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Princess Bernice Shoptaw, age 95

Princess Bernice Shoptaw, 95, of Jacksonville passed away April 4, 2020.  She was born on August 15, 1924 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Bunyon Dunn and Jewell (Wright) Dunn.

She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Jacksonville and retired from Franklin Electric.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Shoptaw and her son, Tommy Shoptaw.

Bernice is survived by her daughter Joyce Burks; two granddaughters, Renee Spencer and Ronda Sobczak; five great-grandchildren, Travis and Tyler Obiol, Taylor Spencer, Caleb and Krista Woodward; three bonus great-grandchildren, Cayla, Haley, and Justin. 

Bernice’s family has arranged for a private graveside service and burial, in light of current public health concerns. Her family is very grateful for your understanding, support and prayers in this difficult time.

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


  • James and Marsha Sobczak Posted April 6, 2020 3:46 PM

    How appropriate is her first name. She was indeed a very special lady and was a joy to be around. She will be missed so very much by her family and friends. So very grateful my son Jeff chose this family as his own. She was a strong independent lady that loved staying in her own home. We will miss your deviled eggs and your precious smile.

  • Lynn Posted April 6, 2020 8:15 PM

    Praying for you and family. Hugs Lynn

  • Don&Darlene Lantrip Posted April 6, 2020 8:23 PM

    So sorry for your loss Joyce our prayers are with you and your family.asking God to give you peace and comfort 🙏💕🙏

  • Tom & Peggy Monroe Posted April 6, 2020 8:42 PM

    So sorry for your loss. May God bless you with wonderful memories, peace, comfort, and strength. We love you.

  • Wilma J. DeFoggi Posted April 6, 2020 9:59 PM

    Joyce, you left no stone unturned in your tender-loving care of her. She couldn’t have asked for a better daughter! I love you ❤️ and praying 🙏🏼 for you and your family..

  • Shirley Ramon – Daniels Posted April 6, 2020 10:08 PM

    Joyce what a privilege to have met your Mom. How blessed was her life to have such a devoted daughter and granddaughters. I know the pain of loss is so deep at this time. Cherish the precious memories.

  • Bob Thomas Posted April 7, 2020 9:46 AM

    I always enjoyed our conversations. She could make me laugh on my worst days.
    She will be missed here but knowing where she is will bring a smile.
    Rest in Peace, Mrs. Shoptaw,

  • Bill Harrod Posted April 7, 2020 10:23 AM

    Bernice was always a very pleasant and wonderful woman considerate and thinking of others. She loved her Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren very much and took such delight and pleasure in their visits. Bernice will be truly missed by everyone that had the opportunity to know her.

  • Bryant and Ruby Allen Posted April 7, 2020 8:11 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss, but we are comforted knowing that she is now resting in The Lord. Our prayers are with you at this time of grief. Our Sympathy.

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