James “Jody” Self 53, went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2020, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born January 24, 1966, in Zwolle, LA to Sandra and Larry Self.
Jody loved God, his family, his church, LSU and the Saints football. He was a deacon, a cook, and sound technician at church. Jody always had a smile and liked joking around. He never met a stranger and children loved him! He was “Pop” to his grandchildren and “Uncle Dodo” to some of his nieces and nephews. Jody was a #1 LSU fan- wearing LSU shorts, shirt, socks, and hat while holding a football to watch every game. He loved pickles, mustard, green olives, green stuff, pizza, and Mexican food. Because he was limited on what he could eat, he enjoyed experimenting and making his own spice blends. His homemade cheesecakes were very popular. Jody really enjoyed driving on his job, meeting people, and sharing Jesus. He fought a long hard battle beginning with Type I Diabetes as a child, which led to numerous other health problems, including organ transplants. He did not let any of these health problems keep him from doing what he wanted. Jody never complained about his health, but he did fuss about what he could not eat or drink! His favorite saying for the last couple of years was “don’t tell your Mama” or “don’t tell your Nana!” Now he can have all the meat lovers pizza and Diet Coke he wants!
Jody was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Box Self; two sons, David Warren and spouse Kim Sturgeon and Brian Warren and wife Shannon; two grandchildren, Todd Warren and Sarah Warren; two sisters, Lynn Chism and husband Hugh, and Renee Wells and husband Kevin; brother, David Self and wife Wendy; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Rose Park Baptist Church, 5560 Buncombe Rd., Shreveport, LA 71129. Officiating will be Rev. Rocky Maddox assisted by Rev. Marvin LeLeux. Visitation will be prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Springhill Cemetery, 275 Springhill Church Rd., Ringgold, LA 71062.
Honoring Jody as pallbearers will be: Todd Warren, Chris Davis, Andre Whitaker, Dylan LeGrande, Dalton Self, and Cody Chism.