Death Notices

A J Aycock
September 27, 1927 – December 5, 2022

AycockFuneral service for A.J. Aycock will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, December 9, 2022 at Palestine Baptist Church, Vixen, LA with Michael McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Palestine Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 1:00 P.M. at the church under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home West Monroe.

As a child in the Great Depression, A.J. began working at the age of eight.He moved to Los Angeles, California as a teenager and worked various jobs including being an usher at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where he met Clark Cable and Red Skelton. He joined the Navy at eighteen and would serve in the Pacific theatre of World War II.A.J. began his career in the paper industry with International Paper in Springhill, Louisiana, eventually working at various other mills in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. So adept at paper machine operations he rose to production manager for Continental Can and later retiring at Savannah, Georgia. His career took him to both Europe and South America. He returned to Louisiana and started his own company providing computer technology and chemical sales to the paper industry. A.J. loved living on and fishing Caney Lake. He grew various Hibiscus flowers and shared them with all. He followed college football (especially the SEC) and was a die-hard LSU Tiger fan. A.J. was such a positive influence on so many. A.J. was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Horne Aycock; parents Emmie and Louis Aycock. He served in the United States Navy.

A.J. is survived by his children Debbie Aycock Williams and husband Jimmy, Geary Aycock and wife Myra, Tina Aycock Frye, Margo McDonald Maxwell, Melanie McDonald, Michael McDonald and wife Michelle; 14 grandchildren Amanda Aycock Lee, Bryan Aycock, Brandon Frye, Mary Allen, Michael Williams, Elizabeth Williams, Amanda Martin, Cammie Neatherland, Drew Maxwell, Sadie Flower, Will Watts, Jay Shively, Carson Shively and Layla McDonoald;16 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jay Shively, Carson Shively, Drew Maxwell, Michael Williams, Will Watts and Rondy Maxwell.

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Nedra Vines
January 1, 1946 – November 30, 2022

vinesMrs. Nedra Vines, age 76 of Dodson, Louisiana passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Born Tuesday, January 1, 1946 in Chatham, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her mother, Verda Shows Smith; her father, Gebe Smith; her brothers and sisters, Cloteal Jimmerson, Shirley Smith, Eloise Bamburg, Arveal Culpepper, R.H. Smith, and G.B. Smith, Jr.; her husband, Loyd Vines; her grandson, Justin Higgs; her son-in-law, Lonnie Wayne Higgs; and her fur-baby, Prissy Vines.

Mrs. Nedra enjoyed playing in her yard, by mowing, tending to her flowers, and fishing in her pond.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Karla Higgs; her grandson, Colin Higgs; her great granddaughter, Ella Higgs; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Southern Funeral Home, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again on Friday, December 2, 2022, at Southern Funeral Home, from 9:00 AM until time of services.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield with Reverends Travis Hampton, Billy McBride, and Gary Bentley officiating. Interment followed in Hurricane Creek Cemetery, in Dodson.

Serving the family as pallbearers was Robert Johns, Darin Hemphill, Quinn Hemphill, Jeremy Underwood, Cody Melton, and Richie Broomfield. Honorary pallbearers were Team Challenge-Mt. Grace.

Pauline B. Johnson
February 4, 1939 – November 26, 2022

paulinePauline Bolds Johnson was born on February 4, 1939, in Quitman, LA to the late Frank and Bessie Bolds. She was the third of four siblings (Allie, Addie, M L (two preceded her in death). “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. She departed this earthly life peacefully on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Forest Haven Nursing Home, Jonesboro, Louisiana. She responded to a call from her Master that her time on this earth had expired and made the move that he had prepared her for. She moved from 911 Beech Spring Road to Heaven’s Lane.

Pauline’s parents taught their children to love God, work hard, and value education; for with education anything was possible. Pauline was educated in the Jackson Parish Public School System. She was a graduate of Grambling State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She retired from the Jackson Parish School System after teaching for over 30 years in Winn and Rapides parishes.

Pauline married Armey Johnson, Jr., in 1962. They were blessed to be the Godparents of Rashida Booker and Dr. Lestavia C. Duplantier. Pauline loved her family unconditionally. Family meant everything to her. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends to various destinations such as California, Florida, Hawaii, Seoul Korea and more. She enjoyed celebrating special days and achievements with those she loved. One of her greatest joys was the Grambling State University (GSU) connection that she shared with her nieces and nephew, Dr. Lestavia C. Duplantier, Dr. Tamma Johnson Gray, Danyeika Stallworth, and Kayla L. Cage, LeShanna P. Calahan and Germaine Johnson. Oh, how she loved the GSU Tigers! She loved being the greatest Auntie. In the community or at home she would offer words of wisdom and hope to anyone. “She could be heard saying, “It’s going to be alright; you’ll be fine. She was an active member of Young Adults In Action, a Poll Worker and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

“Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for his mercy endureth for ever …. Psalm 136:1

Pauline loved the Lord! She accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior at an early age at Saint Rest Baptist Church. She later united with Travelers’ Rest Baptist Church. She was a faithful choir member and Sunday School teacher until her health began to fail. She loved “The Word” and she believed in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her relationship with Him allowed her to believe deeply in the power of prayer.

Pauline leaves a legacy of love, hope and family. Husband Armey L Johnsons Jr., Sisters and Brothers Allie B. McNeal, Jonesboro, GA; Phyllis C. Early Round Rock, TX; Mario Cage (Cereece) Houston, TX; Danny Cage (Regena) Natchitoches, LA; Devoted Goddaughters Rashida Booker, Shreveport Louisiana and Dr. Lestavia C. Duplantier (Andre) Houston, TX; Nieces Kristy Cage, Rowlett, TX; Kitwana Cottonham Dallas, TX; Ludonlar M. Calahan (Lester) Frederick MD; Gwendolyn M. Johnson (Edward) Slidell, LA; Angela C. Owens (Marcus) Dallas, TX; Danyeika Stallworth (James) Georgetown, TX; Elizabeth Marquette Wright (Teddi) Greenville, MS; MellVita Wyatt Jonesboro, LA; LeShanna Calahan Frederick, MD; Dr. Tamma Johnson Gray Baton Rouge, LA; Mereyah Cage Round Rock, TX. Kawaglyn Cage Natchitoches, LA; Nephews, Germaine Johnson Largo, MD; Dr. Dhalston Cage (Sabrina) Plano, TX; Charles O. Cage Memphis, TN; Mariko D. Early (Natasha) Austin, TX; Colonel Chris Hall (Jajouna) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Zaharias Arile, Grambling, LA; Aja Marquette, Jonesboro, LA; Sa’Dava Naccui and Ada Natalya, Jackson, MS; Raynald De’Sha Jonesboro, LA; Joshua Jarnmell, Lafayette LA; A host of bonus children, Andre and Jayden Duplantier, Houston, TX ; Aiden Brown Frederick MD; Daiyan and Samiya Gray Baton Rouge, LA; and a host of sisters -in- laws, brothers -in- laws, cousins and friends. Alvetta Thompson and Jessica Jones special caregivers.

Pauline’s celebration of life was held on December 3rd at Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Interment followed at Bethany Cemetery in Quitman under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

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