Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Jimmy Andrew Emerson, age 74

Jimmy Andrew Emerson was born January 9, 1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas to James Monroe Emerson and Florence “Mickey” Taylor Emerson.  Jimmy went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 30, 2023 after a 5 year battle with kidney and liver failure.

Jimmy was a truck driver, mechanic, race truck driver, black and tan hound dog trainer, exceptional pool player and late night counselor to many friends and family in his shop in the backyard.

He was preceded in death by his father, by his Mother, Mickey Whitehead and stepfather Marvin Whitehead.

He is survived by his favorite (and only) wife Brenda Smith Emerson, daughter and biggest fan, Tammy Emerson, granddaughter and best pal, Bailey Shumate, great grandson, best buddy and the sunshine of his life, Waylon Mason, sister Betty Taylor, half-brother Buddy Emerson, half-sister, Teresa Cicero, stepbrother, Johnny Whitehead and step sister Sherry Stricklin.

His family would like to thank the following for his exceptional care over the last 5 years, Dr. Kimberly Gartman, Dr. Scott Wofford, Dr. Stephan Hemmings, Dr. Kewen Jauss , Dr. Nidhi Jain, Katy Redenbaugh, RN and the entire staff at Davita Home Health Springhill. To Francis in Dr. Woffords office for her patience and responsiveness to calls from Brenda and to Carmen in Dr. Jauss’s office for putting up with “Freddie Ferkel”

His family would also like to thank his friends who supported him; fellow pool/poker players Dean Miner, Jim Milam and Mark Williams,…he tried to teach them to play pool at his level, but they wouldn’t listen so he left this world being the better pool player.  His fishing, hunting, and racing friends, A. J. Carter, Steve Matlock, Keith Glover and Jason Lunsford who he spent many hours enjoying the outdoors.

To his step-brother, Johnny Whitehead for the front porch rocking chair talks where they solved the world’s problems and shared their faith in God.

To his cousins, Dale Eslick and Sissy Mabrey for the phone calls to stay in touch.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or International Fellowship of Christian and Jews.

Put on your flannel shirt and join us for a memorial service to be held Saturday, October 7 beginning at 2 pm at Graves Memorial Baptist Church, 4617 Oak Grove Road, North Little Rock, AR.

Services are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. Please visit Jimmy’s online guestbook at



  • charlotte smith Posted October 2, 2023 4:44 PM

    Jimmy, your strength and humor will be very much missed when I visit my favorite cousin, Brenda. I pray God will give her wind beneath her wings to carry her through the trials of the next weeks of learning to live her life without you by her side. I know you will be watching carefully over her till she joins you in the beautiful forever you have gone to. Blessings.

  • Timothy Simmons Posted October 2, 2023 6:21 PM

    To a best friend, coon hunting and fishing partner, I love ya brother ! I’ve missed those many nights up maumel creek fishing the white bass spawn ! The many weekends at the mud drags ! The many times we spent running the hills talking on the CB’s and 4wheelin ! I will miss you my friend ! I know you remember many yrs ago me calling you Big Sky Emerson and you giving me the CB handle Bass Commando ! I love ya brother ! God Bless you and keep you now that you’re home with him ! I remember you watching Tammy grow up and little Miss Bailey after she was born. May God Bless and hold you Brenda !

  • Stephanie Seligman Posted October 2, 2023 7:19 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss💔 I know his family was everything! Prayers for you, Brenda, Tammy, and Bailey ❣️
    RIP Jimmy!

  • Kathy Bundy ( Rettstatt) Posted October 3, 2023 11:28 AM

    So sorry for your family, just want you to know I am praying for your family and friends..I don’t remember you much but Tammy was my friend and I lived across the street from ya’ll..RIP!!

  • Andre Johnson Posted December 8, 2023 10:55 AM

    Mannn This was a good friend of mine, lost my buddy too soon. Rest in heaven buddy, I want forget the fun we had…Sorry I didn’t make it to see you, I’m just finding out months later .. I feel really sad but knowing you fought a good fight makes me feel a little better. Praying for strength to the family.

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