Obituaries

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“Joe” Ratcliff

Orville Joseph “Joe” Ratcliff, 88, of Ovilla, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Monday, January 30, 2017, at the home of a granddaughter, Khristi Busby, in Ovilla.

He was born November 22, 1928 in Olla to the union of his parents, Rev. Thomas J. “Tom” Ratcliff and Tempie P. Bass Ratcliff.

Joe served in the United States Air Force during World War II, reaching the rank of Corporal. He later worked for many years in the oilfield, and retired as a Supervisor for Dresser Industries.

A memorial service will be held at 12-noon, Saturday, Feb. 18 at Fellowship Baptist Church in the Fellowship-Belah Community, with Rev. Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Belah Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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Myrtis “Beth” Nugent

Myrtis Elizabeth “Beth” Nugent, 86, of Pineville, and a native of Jena, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Tioga.

She was born Wednesday, July 23, 1930, in Jena to the union of Thomas Jason “Jay” and Addie Wilkinson Roberts Doughty.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Ed Cooper officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by husband, Joe Nugent, long-time LaSalle Clerk of Court; her parents; and a sister, Ruth Paul.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Nugent and wife Cecile; her daughter, Linda Jo Nugent Bordelon and husband Danny; and a granddaughter, Laura Brasley and husband Owen.

Pallbearers were Tommy Paul, Steve Sanders, Skipper Sanders, Jay Sanders, Owen Bradley and Jack Warren.

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Richard E. Lanier

Richard Elvin Lanier, 61, of Jena, passed from this life at his residence on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

He was born April 8, 1955 in Jena to the family of Stid and Betty Lou Lanier.

Ricky worked as a pumper for Hunt Petroleum Oil Company for 20 years.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Hair Cemetery with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Monty Carol Smith Lanier; parents; a sister, Margaret Smith; and an infant brother.

Survivors include three daughters, Danna Walker and husband Kit, Mandi Brooks and husband Brad and Alaina Breithaupt and husband David, all of Jena; two brothers, Wayne Lanier and wife Denise and Steve Lanier and wife Scarlet, all of Jena; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brad Brooks, Peyton Walker, Wayne Lanier, Jarod Lanier, Derek Wiggins and Carl Husbands.

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Edith K. Huffman

Edith Kathleen Huffman, 69, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

She was born January 18, 1948 to the union of her parents, Edgar Lee and Barbara Edith Stevenson Huffman.

Edith was a self-employed secretary.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Byron Norris officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Lester Lee Huffman.

Survivors include one brother, Allen Huffman of Jena; two sisters, Delores Ann Wilson and husband Jerry, and Tammy Lenay Huffman, all of Jena.

Pallbearers were Bruce Wilson, Bobby Wilson, Tony Wilson, Slim Stapleton and Johnny Hutchins.

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Sandra Lynn Cole

Sandra Lynn Russell Cole, 70, of Jena, passed from this life at 11:23 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born June 6, 1946 in Shreveport to the family of Laverne Lutrick and Earle Lutrick.

Mrs. Cole was a homemaker.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with Rev. Brandon Poole officiating (weather permitting).

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Thomas Dale Cunningham.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Van Meter of Jefferson, TX, and Kathie Griffin of Longview, TX; one son, Phillip Faust, Jr. of Jena; sisters, Barbara Rinkle of Tatum, TX, Rose Jones of Beckville, TX; Brenda Glasgow of Kilgore, TX, Sue Smith of Jena, Alvin Laurene Peoples and Dollie Jane Blaylock, both of Winnsboro, Shirley Diane Martin of Ferriday, and Bobbie Nell Hogue of Tallulah; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Jerry Breithaupt

Jerry Emile Breithaupt, 73, of Winnsboro, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

He was born April 2, 1943 in Alexandria to the union of his parents, Oscar E. and Dorothy Helen Wainwright Breithaupt.

Jerry was a pharmacist, and loved working at Winnsboro Drug, was an avid hunter and marksman, loved shooting his guns. He loved helping people, spending time with family and spoiling the grandchildren. He loved his career. He received his Golden Certificate for practicing pharmacy for 50 years.

He was in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict, stationed in Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio and Captain in the Army, and was an avid reader.

Services were at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the Chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, with Rev. Floyd Hawthorne officiating.

Interment followed in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro.

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Lori Lee Smith

Lori Lee Smith, 57, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Monday, January 30, 2017, at her home.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, at Harrisonburg Christian Assembly Church with Rev. Lynell Hatten officiating.

Interment followed at the Cedar Ridge Cemetery in Harrisonburg under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Ferrington.

Survivors include her husband, Oscar Charles Smith, Jr.; children, Tiffany Washington of Jonesville, Scottie Lee Boothe of Jonesville, Rusty Lee Boothe of Harrisonburg, Oscar Charles Smith, III, of Jonesville, and Leon Smith of Jonesville; siblings, Wanda Sue Farrington of Franklinton, LA, Debbie and Keith Siffert of St. Landry, LA, and Floyd Dean and Kerry Ferrington of Harrisonburg.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Ferrington, Cody Ferrington, Brendan Ferrington, Jimmie Smith, Calvin Holly, and Chester Coleman.

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Melba Jean Morrow

Melba Jean Allbritton Morrow, 85, of Houston, Texas, and a native of LaSalle Parish, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

She was born February 20, 1931 in Tullos, to the union of her parents, Dewey and Thelma Allbritton.

Fiesty and spirited, she paved the way for the four brothers that followed. She loved her brothers, any sport with a ball, sewing, puzzles, and could keep a house plant alive for decades – a trait she did not pass along to her daughter.

Mrs. Morrow was a faithful subscriber and reader of her hometown newspaper, The Jena Times.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home in Houston, TX, with Rev. Jeff Campbell officiating.

Interment followed in the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

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Marilyn C. Leonard

Marilyn Ann Cotten Leonard, 62, of Dry Prong, LA, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at her residence in Dry Prong.

She was born on November 5, 1954, in Houston, TX and worked for several different companies as a House Mother/Sitter for area group homes. She loved to shop for her family.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 3, 2017, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with Pastor Mark Breland officiating.

Interment followed in the Taylor Chapel Cemetery in Summerville under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Nell Loften Cotten; husband, Walter Leonard, III, and great granddaughter, Serenity Hebert.

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Florence Evelyn Miller

Florence Evelyn Weaver Miller, 89, of Trout, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Vidalia.

She was born August 25, 1927 in Urania to the union of her parents, Henry L. and Jesse Gertrude Tam Weaver. 

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with Rev. Reid Terry officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivy D. Miller; her parents; two sisters, Billie Ruth Mills and Elouise Barnam; and one brother, Hilton “Buddy” Weaver. 

Survivors include one son, Gerald D. Miller; three granddaughters, Robyn Miller, Nanci Quinley, and Tracie Kimes and husband Gary; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, along with some great-great neices and nephews. 

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