Obituaries

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Joey Keith Allen

Joey Keith Allen, 65, of Nebo, passed from this life on Monday, June 1, 2020.

He was born June 16, 1954.

Arrangements were not complete at press time on Monday but will be handled by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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David Alfred Wilson

David Alfred Wilson, known to most as “Bub,” passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 81 years.

Bub was a wonderful husband and father who took care of his daughters and did his best to guide with a strong moral compass. He was a loving “papaw” who took extreme pride in each of his grandchildren. He was a strong patriarch, caring more for his family than himself.

Never afraid of hard work, he was an oilfield worker for over 50 years.

He loved fishing, Saints football, Willie Nelson, and casinos. Bub will be fondly remembered for his singing in the shower and will remain in our hearts forever.

A small graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

He was preceded in death by his father Albert Earl Wilson, mother Audrey Wilson, and sister Kathleen Wilson Bruce.

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Bessie Otwell Sanders

Bessie Otwell Sanders

Bessie Otwell Sanders, 88, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, May 25, 2020.

She was born August 2, 1931, to the union of her parents, John Otwell, Sr. and Margeret Brown Otwell.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 29, at Pentecost Cemetery of Jena with Rev. Truman Stagg officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Otwell, Jr.; sister, Helen Otwell; and nephew, Christopher Moss.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her husband, Henry Sanders of Jena; niece, Shannon Moss Girlinghouse of Jena; niece, Renee Otwell of Ponchatoula; and step daughter, Joan Mattina of Biloxi, Ms..

Pallbearers were Chad Girlinghouse, Clark Girlinghouse, Dean Mattina, Austin Joiner, Trenton Joiner, and Tom Kendrick.

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Andy Pedneau

Andy Pedneau

Andrew “Andy” Pedneau, 48, of Jena, passed from this life into the portals of Glory on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in his residence.

Andy, as he was affectionately known to everyone, was born May 3, 1972 in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the union of his parents, Alfred and Ada Loudon Pedneau.

If you knew anything about Andrew you knew that he loved the Lord, loved Christian music, and he loved to help people. He had a heart of gold and would do anything he could to help someone in need. He was a mental health professional by trade, but if you had any dealings with him you would know it was more of a calling than a job for him.

Andrew was a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church of Pineville where he served as a deacon, “The Sound Man”, and also served with the children and youth ministries. You would find Andrew most often in the kitchen doing what he loved, and that was cooking for the children and the youth of the church.

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Raymond N. Parker

Raymond N. Parker

Raymond Nathaniel Parker, 72, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Friday, May 22, 2020.

He was born Tuesday, January 27, 1948 in Winnfield.

Raymond enjoyed attending ball games with his grandson and spending time with all his grandchildren. He was was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be held Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Annette Redfearn Parker; and his father, Ray Parker.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Greg Waxley (Mary), Tracy Zimmerman (Rex), Jennifer Breland (Benny), Kyle Waxley, Ty Parker, Nat Parker (Tara), and Kotye O’Neal (Joey); his mother, Margaret Parker Creel; two brothers, John Parker (Donna), and Billy Parker (Becky); 12 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, as well as five nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

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Dainy “Arlene” Goff

Arlene Goff, 65, of the Magnolia Community, south of Jena, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Polaski, Virginia, where she has been living with her daughter for the past four years.

She was born March 8, 1955 in Germany.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Magnolia Cemetery in the Magnolia Community with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

Arlene was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia E. Breland Crawford; father, Lawrence “Big Larry” Lambeth; brothers, Dale Lambeth and Bard Lambeth; and a great grandchild, Shelby Lambeth.

Survivors include her daughter, Dora Byrd (Glenn); sons, David Lambeth (Tonie) and Franklin Lambeth; brother, Larry Lambeth (Connie); sisters-in-law, Donna McKnight and Kathy Lambeth; six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and eight step great grandchildren.

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Alice Vivian Coker

Alice Vivian Coker

Alice Vivian Coker, 89, of Tullos, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

She was born September 3, 1930 in Taylor, Arkansas, to the union of Charlie and Maggie Frame Goss.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Tullos United Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Hal Modglin and Gary Coker officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Bobby Coker; parents; brother, Robert Goss; and sisters, Margaret Edwards, and Rachel Cox.

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Lillie Gail Young Arnold

Lillie Gail Young Arnold, 72, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

She was born March 5, 1948 to the union of her parents Floyd and Mildred Hanes Young.

Ms. Lillie was of the Baptist faith and as a child she attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Ms. Lillie owned and operated “Lillie’s” clothing store in Tallulah, for many years as well as being a pilot and owning her own plane.

She loved to garden and had quite the green thumb. Lillie could take a dead twig and in no time would have a big beautiful plant. But her favorite past time of all was raising Pomeranian and Pekingese puppies.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Rickey Gresham officiating.

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

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Dana Allien Redfern

Dana Allien Redfern

Dana Allien Redfern, 60, of Alexandria and native of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday morning, May 17, 2020. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was born July 29, 1959 in Jena.

Dana is a 1977 graduate of Jena High School. After moving to Winnfield with her family, she started her own business, Southern Homes Realty. Later she resided in Alexandria where she met her husband and developed her gift as a talented artist.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, at LifePoint Assembly of God Church in Jena with Evelyn Thompson officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Memorial Park, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Carraway Allien; and her nephew, Jarred Brian.

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Bonnie Sue Franklin

Bonnie Sue Franklin

Bonnie Sue Franklin, 67, of Pineville, passed from this life on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Pineville, following an extended illness.

She was born November 8, 1952 in Winnfield to the union of her parents, Tommy Fay Franklin and Etoil Butler Franklin. She was the first granddaughter for the late Charlie and Alice Franklin.

Bonnie retired as a paralegal but was known as a jack-of-all-trades. She was skilled in many areas including operating heavy equipment.

Bonnie was a free spirit and she lived life to the fullest. She loved reading and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and she loved them deeply.

A private graveside service was held on Tuesday, May 19, at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Columbia.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Pat Frankin.

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