Obituaries

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01
Apr

James E. Mannon

James E. Mannon

James Edward Mannon, 59, passed from this life on March 24, 2020.

He was born October 24, 1960 in Flint, Michigan to the union of his parents, Edward Lee and Mary Helton Mannon.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, with the Revs. Joey Paul and Johnny Keene officiating. He was laid to rest with his loving parents, with arrangements under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Timothy Taunton and Brad Coon; as well as brother-in-law, Robert Campbell.

Wed
01
Apr

Darlene Ann Ford

Darlene Ann Ford

Darlene Ann Ford, 72, of Summerville, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

She was born December 26, 1947 in Cotton Port.

Services were held at 12-noon on Sunday, March 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Chad Franklin officiating.

Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ury John Moses; and her mother, Ora Mae Laborde.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her husband, Michael Dewayne Ford; sons, Bobby Jones (Rae), Mike Ford (Amanda), Jason Ford (Tasha), and Hunter Ford (Kayla); brother, Nulen Moses (Francis); sisters, Jacklyn Guillot (Jackie), and Melaine Asbra; stepfather, E. L. Laborde; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bandon Dubouys, Rocky Ford, Randy Tullos, Mike Ford, Hunter Ford, and Bryan Sikes.

Wed
01
Apr

Kathleen Bickmann

Kathleen Bickmann

Kathleen Sikes Bickmann, 78, of Marrero, and a native of Sikes, passed from this life Wednesday, March 25, at her home in Marrero.

She was born March 24, 1942 in Sikes to the union of her parents, Janie Brister Gates and Jayson Eugene Gates.

Kathleen was a homemaker who was never idle. She loved arts and crafts and often taught classes to help others develop their talent and enjoy new hobbies for themselves. She loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Kathleen was a member of Marrero Baptist Church and the Golden Age Club of Marrero.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Olla Cemetery in Olla with Rev. Bo Prather officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Kenneth Sikes, Sr.; brother, Johnnie Gates; and sister, Barbara Smeby.

Wed
01
Apr

Former Jury president dies

Former Jury president dies

Bard Lambeth, 63, of Nebo, passed from this life during open heart surgery at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria on Sunday morning, March 29, 2020.

Lambeth represented District 8 on the LaSalle Parish Police Jury for three terms, serving from 2008 to 2020, and served as president of the body for the past several years.

Arrangements had not been completed before press time on Monday, but will be under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

A complete obituary will be published in the next edition of this newspaper.

Wed
25
Mar

Clotile H. Walker

Clotile Hudson Walker, 91, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at her home. She was born September 12, 1928.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at Belah Cemetery in the Belah Community with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tiford Walker; her parents; and two sons, Mike Walker and Ronnie Walker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her special and dear friends, Denise Jackson, Tommy and Donna Jackson and family; Lee Smith and a host of friends; Alvin and Rose Allen, Barbra Deville, Tab Walker, Hurley Butler and family, and Gary Wayne Gainey.

Pallbearers were Carri Jackson, Cameron Wiggins, Dakota Davis, Chris Wiggins and John Sanderson.

Wed
25
Mar

Voncille Tarpley

Voncille Tarpley, 94, of Belah, passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2020.

She was born August 9, 1925, and enjoyed a life in the education field, retiring as principal of Fellowship Elementary School.

A complete obituary will be published in the next issue of this newspaper. Arrangements were handled by Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
25
Mar

Alton Fife Johnson

Alton Fife Johnson

Alton Fife Johnson, 86, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena, after a brief illness.

He was born October 19, 1933 in Franklin Parish to the union of his parents, Jack Johnson and Francis Lord Johnson.

Alton worked hard all his life and was a wonderful provider for his wife and children. As a young man he worked on the farm picking cotton and he drove a log truck for a while.

He spent many years working at Angola State Penitentiary as a correctional officer. He retired from there and went to work at LaSalle Correctional Center. He retired from there also, but after that retirement he made fishing his “job.” He loved to fish and talk about fishing. He enjoyed the outdoors and when he was younger he enjoyed deer hunting as well.

Wed
25
Mar

Fay H. Ford

Fay H. Ford

Fay H. Ford, 83, of West Monroe, passed from this life on March 17, 2020 at her home in Columbia.

She became a resident of Columbia as she began a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer and lymphoma in early 2019. Through the years, Fay was an honorary resident of Caldwell Parish as she spent numerous hours supporting her granddaughters in 4-H activities and school events as Grayson Warriors and Caldwell Spartans.

She was born on January 26, 1937 in Lake Providence to parents, Jack and Marie Hagel.

She learned the value of community service in her early years as serving as Worthy Advisor (president) of her local assembly of Rainbow Girls. After graduating from business college in 1957 in Monroe, she worked for law and architectural firms.

She was active in Extension Homemaker Clubs and was a 4-H Club Leader in Ouachita Parish. Her passion for cooking, gardening and sewing was passed on to her daughters and granddaughters.

Wed
25
Mar

“Chris” Lane Clark

“Chris” Lane Clark

Christopher Lane Clark, 51, of Walters, passed from this life on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

He was born November 17, 1968, in Alexandria, to the union of Ronald Wayne Clark and Kaylon Gayle Manning.

Chris was an avid fisherman, often referred to as the “Fishin-Magician”. Chris could have caught a bass out of a mudhole.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at the Prosperity Baptist Church of Walters with the Revs. Kelton Hays, Byron Gray, and Tommy Sanson officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

Wed
18
Mar

Dianne Rollins

Margaret “Dianne” Rollins, 73, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at her home.

She was born November 30, 1946 in Monroe to the union of her parents, Louise and Ruben Bailey.

Dianne grew up in Liddieville along with her 12 brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, at Harris Cemetery of Crowville with Rev. Ken Davis officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doodle Rollins; parents; and two brothers, Donald Bailey and Tim Bailey.

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