Death Notices

Jewel Evelyn Harvey
February 25, 1930 – February 14, 2023

harveyJewel Evelyn Harvey of North Hodge, Louisiana passed away at her residence on February 14, 2023. She was 92 years old. Jewel retired from the bag mill in Hodge after 40 years of service. She and her late husband, William W. Harvey, enjoyed traveling across the country. In her spare time, Jewell enjoyed reading and gardening. She was a very charitable person and gave to many great causes over the years. Jewel attended the Church of God in North Hodge.

Jewel is survived by her son, Mark R. Harvey and wife, Susie; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Robert and Hazel (Higgins) Cowart; daughter, Beverly S. Roane; sons, James W. Harvey and Bruce A. Harvey; granddaughter, Charlotte S. Harvey; sister, Joyce Griggs; brothers, James Cowart and Jerry Cowart.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, February 18th at the Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Sister Judy Alexander Walker officiating. Burial followed in the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Quitman.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Matthew Roane, Shane Roane, Marty Cooper, Bryce Treadway, Aaron Barr and Jeffrey Harvey.

Brenda Sue Poland
October 11, 1964 – February 12, 2023

polandBrenda Sue Poland was born October 11, 1964, to the late Roy L. Poland and Earline L. Poland. Following a brief illness, she departed this life on Sunday, February 12, 2023, at Forest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Jonesboro, Louisiana.

At an early age, Brenda joined the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she grew up attending Sunday School and BTU on a regular basis. She also participated on youth programs of the North Louisiana Baptist Association.

She worked for a short while at Barnes Grocery & Market, in Jonesboro. She then spent approximately 37 years working as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) in various facilities, including Wyatt Manor Nursing Home & Rehab Center, Calvin Road Community Residence, and Forest Haven Nursing & Rehab Center.

Those who knew Brenda would not be surprised that she enjoyed reading about Amish culture and beliefs, and books like Readers Digest with inspirational stories about people overcoming stumbling blocks in life. She also loved working crossword puzzles, and cutting out coupons from sale papers, as many as she could gather up during the week. And on Sunday afternoons, she’d have the whole family involved cutting out coupons.

She attended elementary and high school in the Jackson Parish District and graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Class of 1982. She also attended Northwestern State University for about two years before having to quit to help her mother take care of her grandfather.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Roy T. Poland, James D. Poland, Calvin Poland, and Roy Bradford Jr, and four sisters: Dorothy Poland, Merceal M. Poland-Bacon, Lavern G. Poland, and Laura A. Martin.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories: one sister Vera Poland of Washington, DC, four brothers, Melvin Amos, Washington, DC, John R. Bradford, Jonesboro, LA, Thurman Bradford and Dale Bradford, San Diego CA. A special cousin, Cherise Lewis, Jonesboro, LA; a special son, Fredrick Martin, Jonesboro, LA; one god-daughter, Arerion Cowans; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 18th at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jonesboro under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

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