Death Notices

Jimmy Mack Loe
November 17, 1945 – May 25, 2021

loeMr. Jimmy “Jim” Mack Loe, age 75 of Sibley, crossed through Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. He graduated Quitman High School and proudly served in the United States Army National Guard. He worked for Robert’s Wholesale in Shreveport for 23 wonderful years, it was his home away from home. He loved his coworkers and thought of them as his second family. Mr. Jim had a dry, but very funny sense of humor. He truly enjoyed keeping his yard mowed and tending to his flower gardens. He knew everyone and everyone that knew him loved him.

Mr. Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy (Dade) Loe; daughter, Allison Fox (John); stepdaughter, Starla LeMay; stepson, Lance LeMay; grandsons, John William Fox, John Wyatt Fox; brother, Johnny Earl Loe (AnnaBelle). He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Weldon and Ima (McCravy) Loe.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 12:00pm until time of services. Services are set to begin at 1:00pm with Pastor Carolyn Michael officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Keith Johnson, Charlie Neeles, Roger Williams, Lovie Williams, Jr., John Fox, Will Fox, Wyatt Fox, Lance LeMay. The honorary pallbearers will be John Loe, Earl Johnson, Will Neeles and Tyler Neeles

Jessie Dean Gresham
February 25, 1929 – May 27, 2021

greshamJessie Gresham, age 92 of Jonesboro, went to her Heavenly home on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Jessie had a big heart in which she held her treasures, her beloved family. She loved her family, both those of blood and the ones she chose (adopted). Let me tell you, she definitely had adopted a lot of people as family. She loved to cook for her family and was not satisfied unless she knew that they were fed and comfortable. She also enjoyed to spend her time gardening and watching the hummingbirds. Above all she loved the Lord and there is no doubt that she is now by his side in Heaven.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Tom Gresham and Carol, June Thompson and Myron, Jeanette Higgins, Ed Gresham and Roberta; grandchildren, Benji Gresham, Leslie Ashcraft, Heidi FitzGerald, Will Gresham, Emily Gresham, Ashley McGimsey, Luann Oakes, Lacey Gresham, Casey Gresham, Kelley Gresham, Mark Canerday, Jacob Moses, Braddock FitzGerald, Macallen FitzGerald, Kayla Smith, Jeremy Smith, Brian Morrow, James Davis, Mallorie Ashcraft, Rayven Ashcraft, Drake Ashcraft, Ethen Ashcraft, Alaina Ashcraft, Hanna Ashcraft, Emily Ashcraft, Thomas Ashcraft, Alex Ashcraft; special chosen daughter, Kathy Tankersley Bernier; many, many beloved great granchildren, nieces and nephews; daughter in law, Sandra Gresham; special friend, Cherry Grimsley. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Gresham, Jr.; infant son, Gary Gresham; son, Billy Gresham; grandchildren, Tommy Gresham, Ted Rohr, Jamie Higgins, Shane Stuckey; parents, Charlie Drayton and Harriet Manilla (Blake) Dean.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 2:00pm in Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bill Staples officiating. Burial will follow in Cypress Creek Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Scott Mitchell Blackwell
May 20, 1954 – May 26, 2021

blackwellScott “Mitch” Blackwell or “Papaw”, age 67 of Jonesboro entered the gates of Heaven on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. “Mitch” first met his wife in 1976 while working as a computer engineer at AT&T. After a brief six month courtship and a missed Elvis concert, they were married on October 8th 1976. Scott was an amazing father who was always there for his daughters, lending an ear and sharing every milestone. He was always pumping gas, removing snow from their cars, and coming to their rescue in the middle of the night for pest control, cursing the entire time. He was a big kid who loved remote control cars, drone helicopters, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was happiest sharing his passions with his family. He loved spending time outdoors with his grandkids Tyler and Sydnie Raye, they were his heart. His presence and love of the simple things in life will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Amy Lynette (Pullin) Blackwell; children, Jennifer Lyn Blackwell Micek, Cristi Michelle Blackwell; Tyler Mitchell Blackwell Micek, Sydnie Raye Blackwell Huie; parents, Ronald Victor and Lois Ann Schuler Blackwell; brothers, Ronnie Blackwell & Carolyn, Brian Blackwell & Melinda; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Trey Etheridge officiating. Interment followed at Strange Cemetery in Readheimer under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Serving the family as pallbearers were Christopher Blackwell, Michael Stewart, Brad Pullin, Matt Pullin, Cameron McLean and Chad Otwell. Perry Hawkins served as honorary pallbearer.

Evelyn Juanita Peterson
May 30, 1932 – May 25, 2021

petersonEvelyn Juanita Peterson, 88 of Pine Ridge, died May 25, 2021. She was born May 31, 1932 to the late Willie Houston and Evelyn Viola (Smith) Jordan. She was a proud independent woman that loved her husband, Harvey Douglas Peterson and daughter, Debra Lynn Peterson very much. They preceded her in death, but her love and longing for them never ended. Along with her husband and daughter, she is also preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Mae Jordan Duck and Patsy Jean Jordan Hall.

She is survived by Jimmy and Debra Jordan. Juanita was Maw Neeter to their grandsons, Tyler, Tucker and Ethan.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Yankee Springs Cemetery with Bro. Shawn Garner officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Jimmy and Debbie Jordan would like to thank all the caregivers, nurses and staff at Forest Haven. She gave them all a run for their money.

Vivian Burnette Peel
May 27, 1922 – May 23, 2021

peelVivian Burnette Thornton Peel, age 98, of Jonesboro, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Alpine Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Ruston, Louisiana.

Mrs. Peel was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, on May 27, 1922, to Willie Benton Thornton and Mattie Mae Neal Thornton. She married James Murray Peel on June 10, 1939, and soon thereafter, she bore the responsibility of caring for their two young children until he returned from serving in the United States Army during World War II. She later worked in a Jonesboro clothing store for a short time, but she was predominantly a homemaker, known to her family as an excellent cook, seamstress, and gardener. Mrs. Peel was a devoted Christian and a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Louisiana, teaching children’s Sunday School for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband of fifty-four years, her daughter, Myrna Jeanette Peel DeCou, and her son-in-law, James “Jimmy” DeCou. Also preceding her in death were her seven sisters and two brothers: Clarence Thornton, Mertie Walker, Hazel Duck, Eunice Walker, Mary Jewel Hammett, Morris Thornton, Bernice Myers, Faye Nash, and Raye Templeton.

Mrs. Peel is survived by her son, James Maurice Peel (Pat) of El Dorado, Arkansas, and four grandchildren: Mitch DeCou (Kim) of Quitman, Louisiana; Lesley DeCou Simmons (Al) of Winnfield, Louisiana; David Peel of Columbia, Tennessee; and Lauren DeCou Phillips (Shane) of Ruston, Louisiana. She leaves behind her ten great-grandchildren: Megan Geter (Jay), Hillary Bradford, Zach Lowe (Anna), Ryan DeCou (Katie), Alison DeCou, Daniel Simmons, David Simmons, Micah Simmons, Beau Phillips, and Emma Phillips. Mrs. Peel has three surviving great-great-grandchildren: Olivia Geter, Aria DeCou, and Alana DeCou. She is also survived by a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service for Mrs. Peel will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Gayla Traina Memorial Cemetery in Jonesboro, Louisiana, under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home, also of Jonesboro. Pastor Benjamin DeCou will conduct the service, and Mrs. Peel’s six great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.





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