Death Notices August 3rd – 9th

Linda Susan Wallis           August 28, 1949 – August 08, 2020
Mrs. Linda (Weeks) Wallis, age 70 of Jonesboro, LA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 8, 2020. She was a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Class of 1967. For many years she was a business owner and loved to play golf with her girlfriends. She loved big gatherings and being around people. In her later years she was a homemaker and spent most of her time cooking and watching old western movies and recently discovered Netflix. She loved her family unconditionally.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert L. Wallis, Jr.; daughter, Susan Wallis and Robbie; stepchildren, Tonya Yarbrough, Missy Shankle and Rickey, and Kim Smith;  grandchildren, Tiffany Ables and John, Josh Graham and Haleigh, Kallie Wallis, Lauren Yarbrough, Zack Yarbrough, Kayla Donaldson, and Cole Shankle; great grandchildren, Jackson and Jayce Ables, Maddox Graham, Lakynn and Hudson McDuff, and Millie Whiteside; mother, Maxine Weeks; sister, Carla Raborn and Ronnie; niece and nephew, Chad Raborn and Derek and Kristen Foster and Steven. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Weeks; sister, Sandy Weeks; grandson, Blake Smith.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 10:00 am in the chapel at Edmonds Funeral Home with Brother Randy Dark officiating.

***Per State Guidelines COVID-19 safeguards of masks and social distancing should be observed***

Helen Griffith           September 06, 1932 – August 03, 2020
Ms. Helen Griffith, age 87 of Jonesboro, passed through the heavenly gates on Monday, August 3, 2020.  She had a strong work ethic and held a bachelor degree in English Literature.  She worked as a librarian and as legal secretary.  Ms. Helen was a strong adventurous soul.  She loved to be outdoors and enjoyed hiking and camping.  In her 50’s she treated herself to the hike of her life time by hiking the Appalachian Trail.  She began this hike in Georgia and by the second summer she ended the hike in Maine.  She is a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Ms. Helen is survived by her loving children, Maria Lucca, Skip Courtney (Rhonda), Courtney Eastman; 3 grandsons; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bud Courtney, Davis Griffith; parents, George Albert and Mildred Mae (Reed) Fisher; sisters, Roberta, Betty, Millie.

Shelia Jackson          November 22, 1059 – August 3rd 2020
Ms. Shelia Jackson, age 60 went to be with the lord on August 3rd, 2020. Graveside services were held at the Sandhill Cemetery in Quitman, LA on Friday, August 7th under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Guy Eldridge Farley                   March 24, 1923 – August 01, 2020
Guy Eldridge Farley, a native of Jackson and Lincoln parishes, passed from this life peacefully on Saturday afternoon, August 1, 2020 at the age of 97.  This great American Patriot had been declining but he was comfortable and doing well until COVID-19.  After fighting the virus with all he had, he simply closed his eyes and stopped breathing with God at his side and his daughter holding his hand.  He was able to see his last “beautiful” sunset the previous evening.

Daddy started this life as the sixth and last child of Zachary and Josie Campbell Farley on March 24, 1923 in Hodge, Louisiana.  He spent his childhood days on several North Louisiana sharecropper farms.  At the age of eight he lost his mother and was cared for by his sister for the next few years.  He quit school in the ninth grade because his father would not let him play football.  Around the age of 13 Daddy once again enjoyed a stable home life when his father married Etta Brewster.  Choosing not to sharecrop like his father he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Advance Paper Company (the mill).

Daddy met Mama for the first time at a party at which he was playing guitar.  Some time later they eloped and were married on August 16, 1941.  Their lives were interrupted by World War  II when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1943 to serve his country.

Radioman Third Class Farley served on the U.S.S. Barr (a destroyer escort), which was missioned to the Pacific Theater, where he experienced substantial hardship and consistent peril at sea.  He witnessed the raising of the U.S. flag over Iwo Jima, was at Okinawa and Nagasaki and was part of the liberation of American Prisoners of War in Tokyo.

After his discharge in January 1946 Daddy resumed his career at the mill.  While providing for his wife and four children Daddy earned his GED in 1962, the same year his oldest son graduated high school.  He went on to complete a correspondence course for Pulp Engineering.

Daddy retired at the age of 55 as an Assistant Superintendent.  He and Mama built a house on Lake Bistineau, by hand, where he enjoyed fishing and gardening.  They later moved to Shreveport to be closer to their children.  After Mama died in 2010 Daddy persevered on his own as long as he possibly could.  He learned to enjoy the company of the staff and residents at Summerfield Retirement Estates prior to a short stay at the Veterans Home before moving to his last residence, The Glen.

Throughout his adult life Daddy was a faithful Christian and was devoted to his family.  He served those in his community, volunteering for numerous civic and church duties.  Even on his deathbed he offered to help anyone he could, any way he could. He enjoyed getting his hands dirty and the challenge of fixing whatever needed fixing and building whatever needed building.  Daddy was never without a garden, a smile, or his sense of humor.  He enjoyed picking, whether it was a guitar, peas or with his grandkids.

“Little Guy” as he was called by his mother approached everyone and everything with endless patience.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be sorely missed although we joyfully celebrate that he has added his powerful singing voice to God’s Glory Choir and is in His presence with those of his family that welcomed him there. Daddy was fond of saying, “Working on a beautiful day out there” and now he’s enjoying the most beautiful day of all.

He was preceded in death by his sweetie, Opal Farley, parents and stepmother, brother Sidney “Bud” Farley, sisters Norma Field, Maudie Ayres, Iva Norred, Mildred Lyles and son Mitchell Ray Farley. Daddy leaves behind son, Ladell Farley and wife Donna; daughter Violet Lindsey; son, Reggie Farley and wife Tommie; grandchildren, Ty Lindsey and wife Dusty, Jason Lindsey and wife Melissa, Eric Lindsey, Welcome Lindsey, Josh Farley and wife Jill, Luke Farley, Ashley Farley Coffey and husband Aaron; eleven great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren.  He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Velma Miller and Patsy Ray.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 6, 2020 at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Jonesboro where Daddy was a long-time deacon and song leader.  Immediately after he was laid to rest next to Mama in the Garden of Memories Cemetery across the street from McDonald Church.  The Reverend Rocky Maddox, pastor of Rose Park Baptist Church in Shreveport presided with the Reverend Aaron Coffey assisting. Pallbearers wereTy Lindsey, Jason Lindsey, Eric Lindsey, Luke Farley, Eugene Lyles, Jerry Norred and Prentice Norred.

 

Marshall “Gwin”  Norman
Mr. Marshall “Gwin” Norman, age 62 of Jonesboro, passed from this world on Monday, July 27, 2020.  Mr. Gwin worked as a logger for over 40 years.  He enjoyed time spent working, camping, and fishing.  He will be best remembered for being a good ole country boy.  Mr. Gwin was many things to many people such as a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and he will be missed by all.

Mr. Gwin is survived by his children, Chris Norman and Aimee, Misty Norman, William Norman and Melinda, Donna Bryant and Joseph, Candy Ann Dillon and Jack, Phillip Tims; 6 grandsons; 12 granddaughters; 1 great grandson; 1 great granddaughter; 4 brothers; 2 sisters; many, many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a great grandson; parents, Marshall Hudson and Ima Louisa (Hogg) Norman; wives, Angella Wilson, Camille Norman; 2 brothers; 1 sister; 1 sister in law; 1 niece.

A graveside service was held at the Old Bethlehem Cemetery, near Calvin, with Reverend Freddie Shows officiating.  Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

 


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