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February 25, 1959 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 60)

Chief Rudy’s Life’s Journey



On February 25, 1959, in Lake Providence, Louisiana, Ms. Ethel Mae Threats and Mr. Jerry Hines were blessed with a bouncing healthy son, whom they named Aaron Linnell Threats, affectionately called “Rudy.” He was the second of four children.



Rudy was reared in Lake Providence, Louisiana and received his formal education in East Carroll Parish. He graduated in 1978 from the Lake Providence Senior High School. Desiring a higher education, he attended Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. Because he was an avid football player with numerous honors of recognition, Rudy received multiple athletic scholarships. He decided to play for the late, great Coach Eddie Robinson and the GSU Tigers. He was scouted by the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints.


Though Rudy loved football, he wasn’t satisfied, so he returned home to Lake Providence and began a career in law enforcement. As Chief of Police for Lake Providence, Louisiana, he was driven by the desire to help mankind and endeavored to inspire others to be law abiding citizens.


Rudy was a “pillar” in the community. He was greatly loved and respected by many and was always willing to help in any way he could. He served as a counselor and a mentor to encourage youth and adults alike throughout his 40 years of service with the East Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lake Providence Police Department. He did not mind; however, expressing to you when he thought you were wrong.


Rudy had a love for music, mainly gospel and soul. Even though his work kept him very busy, he always found time to listen to and enjoy his music. He loved to sing to his family members and friends, followed by a hearty laugh.


In 1988, Rudy met and married the love of his life, Elizabeth Green Threats. Together they raised six children, but they didn’t stop there. They were also blessed to help shape the lives

of 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Rudy’s love for his family was “unconditional.”



Rudy was taught by his parents that he needed God as the head of his life, so he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, at a young age. He was a lifelong member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorage of Reverend C.R. Redden & Bishop C. H. Murray. He was a faithful member and deacon who was very instrumental in the progress of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.



Rudy endured an up and down battle with his health; nevertheless, he pressed forward with resilience and integrity in the face of adversity to survive. Unfortunately, he encountered complications on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and made life’s transition. He leaves his family and friends with many fond memories.



Rudy’s cherished legacy will continue through his loving wife, Elizabeth Green Threats of Lake Providence, LA; his devoted daughter, Aaron Lynette Threats of Lake Providence, LA; his loving mother, Ethel M. Threats and devoted father, Jerry Hines, both of Lake Providence, LA.; his devoted brothers, Percy Threats, Sr. (Linda), Jerry H. Threats of Dallas, TX; Lonnie B. Jones of Lake Providence, LA; three devoted sisters, Aurora (Gary) Threats Lewis of Daingerfield, TX; Gloria Sampratt of LeCompte, LA; Teresa Beard (Deceased) of Memphis, TN; a very special nephew, Fred Threats, Sr., whom he referred to as his own son, of Lake Providence, LA; two godsisters, Janice Murray of Elmhurst, IL, Bridgette Johnson of Washington, D.C.; one uncle, Preston Threats of Lake Providence, LA; three aunts, Ollie D. Carter and Alice Threats, both of Lake Providence, LA; Marie Threats of Kenner, LA; one great uncle, Edward (Tia) Kemp of Las Vegas, NV; five children he raised as his own, TaShana (James) Robinson, LaTonya (Michael) Porter, and Ariel Green, all of Lake Providence, LA, and Satrina (Randy) Miles of Forest, LA; Kenneth (Tanesha) Smith of Jacksonville, FL; three adopted children, Brittany Weaver, Jeremy Weaver, and Ranata Lewis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.

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