Death Notices

John Chester Guyotte
September 21, 1949 – July 24, 2022

guyotteJohn Chester Guyotte passed away on Sunday, July 24th, 2022. He was born in Attleboro, Massachussetts to Chester Benjamin Guyotte and Cornelius “Connie” Caskey Guyotte. 

John was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish and shoot guns. He shared and passes on  his love for all of his outdoor activities with his family. He coached baseball and softball for many years in local little leagues and also served the league as umpire chief and board member. He was a mentor to many players who were less fortunate. 

He was a veteran who served our country. John enjoyed a career as an electrician at the Hodge Papermill before retiring and most recently worked at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center where he held several positions. He was a craftsman in every way. There wasn’t much that he couldn’t build and very few thing mechanically that he couldn’t fix. He was always a very hard worker with a do it yourself attitude, qualities that he instilled into his children. He loved his family and left many memories to cherish. He will be missed by so many family and friends. 

Preceding him in death was his father, Chester Guyotte; mother, Connie Dearman and sister, Barbara Toms. 

John is survived by his wife, Danielle Guyotte; sister, Debbie Johnson and husband Butch; two brothers, Tommy Guyotte  and wife Donna, Kenny Guyotte and wife Sherry; three sons, Chad Guyotte, Brian and wife Paula Guyotte and Brad Guyotte and wife Denise; daughter, Brook Guyotte; grandchildren,Peyton Guyotte, Alexis Guyotte, Shelby Guyotte Wall and husband Hayden Wall, Sydney Guyotte Jobe, Jeffry Jobe, Clayton Guyotte, Maggie Guyotte, Lyndsey Hayes, Riley Hayes, Timothy Lanier, Samantha Guyotte, Savannah Guyotte, Hunter Guyotte, Benjamin Guyotte, Regina Guyotte and Jacob Guyotte; great grandchildren, Collins Wall, Baker Wall, Cason Lewis, Cameron Lutric, Alexander McQuillin, and Ellie Sutton along with many neices and nephews.  

Visitation will take place at 9:00am on Friday, July 29th at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Quitman.  The funeral service, which is being handled by Paradise Funeral Home, will take place at 12:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that ypu please consider making a donation in John’s honor to the American Heart Association. Donations can be made at either Fellowship Baptist Church or Paradise Funeral Home.

Aylon Pate
August 11, 1931 – July 23, 2022

candleAylon Thomas Pate of Jonesboro, LA died on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Forest Haven Nursing Home of congestive heart failure. Aylon was born October 11, 1931 in Hodge, LA to Walter and Vada Pate.

Aylon is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bettye Turner Pate; daughter, Lisa Wursteisen (Michael); sister, Evelyn Burson; grandchildren, Chad Garner, Corey Johnston (Cherrie), Candice Johnston (Daniel), and Allie, Jacob, and Payton Wursteisen; great grandchildren, Lillian Herndon, Michael and Tristan Johnston; son in law, Bobby Hayden; step-grandson, Bobby Wayne Hayden. Aylon was predeceased by his parents, Walter Thomas and Vada (Bridges) Pate; daughter, Rhonda Hayden, Brothers, Berlin “Bo” Pate and Jack Pate; sister, Nell Prothro; and step-grandson, Timmy Hayden.

Aylon attended Jonesboro-Hodge High School and served in the United States Army in the Korean War rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He retired from Stone Container Corporation in 1997 after 44 years of faithful service, 22 of which were as operator of the No. 5 paper machine. After retirement he enjoyed fishing on Saline, Black and D’Arbonne Lakes with Bettye. He was a big fan of Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty. He and Bettye were big fans of “The Young and Restless” which he taped and they watched after midnight. He loved cooking and took over those duties after retirement. Aylon took pride in both his appearance and that of his home and yard. He was obsessive about keeping his cars and trucks in their showroom appearance.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 9:00AM until time of services. Funeral services are set for 11:00AM. Burial will follow under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Chris Love, Charles Neeles, Mike Turner, Terry Williams, Bobby Hayden, Thomas Lay, Bryan Lay, Tyler Lay, Michael Wurstisens. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Hartsfield, Woody McDonald, Chuck Allen, Murphy Chestnut, Lavelle Brown, Bill Jimmerson.

Donations can be made in Aylon’s honor to Brooks Chapel Cemetery in care of James Mobley at 707 Brooks Chapel Road in Quitman, Louisiana 71268.

Clyde “Buster” Sullivan
May 16, 1942 – July 18, 2022

busterFuneral services for Mr. Clyde “Buster” Sullivan, Jr. was held Friday, July 22, 2022 at First Baptist Church Jonesboro with Rev. Brian McAllister officiating. Services were under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston, LA.

Buster was a long-time resident of Jonesboro, LA. He was born in Macon, MS on May 16, 1942 to Clyde and Christine Sullivan and passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Jonesboro, LA at the age of 80.

After serving in the US Army in Korea, he graduated from Louisiana Tech University. Following graduation, Buster joined his dad as a logging contractor for thirty years. Upon retirement, he enjoyed gardening and farming before beginning his second career as a field representative for Woodmen Life Insurance, where he was a successful sales representative for sixteen years. He loved both of his careers, making life long friends in each area. Buster was known for his dry wit, quiet dignity, helping hand, and love of the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an active member of Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and regional representative. He also served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Buster was an active member at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. He loved his Lord and loved being very active in his Sunday school class. Buster was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Christine Sullivan and his sister, Louise Burnett.

Buster is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Donna Sullivan; son, Shea Sullivan and wife, Lelani; daughter, Stacy and husband, Gary Bergeon; three grandchildren; sister, Pauline Lochala; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Wanona Gail Shoemaker
Monday, March 22nd, 1943 – Sunday, July 24th, 2022

shoemakerOver the years Wanona has been known by many nicknames – Shoe, Aunt Nonie, Grammy, and most recently Boo-Boo. She religiously watched LSU and Saints football, and every evening you’d catch her with a cup of her special “Winnsboro Water.” Once her great-grandchildren were born, the majority of her time was spent with them. Her loving and caring nature will not go unmissed.

Preceded in death by: long-term significant other Johnny Etheridge, mother Juanita Richard’s Harper, father Arthur “Doody” Harper, and brother Robert “Roddy” Harper

Survived by: daughter Traci Lynn Shoemaker, grand-son Matthew Harper Smith and wife LeSha Marie Smith, great-grandchildren Kaden Clyde Smith and Jacie Harper Smith, Aunt Pat Lockwood and husband Jim, sister-in-law Lou Ann Copeland, and a host of friends who became family

A memorial service will be held Saturday July 30th at 1 pm at Reily Memorial United Methodist Church in Collinston, LA.

Orvin Alonzo Maxwell
September 08, 1924 – July 22, 2022

maxwellOrvin Maxwell was born September 8th, 1924 in Jonesboro, La. and passed away peacefully at his home on July 22, 2022 and entered Heaven.

We lost a wonderful man from “The Greatest Generation”. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from September 1943 through November 1945. During his service he was a Sergeant and Rifleman. He bravely served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Rhineland. His awards included American Theater Ribbon; Eame Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars; Good Conduct Ribbon; and Victory Medal World War II.

He worked for the US Postal Service as a clerk and then a Rural Letter Carrier and enjoyed going to work every day. He was a life-long member of Center Point Baptist Church where he faithfully attended and served in various capacities throughout the years. He was ordained as a deacon in 1959 and served as a treasurer for many years. His life revolved around his family, friends, and church. He was a loving husband, father, papaw, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. He was everything a husband and father should be. He was a Christian man who was strong, supportive, and loving, with a great sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Janie Maxwell; his brother, Elwin Maxwell; his sister, Evelyn Hughes; infant son, Rodney Maxwell; and daughter-in law, Carrie Maxwell. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 69 years, Una Maxwell; his children, daughter, Sharon
Shurling; son, Reggie Maxwell (Alice); son, Michael Maxwell; daughter, Janet Maxwell; grandsons, Travis Shurling (Melissa) and great-grandsons, Charles Maxwell (Max) Shurling and Nathaniel Mendoza. He adored his nieces and nephew and their spouses: Mary Jean and Sonny Standifer; Shirley and Jimmy Clark; Linda and Roy Zito; and Jerry and Eleanor Maxwell.

A very special thank you and debt of gratitude to our dedicated, loving, caring, and considered family of caregivers: Ricki Ashcraft, Diane Coker, Stephanie Springfield, and Linda Tabor. Also, a special thanks to Bro. Wayne Morrow for his special friendship with our parents. We give thanks to Brother Randy Lee for his support and prayers and to family friend, Irma Ashcraft, for always being there for our family. We appreciate all the support of longtime friends Brenda and James Fitzpatrick. We have had the support and prayers of so many of our friends, family, church family, and those who knew of our needs.

Visitation will be held at Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Funeral services for Orvin A. Maxwell, age 97 of Jonesboro, La., will be held at Center Point Baptist Church, Jonesboro, LA, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022. Bro. Wayne Morrow and Bro. Randy Lee will be officiating the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Center Point Baptist Church, P.O. Box 157, Hodge, LA 71247 or Siloam Springs Community Church, 809 Siloam Church Road, Jonesboro, LA, 71251.

Serving as pallbearers for the family will be Morgan Dale Barkley, Chip Clark, Jimmy Clark, Scott Clark, Ernie Lewter, Jerry Maxwell, Sonny Standifer, and Roy Zito. Honorary Pallbearer will be James Fitzpatrick.

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