The celebration of the life of Bonnie Elizabeth Barron Gaddis, special wife, mother and friend took place at the Friendship Baptist Church in Friendship, LA on March 15th, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. The service was conducted by the church pastor, Reverend Robert Leach. Mrs. Gaddis joined our Heavenly Father and all of her family and friends who preceded her in death on March 12th, 2012. Visitation took place one hour before the service at the church. Internment was in the Friendship Cemetery immediately following the service. Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Gaddis was born in Friendship on June 26th, 1912, the daughter of Theodosia Loe Barron and James Cleveland Barron. After graduation from Friendship High School, Mrs. Gaddis attended Louisiana Tech University graduating with a Bachelors degree in home economics. She began her work career by teaching high school home economics at Jamestown, Reeves, Marthaville and Covington, Louisiana. She married Thomas Larry Gaddis, Jr of Marthaville, LA and left teaching to devote her time to her husband and, in time to her two children. In 1956, she joined the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service as a Union Parish 4-H Agent. She also served as an Area Nutrition Agent for Claiborne and Union parishes. She retired in 1977 after 21 years of service. In her roles with youth and adult education, she touched many lives and served as an inspiration and role model to those she came in contact with.
Mrs. Gaddis discovered a new variety of dogwood tree which was subsequently named the Bonnie dogwood in her honor. The tree is a Louisiana variety native to Union Parish which was selected by Dr. Thomas E. Pope of Louisiana State University.
She was a resident of Farmerville for more than 50 years and was actively involved in many civic and professional organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Farmerville Business and Professional Women’s Club, the National and Louisiana Association of Extension Home Economists, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. In 1975, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economists.
She was a devout Christian and a life long member of the Baptist church including the Friendship Baptist Church where she was baptized and the Farmerville Baptist Church during her adult life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers Alvin Edwin Barron, James Cleveland Barron Jr., Doyle Loe Barron and Franklin Cleo Barron, and her sister Beatrice Walsworth.
She is survived by her loving family including her two children and their spouses. Bonnie Carolyn Gaddis and Charles Thomas Carter, of Lindale, TX (formerly of Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Betty Jo Wilbanks and Thomas Larry Gaddis III of Tyler TX, two grandsons, and their spouses Pamela McGough and Charles Lawrence Carter of Dayton, OH and Jennifer Sloan and Christopher Hugh Carter of Hideaway, TX, and her two great-grand children Thomas Edward Carter and Laura Grace Carter of Dayton, Ohio. She is also survived by one brother and two sisters-in-law Diane and Donald Marvin Barron of Farmerville and Mrs. Elizabeth (Don) Hudson of West Monroe.
Words cannot express how she will be missed by her family and friends.
If desired , memorial donations may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, the Union Parish Foundation of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation or a charity of your choice.