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Hershal Willard Douglas

Hershal Willard Douglas, age 85, of Oden, Arkansas formally of Alexandria, Louisiana died Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Friday, October 5, 1934 to Edward and Eunice Hodnett Douglas in Colfax, Louisiana.

Hershal served his country in the United States Navy to return home and begin a 40 years career in Funeral Service. He graduated in 1958 from Dallas Institute Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He worked at Rush Funeral Home for many years in Alexandria then finished his career at Kramer Funeral Home in Alexandria. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Josette moved to Oden, Arkansas. Hershal enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, woodworking, loved music and ballroom dancing. He was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Hershal was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Daniel Douglas; one brother, Harold Douglas and two sisters, Thelma Slater and Shelba Lubtz. .

Hershal is survived by his wife, Josette Douglas of Oden; his son, Dr. Michael Ribauda of Georgia; two daughters, Sandra DeLaune of Alexandria, Louisiana and Josettea Thames of Shreveport, Louisiana; his brother, J.W. Douglas of Leesville, Louisiana; two sisters, Marjorie Morgan of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Gwen Coco of Buffalo, Texas; grandchildren, Melissa Young, Michelle Roberts, Charlene DeLaune, Dianna Beavers and Charles Ribauda; several grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:30 P.M. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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