Death Notices

Charles Edward Norred
June 13, 1950 – April 11, 2021

Charles Edward Norred passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at his home in Jonesboro, LA at the age of 70. He was born in Winnfield, LA on June 13, 1950. He loved to play basketball, play the guitar, and play with his grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Ray and Ruby Olean Norred, his sister Teresa, and brother Joel. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Elaine; his three daughters, Angie Caskey, Jennifer Norred, Erin Norred, and son-in-law Eddie Caskey; eight grandchildren, Cole Wise, Jayden Rogerson and her husband Kyle, Oren Caskey, Karley Wise, Cameron Bowen, Riley Bowen, Lainey Bowen, and Paisley Bowen; great-grandson Beau Rogerson; sisters Bobbie Hale and husband Vernon, Diane Walker and husband Bobby, and Tammy Shows and husband Freddie; and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him as well.

Susan Elaine Terrell
October 10, 1956 – April 04, 2021

Miss Susan Elaine Terrell, age 64 of Bossier City, was escorted through the gates of Heaven on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Miss Terrell was a loving and kind person who had been adopted by her parents when she was just a toddler. Due to illness and a high fever she became a special-needs child and her parents insured that for the rest of her life she was properly cared for and loved.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her brother, John Terrell; niece, Robin Terrell; nephews, John Terrell, Jr and Steven Mitchell Terrell; a host of friends that loved and prayed for her. She was preceded in death by parents, Mitchell Elton Terrell, Jr. & Robbie (Lloyd) Terrell

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, near Jonesboro, with Rev. Bill Staples officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Charles Lee “Bo” Shows
October 7, 1948 – April 2, 2021

Mr. Charles Lee “Bo” Shows entered through Heaven’s gates on Friday, April 2, 2021 following a period of declining health. Bo was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many people. He loved to spend time in the outdoors with his grandchildren and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation by driving the backroads on trips and just for relaxation. He loved the times that he was able to preach and listening to gospel music. Bo took almost every opportunity that came available to attend southern gospel concerts with his wife and getting to see his favorite groups.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Janet Shows; daughter, Sonya Michelle Shows-Norris & Artie; grandchildren, Brayden Emerson Brown, Kylan Thomas Brown, Lilli Anna Rose Norris; sister, Retha Hatten & Troy; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lee “Bill” Shows & Willa Faye (Bayes) Shows.

A memorial service will be held 3:00pm Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Leach, Bro. Freddie Shows & Bro. Bennie Hollingsworth officiating.

Houston Robertson
August 25, 1931 – April 2, 2021

Houston Robertson was born August 25, 1931, in Gaars Mill, and passed away April 2, 2021, at the age of 89. He left home at an early age, eventually moving to Sarepta, LA, where he worked for Continental Can. In 1957, he transferred to the mill in Hodge. He and Ladean, his wife of 68 years, built their first home in Jonesboro and have remained here through the years building their family.

Houston loved God and loved sharing his faith. He could often be found with a study Bible or commentary close by. In past years, he would write out lessons and ideas, hoping for the opportunity to share. An ordained deacon, he had the privilege of teaching a men’s Sunday School class for several years. He also led the graveside service for his youngest brother Leonard. He often told his family how God had blessed him so much over his lifetime. Ladean shared that a couple of weeks ago, he brought up once again how blessed they had been with so many good years together.

Houston loved his family and was a wonderful husband, daddy, papaw and uncle. He loved people and made friends everywhere he went. As a child, he remembers there was always somebody extra at the dinner table. Drifters, new friends or long-time friends—all were welcomed. The pandemic was a tough time for him, not being able to be out and about with people, but that didn’t stop Houston from phone calls and texts to keep up with everyone. His family and friends knew to expect a daily “good morning” text and random conversations throughout the day.

Gardening filled a lot of Houston’s hours. He loved growing vegetables and flowers. He started a small orchard this year, reminiscing about the fruit trees his papa used to grow. He and Ladean enjoyed their morning coffee watching the hummingbirds and birds, trying to identify new species that might venture into the yard. He liked watching the deer and rabbits, too, as long as they stayed out of his garden! Late night and early morning, he would often check out the stars and planets.

If you knew Houston at all, you know he loved fishing. You might also know he could be quite a character at times. Old Saline Lake was his favorite place and in years past, Ladean would often join him on his outings. On one of these trips, Ladean ended up in the ER with a fishhook in her leg. When the doctor asked Daddy if he’d caught any fish, he pointed at Ladean and said, “I caught the biggest one out there.” And he did consider her his greatest catch of all.

Houston leaves behind wife Ladean; daughters Debbie Robertson and Denise Burson; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rusty) DelRio and Josh (Chelsea) Burson; great-grandchildren Emily Jones, Hannah Jones, Zachary Jones, Mattie DelRio and Austin DelRio; sister Billie Sue Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents Dennis & Winnie (Wells) Robertson of Gaars Mill, 7 brothers, 2 sisters and son-in-law, Pat Burson.

The family wishes to thank the Jackson Parish Hospital Emergency Department and 200-wing staff for their many kindnesses; Dr. Sheila Mariano for her care for many years; the Center Point Baptist Church family; and the many friends who have called, texted and taken care of us with such TLC during this time.

Pastor Randy Lee lead the services for a private family graveside service. Pallbearers were Josh Burson, Rusty DelRio, Zachary Jones, Gary Robertson, James Toler, Dinky Williamson.

Lessie Austin
October 7, 1934 – April 7, 2021

Mrs. Lessie Mae Austin, age 86 of Quitman, crossed through Heaven’s gates on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Lessie was an active attendee at the annual Austin Family Reunion that was held in March each year until Covid-19 spoiled our reunion events for the years 2020 and 2021. She was always proud to bring her favorite dishes for everyone to share. She was an active and faithful member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. She loved to sing with “Shine”, formerly known as WMU. They would share their love of singing with people in nursing facilities. Lessie enjoyed visiting patients in the nursing home as well as doing other special projects until her health no longer allowed her to do so. She was a graduate of Winnfield Senior High School in 1952, attended ULM and was employed and retired from Jackson Loan.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Eugene Austin, Robert Austin (Jennifer); grandsons, Payton Austin, Holden Austin, Kayden Austin; sister in law, Evie Austin Jones; brother in law, Charles Glenn Austin (Barbara); special nephew, Darrell Peddy (Sharon); niece, Marion Peddy Watson (Wally); sister in law, Patricia Austin; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evan Eugene Austin; parents, Robert and Lee Ether Lowrey; father and mother in law, Evan W. and Rhuey (Stewart) Austin; sister in law, Lurline Austin Skipper (Roy); brother in law, Harley Austin (Gladys); sister in law, Hope Austin Weeks (Bobby); brother in law, John L. Austin; nieces, Brandy Parker, Lori Thompson.

Funeral services were held at Sweetwater Baptist Church on Sunday, April 11 with Reverends Stuart Toms and Wilton Wall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers were the Deacons of Sweetwater Baptist Church.



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