Death Notices

Jimmy Shaler Howell
April 15, 1969 – August 16, 2021

howellJimmy Shaler Howell, age 52, passed away suddenly August 16, 2021. Jimmy loved fishing, motorcycles, animals, and acting goofy. He also enjoyed cooking.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Crystal Howell; children, John Terrell, Elena Dark and Jeffrey, Shaley Degrusha and Shayne, Selena Gooden; grandchildren, Roy Humphries, III, Mathew Humphries, Adam Humphries, Zoe Dark, Axle Dark; mom, Doris Pholsgroff; siblings, Tommy Howell, Jeri Cockrell and Frank; niece, Amber Cockrell; nephew, John Cockrell; great niece, Adalynn Cockrell. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Shaler Howell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in the Edmonds Chapel with Bro. Bobby White officiating. Interment followed in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Honoring Jimmy serving as pallbearers were Cory Ray, Casey Ray, Carey Ray, Jeffrey Dark, John Terrell and Shaley Degrusha.

William George Blalock
October 22, 1950 – August 23, 2021

blalockWilliam George Blalock, age 70 of Readhimer, Louisiana, passed away from a heart attack on the night of the Blue Moon, August 23, 2021. Mr. Blalock was a gentleman farmer for many years, and enjoyed growing many vegetables and working his cattle. His jovial smile and laugh will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his sisters, Dr. Anna Blalock of Jonesboro, Caroline Blalock and Dolores Blalock, both of Saline; nieces, Mary Brieden and Desiree Brieden Cortez; great nephew, Ezra Cortez; and great niece, Katie Cooper.

Mr. Blalock was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Thelma Helen (Bishop) Blalock; and his sister, Jane Blalock Brieden.

The family has chosen to have a private memorial service at a later date.

Donnie Gibbs
April 17, 1940 – August 26, 2021

gibbsDonnie Gibbs, age 81 of Jonesboro, was welcomed through the gates of Heaven on August 26, 2021. He was a retired small business owner, semi-professional bowler and lumberjack at-heart. He was also a sharpshooter and active-duty veteran of the United States Army and a deacon of Antioch Community Church. He was most at home in the woods, on Black Lake or the Dugdemona River, or in his vegetable garden. His life’s joy was teaching his grandkids how to hunt, fish, and live off the land. His presence will be forever cherished by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Gibbs; son, Mark Gibbs of Jonesboro, and daughter, Tammy Trosclair of Fort Smith, Arkansas; siblings, Gary Gibbs of Goldonna, Rodney Gibbs of Saline, and Karen Duck of Quitman; grandchildren, Roland Alan (Andy) Gibbs, Brooke Sutton, and Tyler Trosclair; five great grandchildren; a host of other relatives, church family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland Gibbs and Inez Martin Gibbs, and brother, Charlie Gibbs, all of Goldonna.

Funeral services were held under the outdoor pavilion of Antioch Community Church in Goldonna on Sunday, August 29, 2021 with Reverend Hayward Hossler officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Mark Gibbs, Andy Gibbs, Robert McFearin, Andrew Morgan, Don Price, and Buddy Durbin. Ricky Durbin and David Morgan will serve as honorary pallbearers.

James “Pop” Hargrove
August 9, 1945 – August 27, 2021

POPJim Hargrove, age 76 of Jonesboro, met his Heavenly Father on Friday, August 27, 2021. He was known as “Pop” to his family and to most anyone who knew him. He loved to hunt, fish, and to go “pyrooting” in his old green jeep. He was also a collector of many guns and knives. Jim often lost track of time when watching The Weather Channel, Gunsmoke, and The Andy Griffith Show. He was a gentle, fun, and loving man who loved his family.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; E.L. (Pug) and Verda Hargrove, and his youngest grandson Tucker Wallis. He is survived by his wife; Phyllis Hargrove; sister; Cheryl Hyde, two daughters; Wendy (Gene) Crowell and Jeanie (Greg) Wallis. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Colby Collinsworth, Will (Torey) Wallis, Jordyn Wallis, Brooke Collinsworth, and Noah Collinsworth, and one great-granddaughter, Sunni Wallis.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Matt Whitman officiating. There was no graveside service held.


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