Death Notices

John Huey Kelley
October 14, 1929 – January 29, 2023

kellyJohn Huey Kelly, 93, was born in Gaars Mill, Louisiana on October 14, 1929. He passed away peacefully on January 29, 2023, surrounded by family. The family is so thankful to have had so many years with this strong, loving, selfless, Christian man. He is rejoicing in Heaven now. Although we will miss him, we know we will be with him someday.

John Huey’s memory is cherished by his wife of 64 years, Alma Jean (Hall) Kelly; his children, Karen Nichols (Nick), Becky Williamson (Mike), Belinda Johnson (Jeff), Gayla Davis (Johnny); and sister, Gloria Barlean. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Sheree Grooms (Shawn), Chris Ramirez (Jennifer), Robbyn Roark (Reggie), Randy Henderson (Vanessa), Clay Johnson (Claudia), Kerri Johnson, Tiffany Vines (TJ), Kaylee Davis and John Aaron Davis. He will also be remembered by his great grandchildren, Trevor, Ashlyn and Andrew Babers, Kaitlyn and Andrew Ramirez, Jake, Cody and Rae Lynn Roark, Landry Henderson, Emma, Brenna and Aby Fenn; brother-in-law, Lyman Hall (Naomi), sister-in-law, Dora Hall and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Virgil Kelly; mother, Daisy Kelly Greer; brother, Herman Kelly; sister and brother-in-law, Daisy and Dub Watley; brother-in-law, Joe Barlean; brother-in law, Travis Hall; and son, Terry Lynn Kelly.

John Huey was ordained in 1968 and served as a Deacon at Springhill Baptist Church. He lived all his life in the Dodson and Weston area, except for a short time in the Dallas area where he made Mrs. Baird’s fresh bread. He was a graduate of Dodson High School and served in the Army National Guard. For several years, John Huey and his family provided Kelly’s Farm Fresh Eggs to local businesses and homes. He retired in 1991 after working 37 years at Continental Can Company/Stone Container.

His priorities were faith and family. He grew up during very hard times, so he worked hard to provide for and support his family’s needs. He enjoyed growing things, whether it was food for his family or beautiful flowers, and anything he grew flourished under his hand. He also enjoyed fishing with family and friends, feeding and watching birds.

The family invites you to a celebration of his life. Visitation will be held in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Louisiana from 10:30 to noon on Wednesday, February 1st, with services to follow at noon, officiated by Bro. Wayne Morrow. Interment will follow at Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Ramirez, Randy Henderson, Clay Johnson, John Aaron Davis, Heath Hall, Scott Hall, Kevin Hall and Kevin Reeves.

The family would like to recognize the excellent care provided by The Arbor and Terrace of Ruston, Premier Hospice, Assist Care, Kim Brunson- FNP at Mercy Medical and Dr. Jed Robinson.

Beulah Ann Simmons
September 30, 1944 – January 28, 2023

simmonsBeulah Ann Simmons, age 78 of Jonesboro, made her way through Heaven’s gates on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She enjoyed doing many things such as cooking for her family, sewing and crafting. She loved to attend art and craft festivals and explore the latest crafting ideas. She loved birds, especially quails and hummingbirds. Beulah enjoyed raising quails and also watching the hummingbirds eat at her many feeders. She collected many hummingbird figurines throughout the years. Beulah loved her family dearly, but her heart was consumed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grands are her pride and joy.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, James “Bud” Simmons, Debbie Bowen, Angelia “Angel” Malloy, Danny Simmons; grandchildren, Kristen Tran, Adam Tran, Matt Malloy (Gilda), Destiny Bowen, Rebecca Malloy, Rachel Malloy, Marye Bowen, Little Danny Simmons, Little Bud Simmons, Noah Simmons; great grandchildren, James Lowery, Anna Tran, Makenzie Lowery, Izzy Tran, Cayden Lowery, Leilani Tran, RJ LeBlance, Lily LeBlance, Ky Kelley, Knox Kelley; sister, Johnnie Walsworth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Olan “Red” Simmons; grandson, Ricky Tran; parents, John Henry and Ethel (Flether) Lester; siblings, Effie Holmes, Jeanie Walsworth, John A. Lester; daughter in law, Sherry Simmons.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 2, 2023 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home from noon until time of service. Funeral services are set for 2:00pm with burial to follow. Burial will be held in Harmony Grove Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Lionel  Lewis
March 14, 1950 – January 24, 2023

lewisLionel Lewis passed from this world on January 24, 2023 after 72 years of life. Lionel’s life was celebrated by friends and family  with a funeral service that was held at New Hope Baptist Church in Chatham on Tuesday, January 31st under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 


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