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James Lay, age 60

James Lay, age 60, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, August 07, 2022. James was born on June 27, 1962 to James Robert Lay and Barbara Ellen Lay in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

He was a beloved father, son, uncle, “poppy,” and friend to all who knew him.

James was preceded in death by his father and mother, and is survived by his wife, Lisa Lay of the home; his four children, David Stricklin of McRae, Braxton Lay (Leslee) of Danville, Breanne Lay of Hot Springs, and Charles Lay of Cabot; half-brothers O’Neil Nichols (Sharon), Anthony Lay, and Timothy Lay (Abby); step-siblings Cindy Rhodes and Ronny Nichols; grandchildren Kaitlyn Stricklin, Tristan, Hannah, and Eliza Lay; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 10:00am at A Natural State Funeral Service; 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service & Crematory, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. James’ online guestbook is available at

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


  • Angela Shepard Posted August 12, 2022 2:20 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you. Big hugs!

  • Rosemary Holland Posted August 12, 2022 4:03 PM

    He was a strong, caring person who will be dearly missed.

  • Wallace Edward Rowe Jr. Posted August 12, 2022 4:18 PM

    You will be missed cuz

  • Allen Quattlebaum Posted August 14, 2022 2:30 PM

    So sorry to hear about James’ passing. I worked with him at Children’s Hospital and he was one of the kindest people you could ever imagine. James was always willing to help anyone who asked and was a great asset to the Security staff at ACH.

    • Randy Haliburton Posted August 16, 2022 7:48 PM

      Definitely true words Allen. I told someone the other day, James was a great dispatcher, but a better man. James will be missed!

  • Cindy Rhodes Posted August 15, 2022 7:40 AM

    Tracy was a very loving, kind and never met a stranger loving brother. He was a fighter and a very strong fighter even up to the end of his journey. I love you Tracy, love sis❤️❤️

  • Myra ‘Jo’ Mccallie Posted August 15, 2022 9:48 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss Lisa!!! He was the sweetest guy ever and always sooo helpful!! You guys were so precious together. Praying for you and your precious family!

    Jo McCallie

  • Leah Maples Posted August 15, 2022 12:27 PM

    James has been a long time coworker and friend of mine and he will be missed dearly. There was no one on this campus that didn’t know James. His laugh, smile and sweet demeanor will truly be missed at our hospital.

  • Linda Posted August 15, 2022 2:15 PM

    I loved Tracy very much I didn’t get to spend much time with him after he grew up ! But as a very young boy would get to see him more! I believe he is with Jesus because he told me he believed! See you again in Heaven! You Aunt Linda💕

  • major washington Posted August 15, 2022 3:03 PM

    we are so sorry for your loss..from the crew from business solution….Miss our

  • Nancy Hickman Posted August 16, 2022 9:24 AM

    So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family

  • Rodney Bond Posted August 17, 2022 8:39 AM

    James was a dear friend. I worked with James at Children’s hospital in dispatch. He not only taught me a lot about the job but about people. You knew if you where his friend , it was a friendship that would last a lifetime. May you rest in peace James.

  • Billy J Parker Posted August 17, 2022 1:04 PM

    I spent quite a lot of time with James in Dispatch at Children’s Hospital. He took the time to teach me a lot about life and I will never forget the story’s he would tell. There’s a lot of good people in the world, but James towers above many of them. Above all though, is the pride James took in his children and family, you could never go long without him telling you how much he loved them or what was taking place in their lives. It was a treat to be a part.

  • Charles Adams Posted August 17, 2022 11:05 PM

    Lisa, I am so sorry about your husband. I’m praying for you and your family.

  • Angela Palmer Posted August 18, 2022 9:57 AM

    I worked with James at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and I am certainly going to miss him.

  • Tom Jobe Posted August 19, 2022 12:07 PM

    So very sorry to hear about James. We worked together years ago at Gold Star Dairy….always liked James, and the conversations we had back in the day….he was a great guy.

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