Obituaries

Tue
13
Jan

Johnny Byrl Ruddell

Johnny Byrl Ruddell, Sr., 83, of Olla, passed from this life on January 7, 2015. He was born November 18, 1931 in Standard to the union of his parents, James Elbert and Beulah Beatrice Ruddell. Mr. Ruddell was a veteran,
having fought in the Korean Conflict. He was employed as a motorman in the oilfield industry for many years. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, from the sanctuary of Standard Baptist Church with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Stapleton Ruddell of Olla; two sons, Johnny Byrl Ruddell, Jr. and wife Ofelia of Olla, and Roger Corley and wife Connie of Rowlett, TX; 22 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Phil Crawford, Michael D. Taylor, David Sharp, Keith Ruddell, Kent Ruddell, and David Nichols.  
Tue
13
Jan

Mary Ann Sootoo

Tue
13
Jan

Richard Wayne Speaks

Richard Wayne Speaks, 68, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. He was born September 25, 1946 in Urania to the union of his parents, William
Houston and Beulah Bartley Speaks. Richard was employed in the maintenance department of LaSalle General Hospital for many years, and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a loving father, and grandfather. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 10, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Brad Bunting officiating. Interment followed in the Georgetown Cemetery in
Tue
06
Jan

Eva Lou Culp

Eva Lou Culp, 59, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born September 15, 1955 at Jena to the union of her parents, Pearl Culp and Betha Lou Paul Culp. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at Trinity Baptist Church, just east of Jena, with Rev. Mike Russell officiating.  Arrangements were handled by Riser Funeral Home of Columbia/Olla.
She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include two sons, Michael Wahlberg of Austin, TX, and Jedediah Wahlberg of Beaumont, TX; her daughter, Angelique Michelle Wahlberg of Chicago, IL; her mother, Betha Lou
Culp of Jena; her brother, Pearl Allen Culp of Jena; and a sister, Emmie Ilene Capps of Jena.
Tue
06
Jan

Levia Lilly Atkins

Levia Lilly Atkins, 99,  of Jonesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at her home in Jonesville. She was born February 9, 1915 in Lavaca (Archie) to the union of her parents, Truman and Otis Wilkinson
Breithaupt. Mrs. Atkins worked as a homemaker and an entrepreneur of many different businesses including Catahoula Courts, Central Building Supply, Atkins Novelty Company, A&T Drug Store, owner of APA Farms, and presently leases a building to the U.S. Postal Service. In her spare time, she could be found  playing duplicate bridge at Panola Woods Country Club or with her bridge partners in the Miss-Lou. Levia was a Life Master Bridge player. Services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Jonesville First Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Norris and Jim Elder officiating. Graveside service will be a private family service under direction of Young’s Funeral
Tue
06
Jan

Georgia White Hodges

Georgia White Hodges, 72, of West Monroe, and formerly of Enterprise, passed to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. She was born February 27, 1942 in Holum to the union of her parents, Linus Bruce White and Florence Spruell White. Mrs. Hodges was a homemaker who took care of others, especially her friends at Lake Passman. The joy of her life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family loved
her and they realize the gift she was as a mother, and grandmother, and she will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, from the sanctuary of New Ouachita Baptist Church in 
Tue
06
Jan

Neeta Faye Rasberry

Neeta Faye Rasberry, 83, of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at her residence. She was born April 9, 1931 in Standard to the union of her parents, Douglas Ray and Ola Mae Griffin Evans. Mrs. Rasberry was a member of Tullos United Pentecostal Church and a former Sunday school teacher. She loved her family, and was the most loving and caring mother ever. Services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Tullos United Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Henry Rachal, III, E. L. Johnson, and Ken Bass officiating. Interment will follow in the Urania Cemetery in Urania under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.
Tue
06
Jan

Roy Lynn Tarver, Sr.

Tue
30
Dec

Steven “Steve” Edward Boyd

Steven “Steve” Edward Boyd, 52, of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, December 25, 2014, following an extended illness. He was born on Friday, August 24, 1962 in Jena to the union of his parents, Edward Boyd and Velma “Tiny” Bradford Boyd. Steve was a graduate of Jena High School in the Class of 1980. Services were held at 2  p.m., Sunday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Craig James and Jack Powell officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery, east of Jena, under direction of  Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his father, and a grandson, Tristin Boyd.
Tue
30
Dec

Theodore “Teddy” Ray Hartley

Theodore “Teddy” Ray Hartley, 37, of Kelly, passed from this life on Saturday, December  20, 2014. He was born Wednesday, February 2, 1977, in Bastrop, to his parents, William Ray Ridge and Felicia Ann Evans. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. David Hutchinson officiating.  Interment followed in the Jena Cemetery under direction of Kinner and Stevens,
Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J. W. and  Bernice W. Hartley, and Leon and Mildred Ridge; brotherin- law, Donny E. Whiddon; and an aunt, Janelle Hartley. Survivors include his wife,
Angela L. Whiddon Hartley; parents; two sons, Logan D. Gough and Theodore R. Hartley, Jr., both of Olla; four daughters, Kylee J. Patton, Hannah L. Gough, Kelcee R. Hartley, and Katelyn N. Hartley, all of Olla; a brother,

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