Death Notices


Tanya Runae (Wyatt) Staples
November 11, 1947 – November 06, 2021

Tanya Runae (Wyatt) Staples was peacefully called home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, November 6, 2021 at her home Tanya was a loving, kind, trusting and gentle lady with a beautiful smile, a wonderful laugh and a wonderful sense of the greatness of life. She was a graduate of Weston High School and then furthered her education at Louisiana Tech University where she obtained her bachelors degree, masters degree and her +30 in education. Mrs. Staples, as her students called her, loved children and was a teacher in public schools for 30 years prior to her retirement..

Tanya was a very intelligent person who had great talents in many different areas. She was an accomplished artist who enjoyed painting and drawing. Sewing, growing flowers, and cooking for her family and friends were things that she did with great love. She was usually humming a gospel song while working around the house or traveling and God blessed her with a beautiful voice that she used for Him by singing in church or leading the church in praise and worship music services. God was first in her life and her family was a very close second. Tanya was a faithful member of Midway Baptist Church and she often sat at the kitchen table reading and studying her bible and Sunday School lesson as she learned more of God’s word. It cannot be emphasized enough to convey the great love that Tanya had for her family. She will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years Mike Staples; her son Wyatt Hanks Staples & wife Haley; mother, Billie Jean Tullos; brother, Jimmy Wyatt & wife Sharon; nephew, Ethan Wyatt. She was preceded in death by her father, A.J. Wyatt.

Funeral services were held at Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Bill Staples officiating. Interment followed at Ebenezer Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Gary Wayne Anderson
October 03, 1949 – October 29, 2021

Gary Wayne Anderson passed away on October 31, 2021, at the age of 72. He was born October 3, 1949, in Hodge, La. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, and retired from General Motors in Monroe, La. Gary was a free spirit who enjoyed taking cross-country motorcycle trips with his buddies when he could. He will be greatly missed by his family, special neighbors, “breakfast club,” and motorcycle buddies.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Dora Anderson. He is survived by one son Syth Stephens; grandson Wyatt Stephens; and, granddaughter Emilie Stephens. He is also survived by his sister Belita Anderson Cernigliaro and husband Pete; niece Lori Cernigliaro Wilcox and husband Tim; nephew Trey Cernigliaro, wife Eunice, and children Weston and Mia; nephew Mark Cernigliaro, wife Jennifer, and their son Asher; great-niece, Chelsea Renfro Spinks, husband Thomas, and their daughter Gia; and great-nephew Andrew Renfro.

Funeral services were held in Jonesboro, Louisiana at Edmonds-Southern Funeral Home on November 5. Burial followed at the Mt. Olive West Cemetery near Quitman under the direciton of Edmonds-Southern Funeral Home. Pallbearers were his classmates from Jonesboro-Hodge High School.

Nell Stadtlander
September 09, 1940 – October 30, 2021

Mrs. Nell (Baxley) Stadtlander, age 81 of Jonesboro, Louisiana was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, October 30, 2021 following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Stadtlander was born in Winnfield, Louisiana September 20, 1940 to the union of Earl W. and Nellie Frances (Stalsby) Baxley. She was a graduate of Winnfield Sr. High School and attended Northwestern Louisiana University. She served as Sr. Vice-President of Loans at the former Jonesboro Federal Savings and Loan and then served as Executive Director of Jackson Parish Council on Aging for 25 years. Mrs. Stadtlander was married to her husband of 50 years, James Stadtlander, prior to his passing. She was a faithful member of the Beech Springs Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Stacey Stadtlander of Jonesboro and Marilyn Stadtlander of Encino, CA; special daughter, Elisha Treadway of Chatham; grandchildren, Trae Schneider of Houston, TX, Courtney Hoffacker of Kitimat, B.C., Andrew Hoffacker of Encino, CA, Kyle Hoffacker of Las Vegas, NV; great grandchild, Warren Hoffacker; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mrs. Stadtlander in death are her husband of 50 years, James Stadtlander; parents, Earl and Nellie Baxley; brothers, Earnest Baxley and Louis Baxley, nephew Jay Baxley.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 3rd at Beech Springs Baptist Church with Reverend Jim Lancaster officiating. Interment followed in the Beech Springs Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Malcolm Stadtlander, Donnie Horton, Johnny Ray Horton, Michael Buchans, Kenny Martin, Glenn Kirkland

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