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James “Jim” Liston, 78


James “Jim” Liston, 78, of Queen City, Texas, departed this life on February 18, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Glenda Faye (Thompson) Liston. Jim was born on June 17, 1938 in Seattle, Washington to the late William and Eunice Liston. Jims family relocated to the Texarkana area in 1944, where his father bought a locksmith business. As his parents aged, Jim returned to Texarkana from the Dallas area and purchased the family business from his parents. One of Jim’s proudest accomplishments in life was running this locksmith business and building relationships with his long-term, loyal, customers.

As a long-time resident of Texarkana, Jim built business and community relationships. He was active in the Texarkana Seventh-day Adventist church before moving to Little Rock in 2015. As a lifetime Seventh-day Adventist, Jim served in many different roles in the church. His family, faith, and community were the compass that guided his life.

Jim is survived by one sister, Betty Hedrick of California, three daughters, Donna Morris and husband Randall of Maud, Debbie Brister and husband Larry of Texarkana, Betty Guffey and husband Jimmy of Genoa, Five sons, Wayne Liston and wife Cheryl of Texarkana, Dobie Liston and wife Hailey of Bismark, Jeff Liston of Murchison, Derrick Liston of Little Rock, and Nathaniel Liston of Little Rock, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10am on Friday, February 24 at Redwater First Baptist Church, Redwater, Texas. A graveside service will follow at 1pm at Olive Branch Cemetery in Bright Star, Arkansas. Services are officiated by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Sharon Smith Posted February 21, 2017 11:09 PM

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Tammy Goodwin Posted February 22, 2017 9:01 AM

    Derrick, so sorry for your loss!!

  • Darlene Fitzgerald Posted February 22, 2017 11:27 AM

    Was so sad to hear of his passing. He was a. dedicated Christian who loved helping others. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy for the family. May God bless and keep you.

  • Christy & Jean Herring Posted February 23, 2017 9:51 AM

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! May God bless and comfort you during this time.

  • M. Louise Posted February 23, 2017 4:17 PM

    My sympathies to the Liston family: Ecclesiastes 3:12 tells us that there is nothing better … than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life: May Almighty God’s loving-kindness comfort you as you celebrate Mr. Liston’s life: – Psalm 119:76

  • David Leverett Posted June 3, 2017 12:28 PM

    My sympathies to Liston family: Jim was like a father to me that i never had. I always wanted to send him a letter, thanking him for all the things that he helped me with. He was always right, with his wisdom. I am so sorry for your loss…

    It’s just another cross that i have to carry that i never got to thank him for his help. Time has just slipped away so fast. I’ll really miss him and Glynda. To me, they were very angelic and wise.

    I can’t say how sorry i am for your loss.

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