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Johnny Edwards James, age 87

Johnny Edwards James, age 87, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 6, 2022. He was born in Childres, Texas on June 29, 1935 to A.C. James and Jessie Grussendorf.

In 1962, Johnny opened Jacksonville Starter and Generator. He owned and operated this business until he retired in 1997. He loved hunting and fishing and especially loved going to the mountains with his grandkids. Johnny enjoyed being outside and working at the garden, and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.

Johnny is preceded in death by his parents A.C. and Jessie James; sisters Audrey Capshaw, Leona Burnley, and Wanda Treadway; brothers Dewey James and W.C. Adams; and grandson Joshua Rickett..

Johnny leaves behind his wife of 67 years Willie Mae James; sons Larry James (Sheila) and Dewayne James (Jennifer); grandchildren Jessica Wrentz (Richard), Jacob James, Allison James, Samantha James, and Jonathan James; great-grandchild Oliver Wrentz; and many more extended family members and friends too numerous to name.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 9, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 pm at A Natural State Funeral Service; 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Funeral Service will follow on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am at First Assembly of God; 221 North Elm Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.

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 Johnny, please follow the link provided below.


  • Flora Powers Posted November 7, 2022 8:17 PM

    Willie Mae, so sorry to hear about Johnny. Our prayer are with you all. We enjoyed having you all as close friends. Ken and Flora Elliott Powers

  • Elvie Mills McKinney Posted November 8, 2022 8:30 AM

    Willie Mae, Larry, Dewayne & families, I am so sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. Johnny & all of you have been a part of my family as long as I can remember. I remember Johnny & Dad (Joe) always competing for wreckers, land & anything else that came along. They were friends & businessmen together for years. I will always remember Johnny for the good nature he had towards people. He will be missed by many. Wish I could be there for you all but I am out of town right now. Just remember I’m thinking of all of you & you know where I live if you need me. Love to all !!

  • Ronald and Karen Tucker Posted November 8, 2022 10:57 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Johnny was a good friend. We always looked forward to seeing him when we went to deer camp. God Bless you all!

  • Patricia Huggins Posted November 8, 2022 3:11 PM

    So sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing Praying for the family’s peace and comfort that only God can give..

  • Karl and Janie Schanzlin Posted November 8, 2022 6:31 PM

    Larry and Sheila,
    Sorry to hear about Larry’s dad.

  • Robin Cox Posted November 8, 2022 7:59 PM

    Jimmy really enjoyed hanging out with Johnny at the shop. He always came home with a story Johnny told him. I seem to remember something about turtle soup??!! You are in our prayers!

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