Death Notices


Sandra Kay Gilmore
December 10, 1946 – April 23, 2022

Sandra Kay (Thomas) Gilmore, age 76 of Hodge, ascended to meet her Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 23, 2022. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and taught Sunday School for the church for many, many years. Sandra was also a member of the Masonic Eastern Star- Jonesboro Lodge #280. Sandra possessed a strong work ethic. She was a school teacher and retired from Dodson High School after 34 years of teaching. Most of her teaching years she worked two jobs and yet still found time for crafting. She worked at Walmart, in addition to teaching, for 25 years. In her free time she loved to keep her hands busy with crafts such as quilting, cross stitch, painting and through the years she made many coasters too.

Those that remain to cherish her memory are her sons, Andrew Gilmore and wife, Dana, Brian Gilmore and wife, Erica; grandchildren, Aaron Nipper, Challys Gilmore, Autumn Gilmore, Gavin Gilmore, Gracie Gilmore; siblings, James “Jimmy” Thomas and wife, Cathy, Bruce Thomas and wife, Charlotte, Mark Thomas and wife, Connie. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Lloyd and Mary Lee (Cotton) Thomas.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 29, 2022 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home at 1:00PM with Rev. Brian McAllister officiating. Burial followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Bobby Dillon, Andy Gilmore, Jackie Potts, Mark Thomas, Brian Gilmore, Steve Pardee.

David Hugh Choate
November 22, 1974 – April 25, 2022

Mr. David Hugh Choate passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 near his home in Readhimer, Louisiana. David was known for his infectious smile and sense of humor. He was always cracking jokes around his family and friends. It has been said that he never met a stranger and he went out of his way to talk to people. He loved Rock-N- Roll music and was especially fond of his dog, Miss Kitty.

Mr. Choate is survived by his children, Austyn Choate, Alayna Choate, and Katy Choate; parents, Tony Kenneth and Peggy Sue (McCormick) Choate; brother, Paul Choate; and niece, Lilith Choate.

A graveside service was held on Saturday at the Strange Methodist Cemetery in Readhimer with Father Gus Voltz officiating.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Randy Mason, Austyn Choate, Paul Choate, Alan Garlington, Daniel Dunn and Devon Dunn. Honorary pallbearer was Cassandra Daniels.

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