Obituaries

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09
Jan

Charlie L. Whatley

Charlie Leon Whatley, 89, of Baytown, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 28, 2018. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born November 19, 1929 at Trout to the union of his parents, Walter and Florence Whatley.

He was raised on Rural Road 1 near Trout. He began his life of travel when he left the piney woods of Louisiana and joined the Navy after graduating from high school. Charlie was stationed in California out of Port Hueneme where he was assigned to the USS Norton Sound. His ship was the Navy’s first guided missile Test Ship (AVM-1) that went on to fire the first low yield nuclear project warhead (Project ARGUS).

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09
Jan

Neva Mary Ford

Neva Mary Ford, 86, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena.

She was born Sunday, December 25, 1932 in Jonesville to the union of her parents, George Washington and Mary Brown Cockerham.

Mrs. Ford was a member of the Oak Grove Free Methodist Church.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, at Oak Grove Free Methodist Church with the Revs. Emitt Belgard and Bo Edwards officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wonnie Aubrey Ford; seven brothers, Walton Cockerham, Lloyd Cockerham, Moses Cockerham, Shelton Cockerham, George Cockerham, Ray Cockerham, and Willie Cockerham; three sisters, Annie Crooks, Joyce Franklin, and Alice Cox; granddaughter, Karen Gail Neal; and daughter-in-law, Linda Ford.

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09
Jan

Kernie Wayne King

Kernie Wayne King, 57, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Friday, December 28, 2018, in Ferriday.

He was born Saturday, January 7, 1961 in Jonesville to the union of his parents, J. R. King and Kathleen King.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31 at Jonesville First Baptist Church in Jonesville with Rev. Todd Whittington officiating.

Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

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09
Jan

Hortenscia Langley

Hortenscia Langley, 81, of Trout, passed from this life on Friday, January 4, 2019. She was born September 10, 1937 in Hidlago, Texas. Mrs. Langley was a stay at home mother who loved her family dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Langley; father, Pedro Liscano; mother, Angela Delarosa; brother, Tomas Liscano; and two sisters, Petra Corando and Bertha Reyes. Those left to cherish in her memory include her sons, Joseph Langley of Columbia, and Jesse Langley of Dry Prong; daughters, Angela Shirley of Trout, Mary Clark of Pineville, and Rose Langley of Georgetown; and sister, Eva Flores of Rio Grande City, TX.

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09
Jan

Peggy Phillips LeMay

Peggy Phillips LeMay, 79, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was born Tuesday, July 11, 1939 in Stamps, Arkansas to the union of her parents, Paul Oscar Phillips and Irene Warner Smith Phillips.

Mrs. LeMay was a resident of Jonesville and a member of Evangeline Baptist Church of Wildsville.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, at Pine Hill Baptist Church of Urania with the Revs. Chase Weeks and Cory Fowler officiating.

Interment followed in the Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Robert Phillips and Larry Phillips.

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09
Jan

Beatrice ‘Patsy’ Starks

Beatrice “Patsy” Starks, of Jena, was called by the Lord from her earthly home to Glory on her 80th birthday, Friday, December 21, 2018.

She was born December 21, 1938 to the late Marie Powell and Maurice Vassel. She was reared by her grandparents, Beulah and Volley Kees.

Patsy confessed Christ after becoming an adult in Columbia, Louisiana, and united with the Mars Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Renwick Bacon. In later years, she became a member of the New Evergreen Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Sibley, pastor, and remained a faithful member until her health failed.

Patsy attended Mars Hill and Good Pine High Schools. She was employed and retired from Louisiana-Pacific. Her hobby was talking on the telephone.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena with Rev. Amelia P. Howard and Rev. Donald R. Sibley officiating.

Wed
02
Jan

Mary Christine Hays

Mary Christine Hays, 62, of Mexico, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain.

She was born November 14, 1956 in Mexico, the daughter of Robert O. and Patricia A. (Branch) Piper. On October 9, 1981 in Bismarck, North Dakota, she married Scott Hays, a native of LaSalle Parish.

Mrs. Hays was a 1975 graduate of Mexico High School. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years at Audrain Medical Center and Pin Oaks Nursing Home. Mary was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church.

Mary fought a long and difficult battle with MS, although it did not prevent her from doing many of the things that she loved most. She was able to continue working as a nurse at Pin Oaks Nursing Center for several years in spite of her challenges. She loved caring for the residents and working alongside the coworkers that she loved so dearly.

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02
Jan

“Big Al” Randall

Alvis “Big Al” Randall, 76, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria.

He was born October 29, 1942 in Clarks to the union of Wilma and Arvel “Tootie” Randall.

Alvis attended Olla Elementary School in Olla and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1961.

He served in the United States Navy and upon his return, he met and married his wife, Mildred Jiles Randall. After the birth of their son, Mark, the family moved to Thibodeaux.

Upon graduation from Nichols State, Al spent several years in the teaching and coaching profession. After moving back to his hometown, he worked many years in the oilfield industry.

“Big Al” was an avid sports fan. He loved coaching and watching track and field. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cooking, but most of all spending time with his family and lifelong friends.

Wed
02
Jan

Russell Corbett Reeder

Russell Corbett Reeder, 60, of Summerville, passed from this life on Saturday, December 22, 2018, from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Olla.

He was born May 28, 1958 in Alexandria to the union of his parents, Corbett Reeder and Jessie “Jack” Boyd Reeder.

Russell was a native of Jena, and worked in the oilfield for most of his life. Starting out as a floorhand, working up to a driller, and towards the end of his oilfield career he served as a drilling consultant. In most recent years, he worked as a truck driver, Russell could be considered a multi-tasker. You name it, he could do it. Above all, he loved his grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville with the Revs. Jesse Henderson, Johnnie Phillips and Leslie Tam officiating.

Interment followed in the Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

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02
Jan

Charles J. Walters

Charles Julian Walters, 91, of Olla, departed this life to his heavenly home on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena, Louisiana. The location of his departure was the scene of where, as a young boy, Charles played many a game of baseball and enjoyed his early life.

He was born in Rochelle, on November 29, 1927, to the union of Julian Leroy and Carrie Adams Walters.  

He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church near Olla, where he served in many capacities, including song leader, Sunday School teacher, and as a deacon for over 70 years.

Charles worked for International Paper Company for most of his working life. After retiring, he worked for many companies in and around the Olla area.  He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Betty Jane, for over 70 years. He was a dedicated Dad to his four children.

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