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Dwayne Yarbrough, age 58

Dwayne Yarbrough, age 58, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021. He was born on September 30, 1962 to the late James Yarbrough, and Cleo Yarbrough.

Dwayne loved music, spending time with his family, and his grandchildren. He loved watching his Cowboys, and made his love of being an educator his career. Dwayne never met a stranger, and impacted everyone he met.

Dwayne is preceded in death by his father James, and brother Ivan.

Dwayne is survived by his mother Cleo of Little Rock, brother Raymond, and sisters Laurice, Marjorie, and Jackie, all of Little Rock. He also leaves his son Brandon of Las Vegas, his daughter Brianna of Jacksonville, 5 grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

A Family hosted memorial service for Dwayne will be held at 3 PM Sunday, September 26, 2021 at War Memorial Stadium 1 Stadium Dr, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205.

Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.  Dwayne’s online guestbook is available at


  • PA Hollingsworth Posted September 23, 2021 1:00 PM

    You will be missed Big Bro. Condolences to the family from the Hollingsworth’s

  • Damon Carey Posted September 23, 2021 1:03 PM

    My sincere regards to the family on the loss of a wonderful man .

  • Wendy G Cunningham-Sanders Posted September 23, 2021 1:29 PM

    I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Yarbrough family. The world will be different without my big brother, protector, and confidant. We all will miss him so much. I am rich in that he was my friend and that his family shared this wonderful man with the entire world. His greatness, kindness, and generosity can never be topped. NO ONE can fill his shoes. He is my hero. Everyone who met him has a take away from the encounter they had with him. He gave the ones he cherished a nickname. And I was blessed with the nickname, Foreman (which was shorter than saying George Foreman). I would got to battle for you now and forever! Lately, I have been having conversations with you in my head because I can’t text or call you. Even in those conversations in my head you are giving me a hard time. Thanks for every laugh, for the encouragement and most of all.. Dwayne I love you…until we meet again.

  • leroy hayes Posted September 23, 2021 1:45 PM

    I will miss you a great brother in law love ❤

    • Maryna Jackson Posted September 23, 2021 8:01 PM

      Dwayne, what a great and kind person you were. Can’t believe I won’t see you downstairs anymore. You touched hearts of so many people around you. Condolences to your family.

  • Melissa Ferrell Posted September 23, 2021 1:48 PM

    🙏 prayer to the family

  • Dan Brown Posted September 23, 2021 1:57 PM

    Big D was a wonderful example of representing friendship and a value system that respected others. It was a blessing knowing Big D , may he rejoice in heaven

  • Frank Fields Posted September 23, 2021 1:59 PM

    Gonna miss you.

  • Kyle James Posted September 23, 2021 2:10 PM

    Deepest sympathies to the family. Dwayne was truly one of a kind. Prayers going up for peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Kelley Crace Posted September 23, 2021 2:12 PM

    Love You Brother

  • Tiffany Hope Posted September 23, 2021 2:13 PM

    Sending prayers to the family. Big D I know your work on earth is done, but you will be missed greatly by a bunch of people. I know your looking down on all of us. Much love.

  • Brad Newman Posted September 23, 2021 2:26 PM

    For my friend and colleague, Public Servant Yarbrough, the Man of the People. There are so many memories from more than 25 years of us working together at the Attorney General’s Office. Brandon, Brianna, and other family members, D was loved and respected by more people than you will ever know.

  • Stacey H. Posted September 23, 2021 2:30 PM

    Who’s gonna harrass us after we get off work at the fair now? My prayers are with your entire family.

  • ALAN WILDHABER Posted September 23, 2021 2:43 PM

    My captain, my mentor,my friend , my brother . You will be missed . The dinners we shared the birthdays ,christmases . Happiness sorrows life events . I will miss you brother you were the one person id strive to emulate, you never met a stranger and you touched so many lives thru out your career. I know you were looking forward to retirement but your in Gods army now and its been strengthen ten fold by your presence . The terminator loves you brother rest inn peace

  • Reginald Rogers Posted September 23, 2021 2:53 PM

    To the Yarbrough Family: May God grant you strength at this time of sudden and unexpected loss. Dwayne was admired and loved by everyone from all walks of life. He bridged the divisions that separate people such as race, economic status, and station in life. Dwayne could intelligently converse about politics, sports, and the events of the day with anyone. Dwayne diligently and tirelessly worked for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office for over 25 years. Dwayne loved his alma mater Little Rock Central and the Tiger football team which he played for. Dwayne was a superb musician and performed with his band First Impressions in many venues in Central Arkansas. Dwayne faithfully assisted local law enforcement as backup when they needed someone with his physical presence. Dwayne is in Heaven now with his family members and other loved ones who have passed away. We miss you and you will forever be in our hearts !! Reg Rogers – ” The Judge”

  • Suzy Brighton Ratliff Posted September 23, 2021 3:08 PM

    Forest Heights Jr High and LRCH with this amazing life force. Such a beautiful and fun heart. His light may be dimmed here on earth, but his beacon will forever shine bright in the universe….

  • Karen Wallace Posted September 23, 2021 3:11 PM

    To Dwayne’s family, I pray that you find comfort in your memories of good times with Dwayne. I appreciated his smile, his intelligence, and his great sense of humor whenever I was lucky enough to get some time to visit with him in the office. He is already sorely missed here.

  • Casey Griffin Posted September 23, 2021 3:19 PM

    Love this dude … saying he was amazing is truly not enough!!!! Love him !!!!

  • Varnell Messer Posted September 23, 2021 3:31 PM

    I love you, Big D!!

    Like Wendy Sanders said, we all had nicknames given by you. “V Baby” will never forget you.

    Rest in love, my dear friend!!

  • Darrin Williams Posted September 23, 2021 4:24 PM

    Rest in Love Big D! You will always be one of the good guys. I appreciate you letting me hang with you, my brother, Phillip and the rest of you all. LRCH #1

  • Tina Helmle Posted September 23, 2021 5:04 PM

    Big D… I am going to miss you my brother, my friend. You always had me laughing and smiling. You knew how to make a sad day turn in to a bright day. Rest In Peace and we will take it from here my friend. Love you….

  • Leonna Bias Posted September 23, 2021 5:06 PM

    No one was a stranger to Dwayne. He was loved by so many and will be missed by his Attorney General family.

  • Tina Helmle Posted September 23, 2021 5:09 PM

    Big D… I am going to miss you my brother, my friend. You always had me laughing and smiling. You knew how to make a sad day turn in to a bright day. Rest In Peace and we will take it from here my friend. Love you….

  • Ed & TIna Davis Posted September 23, 2021 5:18 PM

    Rest In Peace Big D. You are missed so much and will be missed for a long, long time to come. There was no other like you. You were a true blessing to know and our family loved you so much. ❤️

  • Amanda Chapman Temple Posted September 23, 2021 6:13 PM

    RIP Big D-you will be greatly missed!

  • Tammy Vail Posted September 23, 2021 6:17 PM

    Big D you will truly be missed

  • Calvin Grogan Posted September 23, 2021 6:25 PM

    Big D you are one of the best men I have ever known. Thank you for being my friend. You are so very missed already my friend.

  • Darryel T. Sanders Posted September 23, 2021 6:35 PM

    My big brother in Christ, my friend and mentor. You will be truly missed. Fall days won’t be the same without you. God now has another captain at the “Pearly Main Gate”.

  • FELICIA King-Brown Posted September 23, 2021 7:03 PM


    DeWayne will b missed by all of his family & friends & u have my deepest heartfelt sympathy May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding b with u now& forevermore & cherished those beautiful memories of DeWayne.

  • Mark Knowles Posted September 23, 2021 7:22 PM

    Count it a blessing if you come across a truly genuine and kind hearted person, that is what Dwayne was and more. Over 20 years of seeing his goodness and kindness extended to everyone. He always had a smile and seemed to be able to keep there no matter wether we were escorting someone out of the Amphitheater or getting on the FOP Bus to head to Tunica. I pray for his family, that this loss will ease with every memory or laugh of the thought of Dwayne’s huge personality!

  • Shalaya Martin Posted September 23, 2021 9:55 PM

    ..My condolences to the family!!!! BIG D,………Niecy is what he called me!! I’ll never forgot all the conversations we had in his office, the encouragement, and how he always told me to stay out of trouble lol!!! Always had a smile that made everyone smile!!! BIG D was definitely God sent and an Angel here on earth!!!!
    …..Unforgettable and will always be remembered with LOVE!! Unc D you left a great mark and I know u in a better place and I’m at peace with that!!!
    Love you Unc!!!

  • Toni Robinson Posted September 24, 2021 5:40 AM

    Praying for strength and comfort for the entire family of Dwayne, a Gentle Giant. To know him was to Love him.

  • Michele Kulesa Posted September 24, 2021 7:56 AM

    If you are lucky, once in a lifetime, you meet someone like Dwayne. With a personality that engulfed a room and a smile that brightened your day, he is truly a gift from God. To know him was to love him, you just couldn’t help it. He touched so many lives in such a positive way and left a legacy of love for his family and friends. You are more than missed, but we will meet again one day on those streets of gold, where I am sure you will be making all the angels laugh.

  • Anna Lee Hill Posted September 24, 2021 9:04 AM

    My deepest sympathy to the Yarbrough family. “D” was amazing, kind, gentle and wise. I will miss our talks and your guidance but most of all I will miss that smile and those hugs. When I needed a pep talk I could always just take the elevator from 13 to 9, walk down to your office and you were never to busy to listen, you had a rare gift for listening. He impacted so many during his life and I was truly awed by the respect and admiration that everyone had for him. He gave so much and took very little for himself. Thank you for your service as law enforcement and to the community. James, the kids and myself will forever be richer for your friendship. Love you sweetie. Anna Lee – James, Justin, Jake and Emily Hill

  • Cheryl Hall & Family Posted September 24, 2021 9:05 AM

    We will miss Dwayne’s smiling face and willingness to put himself out for others. My girls and I are heartbroken that we’ve lost such a steadfast friend, but we know that Heaven has gained a strong angel. Memories of his generous life will bring smiles to those who were blessed to know him.
    Heartfelt condolences to Dwayne’s family and friends.

  • Toni Robinson Posted September 24, 2021 10:24 AM

    Praying for the entire Family of Dwayne, a Gentle Giant. To know him was to Love him.

  • Alaina MARIE McAnally Posted September 24, 2021 11:42 AM

    My deepest sympathies for the entire family. I love him dearly. I will miss him so much.

  • Rodney and Cynthia Posted September 24, 2021 2:43 PM

    God bless you all.

    Lifting you up in prayer.

  • Robert Alpe Posted September 24, 2021 3:43 PM

    Praying for the family, I was blessed knowing Big “D” from the Arkansas Safe School days to seeing him at War Memorial football games. Always would stop what he was doing to say hello. He will be missed dearly.

  • Ordonize Holmes Posted September 24, 2021 4:18 PM

    I will miss mr big d

  • Gwen Mays Posted September 25, 2021 9:06 AM

    This man impacted SOOO many lives including mine! The world was a better place just because he was in it. Many years ago…25+,,.he lovingly gave me the nickname GB and never missed a chance to use it when he saw me. Though I haven’t seen him recently, he meant the world to me. His loss is felt. My prayer is the LORD will wrap His arms around all those grieving and envelop them with peace, grace and love, in Jesus name.

  • Vonda Thomas Posted September 25, 2021 2:07 PM

    Dwayne, my forever friend. My heart is broken. We just spoke this year and made plans for a meet and greet, yet it never came to pass. I am pleased I had the chance to be with you in spirit during your final hours. I love you, Rest in Peace, my dear, seeet friend.

  • Perry Hunter Posted September 25, 2021 2:18 PM

    My deepest condolences to the Yarbrough family. My heart is heavy so I can only imagine what your are going through. Big Brough has been just that since I met him as a student Henderson JR High. This man was the realest of the real. That smile lit up the room but his charismatic personality lifted your spirits. I am a better man because of men like Yarbrough. Rest in Paradise Big Brough!! I love you man. Family, look to hills for which your strength comes. God bless you all!!

  • Tommy and Catherine Murchison Posted September 25, 2021 7:40 PM

    There are not enough words in the vocabulary to give Big D the justice he deserves as a person. He was one of the kindest, funniest, dependable, and caring people I have ever known. He was an example for everyone to immulate!! Catherine and I will miss you, but you will be remembered forever!! Rest In Peace Big D!!

  • Val L Posted September 25, 2021 9:26 PM

    My condolences to the family! You will be missed because of that big smile you shared with everyone! You always called me “Coach” and I’ll forever cherish that memory! Rest In Peace Big D.

  • Tabitha Lee Posted September 26, 2021 9:32 AM

    It is always an honor meeting the parents of my friends. I will never forget how big you smiled when I told you I went to college with Brandon. Big D you were so friendly and loving and everybody had such tremendous respect for you. I’m so thankful I had the chance to know you. I pray your family finds peace that your burdens are laid down and your work here is done. God Bless ❤

  • Wanda Thomen Posted September 26, 2021 9:50 AM

    Brother I will miss you!!! You have always been there for me and so many others!! Please keep watch over us until we are in heaven with you!!!! My heart aches!!!!
    Love you so much your
    Little Sis

  • Milton Fine Posted September 26, 2021 10:30 AM

    I was privileged to know and work with Dwayne many years ago at the Attorney General’s Office. He was simply a wonderful person.—unforgettable and irreplaceable.

  • Zina Cyrus Ramsey Posted September 26, 2021 11:26 AM

    To the family my prayers are with you all. I wish that I had gotten to know him as an adult. My memories of him was him letting me play with him and his friends when they would come over. I was a tom boy and played basketball, tackle football (I wasn’t very good with that) kick ball dodgeball, and softball (got hit between the eyes on that one). We would shoot off fireworks on the 4th and our parents had us out early the next morning cleaning everything up. We had a lot of fun growing up. I’ll miss him as he was the closest thing to a brother that I could ask for.

  • Natalie Posted September 26, 2021 12:23 PM

    My prayers and condolences are for the family, friends and loved ones. Big Bro we appreciate, respect and love you, you will be forever missed but never forgotten especially on our birthday. Rest in Heaven forever in peace. (Lil Sis) Nat+Chris

  • Natalie Johnson Posted September 26, 2021 12:26 PM

    Special prayers for the family and friends at this time with much love from the Smith and Johnson family.. We love ya Brig Bro💕

  • Barry Anderson Posted September 26, 2021 12:49 PM

    A presence such as yours is never extinguished. Rest in Love Big Bro. Condolences from the Anderson family.

  • Greg Rozenski Posted September 26, 2021 1:29 PM

    Big D, you left an imprint on so many lives in such a positive way I think we can say you truly changed the world. I am glad to say I was able to call you friend.

  • Falon Sells Posted September 26, 2021 2:53 PM

    Dad #2 is what I called you!!! Thank you so much for all of your words of wisdom and for showing me and my children so much love! I love you soooo much and I’m gonna miss you so much!! Rest on Superman!!!!

  • Lloyd Huskey Posted September 27, 2021 2:04 PM

    I send my very sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Dwayne. I met my Frat Brother while working for the Good Neighbor Summer Program with Arkla Gas back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He always had a smile no matter when you met him. He will truly be missed. Love ya! Lloyd “Sir Lloyd” Huskey

  • Jason and Sherri Howard Posted September 27, 2021 2:36 PM

    our prayers and condolences to the family. We worked with D for many years and we loved him like family. we will cherish our memories of all the great times we had…
    The Howard Family,
    Jason, Sherri, Kris and Brandy

  • Brandy kendrick Posted September 27, 2021 3:02 PM

    Big D you’ll forever be in my heart and ill always be 14 . I’ll miss your huge smile and attitude !!! You were an amazing man , always someone to look forward to seeing !! Love always 14

  • Crystal Porter Posted September 27, 2021 8:44 PM

    May God bring comfort to this family. 🙏🏾

  • Brianna Harshaw Posted October 1, 2021 3:26 PM

    I will miss you so much ! You made such an impact in my life !

  • Camille Williams Bennett Posted October 2, 2021 7:42 AM

    We should all strive to live a life that positively impacted the world as much as Big D. He had a life well lived and left the world better than he found it.

  • Jeffrey Reed Posted October 11, 2021 12:13 AM

    What can I say, you are my brother and my best friend. We had a good ride, lots of laughs and the deepest respect for one another. I thank God for putting you in my life. You were a blessing to me and I appreciated you so much. I’ll see you again someday, in the meantime get your rest BRO.

  • Cara Cochran Posted September 5, 2022 10:32 PM

    Big D, you were my amazing friend and I miss you so much!!! You were always there for me and my kiddos. I could always count on you to be there for me. I love you!! Mrs C

  • Joanne McLendon Posted November 28, 2022 8:43 PM

    Dwayne, it was always a good day when you visited my health classes at Little Rock Central High—for many years. A big hug for me at the door! The kids did not really know how to react at that moment. Your impact on the students began subtly as you called them by name — all the students in each class. By name! What a “buy-in” after your personal recognition of each student! The message of the class sank in; the questions became heartfelt and relevant. Dwayne, our friendship began in my early days as your PE teacher at LRCH. I had no idea of the personal impact our friendship would have. You and I had long, deep conversations after the students walked out. It was special to spend time with you. The students were blessed to know you, I and my many colleagues at Central were blessed to call you friend. You will be missed, my friend, but not forgotten. Hundreds of students will remember you, Dwayne, called them by name! And I was Ms. Mc.

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