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Mary L. Fowlkes, age 83

Mary L. (Sue) Fowlkes of Carlisle passed to her heavenly home on Sunday March 12, 2023. She was born on June 3, 1939, to Henry and Mary Reynolds in Naylor, Arkansas.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; daughter Hazel Wise; sons Melvin C. (Bodie) Wise, Carl D. (Doug) Wise, stepson Ricky Fowlkes and one great grandson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years Jimmy Fowlkes of Carlisle; children, Charles Wise of England, Steve (Sherry) Wise of Jacksonville, Calvin Wise of Carlisle, Ruby Williams of Carlisle, and stepdaughter Melissa (Billy) Earles of Austin; 2 daughters in law; 21 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends and family.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family; Rex Jenkins and Will Reed; grandson in law George Parkinson; great grandsons Jonathon and Rian Lewis and son Steve Wise.

She was a mighty strong little woman who got a lot of that strength from raising those Wise boys. She was a woman of many words who always told you what was on her mind. She loved to fish but most of all she loved spending time with her family whom she loved dearly. She will be greatly missed.

Mary’s visitation will be Monday March 20, 2023 at 1:00pm with a funeral Service to follow at 2:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service; 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Interment will be at Mulberry cemetery in England, Arkansas.

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



  • Sherry Lynn wise Posted March 15, 2023 9:28 PM

    Going miss you dearly Sue we sure had some good times together going miss your phone calls wasn’t a day went by you didn’t call and we talk about everything and everyone. I’m glad you were my kids grandmother they love you too…. You and Doug have fun I know you are glad to be with him again and Bodie. Love your daughter in law sherry..

  • Dorothy Palmer Crane Posted March 15, 2023 9:53 PM

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  • Bobby Scott Posted March 16, 2023 10:16 AM

    Rip. Sue

  • Robert Blount Posted March 16, 2023 12:57 PM

    loved my aunt

  • Adelyn and Lane wise Posted March 17, 2023 3:17 AM

    Love you grandma from your great grandkids adelyn grace wise and lane Douglas wise..

  • Angela Wise Posted March 18, 2023 6:12 PM

    Grandma it’s been a long time, I should of came to see you!! It’s not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you in heaven one sweet day 💖 I love you

  • Martha Massey Posted March 18, 2023 6:53 PM

    Going to miss you dearly sue you was always there when I need a friend to talk to we had some good times together rip inmy dear friend

  • april jewell wise Posted March 19, 2023 2:07 PM

    i’m really gonna miss you so much grandma… take care of my daddy up there. i’m jus glad y’all are at peace now. watch over me. i love you & my daddy so much!

  • Jessica Wise Posted March 19, 2023 5:52 PM

    Sure gonna miss you. I may not have been around a life time. But you and nana sure have thought me a life time of how to and what to dos Give popa a hug for me. Tell him his wife and kids love him and miss him everyday. Untill we hug again. Love you you suborn redhead ol lady. Give ‘em hell up there keep them angels in line.

  • Jody Posted March 20, 2023 7:38 AM

    You’re forever gonna be missed, you thought me right from wrong and you showed me that no matter what anyone says about me you will not judge me. The town sure won’t be the same without you in it. I love you forever and always grandma~ Goober

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