Death Notices

James Edward Conn
May 6, 1942 – February 21, 2021

James Edward Conn, 78, of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021. He was born May 6, 1942 in Jackson Parish, Louisiana to the late R.E. and Orene Robison Conn. James was reared and attended school in Chatham, Louisiana, then attended Perkins Seminary at Southern Methodist University. He then served in the ministry, serving at Mineral Springs First United Methodist Church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Center Grove United Methodist Church and Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church.

James was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ricky Conn. Survivors include his wife, Judy Wright Conn, whom he married October 28, 1961 in Chatham, Louisiana; two sons, Todd Conn (Debbie) and Chris Conn (Jenny); five sisters, Floy Moon, Geradine Folds, Barbara Ann Richardson (A.H.), Debbie Rogers (Bobby) and Teresa Conn; 5 grandchildren, Lindsey Conn, Brantly Conn, Ashlyn Billingsley, Shaun Boner and Dan Berjac; and 2 great grandchildren, Brooklyn Hultz and Camron Hultz. Graveside service were held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 with Bro. Russell Rhodes officiating. Burial followed in the Concord Cemetery at Jackson Parish, Louisiana. 

Donny Osborne
February 19, 1950 – February 09, 2021

Donnie Wayne Osborne was born February 19, 1950 as the fourth child of Dollene and Frank Osborne Sr. of Jonesboro, Louisiana. Donnie entered the United States Army soon after High School during the Vietnam War. He served 2 years honorably. Donnie moved to Atlanta, Georgia, he worked at a Printing Factory for many years. He retired and moved to California then Jonesboro, La. He was united in marriage to Patsy Beard.

Donnie was an entrepreneur licensed in air conditioning & heating, washers & dryers, etc.
He worked for many year in Jonesboro-Hodge, St. Rest areas. Donnie loved his craft. As his health started failing he passed knowledge & tools on to Cousin Earnest Cottonham (Baby Jr.) and inspired him to go to school to get his certification. Preceding his death is his Father Frank Osborne Sr., his Sister Ida Mae Osborne Nash, his two Brothers Frank Osborne Jr., James Earl Osborne Sr. He leaves to cherish his memory his Mother Dollene Osborne of Jonesboro, La. His Wife Patsy Beard & Son Derrick Osborne of Jonesboro, La. His 3 Sisters, Nieces & Nephews, Uncles & Aunts a host of Cousins & Friends.

Funeral services were held February 26, 2021 at the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro. Interment followed at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Quitman. 

Dorothy Mae Willis
November 02, 1936 – February 20, 2021

Ms. Dorothy Mae Willis, age 84 of Shreveport, met her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Dorothy is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jonesboro, La. She was a member of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, La and had been living in Heritage Manor South Nursing Home for the past 22 years. She worked for Jackson Parish Hospital and at the Jackson Parish Courthouse throughout her working career. She also enjoyed playing the piano for New Hope Baptist Church in Jonesboro, La. Dorothy had a big heart and loved her family fiercely with every bit of it. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her siblings and their families; brother, Homer Willis and wife Debbie of Shreveport, La; sister, Gloria Dean Hood of Saline, La; sister, Hazel Lawrence of Shreveport; a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zennie Zeline and Willie Mae Willis; brother, J.E. Willis; niece, Kimberly Blankenship; nephew, David Ray Hood. A graveside service was held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Aaron Coffey officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Kathey Ann King
March 10, 1965 – February 19, 2021

Kathey Ann Wilson King, 55 years old, passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on Friday, February 19, 2021 after a brief illness. She was born in Winnfield, Louisiana on March 10, 1965, the daughter of Kitty Wilson of Hodge, La. and Richard David Wilson (Peggy Jo) of Tullos, La.

Kathey lived a fun-loving life, filled with the love of her grandchildren for whom she enjoyed sewing clothes for every event and special occasion. She loved quilting, crocheting, knitting with all of her quilting friends and also loved everything that had to do with flamingos of which she collected. She also loved being in her yard gardening. Everyone who met Kathey instantly loved her as she had a contagious laugh and smile. You seldom had a conversation with her that she did not mention her “crush,” Mike Rowe – or Led Zepplin and other 80’s rock bands. But the majority of her conversation was always about her precious children, grandchildren and her sweet little pups, Jack Russells, Wiener dogs and plain ole mutts – all of whom she loved to take fishing.

Kathey attended LaSalle High School in Olla, La. from 1978-83. She graduated from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and received her Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Land Management. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Kathey put her degree to use as the accountant and bookkeeper for King Drilling Company in Tullos, La. for many years.

Along with her parents, she is survived by one brother, David Earl Wilson (Angela) of Tullos, Louisiana; her three children, Lauren King Aucoin (Phil), Jeffery King, and Will King all of Jonesboro, Louisiana and their father Mark King of Tullos, La. Also left to cherish her memory are three grandchildren: Scarlett Kate, Charlie, Vera and Lennon Aucoin as well as very dear friends and caretakers, Brenda Edmonston & Brenda Simmons. A private family graveside ceremony was held Friday, February 26th at the Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in Winn Parish.

Bernice Malone
April 13, 1936 – February 21, 2021

Ms. Bernice Malone, age 84, was laid to rest this past Saturday following funeral services at the Sandhill Baptist Church in Quitman, LA. under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Mollie Sue Wilkins
February 26, 1947 – February 23, 2021

Mrs. Mollie Sue Wilkins, age 73 of Ruston, passed through the heavenly gates Tuesday, February 23, 2021 follow a period of declining health. Mrs. Wilkins was a sweet and loving person who enjoyed helping people in any way that she could. She loved to bake and supplied everyone with plenty of pies. She was best-known for her wonderful pecan pies and she always felt blessed to be able to bless others with them. She will be remembered best for her dumpling making. She made her dumplings out love and used her cooking as an effective tool in ministering to others. She loved her family dearly and relished the time she was able to spend with them. To them she was the best Mom and Meme that anyone could ever ask for.

Those left to cherish her sweet memory are her daughter, Angie (Wilkins) Thompson & Chris; grandchildren, Madalynn Plunkett, Jocie Carpenter; sister, Robbie Carol Evans & Bill; niece, Kathy Brown; nephew, Michael Brown; extended family, Kaye and Tim Andrews and family. Mrs. Wilkins was preceded in death by her parents; Joseph and Ethel (Walsworth) Spradlin. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Ruston.

Doruther Stephens
March 03, 1935 – February 23, 2021

Mrs. Doruther Stephens, age 85 of Ruston and formerly of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Stephens was a loving and kind lady who loved to laugh and enjoy life with her family and friends. All of her children were the apples of her eye. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, John Smith, Gary Smith, Jeannie Presley, Wanda Swanner, James Smith; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Carl Rentz.

Graveside services for Mrs. Stephens are scheduled for Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Transport Cemetery near Dodson with Reverend David “Bubba” Walsworth officiating and under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

James “Bo” Young Jr.
October 14, 1956 – February 16 – 2021

ames Wilson Young, Jr. was born to the late James Wilson Young, Sr. and Velma Lee Anders
Young on October 14, 1956. He was known to most as “Bo”. He joined Robinson Chapel C.M.E.
Church of Eros at an early age where he remained faithful until his demise.
Bo attended Jasper Henderson in his early years and graduated Chatham High School in 1974.
Of his first union to the late Deloris Brazil, two wonderful children Chasity Young and Cory
Young were born. He later married Shirley Washington in December of 2000 where his beloved
family extended.

Bo was a veteran of the United States Army where he was honorably discharged after
dedicated years of service to our country. He was known for his continuous joking and being
the life of the party. He could make the world laugh. When he was surrounded by those he
loved he would walk through the door and say, “The Champ is here!” After he made everyone
laugh the would say, “I love it when a bunch of playas get together!” He will always be known
to his family and friends as a living legend.
Bo was preceded in death by his father James Young Sr., mother Velma Lee Anders Young, and
sister Patricia Young Elmore.

James Wilson “Bo” Young, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories: wife Shirley Washington Young of
Natchitoches, La; daughter Chasity Young of Eros, La; son Cory Young (Melissa) of Calhoun, La;
stepdaughters Phyllis and Felicia Washington of Natchitoches, La; stepsons Lester Washington
of Houston, TX, Ronnie Washington (Valerie), Jimmy Washington (Deloris), Randall Washington
(Mary), Reginald Washington, and Terrell Washington all of Natchitoches, La; grandson
DeAndre’ Young of San Diego, CA; sisters Winifred Mayo (Jerome) of Eros, La, Gwendolyn
Drayton of West Monroe, La, and Olga Haulcy (Donald) of Arcadia, La; a cousin that holds a
special place in his heart Quaone Anders; someone very close to him that he always treated like
a daughter Nakeisha Cowan; two special friends Susan McDonald and Rachel Smith; a host of
other grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Anders Farms in Eros, LA on February 27th, 2021 under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro, LA

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