Obituaries

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Louis Daniel Otwell

Louis Daniel Otwell, 69, of Fayetteville, NC, passed from this life on Friday, July 22, 2016. He was born January 17, 1947 in Jena to the union of his parents, Willie Burl and Norma Nugent Otwell. Louis was a truck driver. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, in the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery at Summerville with Rev. Reid Terry officiating. Interment followed under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. Survivors include five brothers, Wesley Otwell and Billy Otwell, both of Belah, Ben Otwell and Ricky Otwell, both of Jonesville, and Tom Otwell of Amity, AR; and two sisters, Janice Raulston of Pellcity, AL and Beth Wiggins of Jonesville. His brothers served as pallbearers.  

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Rickie D. Wilson, Sr.

Rickie Donald Wilson, Sr., 66, of Columbia, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Grace Home in Alexandria. He was born September 13, 1949 in Monroe to the union of his parents, James Huey Wilson and Mary Cathlene Boyette Wilson. Rickie worked in the telecommunications industry. He served proudly with the US Army. Music was a huge influence and love in his life and he played several instruments, especially the guitar. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia. Interment followed in the Westbrooks-Swilley Cemetery at Aimwell under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Patrick Monet Wilson.

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Muriel W. Norris

Muriel Williams Norris, 90, of Pineville, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016, at her residence. She was born June 13, 1926. Mrs. Norris was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. She was a teacher for 25-plus years, teaching elementary school for East Baton Rouge, Rapides and Grant Parishes. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend that was dearly loved and will be remembered by all that knew her. Mrs. Norris was the widow of the late Rev. Jesse Norris, who preached more than a half-century, including many, many revivals in this area. They were married for 60 years before his death. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 29, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with the Revs. Jimmy Robertson, Jim Thomasee, Peter Hutchinson, and Danny Greig officiating. Graveside services followed at the Aimoch Cemetery near Summerville with Rev. Gary Norris officiating.

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Sherron Agnes Harris

Sherron Agnes Harris, 81, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016 in Jonesville. She was born Friday, June 28, 1935 in Wallace Ridge to the union of her parents, Newt and Loberta Chapman Montpelier. Services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, in the Heard Cemetery of Manifest. Interment followed under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville “Bobby” Harris; two daughters, Donna Clara Harris and Dwanna Sikes; a brother, Gerald Montpelier; and a sister, Louellen Parish. Survivors include one son, Earl Dwayne Harris and wife Elizabeth Ann of Jonesville; one daughter, Dorma Tarver of Monterey; one sister, Glenda White of Gulfport, MS; two brothers, Hinson Montpelier of Jonesville and Larry Montpelier of Vicksburg, MS; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. 

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Cal H. McClary

Cal H. McClary, 39, of Kelly, passed from this life on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Hardtner Medical Center in Urania following an extended illness. He was born October 6, 1976 in Columbia to the union of his parents, Russell William McClary and Brenda Kay Nugent McClary. Cal served in the United States Marines, having served during Desert Storm in Iraq. He was a member of Kelly Baptist Church. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Olla with the Revs. Shane Duke, Joe Agulard and Greg Dunn officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in the Beech Creek Cemetery, west of Olla, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Mack H. Lutrick

Mack Hardtner Lutrick, 67, of Jena, passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2016, in Jena. He was born Wednesday, March 2, 1949 in Jena, to the union of Curtis and Clara Partin Lutrick. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Daryl Floyd and Gary Wagoner officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon Lutrick, Curtis “Pete” Lutrick, Jr., James Lutrick, John “Tencie” Lutrick, Earl Lutrick and Albert Lutrick; and sisters, Mary Beavers Thornton and Ruth Beavers Banandi. Survivors include five sisters, Emma Lee Sharp, Illa Mae Cox, Ena Ewing, Margaret Lambert and husband Whitney and Rosemary Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Clint Malcomb, John Cox, Raymond Sharp, Timmy Lutrick, Jack Powell, and Dewayne Ewing.

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Janette Dosher Guinn

Janette Dosher Guinn, 85, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at her residence. She was born August 5, 1930 to the union of her parents, Richard and Julia Finlay Dosher. Mrs. Guinn worked in the clerical profession for the Manifest-Rhinehart Water System and retired at the age of 80. The greatest joy in her life was her love for her Lord Jesus, music, her Oak Grove Baptist Church family, and of course, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her love of music allowed for her to belong to the Oak Grove Baptist Quartet and be the pianist/organist for 65 years. She was her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s biggest fan and never missed any of the activities they were involved in. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30, at Oak Grove Baptist Church of Rhinehart with the Revs. Gary Wagoner and Reid Terry officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena.

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Olive ‘Mitch’ Futrell

Olive LaVerne Mitchell “Mitch” Futrell, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Alexandria. Mitch graduated from Jena High School in 1943. She married F.D. Futrell in 1947. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State College in 1961. Mitch worked in the maternity ward at the Baptist Hospital in Alexandria, LA for many years. She then went to work for Central State Hospital Outpatient Clinic, retiring after 40 years of nursing. A devout Christian, Mitch was deeply involved in her church. Mitch loved to bake, sing with her choir group, God’s Recycled Angels, spend time with family and friends, and could always be counted on when anyone needed her. Survivors include her sister, Lonie Lou “Imogene” Andrews, of Eros; loving daughters, Martha Tiedt and husband, Roger of Pampa, TX, Judy Broussard of Pineville, and Nancy Kute and husband Terry of Charlotte, NC.

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Joel Thomas Cripps

Joel Thomas Cripps, 51, of West Monroe, passed from this life on Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Jena. He was born June 11, 1965 in Ruston to the union of his parents, Willie and Virginia Cripps. Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home in West Monroe with Bro. Tom Lowe officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Arcadia under direction of Griffin Funeral Home of West Monroe. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shela Roberson.

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Rev. Jimmie Thornhill

Rev. Jimmie L. Thornhill, 69, of the Midway Community, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at his residence. He was born September 17, 1946, in Alexandria, to the union of his parents, Howard and Marie Thornhill. Rev. Thornhill was founder and pastor of Heaven’s Gate Pentecostal Church in Ball. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 22, at Community Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. Chuck Fritz, Ronnie House and Fred Thornhill 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; three brothers, Howard Thornhill, John Thornhill and Tommy Thornhill; three infant sisters.

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