Death Notices

Jimmy Bond Golden
October 16, 1938 – June 1, 2023

goldenJimmy Bond “Daddy J” Golden of Jonesboro passed away on Thursday, June 1, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday, May 28. Mr. Golden was 84.

Born in Jonesboro on October 16, 1938, to J.W. and Audrey Golden. Mr. Golden was a long-standing resident of Jonesboro with short stints spent in Prescott, AR, (1 year) and Crosset, AR, (7 years). He was involved in church, business, the community, and served on the Jackson Parish School Board for multiple terms.

Mr. Golden attended Jonesboro-Hodge High School where he was an outstanding athlete. He was considered one of the top lettermen in his career at Jonesboro-Hodge with a total of 11 in four sports: three in football, basketball and track and two in baseball. He was a member of the 1956-57 basketball team that had a 30-4 record and was state runner-up. He was the leading batter on the 1954 JHHS team
with a .386 average. At Henderson State University, he was named All-ATC for two years in football, playing on the 1959 championship team in the Rice Bowl. He played safety on a defense that was named No. 1 in the nation in pass defense. He returned punts and kickoffs, including one 94-yard TD and played QB on offense. He had a .333 career batting average in three years of baseball and was selected on the All-ATC team his senior year when the Reddies won the conference championship. Mr. Golden was selected into the Henderson State Hall of Fame and the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1968, Mr. Golden left a successful career in coaching for a management position at Continental Can Company in Hodge, LA. During his career as a Bag Converting Manager he served with a group of incredible supervisors that set numerous company-wide production records. Mr. Golden retired from the plant that eventually became Stone Container in 2001 without ever missing a single day of work.

Mr. Golden was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, a Kiwanian, member of the Jonesboro Town Council and a member of JHHS Booster Club. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball, playing tennis, golf, softball, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends in family.

Jimmy married Betsy Lou Garner of Rison, AR on December 19, 1961. The couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary earlier this year. He is survived by Betsy, their 2 sons, Gary of Prairieville, LA and his wife Machaela and their daughter Madeline, of Starkville, MS; Russ of Ruston, LA and his wife Lori and their children Bailee and Zack, both of Ruston, LA. He is also survived by his siblings are: Lora Faye Peacock and husband Glen of Santa Rosa, FL; Mary Ann D’Avy and husband Dane of Ruston, LA; Johnny Golden and his wife Jan of Ruston, LA. Daddy J is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will take place from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 4th at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, The funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Monday, June 5th at 10:00 am with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery in Rison, AR under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.  

Serving as pallbearers are: Earl Kelley of Tyler, TX; Jerry Shankles of Jonesboro, LA; Glynn Saulters of Quitman, LA; Pat Moore of Houston, TX; Ed Rich of Jonesboro, LA; Kyle Kirkpatrick of Breaux Bridge, LA; Lee Green of Baton Rouge, LA; Billy Adcox of Ruston, LA; Taylor Davis of Baton Rouge, LA. Honorary pallbearers are: Clyde Berry of Queen City, TX; Charlie Donalson of Memphis, TN; Karl Salb of Sandpoint, ID.

Donice Allwell
October 12, 1947 – June 1, 2023

atwellDonice Nedra (Lancaster) Allwell, age 75 of Jonesboro, ascended to her Heavenly home for a grand reunion on Thursday, June 1, 2023. She was a member of Hodge Baptist Church. She loved the Lord, her family, her church family and serving others. She will lovingly be remembered as a good Christian woman that was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She worked hard to provide a good, loving home for her family and it is hard to imagine life without her in it. She will be missed dearly by family and friends alike.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, William Allwell, Jr. of Winnsboro, Blaine Allwell of Gaars Mill, Elizabeth Truelove (Joe) of Chatham, Amy Allwell of Clinton, MS; grandchildren, Joshua Allwell of Winnfield, China Ficher of Winnfield, Slade Allwell of Winnsboro, Nicholas Truelove of Chatham, Danielle Truelove of Chatham, Chloe Truelove of Chatham, Cheyenne Truelove of Chatham; great grandchildren, Jackson, Aiden, Madeline; brother, Jimmy Marlette (Patricia) of Star City, AR; sister in law, Sherry Reech (Rodney) of Moreauville; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Allwell, Sr.; parents, Fred and Nancy Lancaster.

Funeral services are set for Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:00PM with Reverend Norris Curry officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Blaine Allwell, Joe Truelove, Nick Truelove, Matt Truelove, Albert Shavers.

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