Obituary: Remembering Jo Ellen Paul

Jo Ellen Paul, born November 28, 1966. God changed her address to Heaven on August 23, 2023.  

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, her sister Judy Ann Paul and earthly dad JW “Bubba” Paul. 

She is survived by her mother Mary Jo Kirkland and step father Derald Kirkland. Son Joseph “Joey” Scott Bagwell and wife Landry, two precious grandchildren Carson and Griffin.   Brothers Lemuel Benson Grigsby, Steven W. Paul and wife Kelly, sisters Patty Paul Smith and husband Andrew, Gena Paul,  Renee Carlisle and husband Keith. She also had numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great friends.  

Jo Ellen always said other than accepting Jesus Christ as her Saviour, being Joey’s Momma was her greatest blessing in this lifetime. 

She graduated from Cosmetology School in 1987 and received her Teacher’s certificate in 1990 and taught at Pat Gois Beauty School. She then went on to follow in her Grandmother Skinner’s footsteps and received her Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate from Shreveport Vo-Tech in 1994.  After receiving her LPN degree she then graduated from Northwestern University in 1996 as a Registered Nurse.  

Jo Ellen loved people and loved even more taking care of people and making a difference. One accomplishment she was so grateful for is when she was nursing in California and the patient mentioned she had a cousin in Chicago that was from Minden where she was raised. Several weeks later Jo Ellen got a phone call from her Mother telling her how her caring for a patient had come through people 2,000 miles away and had called her Mother to thank her for Jo Ellen’s dedication to take care of people. 

Jo Ellen loved the Lord and was passionate about sharing Christ and furthering the Kingdom of God through service work. 

In lieu of flowers the family honor’s Jo Ellen’s wishes to have any monies donated to Airline Baptist Church Mission Fund – Acts 1:8. 

Or to Ninna’s Road to Rescue.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26th at Airline Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA.   Visitation will begin at 10 with celebration following at 11.