Death Notices

John Thomas Kennedy
02/11/1953 – 11/13/2021

Mr. John Thomas Kennedy, age 68 of Quitman, was escorted through the gates of Heaven Saturday, November 13, 2021. Mr. Kennedy was a retired truck driver and loved time spent with his family and friends.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his daughter, Megan Kennedy; grandchildren, Kade Ougel, Madden McAdams, Kash McAdams; siblings, Wayne Kennedy & Texie, Shirley Williams & Bruce, Barbara Hawthorne & Floyd, James Kennedy & Jill, Sally Kennedy, and Ronnie Kennedy & Melody; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah and Lois Ethel (Smith) Kennedy.

Graveside services were held on November 17th at the Antioch Cemetery near Quitman with Reverend Ray Hearron officiating. Interment followed 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 was held Friday, November 19th at Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman, LA.

Thelma Faye Massey
February 20, 1939 – November 10, 2021

Faye Massey, age 82, of Conroe Texas passed away Wednesday November 10, 2021. She was born February 20, 1939 to Lamar and Grace Hathaway in Quitman, Louisiana. Faye grew up in Weston, Louisiana and graduated from Weston High School in 1957. She and her family moved to Texas in 1975. She started her career at Wackers in Kingwood before it moved her to Conroe where she also worked at Winns and Randall’s. Faye retired from Wal-Mart after many years of employment. She enjoyed retirement by sewing, reading, and visiting friends and family back home in Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Geri Gaines, and grandson, Dakota Massey. She leaves behind her sons Tony Massey and wife Kim, Craig Massey and wife Veronica, and Lance Massey, grandchildren Felicia Massey, Alex Massey and wife Becky, Kyle Massey, and Ryan White, sisters Natalie Ford, Linda Hightower, and Sharron Hathaway, and many other family members in Louisiana.

Funeral services were held in Conroe, TX Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Cashner Funeral Home and again at Edmonds Funeral Home on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Faye was laid to rest in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

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