Death Notices

Kenneth Dayton Collinsworth
May 27, 1927 – October 14, 2021

Mr. Kenneth Dayton Collinsworth, age 94 of Castor, made his way to his Heavenly home on Thursday, October 14, 2021. He was a Bienville Parish native and proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Ethel S. Collinsworth; stepchildren, Dudley Poda and wife Merrilynne of Castor; Renee Davis of Quitman; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Phillips of Bienville, Belva Robinson of Ruston, Virginia Treadway of Jonesboro; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.D. and Willie Belle (Hines) Collinsworth, siblings, Harris Collinsworth, David Collinsworth, Hazel Hall.

A graveside service are planned for Sunday, October 17, 2021 in Friendship Cemetery at 2:00PM with Dr. Don Ward officiating. Burial will follow the ceremony under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Kim Treadway, Clint Collinsworth, Jodie Hall, Kenneth Collinsworth, Lindon Collinsworth, Scott Martin.

Garlon “Noonie” Driskill
September 26, 1944 – October 12, 2021

Garlon “Noonie” Oma Driskill, Jr., age 77 of Chatham, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Noonie was a life long resident of Jackson Parish and a member of Hodge United Methodist Church. He served as an Administrative Trustee as well as various other positions within his church. He was a hard worker and retired from the paper mill after 42 years of working in the machine room. Noonie was also a proud charter member of the Hodge Fire Department.

Funeral services were held on Thursday at Center Point Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Lee officiating. Burial followed in the Hodge Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Those left to cherish his memory is his brother, Terry Driskill; special Godchildren, Mariah Warren, Brandon Tyler Lutrick, Laiken Willis; a host of numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garlon and Katheleen (Johnston) Driskill, brother, Donald Driskill; paternal grandparents, John and Lizzie Driskill.

Ronald Willard Taylor, Jr.
May 04, 1968 – October 10, 2021

Born Saturday, May 4, 1968 in Natchitoches, Louisiana he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Willard and Mary Taylor of Dodson, Louisiana and Hubert and Laverne Barnhill of Keatchie, Louisiana; his mother-in-law, Annette (Parker) Emanus.

Ronny was an active member of Gloryway Church in Gansville, Louisiana. From an early age he enjoyed working with his hands. He learned to build and work with wood from his grandfathers and uncles, but his passion was working in the electrical field. He honed this skill while working side by side with his dad and later with his son Chase. He was an avid outdoorsman and when he wasn’t working he was fishing and hunting.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 32 years, Windy Emanus Taylor; two sons, Chase Taylor (Kayla) of Dodson and Jake Taylor (Magen) of Quitman; his parents, Ronny and Gail Taylor of Dodson; one sister, Tannah Fitzgerald (Mike) of Dodson; father-in-law, Tommy Emanus (Robbie)of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Hallay, Koplin, Mercedes, Dallas and Benelli, all of Quitman and Corbin arriving soon.

Funeral services were heldon Friday, October 15, 2021 at Gloryway Church in Gansville with Bro. Mike Williams and Bro. Charles Hammons officiating. Interment followed in Gloryway Church Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Chase Taylor, Ethan Domangue, Mike Fitzgerald, Wayne Durbin, Lucas Carter, Jake Taylor and Tommy Emanus.


“J R” Neatherland
August 17, 1932 – October 05, 2021

James Rankin “J R” Neatherland, age 89 of Weston, made his journey to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. JR was a happy and joyous man that was a friend to all he met. He enjoyed keeping up and following Weston High School sports and he took great pride in growing his vegetable gardens.

J R is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ellon (Reed) Neatherland; children, James Randall Neatherland, Lisa (Neatherland) Stevenson, Darren Duane Neatherland; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother, David Neatherland; sister, Lawanda Ponder; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Gladys (Wyatt) Neatherland; brothers, Roy Faye Neatherland and Jason Neatherland.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, 2021 in the Chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Staples officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Frances Parker Fowler
November 22, 1943 – August 22, 2021

Frances Parker Fowler died August 22, 2021, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, after a short illness. She was 77 years of age.

Born in Jonesboro, LA on November 22, 1943, Frances was the third child and first daughter of Earl Edward and Ruby Weeks Parker. She graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1961 and a month later wed Don while he was on leave from the first of several tours in Vietnam. Just over a year later they welcomed their first child, Deborah, and two years later their second, Michael. As a military family, the Fowlers moved to Georgia, South Carolina, and finally to their longest posting in Mannheim, Germany, and then back to the States and their Louisiana hometown in 1976.

Frances worked at Rowe Plumbing in Jonesboro before taking a position at the soon-to-open Wal-Mart, first in Jonesboro and then in San Antonio. She retired from that company after 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Jonesboro First Baptist Church, and in San Antonio St. Pius X Catholic Church. She volunteered for many years during Fiesta at NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio) and made rosaries at St. Pius. She also loved watching the Food Network, particularly Cooking with Bobby Flay.

She helped raise not only her grandchildren but also her great grandchildren and was known affectionately as “Other Mommy.”

As a military wife Frances took advantage of the ability to travel on her own (France, Israel, Greece, Spain, England, Italy), or to explore the rich history of Germany with the family. She never lost that love of traveling, and she and Don continued to travel the world after retirement, often by cruise ship where they always had a balcony room so she could enjoy her morning coffee on the patio. She and Don also served for several years as campground hosts, traveling to various national campgrounds in their RV.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Marion Fowler (2017), and is survived by her children, Deborah Kay Fowler of San Antonio, TX, and Michael Shawn Fowler and wife DeeDee of Quitman, LA; two grandchildren: Meghan Hurley and husband Jay, and Rebecca Froh; four great grandchildren: Danen (14), Kaylinn (10), Stellan (7), and Veyda (1 year 7 months); sisters Fonda McBride (husband Jim) and Shirley Parker, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Parker, and 9 nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Friday, November 19th from 5-8PM at Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman, LA.



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