Roark Ainsworth.

Wayne was a Baptist and employed in the oilfield.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Glenn Roark and Todd Whittington officiating.

Interment will follow in the Antioch Free Methodist Church Cemetery in the Antioch Community, under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include a brother, Travis Ainsworth of Olla; two nephews, one niece, two great great nieces and one great great nephew.

Pallbearers will be Lanny Poole, Dr. Riaz Chaudhry, Kenneth Roark, Mikey Ainsworth, Neal Ainsworth and Danny Ainsworth.

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Susan Ory Powers

Susan Marie Ory Powers, 70, of Jena passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the Rapides General Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born June 22, 1946 in Jena to Julia Myrtis Henegan Ory and Norman Gerard Ory. Susan was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Emile Ory and the Honorable and Mrs. James Marvin Henegan.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Susan’s life at 1 p.m., February 4, 2017 at Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church in Jena, with Rev. Truman Stagg officiating.

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W. O. “Billy” Paul

William Oscar “Billy” Paul, 79, of Haughton, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

He was born August 15, 1937 at Jena to the union of his parents, Willie Houston and Dottie Estelle Wilson Paul.

Billy was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Joey Paul officiating.

Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Patsy Lynn Paul and Mary Guinn Paul; his parents: brothers, Jewel Paul, P. A. “Fox” Paul, Doyle Paul and Dale Paul; and sisters, Evelyn Carter Hailey, Agnes Yule and Shirley Paul.

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Stacy Hudnall

Stacy Hudnall, 50, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at Aimwell Pentecostal Church in Aimwell with the Revs. Kirk Mayo, Cody Mayo, and Steve Cripps officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hudnall; grandson, Drake Ford; and grandmother, Valerie Smith.

Survivors include her mother, Yvonne Smith of Jena; daughter, Crista Holland and husband Jason of Trout and their children, Ayva, Cohen and Canaan; daughter, Courtney Ford of Jena and her children, Malyah and Londyn; step-mother, Delba Hudnall; sisters, Misty Hudnall and family, Cealie Ingle and family; and brother, Ed Hudnall and family.

Pallbearers were Terry Head, Ronnie Hudnall, Ed Hudnall, Dusty Miller, John Hudnall and Ryan McCann.

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