James Delos “J. D.” Creel

Published 6:06 pm Saturday, October 19, 2013


James Delos “J. D.” Creel, 84, a lifelong resident of Bogalusa, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Harrison, Ark. He was born September 24, 1929 in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Born on Sept. 24, 1929, he was the son of Thomas and Celeste McGehee Creel, who preceded him in death. His sister, Maude, and three brothers, Robert, Howard and Willard, also preceded him in death.

James, who was a longtime deacon in the Missionary Baptist Church, was the sole proprietor of Creel’s Body Shop. He retired and recently moved to Harrison, where he became a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church. His strong spiritual beliefs were evident to those who knew and loved him. He was always willing to help those in need and to extend Christian hospitality to everyone. He enjoyed spending time with his family and held close the relationships with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Yvonne Jarrell Creel; two daughters, Cathy Creel Sherburne and Joan Creel Pennington, both of Baton Rouge; a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Ann Williams of Harrison; two granddaughters and spouses, Anna and Kirt Barnett and Jennifer and Seth Gauthierand; six grandsons and spouses, Chad and Amber Miller, Joshua and Niacole Williams, Jeremy Williams, Blaine and Amanda Callender, Andy Crow and Ben Crow; great-granddaughters, Kimber Williams, Katie Barnett, Cameron and Carlie Miller; great-grandsons Kade Gauthier, Jackson Callender, and Elliot Barrios; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21 at Brown-McGehee Funeral Home in Bogalusa from 5-8 p.m., and will resume on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. when chapel services will be conducted. Interment will follow in the McGehee Cemetery.

Family and friends may view and sign the guestbook at www.brownmcgehee.com.