Obituaries

Obituaries

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Purvis “Earl” Cotten, 83, passed from this life on Monday, September 3, 2018, while surrounded by

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sharel Renee Miller, 63, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in W

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Edith Ann McDaniel Price, 80, of Winnfield, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her home aft

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Steven Joshua Webb, 31, of Monroe, passed from this life on Monday, August 13, 2018.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Russell William McClary, 68, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Hardtn

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Loleta Ann May

Loleta Ann Kees May, 74, of Grayson, passed from this life on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Ochsner’s Medical Center in New Orleans after a brief illness. She was born July 2, 1943 in Winnfield to the union of her parents, O’Neal Kirkland Kees and Dorothy Cornelia Riggs Kees. Leta was raised in Georgetown and was Valedictorian of the 1961 graduating class of Georgetown High School. She attended and graduated from LSU with a degree in Home Economics. After graduation Leta moved to Texas to take a job with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. While she always declared she would never be a school teacher, like her mother and grandmother, it seemed life had a different plan. While home for a visit a series of events led her to take a position as a second grade teacher there in Georgetown. In 1975 she accepted a position at Grayson Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. While teaching she went back to college and took classes from LA Tech, Northwestern, LA College and NLU, now ULM.

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Dr. Johnny F. Jones

Dr. Johnny Filmore Jones, DVM, 83, of Winnfield, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Born Tuesday, August 7, 1934, in Olla, Louisiana, he was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Filmore Jones and Vera V. Jones Wells; step-father, Tuley J. Wells; daughter, Vera Voncille Jones Cunningham; great grandson, Dylon Jay Stinson; and grandparents, John and Josie Long and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Filmore Jones. Dr. Jones was an active veterinarian in Rapides Parish for 56 years. He was also owner of Cenla Animal Clinic. Dr. Jones served as president of the Cenla Vet Association. He was a Police Jury Member for Ward 10 (District B), President of Rapides Parish Police Jury, and a member of Kingsville Baptist Church. Dr. Jones graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School, Class of 1963. He moved to Winn Parish for the last 4 years where he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

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Lisa Michele Brown

Michele Brown, 41, of Jena, gained her wings on April 28, 2018 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born October 20, 1976 in Pineville to Betty Brown and the late Link Simmons. Lisa was baptized at Mars Hill Baptist Church by Rev. Benjamin Henry. Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Mars Hill Baptist Church near Jena with Rev. Gregory Tolbert officiating. Interment followed in Webster Cemetery of Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her father, Link Simmons; brother, David Brown; sister, Christine Simmons; and daughter, Chelsey Renay Brown.

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Wanda Dees

Wanda L. Dees, 64, of Midway, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her residence in Midway. She was born October 1, 1953, in Pineville to the family of Hayward and Gladys McClain Hines. She was a homemaker. Services were held Sunday, June 10, 2018, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles Hayward “Chip” Cross; sister, Francis Marie Breland; and granddaughter, MaKayla Hope Cross. Those left to cherish her memories is one grandchild, Mariah Cross; four sisters, Frankie Trisler of Jonesville, Linda Parker of Starkville, MS, Evelyn Thacker of Calcasieu and Hilda Breland of Jena; and a brother, Larry Hines of Jena. Pallbearers were David Thompson, Trisler Thompson, Randall Forrester, Ryan Forrester, Zack Thacker, and Cody Thacker. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers-in-law and nephews

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Michael LaPrairie, Sr.

Michael “Larto” LaPrairie, Sr., 55, of Monterey, passed from this life on Monday, June 4, 2018. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Eva Church of God in Monterey with Pastor Collard and Pastor Jordon officiating. Interment followed in the Eva Church of God Cemetery of Monterey under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florine LaPrairie; father, Mike LaPrairie; and sister, Bertha Louise LaPrairie. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Raffie LaPrairie; son, Michael A. “Tony” LaPrairie, Jr. and wife Leah Roberts; daughter, Tanya Winborne and husband David; daughter, Summer C.

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Marilyn Hirtler

Marilyn Hirtler, 76, of Jena, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Jena Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 12, 1941, in Jena to the family of Eugene and Callie Bradford Brian. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Nebo Baptist Church. Services were held Thursday, June 7, 2018, in the Nebo Baptist Church with Revs. Steve Jones and Byron Norris officiating. Interment followed in the Nebo Cemetery under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William White “Bo” Bignar; third husband, Jack David Hirlter; sisters, Evelyn Love and Jewell Brian; brother, Eugene Brian, Jr.; son-in-law, Terry Edwards and step-daughter, Debbie Stewart. Those left to cherish her memories are her son, Bo Bignar and wife Amber; daughter, Tammy Edwards; step-daughters, Rita Stewart, Patricia Hirtler and Pam Hirtler; 15 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.

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Syble Diane Smith

Syble Diane Smith, 67, of Trout, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at her residence. She was born December 30, 1950 in Jena to the union of Percy and Loraine Jones Strickland. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 8, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Allen Smith; her parents; brother, Donald Strickland; and sister, Ruth Ann Ford Those left to cherish in her memory include her daughter, Karen Smith Hebert and husband Donald of Trout; son, Bo Smith of Belah; grandchildren, Dylan Lee and Destiny “De De” Lee and one she loved as her own grandchild Brianna Cox; special niece, Carla Ford of Summerville; brothers, Junior Nugent of Belah, and Neal Nugent of Rhinehart; sisters, Linda Smith of Midway, and Betty Phelps of Rhinehart; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Max Mitchell

Albert Maxwell Mitchell, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the LaSalle Nursing Home in Jena following a brief illness. He was born January 22, 1934 in Jena to the union of his parents, John Hubert and Alice Fradonia White Mitchell. Max, as he was better known in the community, began his first business when just a lad – raising and selling fishing worms. In 1964, he and his wife, Virginia, opened the Jena Dairy Queen, later changing the name to Jena Burger Barn, and they operated that business for more than a quarter century. During that same time period, the Mitchells opened and operated the Olla Burger Barn. Twenty years later in 1984, the Mitchells saw the need for a quality sit-down restaurant in Jena, and it was in that year they opened Ginny’s Restaurant, which they operated for the next quarter of a century. Ginny’s Restaurant drew hungry customers from far and near and was well known throughout Central Louisiana and beyond.

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Kathy Whittington

Kathreen Ann “Kathy” Whittington, 65, of Grayson, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 6, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 16, 1952 in Jena to the union of her parents, James McGraw and Mary Louise Beckham McGraw. Kathy was a loving soul that always had a smile upon her face. She went above and beyond to make sure everyone around her had what they needed and then some. She was a very artistic talented woman in her love of crafting. She loved to visit garage sales and search out that one special piece. She loved flower gardening and loved to feed and watch her hummingbirds from every window. To know her was to love her. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Rita Jordan; her brother, Edgar McGraw; and her in-laws, Owen C. “Pete” Whittington and Lurlene Strickland Whittington.

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Charlotte Perkins

Charlotte Perkins, 50, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, June 8, 2018, at her residence. She was born June 12, 1967 in Jonesville. She used to spend hours shopping at goodwill stores. Memorial services were held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 11, at Pine Hill Baptist Church near Urania with the Revs. Ed Smith and Cory Fowler officiating, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her father: Ronald Cassels. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Richard Perkins of Urania; sons, Richie Perkins and wife Brandi of Bienville, and Jerry Perkins and wife Pamela of Wolf City, TX; daughter: Brittany Banks and her husband Billy of Waco, TX; mother, Lucille Jameson of Urania; dad, Malcolm Jameson of Urania; brothers, John Jameson, Ronnie Cassels, Randy Cassels, and Ricky Cassels; grandchildren: Libby Johnson, Trey Schneider, Briella Banks, Olivia Perkins, and Noah Chaney; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

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