Death Notices

Susan Lea Robinson
October 17, 1958 – January 25, 2022

susanSusan Lea Robinson, age 62 of Friendship, Louisiana, was called home to Heaven on January 25, 2022. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother (Gran), sister, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family, tending flowers in her “secret garden”, vegetable gardening, and cooking.

Susan was an inspiration to her family and friends. She faced many difficult years with her health, but she always looked for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for strength, hope, and comfort. She was very faithful in praying for her loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lois and Lizzie Ellis; brother, James Ellis; sisters, Carolyn Ellis and Barbara Durbin. She is survived by Sonny, her husband of 46 years; daughter, Autumn and husband, Klint and children, Carson and Georgia of Danville, Louisiana; son, Colvin and wife, Whitney and children, Trent, Ella, and Jack of Danville, Louisiana; siblings and spouses, Mable Huckaby of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Kenneth (Slim) Ellis of Shreveport, Louisiana, Robert and Patrice Ellis of Winder, Georgia, Joseph and Mellodie Ellis of Kearney, Missouri, and Jean and David Wagar of Jonesboro, Louisiana; sister in law, Barbara Nell Ellis of Arcadia, Louisiana; brother in law, Lonnie Durbin of Danville, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Friendship Baptist Church from 5-8:00pm. Funeral services will be Monday, January 31, 2022 at Friendship Baptist church at 10:00am with Reverend Robert Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Colvin Robinson, Trent Ledbetter, Klint Robinson, Carson Robinson, Kenneth Ellis, Robert Ellis. Honorary Jack Robinson and Joseph Ellis.

Diane Woods
March 04, 1944 – January 20, 2022

woodsDiane (Jones) Woods, age 77 of Jonesboro, passed from this life into her Heavenly life on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Many will likely remember her care giving skills as she was a registered nurse for many years. She dedicated herself to the care taking of others since early on in her life. She began her career in Hodge clinic where she worked her way up from a certified nurse’s aid, to a licensed practical nurse (LPN), and eventually receiving her license as a registered nurse (RN). Diane’s heart belonged to Christ and to her church. Among her many talents, Diane was a pianist. She played piano for Hodge Methodist Church for over 30 years. One of her favorite hobbies was reading and she was an avid reader to say the least. Some might say she has definitely read every book in the Jackson Parish Library. Diane also enjoyed the great outdoors and all the wildlife it has to offer, especially the birds. She enjoyed bird watching almost as much as she loved watching any type of television show or videos of or about animals; dogs, cats, birds, etc. Dr. Pole was one of the many veterinary and zoo shows she enjoyed. Diane never knew a stray and she cared for so many over the years. She never let them go without! Diane also loved her family and they were her whole heart.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Ramona Hatfield and husband Roy, Thomas Woods, James Woods, Jr., Robert Woods; grandchildren, Jarrett Hatfield; brother, Richard Jones and wife Frances; host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents and maternal grandparents, Robert and Nettie (McGill) Jones; birth parents, Thomas and Edna (Jones) Lund; siblings, Juanita Busbice, Harry Jones.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Hodge Town Hall. Honoring Diane as honorary pallbearers was Tommy Woods, James Woods, Bobby Woods, Jarrett Hatfield, Roy Hatfield, Fred Hamilton.

James Richard Sims
November 27, 1949 – January 24, 2022

simsJames Richard Sims, age 72 of Chatham, Louisiana passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022. James was born November 11, 1949 in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He will be remembered for being a hardworking logger. He is a beloved son, brother, loved one and friend to many and will be missed.

James is survived by his mother, Marie Horton of Chatham; sisters, Dorothy Potts of Clarks, Marjie Wages of Winnfield, Mary Horton of Chatham; brothers, Grover W. Horton of Quitman, Charles Horton of Chatham; a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Grover Horton.

Family plans to have a memorial service at a later date. 

Jerry Douglas Brown
October 13, 1946 – January 24, 2022

brownJerry Douglas Brown of Quitman, Louisiana died at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, Louisiana on Monday, January 24, 2022. Jerry, age 75, was the youngest son of J.T. and Ester (Alexander) Brown. Jerry had a passion for helping others and was able to do this on many occasions because he had the genius of being able to fix practically anything. His life was truly that of the good Samaritan. He loved deer hunting and his living room trophy rack is testimony to his success. Perhaps Jerry’s greatest love was sitting in his living room or on the swing under his carport and talking to friends and relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Eddie Brown; sister-in-law, Winifred Brown. He is survived by his brother, David Earl Brown; nephews, Scott Brown, Steven Brown (Tracie), and Philip Brown (Lacey); great-nephews, James, Andrew, Cade, and Garrett Brown; great-nieces, Caylin, Lauren, and Sadie Brown. Special in Jerry’s life were his cousins, Larry Alexander (Shirley), Gary Bell, Sherry Rockhold, Ann Loe, Pat Heard; friends, Larry and Jerry Bell, Douglas Plunkett, Joann Brown, Steve Walker, and Lowell F. Lynde, Jr.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 2:00PM with the Rev. Joey Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the Bear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Music was provided by Amy Nugent.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Scott Brown, Steven Brown, Philip Brown, Cade Brown, Garrett Brown, James Brown, Andrew Brown.

Rhonda Renee (Pate) Hayden
October 12, 1956 – January 21, 2022

pateRhonda Pate Hayden, 65 of Eros a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend lost her long courageous battle with cancer on Friday, January 21, 2022. Rhonda spent 17 years as a CSR for Sprint Long Distance in Dallas, TX. More recently she enjoyed spending her time with grandkids, cooking and traveling. Rhonda was preceded in death by her mother: Louise Easley Guirlando and stepson: Tim Hayden.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 39 years Bobby Hayden, father: Aylon Pate, stepmother: Bettye Pate, sister: Lisa Wursteisen (Michael), sons: Chad Garner and Corey Johnston (Cherie), daughter: Candice Johnston, stepson: Bob Hayden, grandchildren: Lily Herndon, Matthew Hayden, Michael Johnston
and Tristan Johnston, constant companion: Angel, her black Lab.

Rhonda never met a stranger, would help anyone and loved animals. Her quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by many.

At Rhonda’s request, there will not be a funeral. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Rhonda has collected Angels for years, but Heaven got the best one.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital


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