Death Notices

Robert LeRoy Wallis, Jr.                August 09, 1946 – November 03, 2020

Mr. Robert L. Wallis, Jr, age 74 of Jonesboro, LA, passed away after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Robert graduated from Benton High School in 1964, then he went on to play college football at Northwestern State University. Robert also served in the United States Air Force and was a proud veteran and patriot. For many years, he worked for General Electric in Shreveport, LA and then at Smurfit-Stone Container, in Hodge and Arcadia, LA as the Director of Human Resources and Safety. Later in life, he worked for the Jackson Parish Correctional Center as a Detention Officer. He was also an LSU fanatic and loved playing golf.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Kim Smith, Tonya Yarbrough, Robbie Wallis and Susan, and Missy Shankle and Rickey; grandchildren, Tiffany Ables and John, Josh Graham and Haleigh, Lauren Yarbrough, Kallie Wallis and Craig, Zack Yarbrough, Kayla Smith, and Cole Shankle; great grandchildren, Jackson and Jayce Ables, Maddox Graham, Millie Whiteside, Lakynn and Hudson McDuff; sister, Mary Catherine Wallis and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Wallis; father, Robert L. Wallis, Sr.; mother, Heflon Law Wallis; brothers Tommy Wallis and Johnny Wallis; and grandson, Blake Smith.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 6th, at 2:00 pm in the chapel at Edmonds Funeral Home with Brother Elton Gunter officiating.

***Due to Covid-19 face masks and social distancing are to be expected***


Barbara Dale Griffith           February 17, 1943 – November 02, 2020

Ms. Barbara Dale Griffith, age 77 of Quitman, passed through the heavenly gates on Monday, November 2, 2020 after a period of declining health.  Ms. Barbara was a member of Quitman Baptist Church.  She was a beloved mother, mamaw, sister, aunt and friend.  She is known by most as “Mamaw” and all that knew her loved her.  She was a keeper of traditions, adored animals, was always smiling and loved people.  She loved to help people, especially the elderly. 

She enjoyed time spent delivering meals to the elderly with her church.  The people she delivered to just loved whatever she had cooked and brought them and she enjoyed watching them gobble her meals up.  She also sat with people who were sick and devoted that time to serving up fresh, hot home cooked meals and tending to their needs.  She could find just what you needed to get you to eat. 

There wasn’t anything that Ms. Barbara couldn’t do.  She was a fisherman, hunter and a green thumb as well.  She took much pleasure working in her flower beds and being crafty and creating flower arrangements.  Her family will remember her as being the heart of the hill.  She moved back into her parents family home in Quitman where she was surrounded by her family.  She adored having her son, grandchild, siblings and nieces living all around close by.  Her family was her pride and joy.

Those left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Kaylon Denise Griffith; son, Joseph Todd Griffith (Angela); grandchild, Chelsea Rebecca Griffith; brothers, Jimmy Blalock (Sharie), Charles Blalock (Sue); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugie Simmons and Louise Virginia (Neisler) Blalock.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 5th with Reverend Donald Rudd officiating.  Burial followed in Beech Spring Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Chuck Blalock, Jessie Williams, Tate Womack, Seth Raspberry, Reagan Blalock, John Morgan.  Honorary pallbearer was Dusty Fair.


Glenda Faye Johnson           January 24, 1944 – October 29, 2020

Glenda “Faye” Johnson passed away peacefully on October 29, 2020. She was born in Jonesboro, LA on January 24, 1944 to Olline and Grant Robinson. She married the love of her life Doy Lee Johnson on May 29, 1966, who preceded her in death in 2018. Faye could often be found in the kitchen of her home baking for others. She and Doy Lee spent hours every year preparing sweets for a host of family and friends even though each year she said it would be her last. Faye had a knack for speaking the truth and a tenacious spirit to overcome any obstacle she faced in life. She loved her family especially her husband, and it gives her family comfort knowing they are once again reunited.

Faye was preceded in death by, her mother, Gladys Olline Robinson; father Grant Wilson Robinson; husband, Doy Lee Johnson; son Donald Scott Livingston; brother Stevie Dale Robinson; sister Judy Freeman; and nephew Jamie Todd Blundell.

Left to cherish her memory are, son Anthony “Huck” Livingston and wife Kalia; daughter Teresa Peel; four grandchildren, Amber Peel Buffington and husband Nathan, Chelsea Peel Thomas and husband Alan, Cody Peel, and Hannah Livingston; one great granddaughter, Eloise Grace Livingston; sister Sandra Shackelford and husband Curly; special loved ones, Leann and Bradley Sullivan and their two children, Lizzie Kate and Natalie, Katlyn Blundell and her son, Brently, and Jennifer Shackelford; and a host of other family members and friends.

Graveside services for Glenda “Faye” Johnson, 74, of Jonesboro, LA, were held on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Edmonds-Gayla-Traina Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home with Dr. Cory Bruce officiating.


Paula Faye Williams             April 30, 1965 – October 27, 2020

Mrs. Paula Faye (Jones) Williams, age 55 of Jonesboro, was escorted into the presence of her Lord and Savior Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  Paula was a good and outgoing individual who loved being around people and sharing her good nature.  Her family was the light of her life so her children and grandchildren were great topics of conversation.  Paula loved her chosen profession, being a teacher.  She taught innumerable children during her 34 years as a teacher and she truly loved each and every one of her students.  She treated her loving pets, Bella Ann and Chano as if they were her children also, and they were always at her side and snuggled whenever they could.  Paula was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and a friend to a great number of people.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 27 years, Steve Williams; children, Chase Williams & Brittany, Chance Williams & Harley, Clay Williams; grandchildren, Natalie & Nicholas Williams; parents, Paul & Billie Faye Jones; brother, Bill Jones; special niece, Carley Jones; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Paula was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harvey & Cecil Culpepper; paternal grandparents, Regie & Fannie Joe Jones; her sidekick Annie.

Friends may visit with the family 5:00pm – 9:00pm Friday, October 30, 2020 at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church.  Funeral services were held at the McDonald Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday with Reverends Randy Dark, Brian McCallister, Shawn McMillian and Terry Mims officiating.  Interment followed at the Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds funeral home of Jonesboro.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Rhett Jones, Rhen Jones, Rusty Whitmore, Dusty Hampton, Garrett Williams, Gunner Williams, Kelton Moss and Justin Dodson.  Honorary pallbearer was Ryan Whitmore.


Venetia Rebae Sanders                 Sept, 23, 1959 – Oct. 28, 2020

Mrs. Rebae Sanders, age 61 of Jonesboro, entered into her eternal rest on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 following a lengthy illness.  Rebae was a loving wife, mother, daughter and a friend to many others.  She was a hard worker who always tried to do her best at whatever her job was.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to have fun.  When she was hardly able to go she took care of her father and sister in their final days with loving care.

Rebae is survived by her husband, Steve Sanders; son, Robin R. Castro; step-children, Heath Sanders, Brittany Blair; 5 grandchildren; brother, Brion Elliott & Cathy; a host of other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Edgar and Charlene (Cummings) Robinson; sister, Stepanie Fitzke.

Graveside services were held 12:00pm at Gayla Traina Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Bill Staples officiating.

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