Obituaries

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May

George R. Eskew

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George R. Eskew, 70, of Hewitt, Texas and a native of Jena, passed away Friday morning, April 19, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He was born September 7, 1948, in Jena, the son of the late George Willard and Rita Imelda (Eubanks) Eskew. He was a 1967 graduate of Jena High School.

George continued his education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. On August 21, 1969, he entered to serve his country in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge May 6, 1975.

On August 15, 1981, he married the former Trudy Ann Chasson in Jena. For over fifteen years, George was branch manager of Sam’s Club in Waco. Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid Midway Panther football supporter, having not missed a home game in twenty-nine years.

Wed
24
Apr

Elaine Robbins Carroll

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Elaine Robbins Carroll, 91, of Olla, passed from this life on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at her home in Olla.

She was born October 14, 1927 at Goss, Mississippi, to the union of her parents, Evin William Robbin and Corine Conerly Robbins.

Elaine loved being outdoors and working in her yard. She enjoyed gardening but she especially loved to mow. Elaine was a sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Ray Carroll; brothers, Ralph Robbins and Windell Robbins; and sisters, Jessie Filippi and Doris Nunnery.

Wed
24
Apr

Melba Bradford Little

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Melba Jane Bradford Little, 81, of Winnfield, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 18, 1937 in Rochelle to the union of her parents, James Ozroe Bradford and Velma Blackshear Bradford.

Mrs. Little was dedicated to her family, friends, and students. She graduated from Georgetown High School, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University, and Master’s Degree from Northwestern State University.

After moving to Winnfield in 1968, she and husband Ray joined First Baptist Church. She taught English at Winnfield Senior High School for 30 years, leading the department to outstanding achievements. Her love of teaching, the knowledge she imparted to her students, and her standard of excellence is her legacy.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 22, at Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield with the Revs. Steven Smithson and John Holland officiating.

Wed
24
Apr

Essie Mae Tong

Essie Mae Tong, 88, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, April 20, 2019. She was born September 21, 1930 in Verbena, Alabama to the union of her parents, William Earnest Adams and Leone Adams. Mrs. Tong was a stay-at-home mother who loved her family deeply. Services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, from the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Jena with the Revs. Mickey Hudnall, Jimmy Keene and Jesse Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery near Olla under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shelton “Red” Tong; sisters, Louise Adams, and Rose Lee Newburg; sons, James Tong, Carl Tong, and Randy Tong; and granddaughter, Tricia Marie Derouen.

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24
Apr

Henry V. Whatley, Jr.

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Henry Vandver Whatley, Jr., 72, of Omaha, Texas, passed from this life at 3:42 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

He was born December 20, 1946 in Jena to the union of Henry Whatley, Sr. and Claudell Robbins Whatley.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Community Pentecostal Church at Manifest with Rev. Ronnie House officiating.

Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Glenda Smith Whatley; son, Henry Dewayne Whatley; and grandson, Dewayne Vandver Whatley.

Those left to cherish his memory include one son, Michael Elzie and wife Jennifer Fleming Whatley; three grandchildren, Michael Tanner, Emmalee Beatrice Whatley of Omaha, TX and Jacob Curtis Whatley of Jonesville; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd Lee Whatley of Omaha, TX and Don Whatley and wife Jane of Jonesville.

Wed
17
Apr

Hollis Carol White

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Hollis Carol White, 73, departed this life on Monday, April 8, 2019.

She was born August 1, 1945 in Urania to the union of Sylvia Mae Pendarvis and Hollis Mixon White.

Carol was raised in Tullos, but moved to Olla after marriage and resided there most of her life.

She was named for her father, Hollis, who was still serving overseas when she was born. Hollis was a masculine name, but her mother determined to name the child after her father in honor of his service and the possibility he might not return from war.

Carol was a very unique individual, strong and feisty, but also sweet and caring. She loved being a mother and was proud of her children and grandchildren. She was a child of the 50’s and 60’s, and loved the music from that era.

Carol left a strong impression on people, and will be fondly remembered by many. Sail on silver girl.

Wed
17
Apr

Scott Elton Maxwell

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Scott Elton Maxwell, 62, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Hardtner Medical Center in Urania, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 1, 1957 to the union of his parents, Richard Donald Maxwell and Audrey Smith Maxwell.

Scott was a native of Jena and graduated from Jena High School in 1975. He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, and Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was employed by Brown and Root Company in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was employed by Bingham-Willamette Pump Company for 25 years in Shreveport, Louisiana and Houston, Texas.

Scott returned to Jena to live in 2002 where he was employed by the Secretary of the State of Louisiana as manager and custodian of voting machines in LaSalle Parish. He owned his own landscaping business for over 17 years.

Wed
17
Apr

Nancy Elaine Lincecum

Nancy Elaine Lincecum, 69, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

She was born April 8, 1950 in Marshall, Texas.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 12, at Beulah Baptist Church near Georgetown with the Revs. Lamar Carpenter and Joe Bruce officiating.

Interment followed in the Lincecum Cemetery of Georgetown under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Joe Lincecum; mother, Jimmie Lou Wilson; and grandparents, Joe and Edith Lincecum.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her daughter, Shelia Costin (Jerry) of Lena; son, Todd Black and wife Kim of Georgetown; grandchildren, Paula Hinton of Winnfield, Ashley Minks of Georgetown, Zachary Black of Jena, and CJ Costin of Georgetown; six great grandchildren; and Aunt Birtie Nugent of Georgetown.

Pallbearers were Zachary Black, Jimmy Black, Dustin Potts, CJ Costin, Rio Minks, and Randy Phillips.

Wed
17
Apr

Billy C. King

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Billy C. King, 76, of Ruston, and formerly of Jena, passed from this life on April 11, 2019 in Princeton Place of Ruston, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 12, 1942.

Ms. Billy was a sweet spirited soul who enjoyed gardening, crocheting, cooking, and she loved playing Rook. She basically had a “Green Thumb” for growing plants. She worked as a patient care technician during her working career. She had a loving warm heart for others and their needs before her own.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 15, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Norris and Danny Trichel officiating.

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

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17
Apr

Susan Renee Crawford

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Susan Renee Crawford, 58, of Cameron, Oklahoma, and a native of Enterprise, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the Baptist Health Center in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, following an extended illness.

She was surrounded by her loving family as her journey here came to an end.

She was born on September 19, 1960 in Columbia to the union of her parents, Floyd Gerald Crawford, Sr. and Dena Lonell Miller Crawford.

Susan grew up in Catahoula and Caldwell parishes and she was a member of the New Ouachita Baptist Church at Enterprise. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt and friend to so many. Her family was top priority in her life and always loved to cook and have her family close . She also loved to work in her garden as flowers was one of her loves.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with the Revs. Brent Randall and Jeff Robinson officiating.

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