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George E “Bud” McCain, age 85

George E. “Bud” McCain, 85, of Jacksonville, Arkansas died January 1, 2023, following an extended period of failing health. He was born in Little Rock on May 14, 1937 to George E. and Lucille S. McCain. They and his sister, Jeanne M. Duke, preceded him in death.

Bud lived in his family’s home from his birth to his death. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1955. A talented athlete, he played baseball both for his high school and for an American Legion League team. Bud loved reading, going to the movies, hiking, and birdwatching. Following his retirement from farming, Bud maintained and managed his family’s land and rental properties. He was actively involved in the creation of the Reed’s Bridge Civil War Park.

Bud is survived by his nephew, Franklin Duke of Jacksonville, and his niece, Kathleen Ross, her daughter Caroline Ross and her children Stella and Lucy Wojcik all of whom reside in Olympia, Washington. He will be deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.

Interment will be private.

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


  • Mary Morgan Strickland Evans Posted January 12, 2023 7:51 PM

    Buddy was a good friend to my Dad, Sam Morgan. He enjoyed visiting with Mr. Buddy. He and Sister Jean were always a pleasure when we stopped in to visit. The home place is a nice landmark down the hwy.

  • Billy & Pam Hall Posted January 13, 2023 9:06 AM

    One of the nicest men that I have ever known.Always a southern gentleman.

  • Linda Counts Posted January 15, 2023 1:38 PM

    Lifelong friend of my dad, Doyle Counts & the Counts/Wood family. My dad thought highly of Mr. McCain & is sad to heai of his passing.

  • Mike Kish Jr. Posted January 28, 2023 6:10 AM

    Buddy’s passing leaves a sad void in my life. Periodically working at the battlefield park he helped create, afterwards I’d occasionally stop down the road at his house and visit. Sometimes he’d catch me at the battlefield… and we talk–a lot of Jacksonville history in those talks. The city owes him some thanks for what his efforts produced. Learned a lot from him, especially about Jacksonville before it became the Jacksonville we currently know. Nice guy too. I’m lucky to have been able to call him a friend.

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