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John W. Kennedy

John Wayne Kennedy, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at The Columns Community Care Center in Jonesville. He was born August 23, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee. John was a disabled veteran having served his country in the United States Marine Corp. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Dr. Rick Feazell officiating. He was preceded in death by his father, Omer Drew Kennedy; and a brother, Brad Kennedy. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Betty Young of Y City, AR; sons, Joshua William Kennedy of Jena and John Wesley Kennedy of Piggot, AR; brothers, Duke Allen Kennedy of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Mary Swope of Hot Springs, AR; and four grandchildren.

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Ezra N. Davis

Ezra Newton Davis, 80, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Friday, September 1, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 30, 1937 in LaSalle Parish. Ezra proudly served his country in the United States Army for over twenty years. A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory of Ball. He is survived by his wife, Helen Paul Davis; two sons, Hank Davis and Darrell Davis; three step-sons, John Peoples and wife Amy, Kenneth Peoples and wife Deanna Windham Peoples and Keith Peoples and wife Tessa Peoples; one step daughter, Mary Peoples; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of neices and nephews.

 

 

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Barbara Jane Weathers

Barbara Jane Weathers, 70, of Olla, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017, in Jena.

She was born Wednesday, July 9, 1947 in Urania to the union of her parents, Elmo and Gladys Carr Cruse.

Barbara worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a Directory Assistance Operator.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 from the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Glen Roark and Dominick DiCarlo officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Woolery; her parents; and her son, Daniel Weathers.

She is survived by her brothers, Carl Cruse and wife Genette of Onalaska, TX and Dennis Cruse of Olla; sisters, Mattie McCarroll of Summerville and Johnnie Bethard and husband Jess of Jena.

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Carol Evelyn Randall

Carol Evelyn Randall, 76, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born February 26, 1941 in Olla to the union of her parents, Elmo and Gladys Hatten Randall.

Carol was a 1963 graduate of Acadian Baptist Academy in Eunce. She had a great memory for family geneology, a warm sense of humor, and was a wonderful caretaker and daughter to her parents.

Carol’s favorite things to do were attending church, reading, visiting the Olla Library daily to visit with Christy, and gathering at the Dixie Center in Olla with her friends.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, from the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Olla with Rev. Greg Dunn officiating.

Interment followed in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lafayette next to her parents, sister, and maternal grandparents, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

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James Olen Murry

James Olen Murry, 54, of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born June 21, 1963 in DeRidder.

James was employed at Louisiana-Pacific and an offshore worker until he was disabled. James loved his Harley and all of his Harley friends and family.

He was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother and paw paw.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Olla with Rev. Greg Dunn officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his father, Olen Overton Murry; grandparents, Obie Murry and Gertrude Murry, and Mae Street and Allie Street; and nephew, Davis O. Young.

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Peggy Haygood Meyers

Peggy Haygood Meyers, 83, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Monday, January 22, 1934 in Harrisonburg to the union of her parents, Evon Rolo Haygood and Gertrude Nugent Haygood.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, at Meyers Bend Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Mark Johnson, David Fugua, Bill Cotten, and Claude Chaney officiating.

Interment followed in the Harrisonburg Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Huey Meyers; parents; sister, Bobbie Jean Haygood Meyers; two great-grandchildren, Hadley Pentecost and Braxton Pentecost; and brother-in-law, W.D. Hackney, Jr..

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Mary Lou Etheridge

Mary Lou Neal Etheridge, 67, of Olla, passed from this life on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Heritage Manor West Nursing Home in Shreveport.

She was born March 4, 1950 at the old Hardtner Medical Clinic in downtown Urania to the union of her parents, Marie Ford Neal and Felder F. Neal.

Mary Lou was a 1968 graduate of LaSalle High School in Olla, and was a longtime employee of the Urania and Olla Banks. Mary Lou loved all her Facebook friends and she especially enjoyed staying up late and listening to music videos on Facebook with her friends.

Sometimes she called her sister or friends late at night and talked for hours. She also loved to cook and enjoyed cooking for her close friends, Carol, Becky and Shirley. She also loved going to her sister’s house on holidays where she could pitch in and help cook a big holiday feast.

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James Ray Doughty

James Ray Doughty, 74, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at his home near Jena following an extended illness.

He was born May 29, 1943 in Jena to the union of his parents, Donald James and Doris Maxine Crooks Doughty.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed for many years by the Louisiana Secretary of State as an Election Technician, and was in charge of voting machines in LaSalle Parish, and also served in other parishes as needed.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Terry Doughty and Mike Russell officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Kristy Martin; and a great niece, Kelsey Thaxton.

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Carolyn Cruse

Carolyn Cruse, 74, of Olla, passed from this life on Monday, August 21, 2017, at St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born August 10, 1943 in Rochelle to the union of her parents, Quincy and Grace Bass Cruse.

Carolyn babysat and raised a lot of kids who knew her as mamaw.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Standard Baptist Church of Olla with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Shad Tibbs officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her son, James Wesley Bradford; and her parents.

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Ethel Jane Buchanan

Ethel Jane Buchanan, 97, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at her residence in Jena.

She was born July 22, 1920 in Eudora, Arkansas to the union of her parents, William Barnes and Ethel Anderson Gaffney Sansing.

Mrs. Buchanan was a resident of Jena for seventeen years, and was a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and her children and her church were her life. A southern lady, she loved to dress up and look nice. She will be remembered as a humble and nice lady.

Services were held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Keene officiating.

Interment followed in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Greensville, Mississippi, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, F.L. “Buck” Buchanan, Jr.; her parents; and son-in-law, Don Day.

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