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Alton Herman Bond -- Jonesboro, LA
Alton Herman Bond, 91, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, November 25, 1998 in Jackson Parish Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 27, 1998 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alton Peel officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Mr. Bond was a school bus driver. He was preceded in death by his wife Ola Bond and two sons, Dwain Bond and James Bond. Survivors included his daughter, Beatrice Pepper of Alexandria; three sons, Herman Bond of Winnsboro, Johnny M. Bond and Ray Bond both of Jonesboro. Pallbearers were Wyatt Amidon, Bobby Pepper and, Ira Reeves.

Byrd Hazel Schmidt -- Hodge, LA
Byrd Hazel Schmidt, 87, of Hodge, died Thursday, November 26, 1998 in Schumpert Medical Center. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 1998 in Hodge Baptist Church with Rev. Perry Lassiter officiating. Burial was in Hodge Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Mrs. Schmidt was a longtime resident of Hodge and an active member of Hodge Baptist Church for close to 60 years. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt were married for 68 years. Survivors include her husband, George R. Schmidt of Hodge; two sons, Johnny M. Schmidt and wife, Sue of Quitman and Robert Schmidt and wife, Faye of Hodge; one daughter, Rose L. White and husband, Gayden of Richardson, TX.; one sister, Nancy Adams of Hodge; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Pallbearers were Bobby Brinson, Travis Hall, Jerry Hudson, Jimmy Robinson, Doug Stokes, Bruce Whitman. Honorary Pallbearers were Wilford Foster and the remaining Deacon Body.

Doris Ardell Skains -- Jonesboro, LA
Doris Ardell Skains, 74, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, November 26, 1998 in Lincoln General Hospital. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 1998 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. C.E. Miles, Rev. Evelyn Alexander officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Survivors include one daughter, Sandra F. Foster and husband, Whit of Shreveport; one son, William L. Skains, Jr. and wife, Robin of Branson, MO.; three brothers, Everett Alexander of Jonesboro, John Alexander of Quitman, and R.V. Alexander of Hodge; three sisters, Linda Evans of Hodge, Avis Gains of Quitman, and Joyce Hall of Dubach; four grandchildren, Kaci Skains, Steven Skains, Kyle Smiley and Sean Smiley; two great grandchildren, Caitlin Foster and Kaleigh Smiley. Pallbearers include Darren Alexander, Eddie Joe Alexander, Leslie Alexander, Scott Alexander, Kyle Smiley, and Sean Smiley. Honorary Pallbearer was Steven Skains.

Clarice M. Wilkins -- Homer, LA
Services for Mrs. Clarice M. Wilkins, 91, of Homer, were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28, 1998 at Rose-Neath's Homer Chapel. Officiating was Dr. James Simeon, pastor of Homer First Baptist Church. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Homer, LA. under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Homer, LA. Mrs. Wilkins passed away Thrusday, November 26, 1998. She had been a resident of Homer, LA since 1936. Mrs. Wilkins was a retired school teacher and Wilkins was a retired school teacher and a member of Homer First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed B. Wilkins, and grandson, Geoffrey Wilkins. Mrs. Wilkins is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald W. and Prudy Wilkins of Haughton, LA., Ray L. and Patricia Wilkins of Homer, LA and Glenn C. and Joyce Wilkins of Martin, LA; one sister, Myrtle Braswell of Jackson, MS; one brother, Percy McLellan of Jackson, MS.; seven grandchildren, Michelle Wilkins Emery and husband, Cordell, Jennifer Wilkins Colvin and husband, Tre, Gary Wilkins and wife, Lora, Len Wilkins and wife, Tina, Wendi Wilkins Barnette and husband, John, Julie Wilkins, Jill Wilkins Browning and husband, Todd, and two great grandchildren, Samuel Emery and Joshua Wilkins. Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Library of Homer, LA.

Theo Boyd -- Jonesboro, LA
Theo Hammett Boyd, 88, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, February 9, 1999, in Forest Haven Nursing Home in Jonesboro. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 12, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ernest Little officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include one sister, Vera Hagler of Jonesboro and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Greg Johnston, James C. Dodge, David Greer, Herbert Pace, Floyd Tullos, and Gary Tullos.

O. D. Anders -- Cotton Valley, LA
O. D. "Cooter" Anders, 79, of Cotton Valley, died Monday, February 8, 1999, at his residence. Graveside services were held in Gayla Traina Cemetery with Rev. Kelvin Clark officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include his wife, Una Anders, and one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Nita Anders, all of Cotton Valley; three brothers, Buck Anders of Lake Bistineau, Joe Anders of Jonesboro, and Ray Anders of Houston, TX; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jolly Jordan, Jason Adams, Buddy Hughes, Stacey Malham, Pee Wee Spillman, and Ronald Trim.

Hardy Smitherman -- Lodi, CA
Henry H. "Hardy" Smitherman, 73, of Lodi, CA, died recently at his residence. Mr. Smitherman was a native of Jonesboro and lived in Stockton, CA for seven years before moving to Lodi seven years ago. Mr. Smitherman was a truck driver for 40 years and was a member of Teamsters Local 982 in Lancaster. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the American Legion of Cloverdale, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also belonged to Sports Boosters of Rosamond and the Over 55 Bowling Club in Stockton. He was married for 50 years. Survivors include his wife, Louise Smitherman of Lodi; children, Steve Smitherman of Liverpool, PA, Jon Smitherman of Vancouver, WA, and Lisa Balash of Galt, CA; siblings, Hoye Smitherman of Jonesboro, Hazel Clanton of Stephens, AR, Erlean Woodard of Springhill, and Lois Price of Bend, OR, and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 729 N. California St., Stockton, CA 95202.

Gladys A. Dale -- Haynesville, LA
Gladys A. Dale, 94, of Haynesville, died Monday, February 1, 1999, in Homer Memorial Hospital in Homer. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, in Haynesville United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Walter Helms officiating. Burial was in Haynesville Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home of Magnolia, AR. Survivors include four sons, Wade T. Whitman of Shreveport, Leslie Whitman of Niceville, FL, John K. Whitman of Hodge, and James L. Whitman of California; one sister, Mag Hill of Sulphur; nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Donny Ray Pittman -- Jonesboro, LA
Donny Ray Pittman, 56, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, February 4, 1999. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, in Springhill Cemetery in Jonesboro with Rev. David Walsworth officiating. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Survivors include his mother, Catherine Stephens of Jonesboro; three sons, Dennis Pittman of Jonesboro, Glenn Pittman of Seattle, WA. and Jay Pittman of Jonesboro; four brothers, Wayne Pittman of Seattle, WA, B.J. Pittman of Seattle, WA, Dale Pittman and James Pittman both of Jonesboro; one sister, Katy Pelfrey of LaPorte, TX; four grandchildren; and a host of neices and nephews. 

William Walker -- Winnfield, LA
Lt. Col. William Stewart Walker, 84, of Winnfield, died Saturday, February 6, 1999, in St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield with Rev. Barry Hoekstra officiating. Burial was in Transport Cemetery near Dodson under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Walker of Winnfield; one daughter, Betty Walker of Boston, MA; two sons, Stewart A. Walker of New York, NY, and William T. Walker of Tallahassee, FL; one brother, George T. Walker; one granddaughter, Angela Walker; and one grandson, Brian Walker, all of Monroe. A military honor guard served as pallbearers.

Harley Womack -- Dodson, LA
Harley Womack, 87, of Dodson, died Saturday, February 6, 1999, in Winn Medical Center in Winnfield. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Bro. Loy Gaar officiating. Burial was in Harmony Grove Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Gaar Womack of Dodson; three daughters, Jo Willa Marceleno and husband, Art, of Pleastonton, CA, Margaret R. Moore and husband, Larry, of Willis, TX, and Ruby L. Prevatt and husband, Randy, of Waco, TX; one son, Karl Womack and wife, Connie, of Las Vegas, NV; one sister, Johnnie M. Parker of West Monroe; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dale Barnes, Freddie Bennett, Delton Carpenter, Paul Gaar, Larry Hatten, Gary Robinson, and J. P. Rudd.

Hoye McDonald -- Jonesboro, LA
Hoye Cecil McDonald, 91, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, February 7, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, in Jonesboro Cemetery with Rev. Dan Tohline officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include one daughter, Gwen Foster of Winnfield; one granddaughter, Laura Barron of Prairieville; one grandson, Dennis Foster of McComb, MS; and two great grandchildren.

Allene Carraway -- Quitman, LA
Allene Carraway, 77, of Quitman, died Tuesday, February 2, 1999, in Healthsouth North La. Rehab Hospital. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. R. P. Willis and Rev. E. D. Morris officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Mrs. Carraway was preceded in death by her husband, Harold B. Carraway. Survivors include one sister, Lamelle Triplett and husband, Jack, of Beaumont, TX; two brothers-in-law, Robert A. Carraway and wife, Elizabeth, of Texas and Willie Bryan Carraway and wife, Ann, of Dallas, TX; one sister-in-law, Neva Johnson of Amarillo, TX; five nephews, four nieces, and a loving and devoted friend, Margie Carraway. Pallbearers were Greg Beckham, Johnny Carraway, Dr. Tom Jones, Skip Carraway, Richard Vail, and Nicholas Walker.

Bertha Nunn -- Quitman, LA
Bertha Opal Nunn, 90, of Quitman, died Monday, February 1, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rob Van Fossen officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Mrs. Nunn was preceded in death by her son, Lavelle Nunn. Survivors include her husband, Robert Nunn of Quitman; two daughters, Alice Bottoms and husband, Frank, of Daytona Beach, FL, and Hazel Huff and husband, Bob, of Quitman; four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Pallbearers were David Andrews, Van Beasley, Phil McLean, Johnny Ponder, Billy Robinson, and Bill Womack.

Helen Sue Bevill -- Winnfield, LA
Helen Sue Bevill, 70, of Winnfield, died Monday, February 1, 1999, in Willis Knighton Hospital in Shreveport. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4, in Garden of Memories in Winnfield with Rev. Eugene Love and Rev. Kenneth Tarver officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Winnfield. She is survived by two sons, Donald L. Brazzell and Ronald Brazzell and wife, Becky, all of Winnfield; six sisters, Agnes Aldy of Batesville, MS, Odell Allen of Clarks, Myrtis Clack of Holly Ridge, Thelma LACaz of Rayville, Evelyn McDaniel of Oak Grove, and Hazel Thornhill of Tioga; two brothers, Elmer Cheek of Palestine, TX, and Herman Cheek of Pineville; and three grandchildren. Pallbearers were Charles Bice, Rodney Bradford, Bobby Joe Brazzel, Jimmy Brazzel, Roy Max Brazzel, Ronald Wayne Griffen, Jerry Hightower, and Tom Moore. Honorary pallbearers were Ronald Michael Brazzel, L. C. Collier, Billy Fletcher, Glen Roy Folden, Tim Gaar, Roger Long, Jerry McManus, Charlie Muse, Mike Smith, Perry Joe Smith, and Waymon LaCaz.

Larry Doss -- Winnfield, LA
Larry Merrell Doss, 48, of Winnfield, died Friday, February 5, 1999. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 8, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield with Bro. John Osteen and Bro. Calvin Phelps officiating. Burial was in Hamburg Cemetery in Hamburg, Arkansas under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include his mother, Christine P. Doss of Winnfield; one daughter, Lorri A. Howard, also of Winnfield; and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tom Davis, Jim Davidson, Joey Jordan, Shane Howard, Paul Pruitt, and Dwight Durrett.

Edith Carson -- Hodge, LA
Edith Jane Carson, 92, of Hodge, died Saturday, February 6, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Perry Lassiter officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. She is survived by two sons, James W. Carson of Groves, TX, and Rubin L. Carson of Arlington Heights, IL; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren. Pallbearers were James Earl Gibson, William Bridges, Shelton Stucky, Bobby Harper, Monty Hinton, and Donald Wayne Black.

Jimmie Robinson -- Jonesboro, LA
Jimmie Lee Watson Robinson, 81, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, January 26, 1999 in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Loyd Sowers, Rev. Paul Bradford, and Rev. James Boatman officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include her husband, Rev. Ross Robinson of Jonesboro; two daughters, Renee Clary and husband, Roger, of Kilgore, TX, and Lannette Whitman and husband, Ray, of Jonesboro; two sons, Clinton Watson and Mike Watson and wife, Mary Jo, of Jonesboro; three sisters, Violet Holland of Jonesboro, and Kathyln Quarles, and Esther Whitten of Ruston; one brother, Virgil Tyler of Jena; one stepdaughter, Jean Baker Osteen and husband, Bill, of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Brad Bunch, Jonathan Martin, Jay Watson, Darron Whitman, Gaylon Whitman, and Michael Whitman.

Billie Ray Carter -- West Monroe, LA
Billie Ray Carter, 64, a retired Senior Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force who served 26 years, died Friday, January 29, 1999, at Glenwood Hospital in West Monroe. He was a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. A retired employee of the Ouachita Parish School Board, he was a Junior ROTC instructor at West Monroe High School for 15 years, 1981-1996. Students under his charge won the State Junior ROTC Meritorious Service Award for 10 consecutive years. He is survived by his wife, Armorzell Coleman Carter of West Monroe; his son, Jimmy Carter or Sierra Madre, CA; his granddaughter, Merabi Carter of Portland, OR; one brother, Blaine Carter of Rainelle, WV; stepson, Robert Busso of Portsmouth, NH; stepdaughter, Lucy Busso and stepgrandson, John Busso of West Monroe; and sister, Betty Kilimar of Frazier, MI. A highly respected Freemason, Sergeant Carter was a Past Master of Graham Surghnor Lodge #383, a Past High Priest of Monroe Royal Arch Chapter #18, a Past Illustrious Master of the Monroe Council #8 of Cryptic Masons, a Knight Templar of Monroe Commandry #7, a member of Dixie Chapter Order of Eastern Star, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Monroe Bodies and a member of Barak Shrine Temple of Monroe. He took pride in driving in parades in the Fliver Unit. Honors he received include a Past Master Blue Apron, Order of High Priest Hood, and Order of Silver Trowel. The body was taken to Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Chapel rites were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 1, 1999. Interment was in Edmonds Gayla Traina Cemetery. Masonic graveside services were performed. Pallbearers were members of the Fliver Unit from the Barak Shrine Temple. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Barak Shrine Temple, 6220 Frontage Road, Monroe, LA 71203 for the Memorial Building Fund.

Thomas Lunsford -- Jonesboro, LA
Thomas J. Lunsford, 74, of Jonesboro died Friday, April 16, 1999, at Jackson Parish Hospital. Graveside services were held Sunday, April 18, 1999, at Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Officiating ministers were Rev. Roy Moore, Dr. Herb Dickerson, and Rev. Matthew DeBord. Tommy was born in Rison, AR on April 14, 1925. He was well known in this area as a General Sales Manager of the local Ford dealership prior to his retirement. Tommy was a veteran of World War II and served our military into the Korean Conflict. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. Tommy was married to his loving and faithful wife of 47 years, Allie B. Murphy Lunsford and they were blessed with two sons, Mark Thomas Lunsford, Director of Theater at Franklin Senior High School, Franklin, LA and Dr. Matt David Lunsford, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Union University, Jackson, TN, his wife, Deanna and children, Cara Elise Lunsford and Thomas Jacob Lunsford. Tommy is also survived by two brothers, Odell Lunsford of Winnfield and Bobby Joe Lunsford of Nashville, TN; two sisters, Lola Terral of Minden and Melba Breithaupt of Buna, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Willie Sue Lunsford. Pallbearers were Jerry Murphy, Dennis Futrell, Shawn Murphy, Mike Coleman, Rob Whitten, and John Newman. Honorary pallbearers were M.J. Westbrook, Marion Smith, Cleasy Futrell, Bobby Briethaupt and Jimmy Stewart.

William Thomas -- Winnfield, LA
William Emmett Thomas, 74, of Winnfield died Tuesday, April 13, 1999, in Autumn Leaves Nursing Home in Winnfield. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 15, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield with Rev. Roy Moore officiating. Burial was in Cooley Double Church Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Winnfield. Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Hazel Thomas of Calvin and James and Margie Thomas of Winnfield. Pallbearers were Cooper Little, Odell Lunsford, John Pickett, Donald Richardson, and J. E. Rikard.

Winston J. Matejowsky -- Jonesboro, LA
Winston J. Matejowsky, 84, of Jonesboro died Thursday, April 15, 1999, in Sunrise Care and Rehabilitation in Jonesboro. Services were held in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Perry Lassiter officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include his wife, Audra Matejowsky of Jonesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Valerie Matejowsky of Monroe; two sisters and brother-in-law, Glinnie and John Janssen of La Grange, TX and Mary Witt of Temple, TX; one grandson and wife, Winston and Brigitte Matejowsky of Monroe; one great granddaughter, Hannah Matejowsky of Monroe; one stepson and wife, Tommy and Sue Holbrook of Quitman; one stepdaguther and husband, Nelda and Mike McGuire of Shreveport; six step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Buster Sullivan, James Fitzpatrick, Ernest Hogan, A. C. Ledford, Orvin Maxwell, and Walton Reed.

Lloyd Loe -- Quitman, LA
Lloyd Loe, 80, died Wednesday, April 14, 1999, at his residence in Quitman. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 17 in Sweetwater Baptist Church with Rev. Stuart Toms officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mr. Loe was a member and deacon of Sweetwater Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Gwen Loe of Mesquite, TX and Joe and Mikelene Loe of Simpson, SC; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Bob Moore of Lyons, GA and Nancy and Ron Rogala of Quitman; three sisters-in-law, Sangie Watts of Jonesboro and Annie Loe and Zula Loe both of Quitman; one brother-in-law, N. D. Smith of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Laura Ann, Paul, Amanda, Melissa, Robert, Wesley, and Adan; and one great grandchild, Ashley. Pallbearers were Lamar Culpepper, Louie Davis, John Watts, Lavelle Loe, Duncan Smith, and Stephen Watts. Honoarary Pallbearers were Winston Loe, Barry Doner, Gene Austin, Gilbert Pickens, Jimmy Shows, R. E. Brown, Curtis Otwell, Mike Brooks, Paul Gresham, and Ken Jeane.

Walter Kirkland -- Jonesboro, LA
Walter Goodridge Kirkland, 88, of Jonesboro died Saturday, April 17, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 19 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dominic DiCarlo and Rev. Billy Mac McBride officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors inlcude one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Eddie Gatlin of Jonesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald (Sonny) and Mary Kirkland of Chatham; four grandchildren, Amy Gatlin Adams and husband, Joey, and Ronda Kirkland Cruse and husband, Tommy, all of Ruston, Glen Kirkland and wife, Donna, of Chatham, and Sandra Kirkland McBride and husband, Lee, of Jonesboro; and eight great grandchildren, Jacob Adams, Chad Cockerham, Chelsie Cruse, Heather Cruse, Lauren Kirkland, Will Kirkland, John Lee McBride, and Mauri McBride. Mr. Kirkland was preceded in death by his wife Elsie Bond Kirkland. Pallbearers were Harold Bond, Jr., Jimmy Golden, Johnny Golden, Billy Pipes, Troy Smith, Billy Ted Walsworth, Mike Womack, and Ronnie Womack.

Jessie Carr -- Castor, LA
Jessie Warren Carr, 80, died Friday, April 16, 1999, at her residence in Castor. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in Foster Arbor Assembly of God in Castor with Rev. Weyland Gaunt and Rev. James Nails officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her husband, D. T. Carr and one great grandson, James Cameron Byrd. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Carolyn Carr and Terry and Connie Carr; one sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Bill Wallace; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth E. and JoAnn Warren and Thomas J. and Sue Warren all of Castor; four grandchildren, Michelle Byrd, Chad Carr, Danny Carr and wife, Bonnie, and Candy Smith and husband, D. J.; four great grandchildren, Alex Byrd, Casey Carr, Colton Carr and Bailey Smith; and three sisters-in-law, Myrtle Carr of Winnsboro, Annie Lafield of Quitman, and Beverly Warren of Castor. Pallbearers were Jimmy Wayne Carr, Tommy Hadwin, Billy Wallace, Donnie Warren, Randy Warren, Ricky Warren, and Ronnie Warren.

Ben Tomblin -- Hodge, LA
Ben Elbradge Tomblin, 65, of Hodge died Sunday, April 18, 1999, in Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 22 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Wright officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Tomblin of Hodge, one brother and wife, Frances and Sally Tomblin of Crossett, AR; one brother-in-law, Charlie Dobson of Epps, one sister-in-law and husband, Betty and Henry Moore of Eros; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Eugene Harper, James Harper, Eldred Robert, Ron Lowe, Tommy Dobson, and Lynn Dobson. Honorary pallbearer was Charlie Dobson. 
 

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From April 15, 1999 edition:

Robert L. Harper -- Jonesboro, LA
Services for Robert L. Harper, 94, of Jonesboro, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 9, 1999, in Southern Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joey Bignar officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mr. Harper died Thursday, April 8, 1999, in Jackson Parish Hospital following a long illness. He was a retired minister. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Inez Harper of Ruston; and two brothers-in-law, Thurmon Maxwell and Coy Maxwell of Jonesboro.

Geneva Hobson -- Hodge, LA
Geneva Wells Hobson of Hodge died Thursday night, April 8th, 1999, at the Health South Rehabilitation Center in Ruston after a lengthy illness. Services for Mrs. Hobson were held at Edmonds Funeral Home on Sunday, April 11, 1999, at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Stuart Toms and Rev. Brian Yeich officiated. In honor of their love and respect, her grandchildren provided the music for the services. The pallbearers were Al Hobson III, David Hobson, Kevin Hobson, Ray Pullin, Ross Pullin, and Linnie Lucas. The honorary pallbearer was Jaimie Williams. Mrs. Geneva will be rememberes as a loving and supportive wife, mother, and friend. She will be greatly missed. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to all of their friends and neighbors who offered their prayers and support during her illness. She was always pleased to know of their thoughtfulness. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, her husband, Al Hobson, Sr. of Hodge; one sister, Garet Lucas of Ft. Myers, FL; and a cousin, Brenda Fitzpatrick of Weston. Her children and their spouses are Dianne and George Clark of Baton Rouge, Al, Jr. and Emily Hobson of Marshall, TX, and Dale and Gayle Hobson of Quitman. She has seven grandchildren, Kayla and Myranda Clark of Baton Rouge, Myriah Clark of Hattiesburg, MS, Al Hobson III of Marshall, TX, David Hobson of Shreveport, Kevin and Kelly Hobson of Quitman, and one great grandchild, Kylie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvis and Merle Wells; one sister, Wilene Red; and one brother, Maurice Wells.

Mrs. Jonnie Lamkin -- Ruston, LA
Services for Mrs. Jonnie Terry Lamkin (Mrs. Sam A. Lamkin), 86, of Ruston were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 1999, at Ansley Union Church in Ansley with Rev. Bill Stokes, Rev. Merlin Merrill, and Bro. Ken Klemme officiating. Burial was in Prospect Cemetery in Clay under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mrs. Lamkin died Thursday, April 8 in Alpine Guest Care Center in Ruston. She was a retired lunch room worker in Quitman, past president of Clay-Ansley Home Demonstration Club, and a member of the Ansley Methodist Church. She was a member of the Crescent Chapter Order of Eastern Star #64. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Sam A. Lamkin. Survivors include four sons, and daughters-in-law, Edward and Linda Lamkin, and Dwight and Cheryl Lamkin of Ruston, Samuel and Frances Lamkin of Jonesboro, and Elmer and Joyce Lamkin of Belle Chasse; one sister, Ila Bee Rogers of Baton Rouge; two sisters-in-law, Sara Terry of Jonesboro and Marie Terry of Quitman; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were John Charles Lamkin, J. M. Lamkin, Carl Sisemore, James Lawrence Sharver, Robert Willett, and Tommy Rogers. Memorials may be made to the Ansley Union Church, 2707 S. Vienna Ruston, LA 71270; Shriners Children's Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103; Prospect Church and Cemetery, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Elmer E. Sherer -- Jonesboro, LA
Elmer E. Sherer, 80, of Jonesboro died Monday, April 5, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, in St. Lucy Catholic Church with Father Franz Graff officiating. Mr. Sherer was preceded in death by one son, John Sherer; one brother, Harry Sherer; and one sister, Dee Seall. Survivors include his wife, Vi Sherer of Jonesboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Marion Burn of Quitman; two sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Bernadette Sherer of Philadelphia, PA, and Thomas Sherer of Phoenix, AZ; one sister, Shirley Bacon of Big Rapids, MI; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Lavon Hill, James Beal, Donnie Freeman, Rex Johnson, Bill Traina, and Leo Walker.

Eunice Walsworth -- Ruston, LA
Services for Mrs. Eunice Walsworth of Ruston were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 1999, in the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Witt officiating. Burial was in the Concord Cemetery. Mrs. Walsworth died Friday, April 2, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Walsworth. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Wilda and Delane Alford of Jonesboro and Wanda and Ronnie Shackelford of Calhoun; one sister, Viola Hux of West Monroe; two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Delane Alford, Ronnie Shackelford, Eric Rentz, Jerry Hunter, Eddie Hux, and Casey Dison.

Mina Vardaman -- Waco, TX
Mina Elizabeth Robinson Vardaman, 70, of Waco, TX, was born Feb. 11, 1929 and passed away April 3, 1999, at her residence. A testimonial memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 1999, in Waco. She graduated from Jonesboro Hodge High School and became a beautician. She owned Robbies Powder Box in Lake Charles. Later she graduated from Louisiana College. She also did post graduate work at Baylor University in Waco. She was a graduate of the Real Estate Institute, was active in real estate, and was still working when she passed away. She was preceded in death by her mother, Annie Bell Bryant Robinson; her stepmother, Videll Vines Robinson; her father, Morgan Robinson; and her sister, Connie Johnston. She is survived by three daughters, Bridget Ren'e Ashmore, Kirsten Turner, and Page Cupper; three grandchildren, Brienne and Hillary Ashmore, and Austin Turner; one sister, Una Maxwell of Jonesboro; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association and/or Friends for Life. 
 

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From April 8, 1999 edition:

Hazel Gandy -- Strong, AR
Hazel Belle Gandy, 76, died Friday, April 2, 1999, at her home in Strong, AR. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 3 in Ebenezer Presybterian Cemetery with Rev. David Preston officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Rumph-Owers Funeral Home of El Dorado, AR. Mrs. Gandy was born on June 16, 1922, in Strong, she was the daughter of Ben and Hixie Ramey Cox. She was a homemaker and a member of Lapile Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, William Gandy of Strong; three daughters, Hixie Potts of Jonesboro, LA, Billie Upton of Strong, AR, and Nancy Deaton of Smackover, AR; six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Elwin Maxwell -- Jonesboro, LA
Elwin William Maxwell, 79, of Jonesboro died Friday, April 2, 1999, in Glenwood Medical Center in Monroe. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 4 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joey Bignar officiating. Burial was in Gayla Traina Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mr. Maxwell was formerly of Baton Rouge and Plaquemine. Survivors include his wife, Emma Maxwell of Jonesboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Wayne and Ann Maxwell of O'Fallon, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Roy Zito of Plaquemine; one sister, Evelyn Hughes of Jonesboro; one brother, Orvin Maxwell of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Pallbearers were James Fitzpatrick, Walton Reed, Charles Standifer, Travis Shurling, Ben T. Carter, and Herman Cox.

James Harvey -- Quitman, LA
James Wiley Harvey, 87, of Quitman died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, in Glenwood Medical Center in Monroe. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 2 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clayton Perry and Rev. Jimmy Pyles officiating. Burial was in Walnut Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Barbara Harvey, and James Earl and Carolyn Harvey of Quitman; one sister, Ila Williams of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Nancy Joe Brooks and husband, Mike, and Terry Harvey and wife, Robin of Quitman; and four great grandchildren, Katie and Leah Brooks and Kirsten and Wesley Harvey, all of Quitman. Pallbearers were Donnie Anderson, Joel Burnum, Eddie Wayne Harvey, Aylon Pate, Bill Weeks, and Otis Williams.

Vergie T. Harlow -- Jonesboro, LA
Vergie T. Harlow, 86, of Jonesboro died Friday, April 2, 1999. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Emonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Bryan Moore officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mrs. Harlow was born in Sikes and lived in Jonesboro since 1937. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. John R. Harlow. She was a retired public health nurse and a member of Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Mrs. Harlow died happy knowing that her life's work as a nurse had been fulfilled and that she died helping others. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lydia Harlow of Norristown, PA and John and Vi Harlow of Bernice; one brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Earline Thompson of West Monroe; a special friend, E. L. Mobley; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jeff Dendy, Jeffery Dendy, Mike Ellis, Phillip Ellis, Dannye Murphey, and Lee Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were W. C. Reeves, M.D., and Russell Wink.

J. D. Lakes -- Campti, LA
J. D. Lakes, 68, died Saturday, April 3 at his residence in Campti. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Chance officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mr. Lakes lived in Franklin, OH most of his childhood years and then returned after his time in the service. He attended Family Worship Center in Campti. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie Spiller Lakes; one stepson, Romey Massey; one brother, Jack Lakes; and two sisters, Margie Ann Lakes and Netta Faye Hanes. Survivors include one sister and brother-in-law, Betty J. and Robert Schaeffer of Middletown, OH; two nephews, Jack Blake and Hershell Lainhart; one niece, Karen Barnes; two great nieces, two great nephews, and two great great nephews. Pallbearers were Tullos Coleston, Paul McVey, M. R. Friday, Floy Clinton, Spencer Griffith, and Wayne Bredlove.

Patricia Brown -- Quitman, LA
Patricia R. Brown, 73, died Saturday, April 3, 1999, at her residence in Quitman. Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 in Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado, AR, with Rev. Donnie Jester officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include her husband, Clevelon Brown of Quitman; two daughters, Margaret P. Brucker of Ridgefield, CT and Sarah Hansen of El Dorado, AR; one brother, William Willet of Austin, TX; three grandchildren, Robby Hansen of El Dorado, AR, Dina Jester of Gatlinburg, TN, and Blake Selman of Luling; one stepdaughter, Donna K. Bird of Dixson, TX; one stepson, Cleve Brown, Jr. of Dickson, TX; and seven great grandchildren. 
 

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From April 1, 1999 edition:

James Lowe -- Quitman, LA
James Wesley Lowe, 76, of Quitman died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stuart Toms and Rev. T. J. Boyd officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include his wife, Lois Lowe of Quitman; three sons and daughters-in-law, James W. and Brenda Lowe, Jr.of Jonesboro, John W. and Kaye Lowe, Sr. of Quitman, and Paul D. and Martha Lowe, also of Quitman; one sister, Lurline Farmer of Ruston; five brothers, Owen Lowe of West Monroe, Royce Lowe of Star City, AR, Troy Lowe of Ruston, Waylon Lowe of West Monroe, and Wayne Lowe of Jonesboro; one stepson, Lonnie Williams and wife, Judy, of Castor; eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Danny Hanes, Roy Earl Koonce, Oliver Lockhart, Earnest Lowe, Jackie Lowe, and Michael Lowe. Honorary pallbearers were Neil Lowe and Bill Womack.

Mildred Brown -- Hodge, LA
Mildred Georgia Brown, 86, of Hodge died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in Winn Medical Center in Winnfield. Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 26, in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Payton Bass, Rev. Perry Lassiter, and Rev. Ernest Little officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mrs. Brown was a longtime resident of Hodge. She was a member of Hodge Baptist Church for over 55 years and was a former employee of Continental Can Company in Hodge. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry E. and Marveline Brown of Nederland, TX; two daughters and son-in-law, Gloria and Jessie C. Richardson, and Freda M. Terrell, all of Hodge; one sister, Mittie Fowler of Houston, TX; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Mark Brown, Jerry Hutchinson, Bobby Clyde Brinson, J. C. Reed, Troy Smith, and Armon Stroud. Honorary pallbearers were Hardy Carson, Everett Odom, and Waymon Smith.

Thomas Nunn -- Hodge, LA
Thomas Ezekial Nunn, 82, of Hodge died Friday, March 26, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28 in Antioch Cemetery with Rev. Stuart Toms officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Survivors include five sisters, Maudie Allen of Hodge, Katie Gilbert of Farmerville, Myrtle Gore of Alba, TX, and Blanche Harvey and Beulah Nunn of North Hodge.

R. V. Alexander -- Hodge, LA
R. V. Alexander, 71, of Hodge died Friday, March 26, 1999, in Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28 in Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rob Van Fossen and Dr. Clyde Myles officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mr. Alexander was a longtime resident of Hodge. He was a member of Highway Chapel Church of God and was a retired school bus driver and appliance repairman. Survivors include his wife, Helen Alexander of Hodge; four sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Renee Alexander of Ashburn, VA, Bruce and Debbie Alexander of Quitman, Donnie and Sandi Alexander of Corpus Christi, TX, and Mike and Lois Alexander of Quitman; two daughters and son-in-law, Denise Gaines of Hodge and Rebecca and Tim Norman of Quitman; two brothers, Everett Alexander of Jonesboro and John Alexander of Quitman; three sisters, Linda Evans and Avis Gaines of Quitman, and Joyce Hall of Choudrant; eighteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Josh Alexander, Kevin Alexander, Jacob Gaines, Landon Perry, Joey Rodgers, and Rodney Waynick.

Clariece Frith -- Calhoun, LA
Services for Clariece Marie Frith, 72, of Calhoun were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 1999, in Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Barnett officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Mrs. Frith died Thursday, March 25 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyce Frith; son, Lee Frith; sister, Waterine Broadway; and grandson, Joshua Frith. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kim Frith of Vidalia; five daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Harold McGriff of Paducah, KY, Lois and Buddy Auttonberry of West Monroe, Wanda and Danny Roy Fuller of Eros, Laura and Chuck Carruthers of New Burg, IN, and Wendy and Bubba Poe of Calhoun; one sister, JoAnn Reems of Winnsboro; sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Nina Marie Gates -- Lafayette, LA
Funeral services were held at a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 19, 1999, in Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Nina Marie Gates, 37, who died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at University Hospital in New Orleans. The Rev. Monsignor Wayne Richard, retired, was the celebrant of the Mass and conducted the funeral services. Interment was at 4 p.m. Friday in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Delhomme Funeral Home of Lafayette. Nina was a native of Ruston. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School and received her degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She was a former resident of Baton Rouge and a resident of New Orleans at the time of her death. Survivors inlcude her mother, Betty Jo Smedley Koury and stepfather, Jacob Koury of Lafayette; one sister, Janis Elaine Gates of Napa, CA; and one brother, Joseph D. Koury of Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Smedley of Jonesboro and Mary and Herschel Gates of Winnfield.

Arthur Johnson -- Dallas, GA
Mr. Arthur Johnson, 76, of Dallas, GA, resently of Bossier City, died Monday, March 29, 1999. A Masonic graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 2, at Antioch Cemetery in Quitman. Family will receive visitors at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City, Thursday, April 1 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Mr. Johnson was retired from Ryder Truck Lines. He was a member of the following organizations: The Teamsters Local #580, The Waller Baptist Church, The Bossier W. H. Booth Masonic Lodge #380, The Scottish Rite Masons of Shreveport, The El Karubah Shrine Temple, The Arab Unit of Shriners, and Bossier Parish Sheriff's Posse. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Johnson of Dallas, GA; daughters and son-in-law, Cynthia Johnson of Powder Springs, GA, Marylyn & Gene Beall of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Laura Creekmore of Powder Springs, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Cindy Johnson of Birmingham, AL; daughter-in-law, Cindy Johnson of Bossier City; stepsister, Louise Rhynes of Quitman; twelve grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. The family requests that memorials be made to Shreveport Shrine Hospital for Children.


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