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Billy Ray Kester
4/26/1964 - 8/12/2021
The U.S. Army entrusted Billy Ray Kester with a solemn task - he was the chaplain who was sent to notify the families of the death a loved one. A grim task. Can you even imagine? In the past 2-1/2 years, Billy Ray has had to reprise that role as the bearer of bad news in his own family beginning with the tragic death of 25-year-old son, Alex DeKarske, on 11/27/2018. The year 2021 started out with the death of his mother-in-law, Brenda Gleave, and just last month, his own mother, Loraine Kester., passed away. The stress of all these closely-timed deaths has been devastating to his family - especially difficult for his wife, Stacy, who suffers from epileptic seizures. Billy Ray has been her rock. Grief can wear you down and in Billy Ray's case, it did just that. When it appeared things couldn't get any worse, they did. Billy Ray became very sick recently. In fact, he lost his job because he was too sick to work. When he was finally able to get in to see a doctor, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. What can we do, as the Logansport community, to help the Kester family? First and most importantly, stop and lift them up in prayer - pray for his wife, his three sons and his sister, who is also battling health issues. They need to see hope. Secondly, consider an anonymous donation of which 100% goes directly to the funeral home towards his final expenses. And finally, share Billy Ray's story so we can cover this family in prayer. To read his obituary,

$935 of $2,000 raised
46.7500 % Complete
Logansport, IN
Paticia Jenkins
7/20/1952 - 8/6/2021
Patricia Gayle Jenkins, age 69, of Olive Branch, MS passed from this life Friday, August 6, 2021with family by her side. She was born July 20, 1952 in Water Valley, MS to the Late Leonard and Georgia (Davis) Jenkins. She worked at, and later retired from, Georgia Pacific as a machine operator for over twenty years. Pat was a free spirit and loved life like no one else. She is described as a “feisty” woman, but even more so was that she was tremendously compassionate. Even though she was never blessed with her own children, she loved and help raise many, including family, who were in need of a loving atmosphere. She and two of her sisters, Brenda and Bobbie, were very close and where know to be a little on the rambunctious side when together. She not only loved loving on people, but she loved her dog “Shaggy”, and later “Baby”. Another of her passions was music.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Services will immediately follow at 3:00 PM in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Eddie Randolph officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.

Pat is survived by four brothers, James Jenkins (Laura), Jerry Jenkins (Alice) all from Batesville, MS, Larry Jenkins (Ann) from Sardis, MS, Jeff Jenkins (Candy) from Oxford, MS; three sisters, Shirley Varner (Gilbert), Peggy Shepherd, all of Oxford, MS, Bobbie Bowie from Coldwater, MS; and a multitude of nieces and nephews including Stephanie Douglas, Sarah Foster, Zoee Sheffield, Julian Dickey who took care of her until her passing, and a nephew Dillion, who was very special to her.

Along with her parents, Pat was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Smith.

$900 raised
This funeral fund has ended.
Mary M. Gutierrez
12/10/1943 - 8/2/2021
Sometimes, you read a person's obituary and you think to yourself, "There but by the grace of God, go I." When we see the strength of another human being who has gone through so many trials in their life, but has journeyed on a better person in spite of it all...we send up a prayer of gratitude that we never knew that kind of pain. We take so much for granted. Read Mary's story. It will change you. Had you ever heard of Canada's Residential Schools? That is why history is something that can't be erased, no matter how horrible, we study history so we won't repeat the same mistakes. To honor Mary's life and help her family, let's show them the power of community. Let's show them some love. 100% of the donations will help with her final expenses and a monument for her grave. Here is Mary's obituary:
Mary M. Gutierrez, 77, Logansport, passed away early Monday morning, August 2, 2021, in Woodbridge Health Campus following a courageous battle with lung cancer. After being in remission the past two years, her cancer returned with a vengeance just 24 days ago.

Born December 10, 1943, in Wikemikong, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Spanish and Mina (Jacko) Antoine. Mary's childhood was a difficult one. She was a Canadian Residential School survivor. Residential schools were government-sponsored religious schools that were established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. She was the only child from her family who was forced by the government to attend residential school. There, she was isolated and abused as the system tried to erase her Ojibwe ties to family, faith and culture.

Mary moved to Chicago and became an American citizen. She worked as a bartender at Chicago's famous Ms. Ollie's Bar. A great listener, Mary loved people. She always enjoyed playing BINGO at the American Legion and she loved the excitement of visiting casinos, especially the Menominee Casino in Wisconsin. Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was very proud of her Ojibwe heritage.

When IBP first came to Logansport, her son moved here and told his mother she would love Logansport, So, Mary lef t the hustle and bustle of Chicago to come to Cass County, where she has resided for over 30 years. Other family members soon followed. Mary loved her adopted homeland of Logansport, Indiana for the people and the beauty of the area.

She is survived by her common-law husband of over 30 years, Darrell “Keith” Harris; four children: Annabella Gutierrez. Francisco Gutierrez, Gregorio Gutierrez and Dolores Jacko; four siblings, Armand (Colleen) Jacko, Eli Jacko, Brenda Jacko and Ivey Jacko; eight grandchildren, Jordan Corbiere, Jasmine Corbiere, Joselyn Ramos, Orlando Gutierrez, Zachary Jacko, Caitlin Jacko, Sequoia Jacko and Ariana Maloney.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Doreen Trudea.

Friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, August 5th during a time of visitation at the Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport. A Funeral Service celebrating Mary’s life will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral chapel. Dawn Fisher will officiate at the service. Traditional drumming music will reflect Mary's heritage.

Inurnment, at a later date will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist Mary’s family with her final expenses. You may donate online, share memories and offer words of comfort on Mary’s Tribute wall at

$675 raised
This funeral fund has ended.
Logansport, IN
Sonny Frederick Northcutt
9/25/1983 - 7/27/2021
We unexpectedly lost a brother and a friend on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Sonny was so many things to everyone who knew him. He was a brother, a son, an uncle, a best friend, a partner, and a mentor and coach. He was family when you needed family. Sonny was such an old soul and wise beyond his years. He dedicated his life to what he loved which always included figuring things out, how they worked, how they went together or came apart, from chemistry to mechanics.
Sonny taught us many things:
His friends and family knew that he always showed plenty of determination- sticking with a job until it was done right. It might get done a new way, which sometimes turned out to be the hard way, but it would get done as quitting was never an option. He was the hardest working man we’ve ever known.
Creativity- always looking for ways to do things better, and not afraid to try something new and learn from the attempt whether it worked or not. Knowing Sonny made each of us wiser, enlightening us all on what it meant to work hard and earn everything you have. He taught us what dedication truly means and imprinted his understanding of how the world turns, to each of us that had the privilege to know him.
Gratefulness and contentment- always expressing appreciation for what God and others did for him, and able to be at peace with whatever God provided. When you don’t come from much, you appreciate everything you have.
Availability- willing to change plans any time that he could to help someone else. Those old back dirt roads and dead car batteries were no match for Sonny. Just know, with him, you were in for one hell of a ride!
Nothing in life is coincidence- if you crossed paths with Sonny, it was meant to be a lesson learned, and as friends would say, he was fierce but he stood by you and coached you the whole way. Forever leading by example, maintaining duty, hard work, and a love for every living thing- a combination of qualities hard to find in one person.
We will remember him for his front porch guitar pickin’, delicious home cookin’, wild laughter, curiosity, humor, and a smile that could melt all your worries away. Sonny left a footprint everywhere he went and with those that were lucky enough to know him.
None of us know what eternity is like, but I can imagine Sonny in God's presence flooding the place with questions regarding how everything on earth works; God smiling and telling Sonny the answers while enjoying Sonny's joy at everything that he learns. Not a bad way to spend eternity. You will forever be in our hearts… and forever be our sunshine, brother.

$4,060 raised
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Clarendon, TX
Susan Raymond
11/14/1955 - 7/27/2021
Susan Raymond was a beautiful soul. She lived a care free life. She was a very giving person , always spent life smiling. She was loved by many.

$650 of $25,000 raised
2.600 % Complete
Bronx, NY
Charles Franklin Eldred (chuck)
4/11/1963 - 7/30/2021
Chuck was a go getter he loved the outdoors and he loved his kids dearly!! He loved to play horseshoes with all his brothers and sisters.. He was always someone who was down for adventures... He got diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of this year and he faught till the very end... He didn't have any life insurance so I am asking anybody able to help with the coast of his cremation and to get him back home please donate here!! He was a very giving man.. thank you taken the time to read!! If you can't donate we understand please share.. This goes directly to the funeral home that he is going to be cremated at..

$2,220 raised
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Adam Peyton Griffin
9/14/2004 - 7/21/2021
Adam Peyton Griffin, age 16, of Water Valley, MS went to be with Jesus Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born September 14, 2004, in Oxford, MS. Peyton was a young man with a huge heart that genuinely loved people. As a young boy he was in the Boy Scouts of America and learned many lessons that he exemplified in his daily life. a couple of those lessons were on how to keep your community clean, which he took to heart by cleaning up around his neighborhood as well as recycling. With his love for working outside, he also enjoyed cutting grass with his Grandfather James. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with their chickens. Peyton was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church.

Visitation is planned for Saturday, July 24, 2021, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Services will immediately follow at 1:00 PM in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Rob Jones officiating. Burial will be in Sylva Rena Cemetery.

Peyton is survived by his mother, Holly Tidwell; one sister, Mallory Tidwell; maternal grandparents, James and Barbara Griffin; Great-grandparents, James and Ruby Bennett, all of Water Valley, MS; numerous aunts, uncles, and neighbors that treated him as their own.

Peyton was preceded in death by his step father, Robert Dale Tidwell; and great-grandparents, Edith Dickey, and Ruthie Griffin.

$2,896 raised
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Debra Jobes
9/22/1955 - 7/16/2021
Debra Ann Jobes, 65, of Charleroi, died Friday, July 16, 2021 in her home. She was born September 22, 1955 in Monongahela, the daughter of the late Bertram and Cecelia Kerfonta McAlister.
For over thirty years, Debbie was employed at several different Giant Eagle's in the area working in the deli department. She was very loving, caring, outgoing and loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed taking walks, music, dancing and watching television, especially Bar Rescue.
She is survived by two daughters and two sons, Tracy Lewis of Charleroi, Jason Jobes and wife Tricia of Roscoe, Ken Ashcraft and wife Carrie, Tiffany Jobes Jones and husband Christopher of Chillicothe, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Danny, Derek (Sarah), Abigail, Danielle, Gracie, Aiden, Presleigh, Isabella and Cadence; great granddaughter, Adalynn Marie; brother, Bert (Maggie) McAlister of Charleroi; nephew, Brian (Kathy); four nieces, Lisa (Eric), Nan (Dwayne), Lori and Kaitlin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Jobes; two sisters, Susan DeZarn and Linda McAlister; and a brother, Brian McAlister.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Debbie's life on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 4-9 PM at My Girl's Restaurant, 300 McKean Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022.
Debbie's family needs help with her funeral expenses. Please send a contribution to help her family. They thank you in advance for anything that you can do to help.

$0 of $3,000 raised
0 % Complete
Monongahela, PA
JoAnn Brown
10/22/1946 - 7/18/2021
JoAnn Brown, loving mom and nana, passed away on July 18, 2021, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Any help would be appreciated by her family.

$370 raised
This funeral fund has ended.
Sioux Falls, SD

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