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Jimmy Hugh Peterson, age 81

Jimmy Hugh Peterson, age 81, went to heaven on February 12, 2022, in North Little Rock, AR.

Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Karrie Peterson Price (JD), of Beebe, AR; his son, Paul Peterson
(Jill), of Jacksonville, AR; his step-son, Lloyd Downen (Holly), of Dumas, AR; his brother, Jackie
McRoberts, of Sherwood, AR; two sisters, Donna McRoberts Hauser, of Carrollton, TX; and Carolyn
Peterson Beauchamp, Belton, TX; and five grandchildren; Seth Peterson, Paytan Peterson, Josh
Price, Caleb Price, and Blake Downen; and 1 great-grandson Grayson Downen. He is preceded in
death by his wife, Louise Peterson, of Sherwood, AR.

Jimmy was born on June 9, 1940 in Lonoke County, AR, to parents Garland Peterson and Margaret
Blasingame McRoberts (Roland). He graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1958.
While in high school Jimmy was a member of the band “The Starlites” who played at many school
and local events, even recording an album. In 1957 he joined the Air Force National Guard, worked
for Missouri Pacific Railroad, then entered into law enforcement as an officer for the Jacksonville
Police Department, prior to joining the Arkansas State Police. After several years with the State
Police, he and his family moved to Belton, Tx and ran a family restaurant and club. Upon returning to
Arkansas, he also returned to law enforcement as Chief of police in Dumas. After leaving law
enforcement he managed the Canteen at Camp Robinson leading up to retirement.

He enjoyed watching his favorite football teams, Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas Razorbacks, fishing,
sitting on the back porch watching the animals and birds, and most of all spending time with his family
and friends. His family and friends will always remember him as a man always with a story, witty
sense of humor and loving person.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to American Diabetes Association or American Heart

A Celebration of Life will be held for immediate family.

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


  • Russell & Donna Posted February 19, 2022 3:03 PM

    Jim was one of the good guys. He’ll be greatly missed by many. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. We’re sorry for your loss.

  • Marc and Melanie Wood Wisnosky Posted February 19, 2022 3:49 PM

    Jim will be missed dearly. Our prayers go out to the family and friends. Sorry for your loss

  • Freddy Dodd Posted February 19, 2022 4:55 PM

    Jimmy was my best friend sense 1945. He cannot be replaced. So many memories. Gone but not forgotten. I am sad!

  • Jennifer Hawthorne Posted February 19, 2022 9:00 PM

    Paul, knowing you is proof of what a wonderful person your Father was and how much of an influence he had on you. This is a difficult time. Praying for you and your family.

  • Betty “Keathley” Goodson Posted February 20, 2022 4:20 PM

    I knew him well, but hadn’t seen him any in recent years. I did talk to him occasionally while working on reunions, and he lived close when he lived in Sherwood. We attended the same church when we were young. and I also knew Jackie. My sincere condolences to all his family.

  • Donna Hauser Posted February 22, 2022 1:59 PM

    My Dear Brother,
    I will never forget you or all of your caring ways with me growing up. You always made sure I was welcome to visit and helped me along life’s pathway. I am sadder than sad. My heart is heavy and I already miss our phone chats. Love always, Sis (Donna)

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