Death Notices

Rev. Marvin Denton
April 10, 1948 – January 11, 2022

dentonReverend Marvin Denton, age 73 of Quitman, passed through Heaven’s gates on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He was surrounded by his loving family. Marvin was born in Hodge, Louisiana, on April, 10, 1948. He grew up in Quitman. Throughout his childhood, Marvin enjoyed spending time working alongside his dad rebuilding small engines as well as time in the outdoors hunting and fishing. Marvin proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1969. He earned the National Defense Service Medal. Marvin was a pastor, evangelist, and a singer who served God in ministry for over 50 years with his wife, Shirley, by his side.

His ministry training began in 1971 and he was ordained by the Nazarene Church in 1977. His ministry spread outside the walls of the church to his over-the-road trucking and to a particularly rewarding time when he served as a prison chaplain simultaneous to his final pastorate at Highway Chapel Church of God in Quitman. Marvin was a family man. He shared his love of God and the outdoors with his children and grandchildren. In November of 2019 his health began to fail, but his gaze on Heaven stood strong.

Brother Marvin will be remembered by all for his love of Christ, his family, and his country. As you remember Brother Marvin, think about this favorite scripture passage of his from Romans 6:5-7. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 51 years, Shirley (Curry) Denton; sons, Robert Michael Denton, Paul Wesley Denton (Janelle); daughter, Charlotte Denise Denton; grandchildren, Trent Alexander Denton, Claire Elise Denton, Chloe Grace Denton; brother, Anthony Denton (Beth); brother-in-laws, David Earl Brown, Tommy Foster; many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandbabies, Malory Renee, Joshua Allen; sisters, Winifred Brown, MaryFrancis Foster; parents, Kree and Eloise (Kirkham) Denton.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:30am in the Southern-Edmonds Chapel with Reverend Joey Anderson and Reverend David Walsworth officiating. Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery near Quitman.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks for the care provided by Kim Roberts, Felicia Malone, and Jacqueline Burks.

Doniva James Simons
October 20, 1944 – January 12, 2022

simonsDoniva James Simons, age 77 of Chatham, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Don was born to Henry Simons and Dorothy (Bratton) Simons in Jonesboro, Louisiana on Friday, October 20, 1944. He remained a Jackson Parish resident throughout his life.

Those left to cherish his memory are his siblings, William Simons, Edna Smith, Wanda Mathews (Roy), Helen Simons; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry S. Simons; mother, Dorothy (Bratton) Simons Butler; brother, John Simons; sister, Shirley Marie Simpson.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Chatham Cemetery with Minister Sheila Whitman officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Danny Peel, Larry Hardwick, Jamie Williams, Sherman Smith, Tommy Smith, Jake Smith. Honorary pallbearers: Chris Higgins, Wade (Peanut) Smith, Scottie Pierre.

Gale Brumley
February 12, 1943 – January 12, 2022

brumleyGale Brumley, age 78 of Jonesboro, passed through the gates of Heaven into a joyous reunion. She was a member of Jonesboro 1st Baptist Church and enjoyed attending when she was able. Gale absolutely had a heart made to love animals. She owned and cared for many pets through the years and rescued many as well. She treasured the times she vacationed with her beloved Aunt and Uncle. She truly enjoyed reading as much as traveling.

A graveside service was held on Sunday, January 16, 2022 in the Jonesboro Cemetery with Dr. H. Glenn Jordan officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Those left to cherish her memory are her cousins, H. Glenn Jordan, Debra Freyer, Dinah Kirkham, David Ray Duck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Brumley; parents, Fletcher and Lessie (Jones) Kilgore; aunt and uncle, M.C. and Iva (Jones) Walker; cousins, Imogene Poole, Paul Jones.


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