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