Jessie Kelley Boyett (08-17-2017)
Jessie Kelley Boyett of
Bernice, Louisiana, at 66
years of age, passed away
on Thursday, August 10,
2017 at her home surrounded
by those who loved her.
She was born on February
11, 1951 in Borger,
Funeral services were
held at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
August 13, 2017, at Pisgah
Baptist Church. Bro. Jeff
Hurst officiated. Interment
followed at Pisgah Church
Cemetery under the direction
of Farrar Funeral
Home of Farmerville. Visitation
was held from 5-8
p.m. on Saturday, August
12, 2017, at the church.
As a child, Jessie attended several schools, but she
started out at Bernice Elementary and began friendships
that would last forever. She moved around with her family
while her father was in the oilfield industry, but Bernice
was always home to Jessie. She graduated from Jennings
High School in 1969 and will forever cherish her friendships
with her precious Coterie group whom she loved
dearly. While in high school, Jessie was involved in numerous
clubs and groups and especially loved the drama
group and talked a lot about the plays that she was cast.
She married her sweetheart, Kent Boyett, the month
after she graduated on a Monday night before he left for
Vietnam. Kent and Jessie enjoyed a trip to Hawaii and
lived in Washington for a short time while he was in the
service before coming back home to Bernice where they
would make their home.
Over the years, Jessie worked at The Garment Factory
and Bill’s Dollar Store in Bernice, sold Sarah Coventry
jewelry and insurance, but her favorite job of all time was
of course being the owner, editor and publisher of The
Banner News. She began working at the paper office as a
reporter and as an ad salesman in the late 90s, and when
the paper was up for sale in June 2001, she purchased it,
and this was the start to her 16 wonderful years as the
owner. When she bought The Banner, the first thing she
said is “I will never charge anyone for obits,” it was her
way of helping families during their time of sorrow.
She has met hundreds of people during her lifetime
that meant so very much to her. She cherished the friendships
that she made along the way, absolutely loved
doing for others and made sure The Banner News highlighted
those around our area that needed to be honored.
She was involved in numerous organizations, including
BIDCO, Bernice Business Club, Union Parish Tourist
Commission, CMA – Christian Motorcyclist Association,
The Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Ladies For Vets,
Bernice Service Club, Corney Creek Festival, Crimestoppers,
BSA – Boy Scouts of America and was the Charter
Rep for Troop 54 of Farmerville. Yes, she had a hard time
saying NO, but she loved being involved.
Over the years, while owning The Banner News newspaper,
she won numerous awards and was honored with
several certificates. Just a few of these awards are: In
2002 she received a Recycling Award from Trailblazers;
In 2005 The Banner received a certificate of Appreciation
from the American Legion; In 2009 The Banner received
a Communication Award; She was the chairman of the
Union Parish Chamber of Commerce in 2011; chosen
as the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee for the Corney Creek
Festival and Town of Bernice; and in 2017 she was chosen
as the Outstanding Citizen by Woodmen Life and the
Business of the Year Award was given to her at the Union
Parish Chamber of Commerce banquet earlier this year.
She was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church where she taught
Sunday school, worked with youth groups, worked with the
AWANA program and numerous other things over the years.
She even went on a mission trip to Peru several years ago.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, John ‘Jim’
and Dorothy ‘Dot’ Kelley and her sister Mary K. Smith
and Brother in Law Walter, all of Bernice.
Jessie is survived by: Her husband Kenneth Boyett of
Bernice; a daughter Danielle Harkins and husband
Eric of Bernice; two sons
– Aaron and wife Charla
of Bernice and John and
wife Amanda of Parkers
Chapel, Ark; five grandchildren
– Nathon and Kailee
Harkins of Bernice,
Tori Boyett of Bernice and
Sawyer and Payton Boyett
of Parkers Chapel, Ark.;
numerous nephews and
nieces, great nephews and
nieces and a few greatgreat
nephew and nieces.
Pallbearers were the members
of VFW Post 5442 –
Jimmy Odom, Doug Upshaw,
Tony Nolan, Jerry
Ramsey, Mike Reeves and
Steve Barrett. Honorary
Pallbearers were the ladies
of Women For Vets
– Lynn Ramsey, Brenda
Odom, Margaret Reid, Beth
Scott, Judith Tabor, Camille
Gates, Aleida Hutto,
Michelle Tucker, Jamie
Hearn, Betty Slocum, Rosie
Tucker and Johnnie McKeithen.
Mickey Ford (08-17-2017)
Funeral services for Mickey Ford, of Farmerville were
held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Sardis Baptist
Church with Bro. Bob Jackson officiating. Interment
followed in Sardis Cemetery under the direction of Farrar
Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Mr. Ford, 64, went to his heavenly home August 12, 2017.
Mr. Ford was the owner of Flooring One in West Monroe
and a deacon of Sardis Baptist Church. He enjoyed
camping, traveling and he loved baseball, especially his
favorite team, the New York Yankees.
He was preceded in death by: His father, Bob Ford; one
brother, Joe Ford; one nephew, Damian Fontenot; and two
sister in laws, Sandra Kyle and Diane Ford.
Left to cherish his memory is: His loving wife of 40
years, Dianne Ford; mother, Joyce Ford of Mer Rouge;
one daughter, Abby Ford of West Monroe; one step-son,
Greg Morrison and wife Kristi of Bastrop; one brother,
Howell Ford of Mer Rouge; four sisters – Joy Powell and
husband, Rodney of Bastrop, Judy Fontenot of Pineville,
Susan McHenry and husband Warren of Houston and
Dorothy Ford of Mer Rouge; one granddaughter, Allison
Morrison of Blue Springs, Mo.; and numerous nieces,
nephews and many friends.
Pallbearers were Allen Perry, Claude Durbyn, Bobby
Crain, Ken Hart, Bryan Crnkovic and Casey Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Sardis Baptist
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, August
14, 2017, at the church.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
Lt. Col. Edward L. Hlavaty USAF, (Ret.) (08-17-2017)
Lt. Col. Edward L. Hlavaty,
retired United States
Air Force pilot took his final
flight on August 5, 2017 at the
age of 87.
He was born July 19, 1930
in Crete, Nebraska and was a
resident of Lillie, Louisiana.
Visitation was held Saturday,
August 12, 2017 from 5-7
p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral
Home in Ruston. Funeral
services were held on Sunday,
August 13, 2017 at 2:00
p.m. at Glory Ministries in
Junction City, Arkansas. Interment
followed at Union
Grove Cemetery in Lillie,
Louisiana with full military
Ed was preceded in death by: His parents, Martin and
Antoné (Kovanda) Hlavaty; beloved wife of 55 years, Betty
Jo (Washam); a brother, Lad Hlavaty; and nephew, Rick
He is survived by: His daughters: Laura Huffman and
husband Jerry and Julia Rockett of Lillie, Louisiana; two
grandsons – Zachary Edward Huffman of Ruston, Louisiana
and fiancé, Emily Arnold, and Nathaniel Richard
Rockett of Lillie, LA; a granddaughter, Chelsea Roselyn
Huffman of Lilile; in addition to a host of nieces and
nephews he adored.
Ed graduated from Crete High School in Crete, Nebraska
and played football at Doane College in Nebraska.
He graduated from the University of Omaha and spoke
three languages – Czech, Russian, and Latin. He began
his career as a USAF Pilot in 1951. During his Air Force
career, he flew the KC-97, C-47, B-29, C-130 Hercules, and
C-124. In 1969, he was transferred and proudly served as a
command pilot flying the Sikorsky CH-3 Jolly Green Giant
helicopters (his favorite) on numerous combat rescue missions
in Vietnam. He received two Distinguished Flying
Cross medals, one with Valor, the Air medal with four oak
clusters and numerous other medals and citations. Following
his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was commander of 10
helicopters and participated in the geographic survey of
the United States, Brazil, and South America. He retired
from the Air Force in 1973.
After his Air Force career,
Ed worked for Wanek’s
Furniture and managed
The Shake Shoppe in hishometown of Crete, Nebraska. He also worked as an auto
parts manager in Ruston and Bernice. He enjoyed substitute
teaching and working at the Junction City High
School where he was known as Mr. Ed.
He will be dearly missed and remembered for his great
love of God, family, friends, and his Country.
Pallbearers were Dr. Chris Washam, SSGT Jesse Washam
(USAF), Larry Peregrine, Chad Elliott, Colin Rockett,
Casey Jackson, Zachary Edward Huffman, Nathaniel
Rockett and Brandon Young.
Beverly Jean Swanson
Beverly Jean Swanson Otwell (08-17-2017)
Funeral services for Beverly
Jean Swanson Otwell,
80 of Farmerville, will be
held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday,
August 16, 2017, in the
chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral
Home in Farmerville.
Officiating the service will
be Connie Ward assisted by
Bro. Bob Witt. Visitation
will be held at 9:30 a.m.
until of service. Interment
will follow at Vienna Cemetery
Beverly was born on September
22, 1936 in Rockford,
Ill. and passed on August 12,
2017, in Farmerville.
She was preceded in
death by: Her mother, Dorothy
Heiss, step father, George Heiss; father, Earnest John
Swanson three sisters – Doreen Fedele, Virginia Baker and
Betty Swanson; two brothers – Richard “Dick” Swanson
and James Swanson; and a niece, Debbie Goodson.
Survivors include: Her husband of 63 years William
Willard Otwell of Farmerville; four daughters – Pennie
Rhodes and husband Bill of Ruston, Kim Palmertree
and husband Darryl of Farmerville, Pam Calhoun and
husband Mike of Vienna, Tina Henning and husband
Malcolm of West Monroe, LA; three sons – Ricky Otwell
and wife Debbie of Arcadia, Bruce Otwell of Farmerville
and William Otwell and wife Sarah of Choudrant; two
sisters, Maranette Church and husband Orlin of Rockford,
Ill. and Pamela Heiss Wormington and husband Jack of
Tampa, Fla.; brother-in-law, Vince Fedele of Syracuse,
N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and
one great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Steven Otwell, Brandon Otwell, Allen
Otwell, Randy Thompson, Parker Henning, and Richard
Otwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be grandsons: Larry
Garner, Tyler Otwell, David Calhoun, and Scott Otwell.
Online condolence messages may be sent to the family
M. Temple Douglas, M.D. (08-17-2017)
M. Temple Douglas, M.D., 77, a retired Physician, died
August 6, 2017. Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were under the direction of Farrar Funeral
Home of Farmerville.