Obituaries

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David Trax Norris

David Trax Norris

David Trax Norris, 85, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at his home in Jena.

He was born August 15, 1935 in Jena to the union of his parents, John Norris and Effie Norris.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, at Midway Baptist Church of Jena with the Revs. Daniel Breithaupt and Gary Norris officiating.

Arrangements were handled by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam Norris; and sister, Johnnie Bess Norris Cothran.

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Elizabeth G. Hailey

Elizabeth G. Hailey

Elizabeth Grace Hailey, 29, passed from this life on Monday, December 21, 2020.

She was born March 18, 1991.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, at McGee Cemetery of Jena with pastor Jessie Henderson officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by a long line of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Dennis “Bit” and Stacie Hailey; sister, Ginni Hailey; many cousins, other family and friends; and her fur-baby, “Honey”.

Pallbearers were Ginni Hailey, Amber Webb, Krystal Sharp, Elycia Sharp, Titus McLendon and Gene Stapleton.

Honorary pallbearers were Juan “Tooter” Thacker Jr. and Josh Thacker.

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Shirley Ann Coleman

Shirley Ann Loftin Coleman, 68, of Jena, passed from this life suddenly on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at her home. She was with her husband of 26 years at the time of her death.

She was born July 19, 1952 in Baskin to the union of her parents, Printiss Loftin and Mary Free Loftin.

Shirley worked in the food service industry most of her adult life in various settings from fast food to the lunchrooms at various schools.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until time of service.

Graveside services will follow at the Woodland Cemetery with Rev. Paul officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Louis Bell; and her daughter, Katherine Gullet.

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Martha Ann Esters

Martha Ann Esters

Martha Ann Clark Esters, 69, of Winnfield, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

She was born Friday, July 13, 1951 in Winfield, Alabama, to the union of her parents, Herman and Louise Franklin Clark.

Martha Ann was a member of Union Baptist Church and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield with Rev. Curtis Campbell officiating.

Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jerrell Esters.

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Billy D. Boyd

Billy D. Boyd

Billy D. Boyd, 87, of Jena, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the Jena Nursing and Rehab Center in Jena.

He was born July 26, 1933.

Billy was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was a member of East Jena Baptist Church, served his country in the United States Army and worked for Justiss Oil Company for 35 years.

He was a hardworking, oil-field tough man that said the “worse boss” he ever had was, his wife, Mrs. Orvalynn, in their catering business “Cakes and More”. Billy never met a stranger, loved to tell stories and said “I talk a lot because my brother Mickey don’t”.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27, at East Jena Baptist Church with the Revs. Curtis R. Smith and Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Interment followed in Jackson Cemetery, also known as Hair Cemetery, near Jena, under direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory of Ball.

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Gary Jeff Boothe

Gary Jeff Boothe

Gary Jeff Boothe, 64, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Friday, December 25, 2020.

He was born November 16, 1956.

Gary Jeff had been retired for the past couple of years and had thoroughly been enjoying spending his days at home working on small projects and working on things around the house. He was an awesome carpenter as many of you can attest to! But most of all he enjoyed spending his every day at home with his wife after many years of working off.

If you knew him, you knew that he loved her fiercely. She was the apple of his eye and nobody compared to her. He was a wonderful loving husband and friend to many. He always had an encouraging word and listening ear. He will be greatly missed!

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Meyers Bend Pentecostal Church, near Harrisonburg, with the Revs. Anthony Hom, Zack Wells, and Bill Cotten officiating.

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Jackie ‘Blackie’ Morris

Jackie Benjamin “Blackie” Morris, 59, passed from this life on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at Tulane Medical Center. He was born January 28, 1961 in Jonesville to the union of his parents, Robert Lee and Gloria Bell Morris. Blackie was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved the outdoors, but most of all he loved his family. He never met a stranger and was liked by many.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 18, at Good Road Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Bryan Taylor and Chad Franklin officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, J.B. and Eva Morris and Chester and Gurtie Franklin; one brother, Billy Morris; and a very special nephew, BJ Morris.

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Iva Janette Parker

Iva Janette Windham Parker, 76, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in Alexandria. She was born April 2, 1944 in Jena.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Belah Cemetery in the Belah Community.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Parker; daughter, Angela Parker; three brothers, Doyle Windham, Jack Windham and Perry Windham; and two sisters, Glynda Stringer and Doris Wiggins.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her brother, Harold Windham; and several other family members and friends.

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J. ‘Red’ McFarlen, Sr.

J. ‘Red’ McFarlen, Sr

James Monroe “Red” McFarlen, Sr., 89, of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. He was born October 31, 1931 in Wallace Ridge to the union of his parents, James Sanders “Jay” McFarlen and Eliza Hardie Gurie McFarlen. Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart with the Revs. Roger Cole and Jimmy Keene officiating.

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

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Clark McFarlen; infant daughter, Peggy Sue McFarlen; parents; and his seven siblings.

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Terry Jay Gregory

Terry Jay Gregory

Terry Jay “Apple” Gregory, 58, of Jena, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at LaSalle General Hospital following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 25, 1962, to Billy Fred and Tomie (Gibbins) Gregory in Urania.

Terry was a graduate of Jena High School. After graduation, he embarked on a lifelong career in the oil industry.

Terry attended Fellowship Baptist Church and was a member of Gideon’s International. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason in the Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Tom Swain officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Debby Nix Gregory; father, Billy Fred Gregory; brother, Tim Gregory; and nephew, Paul Munholland.

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