Obituaries

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Tue
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Dec

Sammie Long

Sammie J. Long, 86, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at her residence. She was born Sunday, May 10, 1931 to the union of her parents, Sam and Clara Evans. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Belah Cemetery in the Belah-Fellowship Community with Rev. Scott Smith officiating. Interment followed under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barrett J. Long; her parents; and her brother, Dale Evans. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Deborah Edison and husband John, Lisa Ryder and husband Mike and Barry Long; six grandchildren, Craig, Tiffany, Elissa, Ben, Jeremy and Sam; four great grandchildren, Mariana, Chole, McKensie and Ava; and a sister, Rene Lurry. Pallbearers were Bob Lurry, Wayne Taylor, Mike Ryder and John Edison. Honorary pallbearer was Doug Winberry.

Tue
26
Dec

Citizens want open government

By Sammy J. Franklin

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week – a time when corporate and individual members of news organizations remind the public of the vital role they play in gathering and presenting information about the operations of local, state and federal governments and their various agencies – operations that, in one way or another, affect the lives of all of us.

However, Sunshine Week is not strictly about journalists, although we can rightly say we often are the line between knowing and not knowing what one’s government is doing.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

Don’t listen to naysayers

By Stephen Moore

Imagine if in 1961 John F. Kennedy’s advisers had told him, “We will never put a man on the moon.” Or what if Ronald Reagan’s advisers had assured the Gipper, “The Cold War is unwinnable. We should sue for peace.” Actually, many naysayers told JFK and Reagan exactly these things. Fortunately, these presidents were visionaries. They asked: “Why not?”

Donald Trump seems to confront these nattering nabobs of negativism in the media and academia every time he announces a policy goal. “You can’t build a wall.” “You can’t root out the waste in government.” “You can’t get Europe to pay more for its own defense.” “You can never balance the budget.” And on and on.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

Darrell ‘Copus’ Keene

Kenneth Darrell “Copus” Keene, 60, of Gainesville, Florida, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at his home. He was born in Jena on October 21, 1957 to the union of his parents, Cameron and LaVerna “Peggy” Keene. Copus will be missed by the many who knew and loved him. He is in the hands of God now, and the family will remember the good times until we meet again. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Douglas Keene; sister, Janice Keene; and many other relatives. Darrell leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 35 years, Donna Keene; his grandson, JayJay, which was his pride and joy; son, Kenneth Keene and his daughter, Kelley Keene; his sister, Patricia Moseley and husband Gary Don; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members, and many friends. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Tue
26
Dec

Fern Dell Tarpley

Fern Dell Tarpley, 82, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Monday, December 18, 2017 in Pollock. She was born December 7, 1935 in Aimoch to the union of her parents, Buford and Lorena Ainsworth Westbrooks. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham and Jessie Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the Friendship Cemetery of Pollock under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by parents; daughter, Sandra Anglin; brother, Joseph Buford Westbrooks; sister, Ada Mae Hudgens; grandson, David Day; and granddaughter, Alesia Hunt. Those left to cherish her memory include sons, Aaron Hill (Carolyn) of Belah and Monroe Enterkin (Shanon) of Jena; daughters, Diane Hutzler (Jerry) of Summerville, Trudy Day (Ted) of Olla, Cammie Finlay (Gene) of Trout, Mary Meyers (Tommy) of Jena and Tammy Hunt (Roy) of Georgetown; 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Tue
26
Dec

Yvonne “Jo” Sanders

Yvonne “Jo” Wilson Sanders, 89, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in Alexandria. She was born April 27, 1928 in Winn Parish. Jo was a member of Kingsville Baptist Church. During her working life she was a secretary for higher education. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was deeply devoted to her family. Services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with Rev. Bart Walker officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery near Tullos, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Pineville. She was preceded in death by her husband, David B. Sanders, Jr. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Michael R. Sanders; daughter, Sandra Sanders Vermillion; grandchildren, Rebecca Mitchell, Allison Thompson, Andrea Vermillion-Guy, Westley Vermillion, Amanda LaCaze, Jovonna Vermillion and Laura Knowlton; 10 great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.

Tue
26
Dec

Rev. Arvie Jolly

Rev. Arvie Jolly, 83, of Deville, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at his residence. He was born May 18, 1934 to his parents, Mannuel Washington and Salomie Claire Sanson Jolly. Rev. Jolly served for 62 years in pastoral ministry, all primarily with the Free Methodist Church. He served as Superintendent of the Louisiana Conference Free Methodist Church for 10 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, trapping and enjoyed duck and deer hunting. He enjoyed traveling in the Great Smoky Mountains with his wife, Barbara. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them and will be greatly missed. Rev. Jolly was no stranger in LaSalle Parish, as he made many friends while working with his son, Aaron Jolly, in his plumbing business. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Martha’s Chapel Free Methodist Church of Deville with Dr. Sam Tinsley officiating.

Tue
26
Dec

Viva M. Amyx

Viva M. Amyx, 101 of Jena, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in Jena. She was born Tuesday, February 14, 1916 in Mount Ida, Arkansas, to the union of Charlie and Sara Moon Murphy. Mrs. Amyx was a member of the Methodist Church and for many years she and her late husband was co-owners of the Amyx Gravel Company of Jena. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Byron Gray officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Lee Amyx; her parents, seven sisters, and one brother. She is survived by her son, Sidney Amyx and wife Rita of Jena; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Murphy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Sid Amyx, Dewey Amyx, Cameron Normand, Wayne McGuffee, Steve Norris, and Ronald “Bo” Hudnall.

 

Wed
27
Sep

Vote of confidence

Life's Outtakes!

We attend a little country church in our rural community. I have been involved in many community events and have taken on lots of assignments that have come from the congregation leaders. Mostly I have worked in scouting.

On Tuesday of one week, I had been asked by the congregational leaders to take a new assignment with the young men. The announcement would be given in the church meeting on Sunday, and as usual, everyone in the congregation would be given a chance to either support or express their concern about the assignment. But as I was coming into the church that Sunday, one of the congregational leaders stopped me and told me they had changed their mind. They had felt inspired to ask me instead to be the person who would teach the children music.

Wed
27
Sep

Those annoying sounds of silence

It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.” I must confess that I do enjoy what I know of as “The Sounds of Silence.” Nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence as it whistled by.

This has become a rather infrequent period for me. I love the silence and I enjoy the peace and quiet it brings. The problem is, silence can be taken too far. Recently, we were the target of a ferocious hurricane who tried to have her way with us.

She snorted, huffed, puffed and stomped her way up through the state of Florida. As it turned out, although there was a tremendous amount of damage, it was not as bad as expected. That is something we can thank God for.

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