Death Notices

Betty Lethcho
May 28, 1953 – September 15, 2023

letchoBetty Margaret (McCammon) Lethcho, age 71 of Jonesboro, ascended to her Heavenly home on Friday, September 15, 2023. She was born to the union of Homer and Hazel McCammon on May 28, 1952 in Ottawa, Kansas. Betty was a proud alumni of Osawatomie class of 1970. Following her high school days she met the love of her life, David Lethcho, and they were wed on February 29, 1980 in the middle of a snow storm in Austin, Missouri. From that moment on, they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage that was full of love and adventure. David and Betty made their name and raised their family in Fontana, Kansas. In 2015 they moved to Almost Paradise in Jonesboro, Louisiana. They enjoyed taking walks, riding motorcycles and swimming in their pool.

Betty was a go-getter. If there was a project that needed done she was your gal. She was active in the church for many years in the children’s ministries, youth ministries, serving meals, GEMS and secret sisters. She was very active in her daughter’s activities growing up and made her girls and their children a priority getting them to and from activities such as girl scouts, 4-H, sports and much more. Betty wore many, many hats throughout the years such as being a farmer and raising numerous calves, mail carrier, truck driver and swim instructor. She was a born again Christian, cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be missed by all that loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband, David Lethcho of Jonesboro, La; 4 daughters, Christy Weaver of Anna, Tx, Tammy Lethcho of Springfield, Mo, Angela Walsworth and husband Phillip of Jonesboro, La, Misty Goetz and husband Travis of Dodge City, Ks; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Bill McCammon of Emporia, Ks, Jim McCammon and wife Linda of LaCygne, KS, John McCammon and wife Marsha of Sedalia, Mo; a host of many relatives and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Hazel (Debrick) McCammon.

Betty is helping others even after her passing. She donated her body to LSU.

A celebration of life will be held in her honor on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 5:00PM at First Baptist Church in Chatham, La. Following the celebration, all are invited to stay and fellowship.

Clarence “Bobby” West and Mary (Butcher) West
August 12, 1934 – September 11, 2023

bobby and mary westBobby West and the love of his life, Mary, are now together in Paradise. Bobby and Mary were married for 69 years and raised 4 children. Mary passed away on September 2, 2023. She was 87 years old. Bobby passed away on September 11, 2023 (on Mary’s birthday). He was 89 years old.

Bobby and Mary loved spending time together, especially fishing on Saline Lake in Winn Parish. They enjoyed getting together with their family at one of Bobby’s famous fish-fries. They both loved their family dearly. When they weren’t together fishing, Bobby could be found hunting for a big buck as Mary settled in to her favorite chair with a good book. Bobby tried his hand at several different musical instruments including the mandolin, guitar and keyboard. Mary enjoyed listening to Bobby sing gospel and country music while picking or playing. When they weren’t on Saline Lake, Bobby and Mary could be found at his old home place “camping on the hill.”

Those left to cherish both of their memories are their children, Shelby West and wife, Sheila, David West and wife, Linda, Dennis West and wife, Debbie, and Mary Lynn West; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; Bobby’s brother, Ross West and wife, Martha; and nephew, Mark West.

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents, Roy and Velma (Peevy) West; and uncle, J.D. West. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Fannie Butcher; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

A graveside service was held on Friday, September 15th at the Springhill Cemetery near Weston under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Emory Gray Gillum
July 27, 1929 – September 13, 2023

gillumEmory Gray Gillum, 94, a longtime resident of Jonesboro , Louisiana, left this earth for his heavenly home on September 13, 2023 following a long and productive life.

Emory is survived by his wife of 76 years, Helen Virginia Griffin Gillum; sons, William Emory (Bill) Gillum and wife Elaine, and David Wayne Gillum and wife Karen; grandchildren, Lindsey (Walt) Henson, Lauren (Barry) Jones, Jeffrey Gillum, Lance Gillum, Kara (Douglas) Bradley; seven great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Wiley and Lodema (Anderson) Gillum; brothers, J.D. Gillum and Charles Gillum; sisters, Marie Ramsey, Gwendolyn Strother and Katherine Couples.

A funeral service will be held in his honor at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Conway Baptist Church in Conway, Louisiana.

A private family burial will follow in the Conway Cemetery.







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