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Ronald Andrews

Oct 29, 1927 - Nov 30, 2023

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Jena, LA

Ronald Lafayette Andrews, age 96 of Jena, Louisiana left this earth for glory on Thursday, November 30, 2023. He was born to the union of Rev. Stantford "Buddy" Lafayette Andrews and Rosa Lee (Roark) Andrews on Saturday, October 29, 1927, in the Aimoch Community, Louisiana. Mr. Ronald was a barber in Jena for some 50 years. He went to work for his uncle Earnest Andrews at his shop in downtown Jena after graduating from barber school in the mid-1940s and worked for him until the mid-1970's when h...Read More

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Edna Thompson

Sep 06, 1947 - Feb 09, 2024

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Jena, LA

Edna Thompson - A beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, was called home on Friday, February 9, 2024 at the home of her granddaughter in Jena, Louisiana surrounded by her grandchildren and family.Edna was born on September 6, 1947 in Jonesboro, Louisiana to the union of James and Iva Thompson. She accepted Christ at an early age. She was an active member of Trout Creek Baptist Church, where she served as a faithful member.Edna attended Goodpine High School and later was employed for many years at Beldon, Louisiana Pacific Com., LaSalle General Hospital, and was currently working at Council Aging in the time of her passing.Edna was preceded in death by both of her parents, James and Iva Thompson; her son, Terrance Thompson; three brothers, Terry Thompson, Donald Thompson, and James Thompson Jr.; one sister, Vivian Thompson; and one nephew, James Thompson III.Edna leaves to cherish her sweet and loving memories, two loving and devoted grandchildren/daughters, Brandi and Terrencea Brown; two sisters, Sandra Thompson and Dayna Johnson (Eugene); two brothers, David Thompson and Darrell Thompson; three grandchildren Brandi Brown, Terrencea Brown, and LaSylvia Brown; five great grandchildren; special daughter-in-law, Brenda Brown, that she loved as her own; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends.

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Leroy Joiner

Jul 21, 1944 - Feb 02, 2024

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Jena, LA

Leroy Joiner, age 79 of Jena, Louisiana passed from this life on Friday, February 2, 2024.He was born to the union of Arthur Abram Joiner and Clinie (Spence) Joiner on Friday, July 21, 1944, in Pineville, Florida.Leroy is preceded in death by a son Mickey Joiner, his parents, three brothers Dewey R. Joiner, Doyle E. Joiner, and Donald Joiner, a sister Barbara Jean (Joiner) Weaver and a grandson Zachary Joiner.Leroy leaves behind to love and miss him, his wife of 58 years Elaine (Brooks) Joiner, three sons Glen "Slick" Joiner & wife Nori of Jena, Jimmy Joiner of West Monroe, and John Joiner & wife Cheryl of Jena, sister Pat Manley & husband Bobby of Calhoun, four grandsons Braxton Joiner, Brooks Joiner & wife Reagan, Roan Joiner, and Trea Jones, three granddaughters Cassidy Joiner, Bethany Joiner, Lindsay Doughty & husband Jake, a host of other family and friends.The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, from 10:00 AM until time of services.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating. Leroy will be laid to rest in the Woodland Cemetery of Jena, under the direction of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home.Brad Bradley, Brant Bradley, Doyle Allen Joiner, Travis Glenn, Roan Joiner, and Brooks Joiner will serve Leroy and the family as pallbearers.Carlos Crooks, Gawan Burgess, Trea Jones, and Jake Doughty are honorary pallbearers.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Jena High School Athletics or the charity of your choice. Memorial Donation

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Arlin Sloan Todd

Died : Jan 28, 2024

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Jena, LA

Funeral services for Arlin Sloan Todd will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2024 in the chapel of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria with Reverend Emitte Belgard officiating. Private burial will be at Union Grove Cemetery in Hampton, Arkansas.The family requests that visitation be observed at the funeral home Friday, February 2, 2024 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and continued Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.Mr. Todd, 71, of Bourg, passed from this life on Sunday, January 28, 2024.Mr. Todd was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Alexandria. He worked over 46 years for the railroad as a locomotive engineer. Arlin loved fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends at his camp in Arkansas. His family and friends will miss him dearly.He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin and Reba Todd, and brothers, David Anthony Todd and Terry Lamont Todd.Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Marlin Todd and Ryan Gaspard (Chelsie); grandchildren, Major Gaspard, and Kasen Gaspard, and numerous other family and friends.

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Samuel Douglas Carter

May 06, 1971 - Jan 24, 2024

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Jena, LA

Services for Samuel Douglas Carter “Sam” will be at 2PM, Friday, January 26, 2024 at Whitehall United Pentecostal Church, Jena, LA with Rev. Joey Paul officiating. Visitation will be from 12PM until time of service at 2PM, Friday, January 26th at the church. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery, Jena, LA under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria, LA. Samuel Douglas Carter “Sam”, 52, of Jena, LA, entered eternal rest Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at his parents’ home surrounded by his family. He was born May 6, 1971 in Natchez, MS to the union of his parents, Harold “Red” and Margaret Carter. Sam worked for Diamond Offshore up until his accident. From there he was the owner/operator of Carter Farms specializing in Paint and Quarter Horses. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving uncle, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold “Red” Carter. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Margaret Carter of Jena; brother, Harold Carter Jr. and wife Frances of Jena; sister, Marie Holley of OK; two daughters, Chelsea Carter of Tullos and Christin Carter of Grayson; one son, Kain Hernandez of Junction, TX; grandchildren, Stephanie, Bradley, Rayla, Willow, Lily, Zachery, Bishop, Shawn and Sullivan; a host of nieces and nephews; and three canine babies, Ruby, Cujo and Odie. Pallbearers will be Christopher Carter, Preston Matthews, David Carter, Matt Tarver, L.A. Overstreet and Jacob Fontenot. Honorary pallbearers will be Doyle Pritchard, Dustin Nugent and Lloyd Breithaupt.

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Barbara Elaine Johnson Richardson

Mar 07, 1951 - Jan 22, 2024

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Jena, LA

Barbara Elaine Johnson Richardson, 72, passed from this Earth on January 22, 2024 with family at her side.She was born March 7, 1951.Barbara was preceded in death by her father Pete Johnson, maternal grandmother Lottie Lawhon, and sister Kathy Hulsey. She was also preceded by her cousin, best friend and sister at heart, Margie Hogan Paul.Barbara's life here was never easy, but always an adventure. She has lived all over the United States and has always worked hard for her family.She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 37 years Robert D. Richardson, her mother Lottie Kinney (Del), and two children Crystal Johnson Buffington (Jason) and Dusty Wheeler (Amy). She also leaves behind three brothers, Ray Johnson (April), George Hulsey (Marie), Dan Hulsey (Melanie) and one sister, Virginia Hulsey.Her greatest reward on Earth, as she has said many times, was her 6 grandchildren, Cole (Madison), Jacy, Cameron, and Jordan Buffington and Wyatt and Grace Wheeler.Her greatest joy was spoiling her grandchildren and could most often be seen around Jena or Alexandria shopping for gifts for them or for an awesome meal to prepare for them. Her entire family rejoices knowing Barbara is no longer fighting pain and is resting in the arms of Jesus.Celebration of Life services are being held at Hixson Brothers of Jena and her final resting place will be the Jena Cemetery.Pallbearers are Dusty Wheeler, Cole Buffington, Wyatt Wheeler, Chad Hulsey, Todd Roark, and Philip McWilliams. Honorary pallbearers are Cameron Buffington and Herman Murphy, David "Cowboy" Robertson and Roger Lucas.In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA @ helpfightra.org or mail a check to:Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. Suite 309Orlando, FL 32835

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Peggy Faye Benson

May 27, 1939 - Jan 21, 2024

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Jena, LA

A graveside service for Mrs. Peggy Faye Benson will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 10 a.m. with bro. Johnnie Phillips officiating in the Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena.Mrs. Peggy Faye Benson, 84, of Jena, was born on May 27, 1939 in Archie, Louisiana and passed from this life on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at her home in Jena.She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Benson Sr.; parents, Joe Thompson, and Bessie Otwell Thompson; brothers, Joe Thompson, and Wes Thompson; and sisters, Daisy Starnes, Johnnie Paul, and Irene Roark.Those left to cherish her memory include her son, William L. "Bill" Benson Jr., and wife, Judy of Jena; daughters, Corliss Benson of Jena, and Beverly Young, and husband, Don of Jena; grandchildren, Kara Benson Callender, Jeffery Benson, Christina Young Schoenhofen, and Jennifer Young; great grandchildren, Addison Mackenzie, Leo, Tanner, Myca, Annsley, Cameron, and Jordan; and many other family and friends.

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Pastor Mathew

Mar 11, 1936 - Jan 14, 2024

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Jena, LA

On the Lord’s Day, our beloved Pastor Mathew was promoted to glory in the presence of angels and his loving family. Pastor Mathew is highly honored for his unflinching devotion to God, uncompromised preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, profound knowledge of the holy scriptures, and unwavering faith in God’s goodness. Family, friends, and those who received his ministry respected his wise counsel, loved his exposition of the Bible, and cherished the blessing of his prayers. He was an exemplary role model, who taught by his lifestyle of praying for the welfare of those who opposed him, incredible generosity to the poor, and willingness to sacrifice for others. From his early childhood, Pastor Mathew faced multiple struggles and hardships. Even though he was never in the military, Pastor Mathew contended with countless difficulties as a determined general. Those who got close to this general found him to be a passionate lover of people.Pastor Mathew was born in Kerala, India in a poor family. He worked hard, frequently did not have enough to eat, and struggled to educate himself. He received both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Universities in India. He started preaching the gospel at age sixteen. In his early years, he pioneered Christian ministries in India, taught at Sharon Bible School, and later came to America to preach the good news and raise money for gospel ministry. He initially settled in Portland, Maine where he taught the Bible in several churches, and also pastored at Emmanuel Christian Church. Eventually he moved to Louisiana where he established Marksville Christian Fellowship, which later changed its name to Christian Jubilee Fellowship. Pastor Mathew led a very simple life, so he would be able to support those who had no one to help them. Through his sacrifice, he was instrumental in funding the construction of two orphanages in India, a homeless shelter in Monroe, Louisiana, and churches in New York and Louisiana. He also helped the poor in Africa and supported orphans in Guatemala. Moreover, Pastor Mathew was disciplined and used every spare minute to study the scriptures. Thus, he was able to encourage and benefit those who listened to his teaching of the Holy Bible.Pastor Mathew and Mercy married on February 4, 1960. They raised three children Lal, John, and Josie. They have five grandchildren Joyce, Sheba, Joshua, Gabrielle, and Michelle. They have one great-grandchild. Pastor Mathew has lived and ministered in Kerala, India, Northern India, and Portland, Maine. In Louisiana Pastor Mathew has ministered in Pineville, Hessmer, and Monroe. Over his lifetime, Pastor Mathew has also gone to numerous places in India and America to minister. In his later years, due to Mercy’s health, Pastor Mathew and Mercy eventually moved in with his daughter Lal in Monroe. Even when he couldn’t pastor his church due to advancing age, he continued to teach several Biblical classes especially on the 24-hour Boston Prayer Line and Voice of Deliverance. On the prayer line he also prayed for others as his health allowed.Pastor Mathew was preceded in death by his parents and older siblings. He was greatly saddened by the death of his older brother George, who was close to him. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, three children, five grandchildren, one great-grandson, younger brother Abraham and sister Ammani. Pastor Mathew will be missed for being a loving husband, devoted father, brilliant teacher of God’s word, persistent prayer warrior, and faithful friend.

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Tammy Newcomb

May 17, 1963 - Jan 19, 2024

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Jena, LA

Tammy Newcomb, a dedicated gardener, avid fisherman, and retired US Postal service worker, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2024. She was born on May 17, 1963.Tammy's passion for gardening was evident in the vibrant flowers and flourishing plants that adorned her home. Her love for fishing was another facet of her adventurous spirit, as she would spend countless hours casting her line, patiently waiting for the next big catch.After years of dedicated service, Tammy retired from the US Postal service. She was known for her punctuality, attention to detail, and the warm smile she shared with her coworkers and the community she served. Her compassionate nature and genuine care for others brightened the lives of many during her time with the Postal service.Funeral services and ceremonies in honor of Tammy Newcomb's life will be held on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Holloway Baptist Church with Dr. Jack West officiating. Burial will be Hickory Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville. The family request visitation be held Sunday at Hixson Brothers, Pineville from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Friends, family, and all those who have been touched by Tammy's kindness and zest for life are invited to pay their respects and share in the memories of a truly remarkable woman.She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Dell “W D” Newcomb; son, Zachary Dell Newcomb; parents, Maurice and Willie Peart Forest; brother, Ronnie Forest.Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dustin Newcomb (Ashley); daughter, Marcy Newcomb Wiggins (Daniel); brother, Rodney Forest; grandson, Spencer Dell Wiggins; and a host of other family members and friends.Pallbearers will be Clay McDaniel, Brady Huffman, Rusty Forest, Curt Guilliot, Matthew Nugent and Phillip Nugent.Tammy may no longer be with us physically, but her spirit and the impact she made on our lives will forever remain. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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John Ray McElroy

Aug 12, 1951 - Jan 16, 2024

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Jena, LA

John Ray McElroy was born August 12, 1951 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He peacefully went to heaven Tuesday, January 16, 2024. He is preceded in death by his parents Ardis and Ruth McElroy and his sister, Sheila McElroy Stewart. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Joyce Dyson McElroy; his sons Clint Schilling (Jaime) and Heath McElroy (Jill) and his daughter Heather Pendarvis (Brock); grandchildren Haley Worthington (J. J.), Hannah Stricklin (Tacoma), Isaac McElroy, Isabella Schilling, Cooper McElroy, and Jessica McElroy; great grandson Jaxon Worthington; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.John was a 1969 graduate of Winnfield Senior High School. As a truck driver by trade, he hauled many loads and varieties of cargo. He worked for several companies during his career, but he loved working for Martin Forest Products. He had a 35 year career with them. Other than spending time with family, his most favorite hobby was deer hunting. It was his passion. He adored his time in the deer stand.It’s often said that a person’s life is represented in the dash that falls between the birth date and the death date. He filled his dash with a lifetime of love, family, and friends. During the 26,455 days of John’s life, he loved and laughed; he worked and worshiped, he made memories and he prayed. He was so much to so many. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend. John’s family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Southern Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM , and again on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Southern Funeral Home, from 10:00 AM until time of services.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 19, 2024 at Southern Funeral Home with Rev. Norris Curry and Rev. Duane Moreno officiating. Interment will follow in Hargis Cemetery, in Montgomery.Those honored to serve the family as pallbearers are Daniel Wyatt, Thomas Horne, Canyon Compton, Parker Sonnier, J. J. Worthington, and Tacoma Stricklin.Honorary pallbearers are Tracey Horne, Mike Walker, Bobby Yelverton, Jesse Dyson, Houston Etheridge, Mike Green, and Jaxon Worthington..

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Jackie Ray Dickey, Sr.

Feb 04, 1960 - Jan 13, 2024

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Jena, LA

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