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Alva Gene Pledger, age 81

Alva Gene Pledger, age 81, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on November 26, 2022. He was born on July 26, 1941, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to the late Alva C. Pledger and Willie Lois Webb.

Alva was an avid reader and he loved studying the bible and researching history and countries that he read about. He enjoyed spending his time fishing, watching western movies and reading novels.

Alva is preceded in death by his parents Alva C. and Lois Pledger; sister Dee Campbell; brother James Pledger; son Tony Pledger; and grandson Joshua Rickett.

Alva leaves behind his daughter Sheila James (Larry); grandchildren Jessica Wrentz (Richard) of Little Rock, Jerry Rye (Angela) of Conway, and Robert Ritchie of Florida; great grandchildren Oliver Wrentz, Jacob Rye, Alyssa Rye, and Ross Ritchie.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

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

1 Comment

  • Phillip R. Whiting Sr. Posted December 1, 2022 11:26 AM

    Alva And I grew up together and we were friends for over 70 years.. He was a great person and friend

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