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Melba Ann McKeehan, age 74

Melba Ann McKeehan, 74, of Jacksonville was scooped into the arms of her Savior on Friday, May 13, 2022.  Melba was born January 20, 1948 to Chester “Joe” and Ruth “Marie” Hawkins.

She was raised in Myrtle, MO with her siblings Kathryn Clark and Travis Hawkins.  Melba was the 50 year bride of John Carl “Stoney” McKeehan.  Together they built a life of love and humility in public and community service.  Stoney and Melba have two children, John “Daniel” McKeehan of Jacksonville and Angela (Blake) Williams of Jonesboro.  Melba loved hosting Camp Grandma/Mamaw for her grandchildren John “Austin” (Abby) McKeehan of Jacksonville, Katelyn McKeehan of Sherwood, Lily and London Williams of Jonesboro.  Melba also had countless other “kids” from her 38 year career as a public school Kindergarten teacher.  Once you were in her class, you were always one of her kids.

Melba was known in the community for her gift of hospitality and her servant’s heart.  Her aquamarine eyes always saw the best in everyone.  Her gentle spirit made everyone feel like they were the most important person she ever met.  Everyone used the back door because there was no difference between friends, family, and acquaintances.  Melba always had sweet tea waiting.  If you were hungry, she fed you a southern home cooked meal followed by a scratch dessert.  It was definitely your lucky day if it was one of her pies.  Life revolved around Melba’s kitchen table. In the spring, her flower gardens were in full bloom and cuttings were often gifted to those who she wanted to make smile.  Summer vegetables were shared with anyone who showed interest in them.  Melba will surely be missed by her church family at Crossroads Cowboy Church in El Paso, AR.

Friends and family are invited to attend a casual visitation honoring Melba’s life and legacy at A Natural State Funeral Home in Jacksonville Monday, May 16, 2022 6-8 pm.  Graveside service will take place at Cypress Valley Cemetery, Vilonia Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of cut flowers, the family welcomes potted plants, flowering shrubs, and trees.

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

To view a tribute slideshow of Melba, please follow the link provided below.


  • Iraand pat Posted May 14, 2022 5:39 PM

    We loved you melba. You treated us like family as did your kids and grandkids. You were blessed to have such a wonderful husband to take care of you Rest In Peace

  • Gemeva Smith Posted May 14, 2022 11:26 PM

    I’m remembering the fun and good times we had for 12 years of school. Melba and I were very best friends, She went to college I married and moved away and we drifted apart. You will truly be missed Melba. Rest pain free in the arms of God. We will met again.

  • Carrie Popenuk (Hughes) Posted May 15, 2022 12:23 AM

    I’ll never forget meeting (Aunt) Melba . She greeted me with a strong hug before introductions were even finished! I loved visiting with her and listening to her colorful stories. It wasn’t a true visit to AR without spending time with Melba and Stoney. She will be missed by many, including me. Rest In Peace Aunt Melba!

  • Dan, Debbie Danny, Larry, and Kelsey Posted May 15, 2022 7:04 AM

    Much Love to our McKeehan family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Donald Smith Posted May 15, 2022 11:04 PM

    She was like the sister, l never had! She will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  • Iris Tucker Posted May 15, 2022 11:52 PM

    I miss you my friend.

  • Gwinna Glover Posted May 16, 2022 7:08 AM

    Melba will be missed by all who knew her. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Jimmy and Sharon Utley Posted May 16, 2022 11:34 AM

    Stoney, Daniel and Angela our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a beautiful soul. Melba always loved her family deeply and was very proud of her children. She was such a kind person and I know she will be sorely missed. Y’all will be in our prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Becky Howard Posted May 17, 2022 11:50 PM

    Melba was my first teaching friend. We have great times at school and with our families. She will be missed greatly.

  • Sandi Kolbachinski Posted May 19, 2022 2:42 PM

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