Eldon Joe Tyler
April 20, 1933 – February 13, 2022
Mr. Eldon Joe Tyler, age 88, of Jonesboro, passed peacefully Sunday, February 13, 2022 with his son by his side. Mr. Tyler was most commonly known by and called Papaw Jay. He was born on Thursday, April 20, 1933 and was raised in Jonesboro, Louisiana amid his four siblings and many cousins. He truck-farmed with his father and through the years became a carpenter. Papaw Jay built many houses and additions in Jackson Parish.
Mr. Tyler served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. Later, while working in Washington State picking apples, he met and married his beloved bride, Beverly Jo McLoud. After marriage, they moved to Jonesboro and raised their family there. In his younger days Mr. Tyler enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a master gardener and loved to grow home-grown tomatoes to have with his mustard greens, cornbread and buttermilk. He liked watching animal shows and Lone Star Law on TV, but his favorite channels were the ones that showed Westerns. He loved bluegrass music, especially the old songs by Lester Flatt and Earl Scouggs. He loved exchanging jokes with his great grandchildren. He was a member of Jonesboro Church of Christ and attended until his health declined.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Cindy Phillips and Ricky, Mary Jo Brister and Terry, Ramona Shows and Phillip, Jason Tyler; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Tyler; parents, Winfred Carl and Josie Ola (Jacks) Tyler; siblings, Charles Tyler, Onita (Tyler) Bond, Rosa Elizabeth (Tyler) Wyatt, Huey Prentiss “Buddy” Tyler.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 17, 2022 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral services are set for 10:00am Friday, February 18, 2022 at Jonesboro Church of Christ with Bro. Freddie Shows officiating. Burial will follow in Gayla Traina Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home. Serving the family as pallbearers will be the grandsons, Cody Phillips, Tyler Phillips, Nathan Shows, Bradley Shows, Chris Williams, Jared Horton, Juddy Rogers, Kyle Jones, Kenny Jackson, Zack Middleton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you and are very appreciative of the love and care he received from Heart of Hospice and to his CNA, Latosha Martin and sitters, Carla Causy, Anita Hartis, Virginia Wigley, Amber LeBrun, Terri Dye, Savannah Guyotte, Liz Shumake, Amy Pace.
Rickie “Bubba” Lamon Grant
December 4, 1959 – February 12, 2022
Rickie was born December 4, 1959 in Chatham La. Resident of Jonesboro La. He is the third son of James and Minnie Jane Grant. He left us too soon on Friday February 12, 2022 succumbing to injuries from an automobile accident received on December 20 2021. He was 63 years of age.
Rickie attended Southern University in Baton Rouge La. He joined the Navy from 1978-1981. Rickie received Certification in Electrical, Welding and Carpentry. He was employed at Louisiana Children’s Home in Ruston La for 13 years. He had a fundamental love for his students and had a desire to be an agent for change in their lives educationally. On June 9, 2007 Rickie publicly dedicated his life to Jehovah. Rickie remained a faithful servant, and regular pioneer. He enjoyed teaching about Jehovah and a passion for any outdoor sport or work. He worked several years on the Reginal Building Committee. He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Jonesboro, LA.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Raynae Whitelaw-Grant, whom he loved and cherished for eight years and six months. Rickie will forever be remembered for his gentleness, his spiritual leadership and friendship by her. His father: James Grant Jr. (Evelyn) Chatham La; Mother: Minnie Jane Grant; Three brothers: James B Grant (Chatham La); Jonathan Grant (Tammy) Monroe La. Tracy foster (Sheila) AL; Five sisters: Mickie Wilson (Atlanta Ga) Mozetta Grant (Baton Rouge La) Joan McKeever (Atlanta Ga.) Nina Childs (Richard) Kansas City Mo.; Elaine Jackson (Joel) Jonesboro La. One daughter Malkia Henderson; Two grandchildren: Alexander Woodward; Willow Woodward; One aunt Jessie Grant (Kansas City Kansas) One Uncle Wilbert Kelly (Ruston La.) A host of nieces and nephews; friends; coworkers; Christian brothers and sisters
that he dearly loved.
Special thanks to Howard Wilson, a brother, friend and advocate when most needed for Rickie and Mozetta Grant his loyal sister who was daily by his side. Rickie and Rayne have been blessed by Jehovah God to have both in our life.
Public visitation will be held Friday February 18, 2022 at 1-3pm at the Kings Funeral Home, located at 1511 W. California Ave. in Ruston, LA. A graveside service will immediately follow at St. Clair Cemetery in Chatham, LA.
A Virtual Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday February 19, 2022 via Zoom.
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