Lena Mitchell Graham

Funeral services for Lena Mitchell Graham, 84, of Rayville, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Brown-Holley Funeral Chapel, Rayville with Dr. Eddie Wren officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Start Cemetery, Start, LA under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville.

Mrs. Lena was born November 20, 1934 in Calhoun and passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 in Rayville.

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Myrtis Nichols Payne

Mrs. Myrtis Nichols Payne, age 99, passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2019 in Rayville, following a lengthy illness.

She was born on January 9, 1920 to Robert Lee and Ida Miller Nichols. Miss. Myrtis, as everyone called her, was preceded in death by her husband, William Marvin Payne; son-in-law, Tom Whatley; granddaughter, Britney Raborn; her parents; all seven of her siblings; and a special niece, Chrystal Futch.

Amelia Lindsey Elkins

Amelia Lindsey Elkins, 92, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2019 in Baton Rouge. 

She was born in Haynesville. on May 1, 1927.  

She was preceded in death by Charles R. Elkins, her loving husband of over 60 years and one son, Clarence Alan Elkins of Baton Rouge.

She worked in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system for many years, finishing her career as Principal at LaSalle Elementary School.  

Betty Joan Jeselink Pyles Stewart

Graveside services for Betty Joan Jeselink Pyles Stewart, 87, of Holly Ridge, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Bethel Cemetery, Holly Ridge, with Bro. Anthony Stewart officiating under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville.

Mrs. Betty was born April 22, 1932 in Mangham and passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at Deerfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

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