Death Notices

Hope Gordon Meeks                Dec. 24, 1935 – Sept. 13, 2020

Hope Gordon Meeks fought a brave fight against Lou Gehring’s disease (ALS) but peacefully passed on September 13, 2020 surrounded by family and friends. He never complained and as much as he loved to tell jokes and sing, sadly he endured the loss of his voice early to ALS but never lost his spirit.

You are welcome to join the family at a graveside service that will be Thursday September 17, 2020 at 11am at Hodge cemetery, located 406 Central Street, Hodge, LA 71247. Southern Edmonds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a fun-loving person who loved life and was a friend to all. After having travelled the world, he moved to Jonesboro Hodge where he worked to foster growth and create opportunities. Hope Meeks embodied the American Dream. He dedicated himself to the military, serving his country with pride for 22 years and received numerous honors including the Bronze Star.

Upon retirement, he was an entrepreneur having owned several successful businesses. He believed in civic duty. As the President of Jonesboro Hodge Downtown Development, he oversaw the renovation of downtown, organizing Business After Hours, and promotion of the Jackson Parish Sunshine Festival. He was president of the Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce where he received several awards. Hope was the King of Jonesboro Hodge 2005 Mardi Gras Parade and he, along with his wife Vernie, served as the Grand Marshals of the 2009 Christmas Wonderland in the Pines.

His great joys were enjoying his family, serving the community, hunting and fishing, and having a little fun by telling his many jokes. Hope was a great singer who shared his voice at nursing homes, class reunions and church with his unique Elvis impersonation. Hope was dedicated to his church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Hodge United Methodist Church.

He was last born of Ruth and Charles Meeks of Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Vernie Meeks, and his children, Clark Meeks (Ken), Keith Meeks (Jodie), Dana Hansel (Steve), Karl Meeks (Marshelle), Curtis Meeks (Lynette), Sonny Terrill (Kim), Cindy Terrill (Wendy), eight grandchildren (Kelsey, Paige, Hunter, Mason, Justin, Nicholas, Reese, Remi), his sister, Willie Mae Reitzell as well as numerous close friends. The family would like to thank Ascend Hospice especially Charlotte Odom and Deva Jones for their outstanding and loving care of Hope.

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to the Team Gleason Foundation at – P.O. Box 24493, New Orleans, LA 70184 OR Jonesboro Hodge United Methodist Church, 402 4th Street, Jonesboro, LA 71251.


James Randall                      Nov. 30, 1961 – Aug. 29, 2020

Mr. James Randall “Leadfoot” McDaniel, age 58 of Dodson began an joyful reunion with his son, father and his Savior on Saturday, August 29, 2020.  Randy worked in the forest industry for most of his life where he was employed by Michael Franks.  He loved spending time with his family and friends, but one of his favorite past times was fishing on the Ouachita River.  He would always say, “Just call if you need anything”, and he meant it with all of his heart.

Those left to cherish his memory is his mother, Jo Ann McDaniel; brothers, Tommy McDaniel and wife Andie, Ronnie McDaniel, Donnie McDaniel; sister, Michelle Whisonant and husband Nathan; nieces and nephews, Brent McDaniel, Farrah Sullivan (Wesley), Whitney Wise, Cristayln McDaniel, Cade Whisonant, Anna Whisonant; great nieces and nephews, Kennedy McDaniel, Waylon and Abigail Sullivan, Audrey Woods; special friends, Karyn McDaniel, Bill Harston (Denise).  He was preceded in death by his son, Adam McDaniel; father, Cornell McDaniel.

Funeral services were Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Edmonds Chapel at 10:00AM with Bro. Author Robinson and Bro. Danny Green officiating.  Burial followed in the Hart Assembly Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Dewayne Carter, Quincy Carter, Randy Barton, Michael Franks, M.D. Franks, John Hunter.  Honorary pallbearers were Max Tolbird, Ricky Fields.

Cecil Joe “Joey” Bollier            July 16, 1954 – August 21, 2020

Mr. Joey Bollier, age 66 of Quitman, made his journey through the portals of Heaven on Friday, August 21, 2020.  Mr. Bollier was a talented cabinet maker who enjoyed working with his hands and making homes beautiful with his carpentry talent.  He loved to spend time with his family and cherished those moments he had with them.

There was a Memorial service held on Friday, September 4 in the chapel of Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.  Those left to cherish the memories of their time spent with Joey are his wife, Charlene Bollier; daughter, Cassandra Anne Collins; grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Crow, Tyler Glynn Crow; father, Cecil J. Bollier, Sr; siblings, Diana Lou Mathews, Brenda Kay Burton, Jimmy Wayne Bollier & Cheryl, Tania Denise Hilburn & Greg; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Williams; a large number of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Mr. Bollier was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Lynn Bollier; mother, Mary Lou Bollier; father-in-law, Charles Franklin Tolbird; grandfather, Frank Ernest James Bollier; grandmother, Mary Lizzie Lemons; grandfather, Irvin Gates; grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Boles.

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