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James Eugene Chidester, 85

James Eugene Chidester, age 85, died in Jacksonville, Arkansas on June 1, 2017.  He was born on October 12, 1931 in Dumas, Arkansas to Kirby and May Chidester.

James was retired from the United States Air Force as a chief master sergeant after serving 30 years in avionics as a manager instructor, avionic communications and a navigation systems superintendent.  James proudly served in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, North Africa, Japan and the Philippines.  After serving in the United States Air Force he worked for over 12 years as a Chief Engineer for CARTI.  James loved the outdoors, fishing and could repair and build anything he put his hands on.

James is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Joan; his grandson Shawn; three sisters Nancy Kincaid, Patsy Rubio and Joyce Drury and one brother Kirby Chidester Jr.

James is survived by his children Chris Chidester (Becky); Gary Chidester (Maria Pia); Dolores Stegall (Larry); Diana Chidester; Jim Chidester and Joe Chidester (Ming); grandchildren Scott, Nathan (Danielle); Jessica; Marc; Valerie; Kyle; Natalie; Megan; Jason and Jacob.  His great grandchildren Zack; Faith; Mackenzie; Nicholas and Michael and great-great grandson Bently.  He has four brothers; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Russell; a special friend Karen Keefe and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Jacksonville, with a rosary at 6:00 P.M.

A mass will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Jacksonville.

Interment will be held at 3:00 P.M. at Grady Cemetery, Grady, and Arkansas. Services have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.

Donations may be made to the Grady Cemetery; P.O. Box 181 Grady, Arkansas 71644.

 

9 Comments

  • Mary Jane Duerr Posted June 1, 2017 9:20 PM

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing.

  • Art & Rosalie Brannen Posted June 2, 2017 6:50 AM

    May God rest his soul

  • DW Posted June 2, 2017 9:09 AM

    To the Family. SO sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that James has the prospect of being resurrected (in the flesh) to Paradise Earth as God has promised. The vast majority will have everlasting life here on earth. God’s Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15 and Revelation 21:2-4

  • Glenda Foster Posted June 2, 2017 11:04 AM

    Chris, Nathan, Delores and Diana and all the family and friends of Mr. Chidester…I am so sad to hear of Mr. Chidester’s passing. He was a true gentleman and loved his family very much. I know he will be missed by many, as he touched so many lives. I hope it brings you comfort knowing he is joined with the love of his life (Joan) and.agrandson, Shawn. They met her m with open arms at heaven’s golden door. May the peace of Christ be with you each and every one.

  • Glenda Foster Posted June 2, 2017 11:04 AM

    Chris, Nathan, Delores and Diana and all the family and friends of Mr. Chidester…I am so sad to hear of Mr. Chidester’s passing. He was a true gentleman and loved his family very much. I know he will be missed by many, as he touched so many lives. I hope it brings you comfort knowing he is joined with the love of his life (Joan) and.agrandson, Shawn. They met her m with open arms at heaven’s golden door. May the peace of Christ be with you each and every one.

  • Robert Stockdill Jr Posted June 2, 2017 3:03 PM

    Love y’all and sorry

  • Robert Stockdill Jr Posted June 2, 2017 3:04 PM

    Sorry for y’all loss

  • Teresa (Tere) Arbogast Posted June 3, 2017 8:15 AM

    “May the perpetual light shine upon him.”
    I’m keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Jo Ellen Polite Posted June 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    We will always remember the bond between your father and my father. The mornings they spent together sitting in the driveway talking about the days they served in the Air Force, and their children and grand children. I truly appreciated your parents watching over my mom after my dad passed in 1999. Your parents truly loved you, their world was the family. Cherish the memories.

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