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Joseph William Sexson, age 67

Joseph William Sexson, 67, of Royal passed away on December 23, 2019.  He was born on August 19, 1952 in Harrisonville, Missouri and was the son of the late Grover William Sexson and Mona Lou Wilson Sexson.

He attended Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. He was a member of the National Federation of the Blind and AEMTA.  He was a paramedic and police officer who assisted with the September 11th World Trade Center. During Hurricane Katrina he also assisted with the rescue efforts in New Orleans at the Superdome.  He was also a personal paramedic for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. 

He is preceded in death by his grandma and granddad Wilson of Searcy, Arkansas and grandma Rosie Sexson of Neosho, Missouri.

Joseph leaves behind his loving wife Susie Sexson; his sons Joseph W. Sexson, II (Naomi) of Vilonia, Arkansas and Kevin W. Sexson (Shelly) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his grandchildren Thomas W. Sexson, Abgail R. Sexson, Michael W. Sexson, and Anastasia M. Sexson; his siblings Steve Sexson, Gina Rutledge, and Tonya Ortiz; his aunt Sue McFadden and uncle Jim Wilson; as well as many friends and extended relatives.

Memorial service will be Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, 3217 Airport Road, Pearcy, Arkansas.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400


  • Sherrystracener Posted December 23, 2019 4:35 PM

    Joe was a wonderful man. So sorry for his great loss. Praying for the family. I was a EMT way back in the day when he first started.

  • Donnavae Hughes Posted December 23, 2019 6:38 PM

    I met Joe and Susie just a couple of years ago. My Grandfather held that he would only keep knowing (work with & remember) someone that dogs and small children liked. Joe was one of those special people that dogs absolutely loved – a very wonderful and solid human being. He’s one that I will ‘keep knowing’ forever – and feel privileged and blessed for having met him.

  • Joan Jones and Shadow Posted December 23, 2019 8:18 PM

    My heart and prayers are with you and the family. I really never got to know him, but I will remember him for not being able to win Shadow over – even though he tried hard. At least he sleeps in peace and out of pain.

  • Peggy and Greg Powell Posted December 24, 2019 9:23 AM

    Joe, was a wonderful man and such a great neighbor. Greg and I loved Joe so much. Susie we are so sorry for your loss. His big grin and his love for all the animals you all cared for will be so missed. Susie we love you and our hearts break for you.

  • Peggy and Greg Powell Posted December 24, 2019 9:27 AM

    Joe will be so missed. He was a great neighbor and we loved him so much. Susie our hearts break for you. We will miss his big smile his love for you and of course all the animals he helped take care of. Susie you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dianna Williams Posted December 24, 2019 2:16 PM

    He will always be Papa Joe to me. He and Susie let me stay with them after high school, taught me how to drive, get my CNA license and treated me like his own daughter. He was a big part of my life and he will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sexson Family. Love you all.

  • Tammy Waid Posted December 24, 2019 3:45 PM

    Joe was one of those people that captivate an audience with his many stories. He was a great man and I am proud to have known him. I enjoyed working with him also. Rest In Peace sweet friend.

  • Pat Denmam Posted December 24, 2019 5:09 PM

    I had the privilege to know & work with Joe for many years with NDMS. He was a great man to work with & I learn a few things from him. When the chips were down you could count on Joe being there. Prayers to the family.

  • Zoe Guthrie Posted December 24, 2019 6:55 PM

    Susie, I never met Joe, but to hear my daughter, Peggy Powell talk about the two I you I know you must be wonderful people, sorry for your loss. Time will soften the hurt.

  • Alison Brown Posted December 25, 2019 5:56 AM

    My sincere condolences to Susie and family. Joe was such a great man. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I pray that you all may have comfort and the Peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Sam and Bernie Chamberlain Posted December 25, 2019 8:25 AM

    Had the pleasure of working with Joe at PCSO in the early 80’s. Susie and Joe became good friends of Bernie and I. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susie and the entire Sexson family. May you find peace and comfort in the coming days in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  • Eric Kirkendall Posted December 25, 2019 5:08 PM

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lila Langley Posted December 25, 2019 10:52 PM

    So sorry for your loss praying for you and your family

  • Sam and Liddie Anderson Posted December 26, 2019 9:33 AM

    Sending comfort for Susie and the boys.
    Joe was the very first EMT/Medic I ever knew. Early 1970’s
    Having worked 30 years now myself as a Medic I want everyone to know he was always my mentor and idol.
    Sam Anderson
    Columbus Ms.

  • Jim and Karen Hoskins Posted December 26, 2019 10:53 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire family in this time of grief and sorrow. May all the memories bring each of you comfort during this difficult time.

  • Sam and Liddie Anderson Posted December 26, 2019 11:01 AM

    Susie we are sorry for your loss and pray for you and the boys.
    Joe was the first emt/Medic I ever knew when I Was 10 years old.
    I have been working 30 years now as a Fire/Medic and he has always been my mentor and idol.
    Love yal and may God give you comfort.
    Sam Anderson

    • Susie Sexson Posted January 9, 2020 8:10 AM

      Love you too Sam!!!

  • Renee Lucy Posted December 26, 2019 6:35 PM

    Joe loved all animals and they knew it. His gentle soul gave him an inner and an outer peace that I was lucky enough to share for such a short time. Susie, I’m thinking about you and the family.

  • Renee Lucy Posted December 26, 2019 6:35 PM

    Joe loved all animals and they knew it. His gentle soul gave him an inner and an outer peace that I was lucky enough to share for such a short time. Susie, I’m thinking about you and the family.

  • Pat Vanderhoof Posted December 26, 2019 6:53 PM

    So sorry for your loss

  • Carole and Pat Lacey Posted December 31, 2019 7:21 PM

    Joe was a wonderful man, kind and there for everyone as well as the four legged fur babies. He will be missed by all

  • Diane Anderson Cook Posted January 1, 2020 8:16 PM

    Susie and family – I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful giving man. Families of EMS providers sacrifice the most. Just know Joe made a difference in so many lives. It’s apparent he loved what he was called to do even after retirement helping the fur babies. Susie its a sad time but knowing Joe is no longer suffering and is in heaven celebrating Jesus’ birthday for the first time with other loved ones would be a glorious time up there.
    Love you- Diane Anderson Cook

  • Richard C. Wilson Jr., Posted January 2, 2020 9:52 AM

    So sorry to learn about Joe’s passing. An absolute poster example of the greatest honor we can have and that is to be in the service of others. I send my condolences and prayers to his whole family for strength and peace.

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