Obituaries

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George H. Davidson

George Harrison Davidson, 81, of Pollock, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

He was born November 19, 1937 at Zenoria to the union of his parents, Thomas J. and Ellie Hudson Davidson.

George grew up in the Little Creek and Zenoria communities of LaSalle Parish.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College and his master’s degree from LSU. He retired from Grant Parish Schools having spent 30 years at Pollock School as teacher, assistant principal and principal. He worked at Camp Windywood in the summers from 1960-1969 caring for the horses and teaching horseback riding.

He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends, country music and cheering for the LSU Tigers. He was a member of Pollock United Methodist Church where he served in many areas and loved his church family.

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Belinda Sue Collins

Belinda Sue Collins, 67, of Georgetown, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria.

She was a lifetime member of the Selma Methodist Church and worked 25 years at Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville. She was a devoted daughter and loving sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newton L. Collins; and parents, P.E. Ussery, Jr. and Cleo Ussery.

Those left to cherish her memory include her devoted sister, Anita Ussery; brother, Dewayne Ussery (Patti & P.J.); very special cousin, Nancy Middleton; nephew, Joey Ussery; and niece, Sarah Ussery.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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20
Mar

Othel “Dick” Walker

Othel “Dick” Walker, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

He was born February 5, 1935 in Dubach.

Mr. Walker was a member of New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena and an employee at Amos Service Station. He was former cook for Nick’s Café, Justiss Oil, and Windham Oil.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at New Evergreen Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Sibley and Larry Walker officiating.

Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Walker; mother, Bertha McNeil Walker; brother, Jehovah Walker; sisters, Pearlie Walker and Elvon Walker.

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20
Mar

Sam E. Tidwell, Jr.

Sam Edward Tidwell, Jr., 67, of Columbia, and a native of Tullos, passed from this life on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe following an extended illness.

He was born October 13, 1952 in Tullos to the union of his parents, Sam Edward Tidwell, Sr. and Margie Tidwell.

Sam was a loving husband and father and son. He was a member of the Band of Rebel M C. Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, from the Columbia chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Bro. Saint Barnette officiating.

Following the service, the family honored Sam’s request to be cremated.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rena Moore Tidwell; his parents; and his brother George Tidwell.

Left to cherish his life and memories are his daughters, Charlene NicoleAllen Earls (Johnny) of Columbia and Georgia Marie Conner Simms (Kevin Conner) of Kelly; and four grandchildren, James Allen, Niki Wyatt, Ronni Simms and Haley Cherneski.

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Donna T. Volentine

Donna Taylor Volentine, 64, of Grayson, and a native of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her family following an extended illness.

She was born March 29, 1954 at Urania to the union of her parents, Jean and Daigo Taylor.

Donna’s career spanned some thirty-six years as she was a special needs teacher in the Caldwell Parish School System. She also worked extensively with the Caldwell Parish Recreation Center starting in 1976. Donna was one of the truest fans of all LSU Sports. Donna truly “Bled Purple and Lived Gold.” To know Donna was to love her and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, at the Welcome Home Cemetery, east of Grayson, with the Revs. Jeff Masters and Courtney Dunn officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia.

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20
Mar

Juanita Fife Wall

Juanita Grace Fife Wall, 100, of Tullos, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Throughout the 100 years, 5 months and 7 days of her life, she was a living inspiration to her family and friends.  

Juanita Grace Fife was born October 5, 1918 to the union of Mack William and Alma Magnolia McKnight Fife, near Baskin. Her early years were spent in and around Franklin Parish where her father was a farmer.

In the 1920’s oil was discovered in northwest LaSalle Parish. Her father was hired to move drilling rigs and equipment from Sterlington to the new field.  At that time the family relocated near Urania.  In 1931, Juanita’s mother passed away.  The loss of her mother and growing up during The Great Depression would instill in her a passionate determination that she would carry throughout her life.

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20
Mar

Cecil B. Stringer

Cecil Boyer Stringer, 91, of Natchitoches, and a native of LaSalle Parish, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

He was born August 6, 1927, in Jena, to the union of his parents, Myrtle and Oliver Stringer.

Cecil was a World War II veteran.  After his discharge from the U. S. Army, Cecil and his wife, June, moved from Jena to Natchitoches in 1951. He started his own business as a candy salesman.  He loved his work and his customers.  

Cecil retired at age 85.  He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and served as Deacon for many years.  He was a good family man and loved the Lord.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches with Bro. Ron Thompson officiating.

Interment followed in Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis of Natchitoches.  

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Mar

Delton Lee Nugent

Delton Lee Nugent, 82, of Olla, passed from this life on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Winnfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winnfield.

He was born January 3, 1937 in Olla to the union of his parents, Hershel Nugent and Nora Mae Snody Nugent.

Mr. Nugent was a truck driver for many years until his retirement, and he always loved going fishing and hunting.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 11, from the Olla chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Rev. Willie Beaubouef officiating.

Interment followed in the Little Star Cemetery near Kelly under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Willie Mae Nugent and Dorothy Lewis Nugent; his daughter, Patty Hudson; step-son, Tommy Sikes; his parents; and a sister, Brenda McClary.

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Mar

Joe L. Johnson

Joe L. Johnson, 72, of Urania, passed from this life on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his home.

He was born April 28, 1946 in Winnsboro to the union of his parents, Joseph F. Johnson and Gertrude Lee Johnson.

Joe had long attended Urania Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors and could often be found golfing, hunting or fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. He loved life and made life fun for those around him.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, at Urania United Methodist Church with the Revs. Aaron Carpenter and Denver McBroom officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson, Joseph Lance Johnson.

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Mar

Betty Flo Powell

Betty Flo Cassels Wyles Powell, 72, of Columbia, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Glenwood Medical Center in West Monroe.

She was born March 30, 1946 at Columbia to the union of her parents, Charles Murphy Cassels and Lillie Mae Harrelson Cassels.

Flo was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. She loved her family and her church family. Her family always knew she was praying for them daily and she was faithful in reading her bible. Flo loved to travel, shop and cook. She collected dishes and recipes, which she was committed to passing on to her children and grandchildren.

She worked for years compiling and publishing a book of recipes to pass down to her family. It will be cherished always as it was not only a book of recipes but of family history and stories of her life.

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