Obituaries

Tue
14
Mar

Tony Lee Hanson

Tony Lee Hanson, 53, of Pineville, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at his home. He was born Wednesday, July 17, 1963 in Winnfield. Tony was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Pineville, and was a logger and pipeline mechanic. His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing and reminiscing about his childhood and telling wild stories of his wild ways. Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield with Rev. Darryl Hoychick officiating. Interment followed in the Sardis Cemetery in Atlanta, under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee “Bob” Hanson. Survivors include his wife, Linda Smith Hanson of Pineville; children, Casey Stroud (Mitchell), T.J.

Mon
06
Mar

“Vince” Vinson

Cleven “Vince” Vinson, 85, of Olla, passed from this life Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania.

He was born September 2, 1931 in Bay Minette, Alabama, to the union of his parents, Rudolph and Callie Rider Vinson.

Vince served his country in the United States Army for eight years, having served in the Korean Conflict. He was an electrician and an avid woodworker. He loved fishing with his brother Glen.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Scotty McDowell officiating.

Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/ Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, D. J. Vinson, Glen Vinson, and Bo Vinson; sisters, Vonnie Brown and Doris Perkins; and infant sister: Thelma Vinson.

Mon
06
Mar

Elmo Emery Smith

Elmo Emery Smith, 90, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Specialty Hospital of Winnfield.

He was born May 19, 1926 in Olla to the union of his parents, William Walter and Kitty Belle Collins Smith.

Emery was retired from the timber industry and was an avid deer and squirrel hunter, and enjoyed planting his vegetable garden.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla.

Interment will follow in Tidwell Cemetery near Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mavis Delores Roberts Smith; son, William Allen Smith; grandson, Christopher P. Lawless; brother, Sherman Smith; and sisters, Eloise Fox and Beatrice Smith.

Mon
06
Mar

Donnie Ray Morrow

Donnie Ray Morrow, 79, of Tullos, passed from this life on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Grace Home in Alexandria.

He was born August 6, 1937 in Tullos, to the union of his parents, William Bryan and Ludie Volentine Morrow.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, from the sanctuary of Tullos First Baptist Church with the Revs. Scott Smith, Denver McBroom, and Byron Norris officiating.

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery near Tullos under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla/Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Bettie Morrow; two brothers, L.B. Morrow and Wilber Morrow; and sister, Mardell Morrow Allbritton.

Mon
06
Mar

Burl J. Huffman, Sr.

Burl James Huffman, Sr., 70, passed from this life on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Woods Haven Nursing Home in Pollock.

He was born September 30, 1946 to the union of his parents, Willie Leon and Lorene Hickman Huffman.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the Baptist Mission in Pineville with the Revs. Jim Thomasee and Willie Dunkley officiating.

Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery of Pineville under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by parents; daughter, Patricia Huffman Stangle; grandson, Tucker Leon Cowgill; and brother, Tommy Huffman.

Mon
06
Mar

Mary Jane Carraway

Mary Jane Carraway, 64, of Jonesville, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at her residence.

She was born December 29, 1952 at Chatam, AL to the family of Earl and Juanita Godwin Parnell.

Mary Jane was a homemaker, construction worker and a member of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William Earl Parnell.

Survivors include her husband, David C. Carraway; four sisters, Ann Gibson and husband Bill, Claudia Parnell, Audry Hankins and husband Burt and Flora Parnell; and three brothers, Rex Parnell, Raymond Parnell and Rayford Parnell.

Mon
06
Mar

Gearlene Ford Andrews

Gearlene Ford Andrews, 88, of the Aimoch Community, passed from this life on Monday, February 27, 2017 in Alexandria.

She was born October 23, 1928 in Olla to the union of her parents, Steve Dewey and Lois Greer Ford.

Mrs. Gearlene was a homemaker.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham and Mike Poole officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Earl Louis Andrews; brothers, V.T. Ford, Lavelle Ford and Q. T. Ford; sister, Bobbie Ruth Dayton; and grandchildren, Patrick Wilson, D. J. Westbrooks and Hance Drew Finlay.

Mon
27
Feb

Julian Craig Walker

Julian Craig Walker, 48, of Belah, passed from this life on Friday, February 17, 2017, at his residence in Belah, following a five and one-half year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Friday, February 7, 1969 in Alexandria, to the union of Julian and Ginger Walker.

Craig was employed in the oilfield industry, working for BP as a production operator. He was a 1987 graduate of Jena High School and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Craig was an avid outdoorsman and loved to duck hunt. His family was very important to him, and his children was the love of his life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the sanctuary of Fellowship Baptist Church in Belah with the Revs. Mike Devellier and Bill Robertson officiating.

Interment followed in the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Mon
27
Feb

Thomas V. Yule

Thomas Venson Yule, 65, of Long Branch, Texas, and a native of Nebo, passed away on Friday evening, February 24, 2017, in Nacogdoches.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1951 in Jena to the late Joe David “Dave” and Agnes Lucille Paul Yule.

Thomas graduated from Jena High School with the class of 1969 and attended Criswell College where he focused on biblical studies, and became an ordained minister. Thomas worked in the oilfield industry as a consultant for many years. He married Eva Louise Hopkins on Apr. 12, 1974, in Olla.

He loved fishing and hunting, especially quail hunting which was his passion. Thomas coached Dixie League Baseball for many years. He moved to the Carthage area in 1979, from Jena and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Gary.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage, TX with the Revs. Toby Tipps and Jim Newton officiating.

Mon
27
Feb

Eva Katherine Kelley

Eva Katherine Kelley, of the Magnolia Community, passed from this life on Thursday, February 23, 2017, in the LaSalle Nursing Home at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 16 days.

She was born March 7, 1929 at Nebo to the family of George Troy and Donie Hebron Breland.

Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and member of Victory Baptist Church.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Todd Norris officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Kelly; her parents; brothers, Junia Breland, G. T. Breland and Herman Breland; sister, Virginia Crawford; daughters, Greta M. Norris and Barbara Faye Hanner; and grandsons, Byron Norris, Jr., Jayson S. Norris and Cole Smith; step-daughter, Pam Kelley; and a step-son, Tony Kelley.

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