Death Notices

Christopher Kohler          April 27, 1983 – December 23, 2020

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, Christopher Kohler received his heavenly healing after a strong and courageous fight against leukemia at the age of 37. He exceeded all expectations that were given by doctors at his diagnosis. Through his fight, the leukemia team was able to further their research and understanding of leukemia treatment to move closer to a cure.

He also left a lasting impression on everyone he met with his strong faith including many medical professionals who were shown just how important faith can be when fighting a disease such as this. On more than one occasion, he was referred to as a miracle.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Takahashi and his staff at MD Anderson in Houston; Dr. Osafo and his staff at Green Clinic in Ruston; his nurses at NLMC one day surgery; and the staff at Jackson Parish Hospital for all of their support and care throughout Christopher’s illness.

Christopher was born on April 27, 1983 in Ruston, Louisiana. He was a lifelong resident of Jonesboro, LA graduating from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 2001. He always had a passion to care for others, and that was shown through his choice of career. He became a Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy in 2005 and served the people of Jackson Parish until he retired due to his health in 2019. He was a 2007 graduate of The University of Louisiana at Monroe North Delta Regional Training Academy where he was the top cadet in physical fitness.

Christopher was an avid sports fan, and he could always be found sporting a jersey or cap in support of his favorite teams especially the Tigers of J-HHS and LSU. He also loved to support his local friends and family in all of their athletic endeavors and would be there to root for any team they played on whether it be little league, high school, or professional.

Christopher loved his large family but none more than his nieces, nephew, and younger cousins whom he cared for and doted on. He was always there for support, love, a nap, or sneaking snacks when mom said no.  He had an infectious personality with an unforgettable smile and never met a stranger. He did not just become an acquaintance; Christopher would capture a piece of someone’s heart and become a forever friend. No matter where he went, there was always someone there that knew him.

Christopher is survived by his mother, Regina Rowe; father, John Kohler (Phyllis); sisters, Melissa Johnson (Stacy) and Megan Rowe; brother, Tony Kohler (Sara); nephew, Aston Johnson; nieces Alli Claire Lynn Johnson and Autumn and Ava Kohler all of Jonesboro, LA; grandmother, Geneva Thomas of Shreveport, LA; and his very loved four-legged friends, Zoie, Rex, and Roux; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Tommy Rowe; maternal grandparents Dan Hughes and Sid Thomas; paternal grandparents, Harry and Donie Kohler; one cousin, Tanya Hughes; and two of his beloved dogs, Miley and Speckles.

Services were held on Sunday, December 26, 2029 at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, LA under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian McAllister, officiating.

Christopher had a special place in his heart for all children and was always willing to offer support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christopher Kohler Memorial Trust Account at Hodge Bank and Trust. All donations will be used to continue Christopher’s charitable acts for the youth of his community.

Randall Brian Aycock                July 22, 1976 – Dec. 17, 2020

Mr. Randall Brian Aycock, age 44, of Lakeland, Tennessee died Thursday, December 17, 2020.  He was born July 22, 1976 to Calvin and Sandra (Kyle) Aycock in Monroe, Louisiana. Graveside services were held on Monday, December 28, 2020 in the Community of Christ Cemetery near Eros with Elder Greg McManus officiating.  Interment followed in the cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

James Edward Brimer              Feb. 16, 1967 – Dec. 14, 2020

Mr. James Brimer, age 53 of Quitman, passed from this life into heaven on Monday, December 14, 2020.  He was a family man, a hard-working man and his family was his everything.  He was an avid hunter and passed his love of hunting to his children.  His biggest joy of all was his grandchildren and he loved spending time with them.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Michelle Brimer; children, Danielle Tatum and husband Buck, April Wilson and husband Ike, Courtney Canady and husband Terrell, Cameron Walker, Gus Taylor, Nikki Walker, Teresa McMillan, Hunter Brimer, Winter Brimer, Ashley Brimer, Brandon Willamson, 24 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; sister, Patricia Brimer; brother, Stacy Brimer; a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Pearline (Cobb) Brimer; brothers, Michael Brimer, Tracy Brimer.

A graveside service was held on Friday, December 18, 2020 in Antioch Cemetery near Quitman at 2:00pm with the burial following under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were Dashaun Foster, Terrell Canady, Isaac Wilson, Gus Taylor, April Walker and Courtney Walker.

Robert Earl Williams                 April 08, 1952 – Dec. 18, 2020

Robert Earl Williams, age 68, passed away on December 18, 2020. Graveside services were held on December 27th at the Bethany Cemetery in Quitman, LA under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro, LA.

Peggy Ann Willis Greathouse          Jan. 09, 1935 – Dec, 21, 2020

Angels escorted Mrs. Peggy Ann Willis Greathouse, age 85 of Saline, into heaven and the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, December 21, 2020.  Mrs. Greathouse deeply loved her family and the grandchildren were the apple of her eye.  She was very active in her church, enjoyed to travel and to be a volunteer on many political campaigns.  She looked forward to the time spent with her family and friends and the morning coffee with “her ladies” was the only way to start a day.

Mrs. Greathouse is survived by her son, Paxton George Willis & wife Rebecca; grandchildren, Meagan Willis & Angie Willhite, Lauren Willis-Sanders & Jana; great grandchildren, Kori, Aiden, Mason and Mallory; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paxton Willis; parents, Harry Eftee Enloe & Beulah Mae (Hall) Enloe; one brother, Harold Enloe.

Funeral services were held at Magnolia Baptist Church in Saline on Wednesday, December 23rd, with Reverend Duane Moreno and Reverend Stan Foster officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Arden Dale Smith                       Sept. 10, 1934 – Dec. 20, 2020

Arden Dale Smith, Age 86, resident of Houston, Harris County, TX passed away on Sunday December 20, 2020.  He was born on September 10, 1934 in Enid, Garfield County, OK to the late Rev. Bernard R. Smith and Nellie Mae Lane Smith. 

At the young age of four, Arden’s father moved to Lake Charles, LA and then to DeRidder, LA where he attended elementary and middle school.  In 1949 the family moved to Jonesboro, LA where he graduated from Jonesboro Hodge High School in 1953.  He attended LA Tech majoring in Math and Accounting while working part-time at Louisiana Builders and driving the Tech bus.

Arden married Gloria Sue Wells August 10th, 1956 in Jonesboro, LA.  A short time later he was inducted into US Army for two years serving in the 36th Engineer Co.  After completing his service in the Army, he went to work for Lorac in New Orleans, LA, a subsidiary of Seismagraph Service Corp in Tulsa, OK who was eventually owned by Fugro. He was employed with the same company, but different names, for 40 years, retiring in 2004 in Houston, Texas. Arden enjoyed working in his wood shop, singing in the church choir, jigsaw puzzles, collecting antique cars and watching sports (professional or his kids/grandchildren), especially the Rockets.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, DeLila “De” Woolson and a brother, Robert Eugene Smith. Arden is survived by his wife Sue of sixty-four years: one daughter: Melanie Lane Smith and one son: Todd Arden Smith (wife Jill Marie) and four grandchildren: Courtney and Makenzie Smith, Emily and Charlie Allday, of Houston, TX: two sisters: Donna O’Neal of Nolanville, TX, and Jan Hennigan of Norman, OK; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27th at the Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend David Shaw officiating.  Interment followed at Gayla Traina Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers was: Charlie Allday, Allen Teston, Chad Tolar, Dawson Tolar, Jason Wells, Gregg Foshee, Emerson Wells and Paul Hart.

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