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Randy Lynn Bivens, age 63

Randy Lynn Bivens, 63, of Jacksonville Arkansas, born on August 19th, 1960, passed away September 14th, 2023.

Randy was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents John and Dovie McMullen, paternal Grandparents James ‘Barney’ and Fannie Mae Bivens, Parents Denver and Marcelle Bivens, brother Jim Bivens and sister-in-law Carolyn.  Randy is survived by Wife of 35 years Vicki Pruett-Bivens, Daughter Melissa Keith and her husband Steven, Son Matthew Bivens, Grandson Sylas Bivens, Brother Johnny Bivens and wife Elsie, Brother Ronnie, several wonderful nieces and nephews, and loyal beagle Biscuit.

Randy attended Jacksonville High School and graduated class of 1979.  Randy and Vicki met in 1986 and were wed shortly thereafter in February 1988.  He worked for a number of years at Regal Ware before moving on to a long career at Sam’s Club, where he drove a forklift with the best of ‘em and met many wonderful folks along the way.

Ever the outdoors-man, Randy was almost always outside.  When he could get the time, hunting and fishing with his buddies and son were at the top of his to-do list. In his day to day, Randy could be found feeding squirrels, watching birds, grilling in his self-made backyard “grill master station”, or simply taking it all in with his beloved gang of animals by his side.

A man who was many things to many people: loving husband, devoted father, baby brother, wonderful friend, PawPaw extraordinaire, the list goes on and on.  Of all the titles he had, and all the ways he was known, he was kind above all else.  Genuine kindness poured out of Randy, and to honor him please pour some kindness back out into the world.

Always in our hearts, love you forever.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 2:00pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkansas Wildlife Foundation.

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


  • Teresa Lafort Posted September 22, 2023 3:00 PM

    My heart goes out to you Vicki and kids. Randy was a wonderful friend. I have so many fond memories working with my ( work husband). He will truly be missed. 🙏❤️

  • Rommie Kelley Posted September 22, 2023 6:32 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It was a real pleasure to have known Randy and work with him at Sam’s.

  • Celia Buck Elder Posted September 22, 2023 6:33 PM

    Uncle Randy will be missed I have many memories of him!! Love and prayer for the family!!

  • Sandi Macklom Posted September 22, 2023 7:17 PM

    I have so many great memories of Randy, I can’t pick just one. He was an amazing human and kind man, willing to help out wherever needed. I’m so thankful to have met him and worked with him for a decade. Love to you all and peace to Randy.

  • Rhonda Absher Posted September 22, 2023 7:21 PM

    Cuz, my heart goes out to you and the family. I wish I could be there but will take a moment to say a prayer on the 29th at 2pm. I’m but a call away if you ever need an ear to listen. Hugs & kisses to you all.

  • Lori Mayo Posted September 22, 2023 10:38 PM

    You truely said it best! He was a quiet and kind soul with a dry quick wit! I will always remember him with a smile!

  • Kerry Elliotte Posted September 23, 2023 4:46 AM

    To my extended family, Vicki and Melissa and Matt my heart goes out to you. Randy was such a good man. Always smiling and ready to help everyone. I could go on and on, I will miss him so. Prayers to the whole family.

  • jan keith Posted September 25, 2023 8:23 AM

    rest in peace

  • Derek Smith Posted September 26, 2023 10:11 AM

    Condolences to the Bivens family. I never had the fortune of meeting Randy but I see how much he meant in people’s lives.

  • Tammy Cravens Posted September 26, 2023 11:22 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Linda Daugherty Posted September 27, 2023 3:32 PM

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Randy became part of the Beaty family so long ago. He was always there for my parents and even me
    There are no words to describe this feeling of loss we share with you.
    We have memories from childhood to adults. It’s been an honor to call him a friend a brother family.
    My love and prayers will always be with you. Vicki, Melissa and Matt 🙏🏼❤️

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