Obituaries

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Mildred Iona Kirl

Mildred Iona Kirl, 88, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, March 20, 2017, at LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born May 30, 1928 in Jena to the union of her parents, Ted and Mary Elezene Smith Coleman.

Mrs. Kirl was employed at a daycare and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Jena.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham and Lane Corley officiating.

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

Survivors include her son, Tracy B. Kirl and wife Malyndia of Prosper, TX; daughter, Runia Stanley and husband Harold of Silsbee, TX; sister, Airlea Taylor of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Angela Gresham, Colin Strother, and Jason Monzingo; great grandchildren, Hannah, Sam, Ava, Cruze and Owen.

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Alson Doyle Hudson

Alson Doyle Hudson, 87, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at his residence.

He was born December 2, 1929 in Jena to Brazzie Hudson.

Mr. Hudson attended local schools and entered the United States Army when he was only 17-years-old, during the Korean conflict. He served in the Army for 20 years before retiring in 1968 with the rank of Master Sergeant.

He went on to become licensed in Tuscon, Arizona as a Mobile Home Broker and then as a Real Estate Agent owning Gina’s Property Management Company with his wife/partner, Gina Hudson for many years.

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David O’Neal Hatten

David O’Neal Hatten, 48, of Olla, passed from this life on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria following a sudden illness.

He was born August 10, 1968 in Natchez, MS to the union of his parents, O’Neal Hatten and Geraldine Gilliam Hatten.

David was loved by all who knew him and he will be sorely missed.

Services will be at 12-noon on Thursday, March 30, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla.

Interment will follow at the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Gardner under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

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Jimmy Ray Eubanks

Jimmy Ray Eubanks, 85, of Urania, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

He was born November 29, 1931 in Kelly to the union of his parents, John Calvin Eubanks and Mary Ella Riser Eubanks.

Mr. Eubanks served his country in the United States Air Force for twenty years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant and after his military years he became a special agent with United States Customs serving for twenty-two years. He was an avid sportsman loving camping along with hunting and fishing.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 24, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. E. R. Johnson and Clay Hutto officiating.

Interment with full military honors followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery of Urania with burial under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iris Evonne Eubanks; and a son, Nick Eldon Eubanks.

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Vera Chevallier

Vera Chevallier, 95, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

She was born August 18, 1921 in Walters to the union of her parents, Joe and Annie Sanson Chevallier.

Mrs. Chevallier was employed in the cafeteria at Jena Junior High School for many years.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Oliver Dean and Jimmy Keene officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tracie Chevallier; and her parents.

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Jamie Renee Bates

Jamie Renee Bates, 31, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Good Pine.

She was born January 23, 1986 in Alexandria.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at Sanctuary Family Worship Center in Jena with the Revs. Jimmy Young and Heath Harris officiating.

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

Survivors include her son, Isaiah Dewayne Todd; father, James H. Bates, III, mother; Angela Cater and husband Lonnie Cater; brothers, Landon Kale Cater, Coley Brandon Cater and Brandon Bates; sisters, Brittany Danielle Bates, Sara Leigh Ann Brock, Megan Nicole Bates, Brandie Bates, Misty Herron and Selena Bates.

Serving as pallbearers were Dale Overstreet, Jr., Jay Meadows, Justin Waldron, Danny Campbell, Joe Kimball and Lance Brown, with Nathan Brock serving as an honorary pallbearer.

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A. C. Riggs

A. C. Riggs, 90, of the Packton Community, passed from this life on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

He was born December 20, 1926 to the union of his parents, Arch and Bessie Riggs, and was a lifelong resident of Grant Parish.

Mr. Riggs was a graduate of Selma High School and a veteran of World War II having served in the South Pacific. His career with Penrod Drilling Company spanned many years in the oil field. Upon retirement, he established Riggs Enterprises, Inc. and worked as a drilling consultant.

During stints between jobs, he returned to his farm where he enjoyed growing vegetables and maintaining an orchard, which became his full time job upon final retirement. Mr. Riggs served as deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield.

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Sonny Peterson, Sr.

Harold “Sonny” Everett Peterson, Sr., 82, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

He was born June 26, 1934 in Urania to the union of his parents, Henry Everett Peterson and Parrie Huddleston Peterson.

Sonny received his B.S. degree in geology from Louisiana Tech, Ruston, LA and did his Masters work in geology at LSU, Baton Rouge. He was ordained a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Jena, on July 30, 1967 and served as a Deacon in various Baptist Churches until moving to Austin in 2002 where he and his wife Lena joined Tarrytown United Methodist Church.

He was also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. His career in the oil and gas industry spanned 36 years. After a short stint selling drill bits for Grigsby Tool and Hughes Tool, in 1963 he began work in exploration for Justiss-Mears Oil Company, Jena. Most importantly, that is where he met Lena Rae Breithaupt.

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Edward E. Minks

Edward E. Minks, 83, passed away peacefully at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania surrounded by his loving family, following an illness.

He was born October 26, 1933 in Oklahoma to the union of his parents, McCarty and Anna Salle Minks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Anna Minks.

Survivors include a son, William E. Minks; a daughter, Len Patterson; and grandchildren, Josh and Macy Jacob and Hudson Patterson.

Arrangements will be announced later by Riser Funeral Home of Columbia/Olla.

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Edith M. LaCroix

Edith Middleton LaCroix, 88, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born September 21, 1928 in Natchez, Mississippi to the union of her parents, Leslie and Essie Loper Middleton.

Mrs. Edith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesville.

Services were held at 12-noon on Wednesday, March 15, at the First Baptist Church in Jonesville with the Revs. Ralph Webber and Todd Pennington officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Willie Middleton.

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