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Amanda Estes Launius, age 60

Amanda Estes Launius took her last steps on earth after a long sickness from liver disease.  She relocated to Heaven Sunday morning, August 30, 2020.   Her husband, Billy Launius, will be lost without her by his side.

Amanda was kind-hearted, good-natured and taught us all valuable life lessons. She was a master cook in the kitchen; she loved good parties and was compassionate and a life-long care giver.

Amanda Estes was born on November 2, 1959. The youngest of seven children, only two sisters remain: Cheryl Estes (Cherry) Batson and Donna Estes James. Amanda also leaves behind nieces and nephews who adored her; countless rescued cats, dogs, and other critters; and her world-famous King Ranch Chicken and Macaroni & Cheese recipes.

Despite the hard times, she lived life joyfully. She loved her family and friends thoroughly. She leaves a lifetime of love, laughs, and memories.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date.

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


  • Rachel Arrington Posted September 9, 2020 3:02 PM

    So very sorry for your loss, Cherry. And other family members.

  • Thaddeus James Posted September 9, 2020 4:27 PM

    Sweet Aunt Amanda “Knees, NeeNee, Kneesers” had a big heart, a cackling laugh, an unquenchable thirst, and a whimsical spirit. She was always willing to hang out, let you turn your favorite song up loud, and see the best in you (unless she was mad at you and then you could expect to hear some choice words, but she never stayed mad too long). At many an Estes Fest, she would be the one that would pay attention to all of us kids, maybe because she was the youngest of her siblings, and I will always cherish the time she spent with me. She loved her family, all animals, and ice cold beers (she always had one in the freezer, and one in the koozie). Long will live her spirt… beautiful, caring, complicated, loving.

  • Maribeth Magby Posted September 9, 2020 4:38 PM

    Amanda was the most special friend to me. I miss her “large personality” already. My heartfelt condolences to Billy and the family. A family I’m honored to know. I met Amanda through David. I’m blessed to have had them both in my life.

  • CASSANDRA RENEE AVENRIEP Posted September 9, 2020 5:08 PM

    Amanda (my “Aunt Knees”) was a joyful, beautiful, and truly thoughtful soul… now she is more beautiful than ever, finally pain-free, and more peaceful, too! Thankful for the memories…

  • Charlie Rosen Posted September 9, 2020 6:38 PM

    Aunt knees was beautiful, funny, loving and always had your back. I’m truly going to miss her and I’m so blessed that she was in my life. Will love you always!

  • Janet Lamb Posted September 9, 2020 11:39 PM

    Billy you loved and took good care of Amanda. She was funny and had a great personality. I enjoyed taking care of her. I am glad I got to meet her.

  • Charline Rosen Posted September 10, 2020 7:47 AM

    My heart is heavy knowing that you’re not going to be here, however, I know you’re in a better place and not in pain. You were an amazing aunt and a second mom to me, I’m truly going to miss you. I’m so blessed to have had you in my life. You had a beautiful and loving soul, and I will always love you and take you with me until we are all together again.

  • Loretta cogburn Posted September 10, 2020 8:10 PM

    Rest in peace my sweet friend. You always put a smile on my face. You touched so many people with your kind soul.i know our Lord welcomed you home! Love you NeeNee

  • Billy Launius Posted September 11, 2020 10:52 AM

    I knew Amanda better than anyone. She could be onery sometimes, but her heart
    was always full of love.
    I admired her and was sometimes amazed.
    I am kind of lost without her by my side.
    She was half of the flesh and blood that made me whole. Miss you and always love you.

  • Shellie Henderson Posted September 12, 2020 9:29 PM

    I met Amanda a few years ago through our Mutual friend Maribeth. She was always so sweet to me. She had a love for people and animals. Bill & Family each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Maribeth loved Amanda so much along with you all. Amanda, we will miss your smile and your personality! I know you’re up there loving up on people up there in Heaven.

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