Death Notices (May 16th – May 23rd)

Mary Elinor Burnum (July 29, 1932 – May 16, 2020)

Mrs. Mary Burnum, age 87 of Quitman, entered through the portals of Heaven on Saturday, May 16, 2020 following a lengthy period of declining health. Not only was Mrs. Burnum a member of Hodge Baptist Church and an active member of the Jackson Parish Chapter of the American Cancer Society she was a longtime educator in the Jackson Parish School system serving as Principal at Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School, Hodge Elementary and Jasper Henderson Elementary at Chatham.

She also taught at Jonesboro-Hodge High School and obtained her Masters Degree at La. Tech University in Education and Administration. She was a wonderful cook and loved to bake but the greatest love in her life was spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Dawna Keys & George, Renae Wallace & Wayne, Joel E. Burnum, Jr. & Millie; grandchildren, Quint Keys, Adam Keys, Seth Keys, Justin Keys, Ryan Keys, Brittney Junot, Kathleen Richard, Kasie Woods and Joe Burnam; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Sisemore; sister-in-law, Marguerite Harvey; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Burnum was preceded in death by her husband, Joel E.Burnum, Sr.; parents, Plennie & Roberta Lambert Harvey; brother, Preston Harvey.

Graveside funeral services were held at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Stuart Toms officiating. Serving the family as pallbearers were Quint Keys, Adam Keys, Seth Keys, Justin Keys, Ryan Keys, Joe Burnum, Marc Junot, Ryan Richard, Jay Woods. The family asks that any memorials in honor of Mrs. Burnum be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Hodge Baptist Church.


Carol A. Verret September 11, 1966 – May 17, 2020

Mrs. Carol A. Verret, age 53 of Jonesboro, passed from this life on Sunday, May 17, 202 after a life of service to others as a nurse, loving mother and grandmother. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Christopher Brothwell & wife Sharon; grandchildren, William Wisdom, Payton Smith, Emma Grimaldo, James Smith, Elora Castro, Christopher Smith; sisters, Eileen Linton, Judy Trout; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas M. Linton, Jr.; mother, Claire Simmonds. The family will hold a memorial service to honor her life at a later date.

Joe Annie Hargrove January 06, 1927 – May 20, 2020

Joe Annie Hargrove, 93, of Quitman, Louisiana and who resided in Heber Springs, Arkansas, went peacefully to be with her Lord on May 20, 2020. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter, Ruth Ann. Born on January 6, 1927 to the late Joseph and Annie Ricks Shovan of Quitman, Louisiana she was married to James William Hargrove Sr. on July 9, 1947. She spent 39 wonderful years with “Bill” before his passing in November 1986. Joe is also preceded in death by one sister, Willene Shields.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Hargrove-Graves (Hugh) of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas; son James William Hargrove Jr. “Billy” of Natchez, Mississippi; three grandchildren, Tracy Ann Orr (Andrew) of Pineville, Louisiana, Christy K. Foval (Doug) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Amanda Hargrove of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; a great grandson, Derek Kaltenbacher (Marina) of Baton Rouge, LA; two great-great grandchildren, Noah and Levi Kaltenbacher; a brother, Dalton Shovan of Quitman, Louisiana; and a host of nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and family who will miss her dearly.

Joe was affectionately known as the “Cake Lady” locally as she found joy in baking and cooking for those she loved. Her Coconut Cakes were especially popular and requested at every social gathering. She was a devoted member and elder of Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Quitman, Louisiana and served her congregation and community selflessly. Joe Annie loved God, and her faith was present in everything she did. She enjoyed working outside and took great pride in her garden, often using her home-grown herbs to prepare meals for her family and friends and will be remembered as a selfless, loving, southern lady who loved to do for others.

Professionally, Joe Annie and her husband Bill managed the Bienville Apartment Complex in Natchez, MS from 1969-1989 and worked for Bell South/AT&T telephone company in Natchez, Mississippi and Jackson, Mississippi where she retired in 1991.

A Celebration of Life service was held at Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Quitman, Louisiana on May 26, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund or the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church in her memory.

Sarah Willene Thomas June 06, 1927 – May 23, 2020

Mrs. Sarah Willene Thomas, age 92 of Jonesboro, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, May 23, 2020. Affectionately known as “Nana”, Mrs. Thomas was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Everyone knew that to know her was to love her. Mrs. Thomas began working her first job at the age of 80 as she dedicated her time to bake a little love into each pie and pound cake she sold at Traina’s Bakery.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother that enjoyed taking care of her family and anyone she could help along the way. She not only had a talent for baking pies, but also in gardening as well. Mrs. Thomas was a longtime member at Highway Chapel Church of God. She loved her church and was pleased to bring guests along to church with her.

Funeral services are to held at the Highway Chapel Church of God near Quitman at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 with Reverend Marvin Denton officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive West Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers will be Phillip Thomas, Jr., Corey Thomas, Mickey Chevallier, Carson Chevallier, Roger Williams, Roger Council.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Phillip H. Thomas, Sr. (Jamie), Charles Bruce Thomas (Toni); grandchildren, Phillip H. Thomas, Jr. (Karen), Melissa Aldy (Jeremie), Michael Corey Thomas (Gina), Sunni Chevallier (Mickey); Great grandchildren, Ella Rose Thomas, Tony and Thomas Cotton, Taden and Mason Thomas, Keely, Kipton, Tyler, Carson, Caitlyn Chevallier; brother, Charles “Sonny” Ray Harvey. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy E. Thomas; parents, Charles ans Mary Elizabeth (Vail) Harvey.

Albert Barnes Sr. August 09, 1946 – May 20, 2020

A private service will be held at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jonesboro, LA on Friday, May 29th at 11:00 am for Mr. Albert Barnes Sr. who went to be with the lord at the age of 73 years old. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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