A.J. Runnels Jr., 75 of Joaquin

A.J. Runnels Jr., 75, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Shreveport, Louisiana, after a courageous battle with cancer.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.


Mr. Runnels was born January 22, 1943, in Logan, to A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels.  His hobbies included fishing and strolling in his El Caminos.  He loved spending time with his family.  Mr. Runnels was of the Baptist faith.


He is survived by


Alan J. Runnels of Joaquin

Donald R. Runnels of Joaquin

Kevin D. Runnels of Joaquin

Melinda Harvey and husband, Jason, of Joaquin

Brittany Whitton and husband, Gary, of Joaquin



Stoney Runnels and wife, Jessica

Justin Runnels

Shelby Runnels

Heaven Umbrell and husband, Wesley

Nathan Runnels

Cody Runnels and wife, Vanessa

Anna Runnels

Ashlyn Wiggins and husband, Jared

Kristen Harvey

Addisyn Harvey

Camryn Runnels

Kolton Whitton

Landen Whitton

Harley Runnels


Great Grandchildren:

Stormy Runnels

Trenton Runnels

Braylin Umbrell

Korbin Jackson

William Runnels

Matthew Runnels

Wrigley Umbrell

Zayne Klaire Wiggins


Numerous nieces, nephews and other family

A host of friends


Brother: Charles Runnels and wife, Marsha




Rita Morris and husband, Donnie

Gail Fountain

Melissa Runnels


Preceded in death by

Loving wife of 51 years: Trudy Runnels

Parents: A.J. Runnels and Charlie Fate Briggs Runnels

Brother-in-law: Bryan Fountain


Pallbearers will be Stoney Runnels, Cody Runnels, Nathan Runnels, Ricky Pierce, “Bubba” Walters, Shelby Runnels, Justin Runnels and Tommy Bissell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Compton, Gary Whitton, Travis Reneau, Joe Thomas and John Derek Adams.


Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com