Death Notices

Wayne Buchan
June 13, 1948 – May 22, 2022

buchanA celebration of life for Wayne T. Buchan, age 73 of Hodge, LA was held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Center Point Baptist Church in Jonesboro, LA. Brother Randy Lee and Stuart Toms officiated and interment followed at Mt. Olive East Cemetery in Quitman, LA.

Wayne was born June 13, 1948 in Jonesboro, LA and passed away May 22, 2022 surrounded by his family at his home in Hodge, LA. He was a retired police chief of Hodge for 24 years.

Wayne was a member of Center Point Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and all things outdoors – including cutting his grass! Wayne was a member of Loe’s Pasture and Bear Creek Hunting Clubs. He was currently serving as Hodge Councilman.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Lavern and Troyce Buchan.

Left to cherish his memories are: his wife of 51 years, Martha Buchan; sons: Shannon Casper and wife, Marcy, Brad Buchan and wife, Leah; grandchildren: Dusti Wright and husband, BJ, Gage Buchan, Aubrey Casper, Eli, Peyton, and Ty Buchan; great-grandson, Brayden Wright; brother, Roger Buchan and wife, Dianne; sister, Judy Pepper; and many other cherished family and friends.

The family would like to express their thank you to Jamie Ferguson for her kindness and compassion during his final days.

Pallbearers were Shannon Casper, Brad Buchan, Michael Buchan, Millard Arnold, Mike Brown, and Cody Cheatwood. Honorary pallbearers were Mayor Gerald Palmer, town councilman Steve Fox, and Willard Willis.

Claude McMillan
July 27, 1930 – May 22, 2022

claudeIt is with great happiness for him, and with sorrow for ourselves, that we announce the passing of Claude E. McMillan Jr. The Lord promoted him to Heaven on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Claude was born July 27, 1930 in Wink, TX. He graduated from Quitman High School in 1950. After graduation, Claude joined the United States Navy.

Claude met Marie Stewart while attending Quitman High School; they reconnected after graduation and married on December 20, 1953. In 1954, he completed his 4-year Navy tour, and she graduated from Louisiana Tech University. The couple moved to Fort Worth, TX, where Claude graduated from barber school. They made Odessa, TX their home for 13 years, where their children, Eddie and Stewart, were born. In 1968, they returned to Quitman, LA and made it their permanent home.

A true Renaissance man, Mr. McMillan worked in many career fields during his life: Navy seaman, barber, bus driver, and an exterminator were just a few. Claude served on various community committees and was president of the Dugdemona Soil and Water Conservation District until 2010; he also served as a Constable for 50 years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. Claude could often be found with friends on the local golf course. He was a devout Christian, faithful church member, and an elder of Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church for more than five decades.

Claude was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. Mr. McMillan will be remembered by his wife of 69 years, Marie, his son, Stewart, granddaughters, Jenna and Ansley McMillan, grandson, Devin McMillan, and many other relatives and close friends.

2 Tim 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day.”

Funeral services were held at Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Serving as pallbearers were Devin McMillan, Drake Roberts, LeDean Roberts, Greg Stewart, Jeff Stewart, and Blake Stevenson. Honorary pallbearers were Sammie Henderson, Todd Cooper, Bill Hughes, Floyd Walker, and Gon Hausgen.

Kristy Cathy Salter
September 3, 1954 – May 16, 2022

Kristy-Salter-PictureKrista Kay “Kristy” Cathey Salter, age 67, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, peacefully passed away on May 16, 2022, after a long battle with liver and kidney disease. A private funeral for family and close friends was held to honor her life at Aulds Funeral Home in Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 18, 2022.

Kristy was born on September 3, 1954, to Laris and Era Pullig Cathey. She grew up in Hodge, Louisiana, and graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1972. She went on to attend Louisiana Tech University where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.

She is survived by many including her loving and devoted companion, Richard Mutter, of Shreveport, Louisiana; her 93-year-old aunt, Jimmie Lou Carse of Orlando, Florida; her son, Rob Harrell and wife Heather of Marshall, Texas; her daughter, Mary Beth Fair and husband Jack of Natchitoches, Louisiana; her step-children, Lita Hopkins and Scotty Mutter of Shreveport, Louisiana; her favorite cousin, Vicki Carse Rodriguez and husband Jimmie of Orlando, Florida; her sister, Ann Martin and husband Hadley of Ruston, Louisiana; her grandsons, Austin Harrell, Luke Fair, and Beau Fair; and granddaughter, Halle Harrell.

Kristy is preceded in death by her parents; her high school sweetheart and first husband, Robert Ardle Harrell; her second husband of 35 years, John Thomas Salter; her sister, Terri Cathey; and her brother, David Cathey.

Kristy owned and operated her own business for over 35 years which gave her the opportunity to do a great deal of traveling throughout her life. She had many talents and an innate ability to make things around her more beautiful. Whether it was hair styling, applying make-up, painting, crafting, monogramming, sewing, wreath making, or interior decorating, she could do it all.

Kristy loved all things pageants. She assumed the title of Miss Jackson Parish in 1972 and became actively involved in the Miss Louisiana Organization for nearly four decades. She helped contestants prepare for competition, directed many preliminaries including the Miss Super Derby Pageant, and chaperoned several Miss Louisiana winners at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Kristy was also an avid collector of antiques. Some of her most memorable times were with her mother at flea markets, estate sales, and auctions buying Depression glass, vintage treasures, bric-a-brac, and her beloved cookie jars.

Kristy would do anything for those she cherished as family and friends. Her four greatest loves in life were her grandchildren, Austin, Halle, Luke, and Beau, who affectionately referred to her as G-Momma.

Kristy will be fondly remembered for her quick wit and dry humor. Anyone who knew her always had a funny story to tell about their time together.

The family would like to thank the physicians who took wonderful care of her at the John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center at Willis Knighton in Shreveport, especially her two favorite, Dr. Gazi Zibari and Dr. Veron D. Browne. In honor of her life, please register to be an organ donor in Louisiana at lopa.org or donatelifela.org.

Mertiel (Williams) Brewster
July 18, 1932 – May 24, 2022

williamsMertiel (Williams) Brewster, age 89 Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Mrs. Brewster was born July 18, 1932 in Dodson. She worked many years as a nurses aide. Mrs. Brewster was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Zelma Williams; two children, Steven and David Rayborn; three brothers, T.J. Jr., Johnny and Ronnie Williams; three sisters, Mildred Kadlec, Lucy Stringer and Evelyn Terral.

Mrs. Brewster was a christian lady that loved the Lord with all her heart. The Lord led her and Mr. Billy’s life and she firmly believed that God was the one who put the two of them together. She was known to be a mighty prayer warrior. She was a lady that always welcomed you into her home, her door was always open. She loved cooking meals, especially gumbo, for friends and family. She also was very fond of the color red and she just loved cats as well.

Mrs. Brewster is survived by her husband of 35 years, Billy Brewster of Jonesboro; one brother, Kenneth L. Williams and wife, Elaine of Shreveport and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service was held Friday, May 27, 2022 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home at 1:00PM with Bro. Chris Witt and Bro. Scott Canady officiating. Burial followed in Cypress Creek Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Coady Thompson, Daniel Wyatt, Charles Wayne, Jerry Bartlett, Saxton Canady. Honorary Pallbearers ere Gene Terral and David Morgan.

Grady Paul Williams
February 7, 1934 – May 19, 2022

gradyMr. Grady Paul Williams, age 88 of Chatham, died at his residence on Friday, May 19, 2022. He was retired from Brown and Root, born in Vian, Oklahoma and faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict being stationed in Germany. Mr. Williams was a kind and loving man who loved to square dance and spend time talking to any and everyone, especially his wife and family whom he loved dearly. On June 25, 2001 Mr. Williams married the love of his life, Linda Freeman Hodnett.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Hodnett Williams; daughters, Loretta Carney and husband Eddie, Gloria Hall; sons, Kenneth Hodnett, Jr. and wife Alexandria, David Hodnett and wife Lacy; grandchildren, Bobby Horton and wife Sharri, Michael Shawn Horton, Tiffany Horton, Amanda Hodnett, Dixie Hall, Matt Lacass, Lanett Lacass, Dynelle Hodnett, Banjamin Hodnett, Aurelinda Hodnett, Preston Carney, Katie Carney, Monica Hodnett, Megan Hodnett, Denise Brooks and husband Jasper; a host of great grandchildren and many friends.

Mr. Williams had made arrangements to donate his body to science and his family will schedule a memorial service at a later date.


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