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John (J.B.) Gavin, age 86

John (J.B.) Gavin, 86, of Rye, passed away February 12, 2024 at Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on March 5, 1937 to the late Alma Wooldridge Gavin and Tom Gavin. He was the youngest sibling of 5. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Maurice and Floyd Gavin; his sisters, Evelyn Thornton and Eva Dean Tarver; and a granddaughter, Sidney Wade. 

He is survived by his daughter, Julie Wade (Steve) of Broken Arrow, Ok; daughter Leanda Gavin (Cobi) of Fayetteville; grandchildren Kristina Reinschmidt (Adam) of Guthrie Ok; Halle Alvey (Tommy) of Fayetteville; Logan and Elliot Wade, both of Broken Arrow; Connor and Rowan Shelby, Evely and Arlo Gavin-Cogbill, all of Fayetteville; a great-grandson, Hank Reinschmidt of Guthrie, OK and a great-granddaughter, Eden Alvey of Fayetteville. 

J.B. served in the U.S. Navy, and was stationed in Japan and Australia. He traveled all over the Pacific. After the Navy, he was a farmer and a very talented sheet metal worker. He enjoyed creating all kinds of things from metal, even after he retired. He loved his parents, nature, geometry, and his cattle. 

A graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery in Rye on March 1, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Reneé Janski officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to something he cared about: the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 3964 Batesville, AR 72503; the Rohwer Heritage Site/Japanese-American Internment Museum, P.O. Box 1263, McGehee, Arkansas 71654; or the National Geographic Society, at

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


  • Dan and Alicia Outlaw Posted February 28, 2024 3:51 AM

    Love and prayers for all the family!

  • Rose Bartlett Clark Posted February 28, 2024 11:14 AM

    Our thoughts and love are with you.

  • Joanna Beth Person-Michener Posted February 29, 2024 11:19 AM

    My sincere condolences. I am holding space for your solace and a meaningful celebration of his life!

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