Doris Joan Hellums

March 13, 1940May 18, 2020

Doris “Joan” Morris Hellums, 80, of Bossier City, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave her peace on May 18, 2020 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Joan was born in Holly Grove, Arkansas, on March 13, 1940 unto Rev. Henry and Reba Morris. She was a Missionary Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Reba Morris; brothers, Tommy & James Morris; sisters, Louise White, Jean Cathy, Anne Forrester, Linda McCollum, Polly Boudreaux, Marsha Morris; and grandson, Justin Drew Sweet.

She is survived by her five daughters, Vanessa “Joan” Hudson, Marsha Quimby, Rhenda Staggs (Mike), Dawn Pennell (Steve), Johnette Robinson-Cochran (Jesse); and their father, Harold Joe Hellums (Katie); grandkids, Christopher Harvill, Nikki Harvill, Britney Pennell-Gonzales (Chase), Sidney Staggs, Heath Souter, and Ryan Robinson; and sisters-in-law, Mary Morris, Jackie Morris, Drucilla Howard & Barbara Ford. Joan had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that she adored.

Joan retired from Bossier Medical Center as a PBX Operator in 2000. Throughout her life, Joan ministered music in churches throughout Arkansas and Louisiana. Joan loved the Lord with all of her heart. She spent her life loving big on her family and friends. She made friends with every person she came in contact with and always found the right words to say to those in need. She loved playing the piano and singing was her greatest pastime.

Pallbearers include Keith Dunaway, Mark Morris, Mike Morris, Matthew Luce, Brad Zagone, and Tim Jackson.

Services will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home on May 21, 2020, with Shane Deville officiating and special remarks from Joe Hellums. Visitation will be held at 10:00 am and is open to her community of friends. A private service for family will be held at 11:00 am due to CDC regulations. A burial service will immediately follow and is also open to her community of friends. All services will be held at Hill Crest Memorial.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Bossier City Fire Department, Randall Robinson, Ronnie Harvill, Michael Fay, Terry Dunaway, Kevin Dunaway and Jesse Cochran.

The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Patrick Deere, Dr. Michael Acurio & Lifepath Hospice, along with all her physicians, nurses and health care providers for their compassionate care. A special thank you to Joan’s sweet friend Lashuna Moore, CNA who cared for our mother like she was family.

Services will be streamed online via Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home Facebook.


  • Henry and Reba Morris, Parents (deceased)
  • Tommy and James Morris, Brothers (deceased)
  • Louis White, Jean Cathy, Anne Forrester, Linda McCollum, Polly Boudreaux, and Marsha Morris, Sisters (deceased)
  • Justin Drew Sweet, Grandson (deceased)
  • Vanessa "Joan" Hudson, Daughter
  • Marsha Quimby, Daughter
  • Rhenda Staggs (Mike), Daughter
  • Dawn Pennell (Steve), Daughter
  • Johnette Robinson-Cochran (Jesse), Daughter
  • Harold Joe Hellums (Katie), Former Husband and Father of her Children
  • Mary Morris, Jackie Morris, Drucilla Howard and Barbara Ford, Sisters-in-law
  • Doris is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Harvill, Nikki Harvill, Britney Pennell-Gonzales (Chase), Sidney Staggs, Heath Souter, and Ryan Robinson.

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  • Keith Dunaway
  • Mark Morris
  • Mike Morris
  • Matthew Luce
  • Brad Zagone
  • Tim Jackson
  • Bossier City Fire Department, Honorary
  • Randall Robinson, Honorary
  • Ronnie Harville, Honorary
  • Michael Fay, Honorary
  • Terry Dunaway, Honorary
  • Kevin Dunaway, Honorary
  • Jesse Cochran, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Chapel Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


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Helaine Barrington

May 21, 2020

How does a person become a part of your heart? The inner part of your core, that you only let certain people know about. Well, it’s a sacred place, one of which many years ago, I entrusted my heart to Joan. It was a natural occurrence probably because I sensed her love and sincerity towards me. I was blessed beyond measure when her daughter Dawn allowed me to be a special part of both of their lives. She loved us through many fun times, heartaches, etc. Joan was unique. Many weeks ago, I was privileged to be in Dawn’s home and alone with just the two of them. We laughed, cried, and anything else we could think we of to do. I will miss her, but one day, I will see her...hang on Gog. Only God knows when, but I know we will see each other once more. Until then, I will forever stand by your daughter, come what may.


Heath Souter

May 21, 2020

Dear Granny,
Every time I am in your presence, you are full of life, laughter, and love even when the day is dark and gloomy. I will always miss hearing you say my name in a laughter and loving way only a grandson can relate to. I am saying goodbye to you granny, I know deep down you are in a better place dancing with God and his angels in heaven. Your grand piano and your singing songs will be missed at family gatherings. And now I believe it’s the Lords turn to hear your sweet melodies. I love you so much grandma, please watch over me and guide me in the right directions.

Mary Craigo

May 21, 2020

While this may be the hardest thing you've ever faced, I hope you take comfort in the great, fun times you shared and the beautiful, talented, smart and successful family your Mother helped create. Her memory lives on and her love will endure in all of you.
With Love and continued prayers,
Mary Craigo

Kevin Dunaway

May 21, 2020

My Dear Aunt Joan,

You have had such a large impact on my life. From the days where you brought me into your home for the summer in Heflin, you literally treated me as your own. You never missed my baseball games, always had a bologna sandwich ready for me, and everytime I saw you, I embraced the nickname "Kelv" where the entire family followed suit. It is truly a sad day for me but I know you are with Papa, Gunna, and all your brothers and sisters. Give my Mom the biggest hug when you see her. You were the joy to everyone and I know I will miss you. I Love You Aunt Joan!

Millie Smith

May 20, 2020

Oh how I love my Joan !! We were & still are besties ! We had so much fun giggling like a couple of school girls, her playing the piano and me singing off key !! She will always be with me. Love , Millie

Larry Boudreaux

May 20, 2020

So sad to hear the news of Joan's passing. She was always sweet and kind to me and she will be missed. I loved Joan! I can envision Joan, Polly, Ann , Marsha, Buddy and her family singing praises in Heaven! It was an honor knowing you and I will never forget you Joan! Love, Larry

Lisa and Alan Riels

May 20, 2020

Oh sweet Aunt Joan-I have so many wonderful memories of you. I am so glad I was able to see you in March. Girls-I want you to know I am thinking and praying for you all daily. I can only imagine the wonderful reunion taking place in heaven. I am sure Dad asked her what took her so long. Take one day at a time and be assured she is completely healed now and no more suffering or pain. She is in the absolute perfect place and if you could ask her if she wanted to come back she would not want to. I can picture her and siblings around the piano singing with Dad a little off tune. Turn to God especially in your days ahead. Love you all
Lisa and Alan


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