Remembering Jimmy Bond Golden

Jimmy Bond Golden

Funeral Services for Jimmy Bond “Daddy J” Golden, age 84, of Jonesboro, will be held on Monday, June 5, 2023, 10:00 A.M.  at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, LA, officiated by Rev. Brian McAllister, and Rev. Randy Dark under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.  Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, in Rison, AR.  He passed away on Thursday, June 1, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday, May 28.

Born in Jonesboro on October 16, 1938, to J.W. and Audrey Golden. Mr. Golden was a long-standing resident of Jonesboro with short stints spent in Prescott, AR, (1 year) and Crossett, AR, (7 years). He was involved in church, business, the community, and served on the Jackson Parish School Board for multiple terms.

Mr. Golden attended Jonesboro-Hodge High School where he was an outstanding athlete. He was considered one of the top lettermen in his career at Jonesboro-Hodge with a total of 11 in four sports: three in football, basketball, and track and two in baseball. He was a member of the 1956-57 basketball team that had a 30-4 record and was state runner-up. He was the leading batter on the 1954 JHHS team with a .386 average. At Henderson State University, he was named All-ATC for two years in football, playing on the 1959 championship team in the Rice Bowl. He played safety on a defense that was named No. 1 in the nation in pass defense. He returned punts and kickoffs, including one 94-yard TD and played QB on offense. He had a .333 career batting average in three years of baseball and was selected on the All-ATC team his senior year when the Reddies won the conference championship. Mr. Golden was selected into the Henderson State HOF and the Jackson Parish Sports HOF.

In 1968, Mr. Golden left a successful career in coaching for a management position at Continental Can Company in Hodge, LA. During his career as a Bag Converting Manager, he served with a group of incredible supervisors that set numerous company-wide production records. Mr. Golden retired from the plant that eventually became Stone Container in 2001 without ever missing a single day of work.

Mr. Golden was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, a Kiwanian, member of the Jonesboro Town Council and a member of JHHS Booster Club. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball, playing tennis, golf, softball, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends in family.

Mr. Golden married Betsy Lou Garner of Rison, AR on December 19, 1961. The couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary earlier this year. He is survived by Betsy, their 2 sons, Gary of Prairieville, LA and his wife Machaela and their daughter Madeline (26), of Starkville, MS; Russ of Ruston, LA and his wife Lori and their 2 children Bailee (26) and Zack (22), both of Ruston, LA.