Obituaries

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Flora Mae Parker Goynes

Flora Mae Parker Goynes, 87, of Baton Rouge, and formerly of Jena, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Baton Rouge. Flora Goynes, also known as Granny, G’maw, Granny Flo and Aunt Flo, was born June 14, 1928 in Leake County, Mississippi. She married Francis Robert Goynes, Sr. on Nov. 22, 1947. He preceded her in death. Flora was retired from Louisiana Midland Railroad in Jena. She was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, and a 48- year member of Woodmen Life Chapter No. 1145 of Jena. Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 8, at Temple Baptist Church in Jena. Entombment followed in the Woodland Cemetery near Jena under direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home of Baton Rouge. Survivors include her daughter, Roxie F.

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OJ William Brown

OJ William Brown, 91, of Trout, passed from this life on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. He was born May 11, 1924 to the union of his parents, Richard and Rowena Estis Brown. Mr. Brown was a logger and heavy equipment operator. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 1, at the New Life United Pentecostal Church of Manifest with the Revs. David Poole and Tony Ewing officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery of Rhinehart under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by parents; a daughter, Linda Ryder; brothers, Darious Brown, Troy Brown, Elbern Brown, Roy Brown, Monroe Brown, Quincy Brown, Elmo Brown and an infant boy, Clifton Brown; sisters, Hettie Smith, Violet Tolbert and an infant girl; and daughter-in-law, Linda Sue Brown. Survivors include his sons, Michael Brown, Sr.

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Rev. Walter Gregg Lloyd

Rev. Walter Gregg Lloyd, 88, of Sharptown Community in lower LaSalle Parish, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Alexandria. He was born Thursday, December 29, 1927 in Creston, LA to the union of his parents, James Gregg and Ora Gurney Lloyd. Brother Lloyd was a Baptist minister and preached the gospel for the past 65 years. He served numerous Baptist churches in this area as pastor for many, many years. One of his latest efforts in the ministry was to help revitalize the Good Pine Baptist Church in Good Pine, where he served as interim pastor for a period of time. Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena with the Revs. Huey Tarpley and Brandon Poole officiating. Interment followed in the Tidwell Landing Cemetery in the Sharptown Community under direction of Kinner and Stevens, Inc. of Jena.

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Jarmila Caroline Hazmuka

Jarmila Caroline Hazmuka, 68, former 4-H Extention Home Economist in LaSalle Parish, passed from this life on Friday, February 5, 2016. She was born Feb. 3, 1948 to the union of her parents, Henry and Jarmila Mary Stuchlik Hazmuka. Caroline graduated from Buckeye High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She worked as a 4-H Extension Home Economist for many years in Lake Charles and Jena. Along with her many activities, Caroline was a long time member of the Louisiana Czech Heritage Association, Inc., currently serving as President. During the summer, Caroline worked at Camp Grant Walker and was a lifelong member of Kolin Lodge # 260. Services were held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the chapel of John Kramer and Son Funeral Home in Alexandria with Rev. Tom Jordan officiating. Interment followed in Libuse Czech Cemetery of Libuse under direction of John Kramer and Son Funeral Home of Alexandria.

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Lyrron Authur Crawford

Lyrron Authur Crawford, 86, of Jonesville, passed from this life on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe. He was born Sunday, Oct. 20, 1929 in Green Mountain, IA to the union of his parents, George Bruce and Roxie Boss Crawford. Mr. Crawford was a resident of Jonesville and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the Sandy Lake Community. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Craig James and Dennis Baker officiating. Interment followed in Heard Cemetery of Manifest under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shelcie Crawford; step-daughter, Sam Liberty; and two brothers, Robert Crawford and Bruce Crawford.

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Bettye Finlay Lawrence

Bettye Finlay Lawrence, 80, of Jena, passed from this life on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the LaSalle Nursing Home of Jena. She was born April 28, 1935 in Minden to the union of her parents, Hansford and Francis Angeline Pritchard Finlay. Mrs. Lawrence was a retired self-employed bookkeeper. Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Jena with the Revs. Ricky Gresham and Lane Corley officiating. Interment was at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian L. Lawrence; sons, Julian Leroy Lawrence and Jason Lawrence; her parents; sisters, Edna Crooks, Louise Milliner, Lorene “Jack” Francis, Margaret “Bud” Gorham, and Gladys “Sis” Evans; brothers, Hansford Finlay, Jr. and Charlie Finlay. Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.

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Judge Lewis Ray Sleeth

Judge Lewis Ray Sleeth, 79, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his home in Comanche, Oklahoma, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s. Lewis was a resident of LaSalle Parish from 1960 to 1986, during which time he served as District Attorney and Judge of the 28th Judicial District. After graduating from Baton Rouge High School, Lewis earned his doctorate degree in law from his beloved, Louisiana State University and was an avid LSU fighting Tiger to the end. Lewis moved with his family to Jena, in 1960 where he practiced law for 25 years with the help of his loyal and faithful legal assistant, Margie Cruse. In 1966, he was elected as District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District, comprised of Caldwell and LaSalle Parishes. In 1970, Governor John McKeithen appointed Lewis as Judge Pro-Tem, at the retirement of Judge Clyde C. Russell.

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Ronnie Dale Russell

Ronnie Dale Russell, 65, of Urania, passed from this life on Friday, February 5, 2016 at his residence in Urania. He was born June 6, 1950 in Olla to the union of his parents, Elbert and Doris Fatheree Russell. He served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. Ronnie was employed offshore by ENSCO as a welder and was also a great carpenter. He loved to go camping and fishing and was a great husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, at the Urania Pentecostal Church with Rev. Clay Hutto officiating. Interment followed in the Urania Cemetery under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

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Sammy Wayne Nugent

Sammy Wayne Nugent, 70, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at his residence. He was born April 16, 1945 in Harrisonburg to the union of his parents, William Author and Hazel Nugent. Sammy Wayne was a rough neck in the oilfield drilling industry, and proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Community Pentecostal Church of Manifest with Minister Brad Coleman and Rev. Ronnie House officiating. Interment followed in the Lowe Cemetery near Grayson under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Walton; and his parents.

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Peggy Davis Whitehead

Peggy Davis Whitehead, 84, of Olla, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Haven Nursing Center in Columbia Heights. She was born November 5, 1931 in Grayson to the union of Gove Davis and Velda Fore Davis. Peggy cherished spending time with her family and she will be greatly missed by them. She enjoyed working puzzles, listening to music, reading and travel. She loved shopping with her special friends, Mary Mabou and Cheryl Ross. She attended the Olla Methodist Church. Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Olla Methodist Church in Olla, with Rev. Aaron Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in Olla Cemetery under the direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Libby Slate; and her husband of 50 years, Billy Ray Whitehead.

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