Obituaries

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Elsie Darlene Lewis

Elsie Darlene Lewis, 70, of Trout, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria. She was born September 30, 1945 in Jena, to the union of her parents, Anderson and Rose Lewis. Darlene was a LPN for 27 years and loved reading, crocheting, and working in her garden. She was a member of Zenoria Baptist Church in Zenoria. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m., Nov. 10, at the Jena Choctaw Tribal Center with her oldest grandson, Lawrence Chapman, Jr. reading the eulogy and Pastor Rev. Joel Johnson officiating. Graveside services were held at Chalk Hill Cemetery for immediate family only. Survivors include five daughters, Donna Chapman and spouse Lawrence Chapman, Sr. of Jena, Peggy Allein of Jena, Lisa Norris and spouse Kenny of Trout, Theresa Norton and spouse Joe of Lincecum, and Anissia Robertson and spouse Terry of Nebo; one son, Cleve Johnson, Jr.

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Clarence Guin

Clarence Guin, 86, of Lena, entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Riverside Hospital in Alexandria. He was born January 17, 1929 to the union of his parents, Mallie and Abby Guin. Mr. Guin was a native of Lena, and was a sawmill worker for many years of his life. He was a member of the Bentley United Pentecostal Church. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He will be dearly missed by his family and by all those who knew him. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Bentley United Pentecostal Church in Bentley, with the Revs. Bruce Maxwell and E.R. Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Bay Springs Cemetery at Chopin, under the direction of Rush Funeral Home of Pineville. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clarence Wayne Guin; his brothers, Mallie Guin, Link Guin, and Clinton Guin; and one sister, Omie Pace. Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Mary E. Guin of Lena; his two sons, Shelton R.

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Cheryl Francis Ford Byrnes

Cheryl Francis Ford Byrnes, 50, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at her home. Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, at Sandy Lake Pentecostal Church of Jonesville with Rev. Joel Ford officiating. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lucille Tolbert; grandparents, Merlene and Sherman Ford; and uncle, Lavele Tolbert. Survivors include her husband, James Conley Byrnes; father, Kenneth Ford and Libby Ford; mother, Gloria Tolbert Tucker and Gary Tucker; daughters, April Healy, Miranda Bullock and Sarah Ford; son, Daniel Ball; grandchildren, Faith, Hope, Chloe and Bella; sister, Amanda Wiley; brothers, Sherman Ford and Chad Ford; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Elton and Jerome Tolbert, Melvin Tolbert, J. C. Tolbert, Kerry Lane Byrnes and Greg Byrnes. 

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Gloria Johnson Krause

Gloria Johnson Krause, 62, of Sicily Island, and a native of Jena, passed from this life on Thursday, November 19, 2015, in Alexandria. She was born April 9, 1953 in Jena to the union of her parents, Barney and Maxine Johnson. Gloria was a member of Sunny Side Church and owner of the Snack Shack in Sicily Island. She enjoyed watching and supporting the local sporting teams, especially when they included her children and grandchildren. She always had a great sense of humor and was a selfless, loving person that always did for others. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, at Sunny Side Church with Rev. Jerry Sharp officiating. Interment followed in Highland Park Cemetery of Sicily Island, under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Ferriday.

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James David Hall

James David Hall, 94, of Olla, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born on June 23, 1921 at Crowville, to the union of his parents, J. D. Hall and Susie Hall. James was a United States Air Force Veteran of World War II and a member of the Olla Pentecostal Church. Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 27, from the sanctuary of Olla Pentecostal Church with Rev. Jonathan Crist officiating. Interment followed in the Harris Chapel Cemetery near Olla, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his first wife, Elana Hoard Hall. Survivors include his beloved wife, Faye H. Hall of Olla; his daughters, Glenda Ogg Shaw and husband Gene of Eros, and Vicky Jackson and husband John of Dallas, TX; his grandchildren, Lisa and Gene Shaw, Jr; and one great grandson: Logan Shaw. 

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Rev. Arnold Norsworthy

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Nancy Mai McCartney

Nancy Mai Whitley McCartney, 86, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born on January 14, 1929 to Kenneth and Hattie Mai Williams Whitley in Nashville TN. She graduated from North High in Nashville in 1948, where she was voted “Most Dignified” and married Johnny McCartney of Urania, that same year. Mrs. McCartney was a long-time resident of Jena where she was active in the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a member of the Town & Country Garden Club and did volunteer work at both LaSalle General Hospital and Hardtner Medical Center. She loved her family, her church family, working crossword puzzles and LSU Football. Mrs. McCartney moved last year from Jena, to Fort Smith, to be with her family where she enjoyed her great-grandchildrens’s activities, shopping and getting her nails done. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.

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James “Ron” Ronald Sones

James “Ron” Ronald Sones, 52, of Holum, passed from this life unexpectedly on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in Holum. He was born on June 16, 1963 in Natchez, MS to the union of his parents. Ron worked as a maintenance man in upkeeping yards. He held many hobbies including working in his own yard, watching car races, hunting, especially deer, and cooking. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Little Star Baptist Church near Grayson. He is preceded in death by his father, James W. Sones; grandparents, William and Bessie Cooper, Robert and Rosie Corales and Willis Jefferson Sones; uncles, Richard Malone and Eddie Malone; and his aunt, Jean Busby.

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Otto “Paw-Paw” Slay

Michael Otto “Paw-Paw” Slay, 68, of Sicily Island, and formerly of Jena, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born September 26, 1947 in Jena, to the union of his parents, Otto and Eunice Hudnall Slay. Mr. Slay was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam conflict. He served on the Destroyer USS Tattnal as a Fire Control Tech. He worked as a rig engineer for Ensco Drilling for 30 years and retired four years ago. He was a member of East Jena Baptist Church. Services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Tommy Sanson and Oliver Dean officiating. Interment followed in the Woodland Cemetery in Jena with full military honors, under direction of Hixson Brothers, Inc. of Jena. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hazel King.

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Katherine “Kathy” Garsee

Katherine “Kathy” Thompson Garsee, 60, of Jena, passed from this life on Sunday, November 22, 2105, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born August 9, 1955 In Forest City, Arkansas. Mrs. Garsee was a homemaker. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena with Rev. Joey Paul 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 mother, Joan Gary Thompson; and brother, Ronnie Thompson. Survivors include one son, Charlie Pritchard and wife Susie; father, W. G. Thompson of Whitehall; sister, Laurie Williams; brother, Gary Thompson; and grandchildren, Cody Pritchard and Hadlie Jo Pritchard. 

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