Death Notices

Woodrow Lynn Treadway
October 12, 1947 – May 22, 2023

lynn treadwayOn Monday, May 22, 2023, Woodrow Lynn Treadway, age 75 of Jonesboro, LA, died peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness.

He was born on October 12, 1947 to Golden Woodrow Treadway and Iva Shields Treadway. He graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in 1966 and worked at the paper mill in hodge for 44 years. Since retiring in 2009 he has served his community as a member of the police jury.
He loved God with all his heart and served as a Sunday school teacher for many years, gave Bible studies, and had a prison ministry.

Lynn will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Jerry Culpepper Treadway, his children Tewanna (Martin) Gilbert, Dana (Boyd) Gibson, and Patrick Treadway and Murphy Chestnut whom he lived as a son. He will also be fondly remembered by his grandsons Benjamin (Emily) Gibson and Cole (Halie) Gilbert, great-grandsons Isaac and Max Gilbert, his brother David (Sheila) Treadway, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Woodrow and Iva Treadway, and infant son Benjamin Treadway.
A viewing will be held at 9am on Thursday followed by the memorial service at 11am at Paradise Funeral home Chapel in Jonesboro. His pastor Bro. Thomas Ussery and cousin Reverend Buck Treadway will be officiating. Burial will be at Antioch Church cemetery in Quitman.



Johnny Lane Ponder
September 16, 1948 – May 20, 2023

ponderJohnny Lane Ponder, age 74 of Jonesboro, LA passed from his Earthly home into his Heavenly home on Saturday, May 20, 2023. Mr. Ponder served his country proudly in the United States Air Force and is a Vietnam Veteran. He wore many hats throughout his lifetime. Johnny was an electrical and instrument technician turned supervisor at Stone Container before his retirement after 37 years of service. He also was a gunsmith and a sewing and embroidery repairman. He enjoyed helping in his community and served on the Jackson Parish Recreation Board for many years. He loved the outdoors and all it had to offer. Mr. Ponder was a sportsman who loved turkey hunting and white perch fishing. He took pride in being a member of the Dugdemona Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited supporter, and lifetime NRA member.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rhonda (Brymer) Ponder; children, Jeanne Ray, Jason Ponder, Johnette Ponder, Joy Ponder, Melissa (Ott) Herman and husband Jeff; grandchildren, Corey Ray, Casey Ray, Carey Ray, Joshua Ponder; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Sherry Atkins, Patricia Maxwell, Barry Ponder and wife Karen; 2 beloved dogs, Teevo, Roody; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Justin Ponder; father, John Henry Ponder; mother, Daisy Annette (Durbin) Ponder Grissom; brother, James Michael “Mike” Ponder.

The Funeral Service was held in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 22, 2023 with Bro. Jason Womack officiating. Burial followed in McDonald Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers was Gary Tidwell, John Hinton, Dennis Burns, Richard Maxwell, Cary Seymore, Doyle Waddle. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Dunigan, Shady Willis, Jerry Ginn, Gene Grigg, Jimmy Vail, Paul Maxwell, and Gerald David Maxwell.

Harold Waddell Oldham
August 07, 1932 – May 19, 2023

oldhamMr. Harold Waddell Oldham passed away on Friday, May 19, 2023 at Forest Haven Nursing Home in Jonesboro. Harold was born on August 7, 1932 in Jena, Louisiana to William Carl Oldham, Sr. and Dollie Mae (Parker) Oldham Wiggins. He was raised in Madison Parish. Harold graduated from Mississippi College and worked for the Louisiana Workforce Commission for 31 years. He proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean era. Harold Loved fishing of all kinds and enjoyed spending time on area lakes. He was an accomplished woodworker and created many whimsical pieces.

Harold is survived by his wife, Mary Steed Jarrell Oldham; daughters, Christy Alana Oldham of Shreveport, Louisiana, Tanya Renea Colvin and husband, Matt of Auckland, New Zealand; granddaughter, Ruby Kate Colvin of Auckland, New Zealand; sisters, Bertha Nan Jordan and husband, Kenneth of Conway, Arkansas, Sandra Ralston and husband, John of El Dorado, Arkansas; and step children, Linda Jarrell Truelove of Monroe, Louisiana, Roger Truelove of Chatham, Louisiana, Sandra Jarrell Browder and husband, Randy of Chatham, Louisiana and Susan Jarrell Miller and husband, Paul of Eros, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Wyatt Otto Wiggins, Sr.; siblings, Betty Jean Oldham, William Carl Oldham, Wyatt Otto Wiggins, Jr.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Chatham from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am, officiated by Bro. John Austin and Bro. Tim Atkins. Burial will follow in the Chatham Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Walter Kotz, David Sweitzer, Randy Browder, Roger Truelove, Dan Hicks and Cejay Colvin.

Henry Williams Jr.
March 2, 1950 – May 1, 2023

henry williamsOn March 2, 1950 Henry Williams, Jr. was born to the parentage of Henry and Nora Williams in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He joined the Bethany Baptist Church at an early age. On September 5, 1981, he united in holy matrimony to Della Pankey. He departed this life May 1, 2023 at Hudson Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Yonkers, New York.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving wife Mrs. Dela Williams; two brothers: Mr. James Williams (Suzie), Jack Williams (Doris); two sisters-in-law Ellen Pankey, Joan Stephens (Roscoe) and two brothers-in-law: William Pankey and Joseph Pankey; a loving mother-in-law Clara Pankey and a hosts of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by three sisters: Gladys Saulsberry, Vernell Scott and Ida Mae Bryant; two brothers: Robert Williams and Terry Williams and a sister-in-law Clara Rhodes.

Funeral services were held on May 20th, 2023 at the Bethany Baptist Church in Quitman, LA. Interment followed at the Old Bethany Cemetery in Quitman under the direction of Paradise Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 



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