Obituaries

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Bonita Marie Wade

Bonita “Bonnie” Marie Cramer Wade, 95, of Miami, FL passed away peacefully early morning on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was the widow of Jena native and basketball great, Malcolm “Sparky” Wade.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 24, 1921. She played violin in the Chicago Women’s Symphony and attended college briefly before joining Pan American World Airways as a stewardess in the 1940s.

After marrying her pilot husband, she settled in Miami, FL where she raised her family. She was a devoted parishioner at Church of the Epiphany, working in the library and as school nurse from 1966-1997.

Her Catholic faith and kindness to all of the parishioners, students, and faculty was a model for everyone to follow.

She is predeceased by her husband Malcolm Sparky Wade, Sr, and parents Walter and Helen Cramer.

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12
Jun

Kristen Coates

Kristen Carroll Coates, 72, of Manifest, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

She was born February 21, 1945 to the union of her parents, Otis and Cleo Carroll.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 9, at New Life Pentecostal Church of Manifest with Rev. David Poole officiating.

Interment followed at Heard Cemetery near Manifest under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carey Coates; sons, John Edward Coates and Bobby Jean Coates; brother, Bobby Lee Carroll and sister, Doris Philips.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Perry Coates of Manifest; sister, Margie Smith of Manifest; brother, Otis Carroll, Jr.; five grandchildren, two great grandkids and a host of nieces and nephews.

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05
Jun

Michael Paul Wilson

Michael Paul Wayde Wilson, 18, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Hebert, after a tree fell on the mobile home in which he was an occupant.

He was born July 4, 1998 in Alexandria.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 1, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. John Tyler, Truman Stagg and Kevin Manuel officiating.

Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Ulila Wilson.

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05
Jun

Marcheta Wilson

Marcheta Elaine Griffin Wilson, 90, of Lake Charles and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

She was born Saturday, August 21, 1926 in Jena to the union of her parents, Firmen Elijah and Ena Francis Hindmon Griffin.

Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 4, in Hair Cemetery near Jena with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating.

Interment followed under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Lavell Wilson; a daughter, Kittie Elaine Hawthorne, and son-in-law Alvie Dale Hawthorne; her parents; brother, Jack Griffin and wife Dale; and sister, Vivian Ryan and husband Edgar.

She is survived by her two grandchildren, Ty Darren Hawthorne and Tia Danielle Hawthorne Embaugh, and two great-grandchildren.

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05
Jun

Calvin Thomas, Sr.

Calvin “Punchie” Thomas, Sr., 57, of Jena, departed this life on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

He was born December 30, 1959 in Pineville to Willie Ray and the late Matilda Thomas.

Calvin was employed at Hayes Lumber Company in Jena for more than 20 years.

He married Linda Bell Thomas on September 4, 1982 and to this union four children were born.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at New Evergreen Baptist Church of Jena, Rev. Donald Sibley, pastor, with Rev. Brian Moran officiating.

Interment followed in the Webster Cemetery in Good Pine under direction of Gayden Funeral Home of Jena.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Matilda Thomas; granddaughter, Zyrreia Thomas; and a daughter-in-law, Derica Thomas.

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05
Jun

Elizabeth Corley

Elizabeth Corley, 67, of Keithville, passed from this life on Monday, May 29, 2017, in Shreveport.

She was born April 30, 1950 in Jena to the union of her parents, James Fred and Irma Ree Evans Corley.

Mrs. Corley was a homemaker.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at Magnolia Baptist Church in the Magnolia Community with Rev. Byron Norris officiating.
Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Melissa West of Mauriceville, TX; sister, Irene Benoit of Keithville; and grandchildren, Carley Ramsey, Amber Ramsey and Lane Ramsey.

The men of Magnolia Baptist Church served as pallbearers.

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05
Jun

Joyce May Bradford

Joyce May Bradford, 84, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at her residence in Jena.

She was born July 13, 1932 in Clarks to the union of her parents, Herbert May and Odelle Ferguson.

Mrs. Bradford was a homemaker who dedicated her life to her family, as well as an avid genealogist.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 2, at Crossroads Baptist Church, with Rev. Jimmy Keene officiating.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Willie Bradford; grandson, Thomas Webb Bradford; parents; brothers, Foy May, Everett May, and Robert Kidd May; sisters Marjorie Fulton, Odelle “Doody” Jones, Lenora Howell, Elva “Duncan” Otwell Massingill, and Rose Mary “Middie” Streetman.

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05
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Hilda Barber

Hilda Barber, 75, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at her residence.

She was born March 24, 1942 in Pineville.

Mrs. Barber was a retired Certified Nurses’ Aide.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 29, at Zenoria Baptist Church in the Zenoria Community with the Revs. Joel Johnson and Mark Breland officiating.

Interment followed in the Chalk Hill Cemetery in the Little Creek Community under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Willie Barber; infant daughter, Tammy Teresa Barber; son, Eddy Joseph Barber; mother, Idell Chudon Ponds; step father, Otis Ponds; and father, Lem Breland.

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May

Mercedes Breithaupt

Mary Mercedes Breithaupt, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the LaSalle General Hospital of Jena. She was born November 14, 1939 in Washington, Louisiana to the union of her parents, John and Estelle Stephens Joubert. Mrs. Breithaupt was a Registered Nurse at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena for many years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Minister Evelyn Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Breithaupt; her parents; and a sister, Alphee Mae Joubert.

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May

Eddie Taylor

Wilber Edgar “Eddie” Taylor, 72, of Winnfield, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

He was born Wednesday, March 21, 1945 in Natchez, MS, attended Laurel Heights Baptist Church and was retired from Franks Logging. He loved fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield with the Revs. Arthur Robinson and Wallace Ingles officiating.

Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery in Tannehill under direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otha and Octavia Coleman Taylor; wife, Chloteen Newsom Taylor; brothers, Tommy Taylor and Lonnie Taylor.

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