Death Notices

James “Jimmy” Crawford Culpepper
March 27, 1938 – November 14, 2022

jimmyJames Crawford “Jimmy” Culpepper was born March 27, 1938, in Jonesboro, LA, and passed from this life at the age of 84 on November 14, 2022, surrounded in his home by his loving family.

He is survived by two sisters: Louise Roebuck and Carmen Harper; one sister-in-law: Glenda Davis; and four children: son Randy Culpepper and wife Teresa; daughter Cyndi Jordan and husband Donnie; daughter Candi Fox and husband Steve; and daughter Kristy Powell. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Larkin Venturini and husband Nathan; Kaelyn Huckaby and husband Ronnie; Eryn Waters and husband Austin; Dusty Jordan and wife Kristy; Joni Foster and husband Brandon; Matt Gordan and wife Amanda; Melani Craig and husband Trey; Josh Fox and wife Makayla; and Colt Powell. Great-grandchildren currently number twelve, with more on the way: Harrison Waters; Jastyn and Harley Jordan; Bella, Celie, and Lily Foster; Graycen and Polly Gordon; TJ, Caroline, and Addi Craig; and Jonah Fox.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Crawford and Hazel Culpepper, his beloved wife of 55 years Carolyn Miller Culpepper, and his sister Sharon Milks.

Jimmy graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1956 and attended Bible College in Tupelo MS. He held a Local Minister’s license with the United Pentecostal Church International for 64 years and was recently awarded a lifetime achievement plaque by that organization. He attended Hodge United Pentecostal Church from the age of twelve and ended up marrying the Pastor’s eldest daughter, resulting in a lifetime of service to the church. He served as Youth Leader for several years, as Sunday School Superintendent for over 40 years, and most recently as Secretary/Treasurer of the Church for more than 20 years. He sang in the church choir and in the Culpepper Trio with his two sisters, played trumpet in the church band, and taught Sunday School. He spent countless hours helping build the original brick church around 1960, and the current sanctuary building in the early 1980s. He cut the grass, trimmed the hedges, repaired the plumbing, and accomplished countless other tasks to maintain the functioning of the church buildings.

Jimmy was known as a very fast runner in high school but declined to participate in organized school sports due to religious convictions. As a young man, he played tennis and softball, playing on the church softball team well into his 40s as a pitcher. In his later years, Jimmy wrote a large collection of poems, writing many for special occasions, and others reflecting on situations that he encountered in life. He taught himself to cook after his wife passed away and learned how to make a wide variety of foods. One of his specialties was frying hot water cornbread.

Jimmy was employed at the local papermill for 44 years, most of which were spent in the Maintenance department, and was often called “Reb” (a shortened form of “Reverend”), by his coworkers in recognition of his status as a lay minister and of the exemplary life he lived. For 23 years he served his hometown of Hodge as Alderman on the Town Council. He loved sharing holidays with his large family, and for the past 40 years or more he spent several weeks each Christmas decorating his house with a lavish display of lights to spread the joy of Christmas to his community. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 19th at the Hodge United Pentecostal Church. Interment followed at the Gayla Traina Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

Samuel D. Watson Hicks
November 5, 1992 – November 8, 2022

shawnMr. Samuel D. Watson “Shaun Doe” Hicks, age 30,  passed away on November 8th.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 19th at the Bethany Baptist Church in Quitman under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

God hath not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through, God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day, Rest for the labor, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing sympathy, and undying love.

Patricia (Peevy) Hill
August 27, 1938 – November 16, 2022

hillPatricia Ann (Peevy) Hill, age 84 of North Hodge, ascended to meet her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. She was a faithful member of Hodge Baptist Church for over 55 years. She loved the Lord and her church. She attended and served her church faithfully until her health no longer would allow it. She married her sweetheart, Charles Fleetwood Hill on July 3, 1957. She was a homemaker that enjoyed sewing and crocheting in her free time. She is a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend and she will be greatly missed.

Patricia is survived by one daughter, Teresa Slaughter, and husband, Dean; one son, Gary L. Hill and wife Shelley; four grandchildren, Rachel Cooper, Stephen Anderson, and wife Ariel, Garrison Hill; Amalee Hill; great-grandchildren, Austin Anderson, Andrew Cooper, Catherine Cooper, Adeline Anderson, Ashton Anderson; one brother, Larry Peevy and wife Linda; one sister, Freida Parker and husband Mervin. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Charles Hill, and her parents, Alfred and Roline Peevy.

 Funeral services were held at the Hodge Baptist Church with Reverends Brian McAllister and Norris Curry officiating. Burial followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Austin Anderson, Andrew Cooper, Mervin Parker, Stephen Anderson, Garrison Hill, and Larry Peevy.

The family would like to extend a big “thank you” to the ladies who cared for her so that she could remain at home until the Lord was ready for her. “Thank you” to her friends who were faithful to call and visit. “Thank you” to Hearts of Light at Hodge Baptist Church and SHINE at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

 


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