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James “Jim” Melvin Belknap, age 64

James “Jim” Melvin Belknap, age 64, of Maumelle, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on October 14, 2022. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 7, 1958, to Melvin Belknap and Jean Forbes-Belknap.

Jim enjoyed being outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout and loved to hunt. He was always fixing things which is why he was given the nickname “MacGyver.” After fixing up and finishing his man cave, you could always find Jim in his recliner eating peanut M&M’s. Jim’s favorite pastime included skiing, boating, and relaxing with friends and family at Lake Ouachita. His grandkids were his world, and he was the best “Papa” to them. Jim was a protector of anyone he loved and would do anything for them. He loved the Lord and he was an acolyte at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Belknap.

Jim leaves behind his wife Tanya Belknap; children Jeremy Belknap (Laura), Brittany Wilson (Dustin), Brandon Keathley (Jessica), and Casey Moseley; grandchildren Wyatt Wilson, Knox Wilson, and Aimsley Keathley; his mother Jean Belknap; brother Michael Belknap (Shelia); niece and nephew Dalton and Madison; and a host of other friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Maumelle Country Club from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Nancy Conley Posted October 18, 2022 8:14 AM

    My heart breaks for Jean and her family. Jim was a fine man.

  • Diane Schratz Rogers Posted October 18, 2022 11:15 AM

    Mrs. Belknap, Michael, and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was well-loved by all the Schratz family, and I have many great memories of times spent with our families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, as well as in my heart.

  • Charles & Joanne Mills Posted October 18, 2022 3:19 PM

    Although I hadn’t seen my cousin in quite a while, my memories of him when we were younger have always been of the loud, funny, kind, gentle guy that he was. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Tanya, Jean, Mike, and the entire family.

  • Paula Hatfield Martin Posted October 18, 2022 6:54 PM

    Jean, I was sad to see that Jim had passed on. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family in the days ahead. May God help you as you go through this difficult time..
    Paula Hatfield Martin.

  • Nancy Baker Posted October 19, 2022 8:43 AM

    All of you are in my hearts and prayers. Jim was classmate and friend of mine.

  • Jerry&Janice(Crockett) Burlison Posted October 21, 2022 2:56 PM

    Our Love to Jean and Family

  • Samir sulieman Posted October 23, 2022 9:23 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss our prayers and thoughts are with you 🙏🏻
    Samir and Sally

  • Thomas “Boo” McDonald Posted October 24, 2022 2:27 PM

    Tanya & extended family,
    Very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing, he was a good man. I knew Jim from high school, especially those years that he volunteered to be one of our hard-working student managers for our NLR Ole Main football team during the mid-1970’s. Also, his kind Dad (Dr. Belnap) took care of me and my two brothers throughout our childhood & young adult years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the extended family during this most difficult time.

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