Obituaries

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Wilma Inez Cruse

Wilma Inez Chevallier Cruse, 90, of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, passed from this life at 8:45 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Home Place in Tyler, Texas. She was born November 10, 1925 in French Fork Community to the union of her parents, Cadd and Beulah Deville Chevallier. Mrs. Cruse attended Olla-Standard High School in Olla and was Baptist by faith. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, from the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with Pastor Tim Malone officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Pineville. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Etta White and Charlene Pentecost; brother, Earl Chevallier; son, Tommy Cruse; and great grandson, Konner Shephard Carter. Survivors include one son, Daniel Cruse; two daughters, Geraldine Shephard and Kathy Hester; 11 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

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Gene H. Evans

Gene Huey Evans, 78, of Madisonville, passed from this life on Monday, October 31, 2016 at his home following a short illness. He was born in Belledeau, LA on May 11, 1938, and was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Evans of Jena, and Neze Dauzat Evans of Echo. Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Belledeau Baptist Cemetery, 1204 Hwy 114 (Belledeau Hwy) in Hessmer. Arrangements are under direction of Melancon Funeral Home of Bunkie. Gene spent his years as a transportation driver hauling building materials, automobiles, oil field equipment and various other commodities across the United States. Over his career, he logged over 150,000 miles. He truly enjoyed his many hunting trips with his grandson, and numerous lunch outings with his granddaughter. For thiry-nine years he was a resident of Jefferson Parish where he raised his children, and then he and his wife moved to St. Tammany Parish in Madisonville, thirteen years ago.

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Wesley Baker Little

Wesley Baker Little, 87 of Rhinehart, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Alexandria. He was born Thursday, April 4, 1929 in Melville, to the union of Robert William, Sr. and Addie (Baker) Little. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Scotty McDowell and Gary Wagoner officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bess Brooks. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Dayton Little of Rhinehart; one son, Daron Little and wife Dana of Saratoga, WY; three grandchildren, Cassidy, Riley, and Josie Little; three brothers, Robert W. “Buddy” Little, Jr., and Perry Little and wife Johnnie, all of Jena, and Charles Ray Little and Wife Melba of Winnfield. Pallbearers were Charles R. Little, II, Rob Little, John David Little, John Robert Little, Thomas Crooks, and Lawson Little.

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Melba Arlene Ruddell

Melba Arlene Stapleton Ruddell, 83, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Citizens Medical Center in Columbia Heights following an extended illness. She was born July 13, 1933, one of eleven children born to John Wesley Stapleton and Fannie Laura Daivs Stapleton. Mrs. Stapleton was a member of Standard Baptist Church. Services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, from the sanctuary of Standard Baptist Church, north of Olla, with Rev. Shad Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Olla Cemetery in Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Burle Ruddell; her parents; and by her brothers and sisters, Rudolph Stapleton, Euda Lee Stapleton, Reba Stapleton, Frances Larry, Paul Stapleton, Carroll Stapleton and Estelle Allen.

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Linda F. Tarver

Linda Faye Tarver, 61, of Columbia, passed from this life on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the St. Francis Medical Center – Downtown Monroe Campus, following an extended illness. She was born October 12, 1955 in Columbia to the union of her parents, San Juan Tarver and Argentina America Alanize Tarver. Linda was a school bus driver for the Caldwell Parish School System for many years, she loved to grow vegetable gardens and loved to can her vegetables, and she was a spectacular cook and cooking was a passion of hers. She owned the Sears store in Columbia and worked as manager for Easy Way for many years, and then Aarons after their purchase of Easy Way, until her illness that she fought so hard and so bravely. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with Bro. Chris Gainous officiating. Other speakers included Fred Hill and Jimmy Strong delivering the eulogy.

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Randy G. Thornton

Randy G. Thornton, 73, of Urania, passed from this life on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at Hardtner Medical Center in Urania. He was born April 4, 1943 in Urania to the union of his parents, Willie and Mable Fouts Thornton. Randy was a truck driver for 35 years and operated a service station in Urania for ten years. He loved woodworking and horse trading. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Olla with the Revs. Denver McBroom and Bo Prather officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery near Olla under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Francille Schultz; and four brothers, Billy Thornton, Bobby Thornton, Norman Thornton, and Joe Thornton. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Holloway Thornton of Urania; son, Vincent Thornton of Urania; two brothers, W. M.

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Davis O. Young

Davis Overton Young, 34, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. Davis was born July 13, 1982 in Monroe to his parents, Davis Lin Young and Dewanna Murry Young. Davis was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was taken from this life too early but by donating his organs, he was able to give life to at least eight other people. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. He was preceded in death by his wife’s parents, Floyd Edward and Betty Jane Proffer; his grandparents, Spencer Young, Sr. and Lucy Young; his grandfather, Olen Overton Murry; brother-in-law, Andy Lee Proffer; sister-in-law, Marilyn Ann Brownell and nephew, Joshua Lee Proffer.

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Joel C. Williams

Joel Clyde Williams, 69, of Georgetown, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at University Health in Shreveport. He was born September 8, 1947 in Winnfield to the union of his parents, Troy and Virgie Wyatt Williams. Mr. Williams was a self-employed logging contractor, was Baptist by faith, and a member of Beulah Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Beulah Baptist Church near Georgetown with Rev. Lamar Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in the Beulah Cemetery under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kim Williams; brother, Terry Williams; and three grandchildren, Joel Armstrong, Howard Armstrong and Dustin Henderson.

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Howard C. Poole

Howard C. Poole, 80, of Grayson, and a LaSalle Parish native, passed from this life on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights. He was born in Olla to the union of his parents, W. T. and Annie Poole. Mr. Poole was a retired heavy equipment operator, and was a member of Kelly Baptist Church. He loved to fish and to watch wrestling. Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, from the chapel of Riser Funeral Home in Columbia with the Revs. Joe Aguillard and C. R. Martin officiating. Interment followed in the Rosefield Cemetery at Rosefield under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Columbia. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harrell Charles Poole; grandsons, Duncan Howard Childress and Raphael Trahan.

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Cindy Nugent

Cindy Nugent, 43, of Trout, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from injuries sustained in an accident near Good Pine. Cindy was a homemaker. Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in Sanctuary Family Worship Center in Jena with Rev. Evelyn Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Rhinehart under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Bumgarden. Survivors include her husband and best friend, Billy Nugent; four daughters, Jaqueline and Jennifer Isbell and Katherine and Kimberly Bumgarden; two grandchildren, Maize and Isabella; her mother, Betty Bumgarden. Cindy is also survived by her club family. Pallbearers were Jason Nugent, Blake Nugent, Justin Nugent, Jacob Nugent, Darrin “Dobber” Bailey and John Steele Bailey. 

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