Death Notices

Lilburn Lee “Slick” Robinson
April 26, 1934 – September 01, 2021

slickLilburn Lee “Slick” Robinson passed from this life and entered through the portals of Heaven on September 1, 2021. Mr. Robinson was born April 26,1934 in Danville, La. to the union of Jack Warren and Dora (Greer) Robinson. He was a graduate of Friendship High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1952-1954. He retired from Jefferson Smurfit in August 1996 after 35 years of service.

Preceding him in death were his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Louise (Haynes) Robinson; son, Justus Warren Robinson; parents, Jack Warren and Dora (Greer) Robinson; brother, Jack Warren Robinson, Jr.; sisters, JoAnne Robinson Abercrombie and Helen Robinson Rivard.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Jennifer Louise Robinson Smith, married to Dr. George Smith, of Ruston, Jeffrey LeVance Robinson, married to Ginger Alexander Robinson, of Ruston, Alyssa Annie Robinson Blackmon, married to the late Jimmie Blackmon, of Quitman; seven grandchildren, Andrew Trenton Massery of Ruston, Adam Lee Massery and fiancée Kelsey Murray, of Quitman, Caden Michael Gibson and fiancée Lindsey Corie, of Ruston, Jaina Elisabeth Robinson Thomson, married to Caden Thomson, of Nashville Tennessee, Jackson Alexander Robinson, of Ruston, Addison Lee Blackmon, of Quitman, John-Brooks Robinson, of Ruston; siblings, Clyde Warren Robinson of Jonesboro, Robbie McConathy of Quitman, Betty Jean Carpenter of Saline, Janice Driggers of Shreveport; His Church Family of Quitman Baptist Church; and a host of relatives, friends and neighbors.

Slick was a true servant. First, to the kingdom of God, then family, and community. He was happiest doing for others especially in times of need. He truly loved helping others and was always ready on a moments notice. He would drop what he was doing if he thought he could help someone. He delighted in seeing others happy.

He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all his heart. Spend only a few minutes with him and you would know it because he was going to tell you. One verse he lived out every day was Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” He encouraged his friends and family to live this out daily as well. He gave all the credit to his Lord for everything he had in life. He always said that God had blessed him beyond measure and was always quick to give thanks. If you were around him for very long, whether stranger or friend, he would probably offer to give you an ink pen. He always had a ready supply of ink pens that had the path to salvation written on them. He passed those out everywhere he went. His desire was for everyone he met to be saved. He prayed without ceasing. He prayed for his country, his community, his church, his family, his friends, and especially the lost in the world. He was the epitome of a God-fearing Christian man. He loved his church family and especially loved serving as a deacon at Quitman Baptist Church. It was truly one of his greatest honors to serve in that capacity.

He loved his family. He was married for 60 years to his beloved soul mate, Barbara. He loved her the way Christ loved the church and demonstrated a Christ-like marriage for all his family to see. In sickness and in health, he showed his unconditional love for her by visiting her twice daily without fail in the nursing home as she battled Alzheimer’s. He loved being with his family. Having all his family together was an absolute joy for him. He was proud of all his family, especially his grandchildren, and loved to talk about them and “show them off” every chance he got. One of his greatest attributes was his encouragement. He was everyone’s biggest fan no matter what they were doing. He didn’t miss events that his family was involved in and was always quick to tell them all the good things they did. Also, if you prodded a little, he would tell you where he thought you might improve as well. Always in an encouraging way.

He always wanted to be involved in helping his family in whatever was going on. Whether it was a major construction project or raking pine straw, he wanted to be involved. It was part of his servant’s heart. He loved to work, and it didn’t matter how hot or cold it was, he wanted to be working. Work was his hobby and he got great joy from putting in a hard day’s work, especially when it was helping someone else.

He was especially passionate about cutting grass and working with tractors. He said what he loved most about cutting grass or bushhogging was that he could see where he had been. It was very satisfying to him to see the job he had done when he was finished. That is the way he lived his life. He always looked forward to the task ahead, working hard and serving others. It is a great metaphor for his life. No doubt, he can look back now from Heaven and see where he has been. He can see all the lives he touched in such profound ways by being the Christian man, father, and friend he was.

Friends may visit with the family 1:00 ~ 3:00PM Monday, September 6, 2021 at Quitman Baptist Church. Funeral services will begin at 3:00PM with Reverend Donald Rudd and Reverend Stuart Toms officiating. Interment will follow in the Danville Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Opal Dean Bridges
February 09, 1938 – September 01, 2021

bridgesOpal Dean Harrison Bridges went on to glory in the early morning on September 1st, 2021.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Harrison and Lolie Grantham Harrison, her husband, William Dan Bridges, her sons, Gary Lee Morris, Frank LeRoy Morris, and Jerry Wayne Morris, their father, Jimmy Ray Morris, her siblings, Furman Harrison, Max Harrison, Jerry Harrison, and Pansy Harrison Davis, and her in-laws, Roy and Ever “DeeDee” Bridges, Janice Brown, and Irece Simpson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son and his wife, Jimmy Carlton and Penny Morris of Quitman, LA, her daughter and her husband, Veda Marie and Sam Diamond of Monroe, LA, and her daughter-in-law, Tina Morris of Crossett, AR, her grandchildren, Stephanie and Jeff Kolter, Justin Morris, Gary and Mandy Morris, Kasey and Josh Stringer, Joshua Morris, Nathan and Nicole Morris, Samantha Morris, Allenia and Matthew Allen, Michaela and Ben Lyons, Amanda and Dex Robertson, Leanna Morris and Brandon Odom, and Hannah Morris, her great-grandchildren, Garrett Morris, Jared Morris, Robbie Morris, Claire Morris, Madison Stringer, Molly Stringer, Kaytlyn Morris, Justin Morris, Gage Morris, Shae Morris, Colt Morris, AuVanee Martin, Judah Allen, Josiah Allen, Sarina Allen, Landon Lyons, Addison Lyons, Jonah Morris, James Morris Odom, and Leo Morris Odom, her sister and her husband, Joyce and Sonny Luman, her in-laws, Wanda Harrison, Lorrette Harrison, Linda Harrison, Sue Denton, Brenda Robinson, and Joani and Randy Howard, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Born in Florala, Alabama on February 9th, 1938, Opal Dean came into the world armed with a huge heart and seemingly endless love for those around her. To be near her was to know the joy of the Lord. Her daily interactions were filled with humor, intention, uplifting words, and testimonies of God’s grace. Her contagious smile, generosity, love of laughter, and willingness to help those in need set her apart. She gave without hesitation or thought of herself and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. She loved her family and friends dearly, proudly held the titles of Mother and Granny, and often showed her affections through her superior cooking skills. If you ever had the opportunity to be in her home, she made sure you didn’t leave hungry, physically or spiritually. She used to joke and say that when she is gone one could say “she fed a multitude” and it’s true, she did just that. She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, and visiting with family and friends. Although she was robbed of her illuminating personality and cherished memories years ago, she is now free and in the arms of her Jesus where she has belonged all along. What a day of rejoicing that must have been.

Funeral services will begin at 2 o’clock Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the North Hodge Assembly of God Church in Hodge, LA, with Rev. Michael Whitman and Rev Geary Phillips officiating. There will not be a public visitation prior to the funeral service.

Serving as pallbearers are Joshua Morris, Nathan Morris, Gary Morris, Garrett Morris, Jared Morris, Todd Abercrombie, and Ernie Roden. Honorary pallbearers include Sam Diamond, Justin Morris, and Josh Stringer.

Earl Howard Jackson Sr.
January 20, 1937 – September 4, 2021

hillEarl Howard Jackson, Sr. was born on January 20, 1937, the second of eight children born to Collins and Pauline Jackson.
Earl joined Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He received his formal education from Shady Grove High School, graduating in 1957. He married Donnie Mae Street and they became the proud parents of four children
Earl was self-employed in the pulpwood industry for several years. He later was employed with Willamette Plywood Mill. In 1982 he moved to Oxnard, California, where he became a school bus driver for the Durham School System. He later retired and relocated back to Louisiana.
Earl is preceded in death by his daughter, Jonetta Collinsworth, parents Collins and Pauline Jackson, sister, Gladys Jackson and brother, Robert Jackson.
Earl leaves to cherish his memory: daughters, Connie Collinsworth (Enliss), and Vickie Jackson; son, Earl H. Jackson, Jr. (Georgette), brothers; Clarence Jackson and Roy Jackson, Sr.; sisters, Marvin Gipson, Barbara Jackson, and Rose Jackson. He also leaves thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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