Funeral services for Robert Earl Hosea, Sr., age 68, of Olla will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 4, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Olla, with Rev. Johnnie Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at the Newton Cemetery in Delhi at 2:00 pm Monday under the direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla. Visitation will be Sunday March 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Olla from 6:00-9:00 pm, and on Monday at the church from 8:00 am until time of service. Robert Earl Hosea was born on December 16, 1944, in Delhi, LA to the union of his parents, Lonnie Coleman Hosea and Sadie Belle Cobb. He passed from this life on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Hosea was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the First Baptist Church of Olla, and an employee of S. H. Loe Oil Company in Tullos. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Clyde Hosea and Shelton Hosea. Survivors include: wife, Rosemary Sumerall Hosea of Olla; daughter, Janet Hosea Byrd and her husband Steve of Clinton, MS; and son, Robert Earl "Robbie" Hosea, Jr. and his wife Tina of Olla; his brothers, Sonny Hosea of Delhi, Howard Hosea of Monroe, and Thomas Hosea of Clarksville, TN; his sisters, Lorraine House of Ozark, MO, Shirley Reece of Meridian, MS; and Sharon Dendy of Bernice, LA. He also is survived by his eight grandchildren, Austin Byrd, Elizabeth Byrd, Brandon Hosea, Jeremy Hosea, Kinley Hosea, Candace Smith, Kyle Decker, Kaylin Decker; and his great-grandchildren, Bailey Smith and Peyton Smith.