Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

The owners of A Natural State Funeral Service


The staff of A Natural State Funeral Service takes the concept of life and death seriously – a funeral is a time to honor the life of the deceased and celebrate the heritage of their family. We strive to make each funeral a respectful, fulfilling experience that meets the unique needs of each family.

We wish to extend to you our condolences and prayers as you deal with a delicate time of grief over the loss of your loved one. It is our mission to handle your funeral needs with the utmost care and respect.

Please contact us with any questions that you have, as every question and concern is as important to us, as it is to you.


James S. Youngblood

James S. Youngblood is the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer. He has over 20 years of experience in the field. He is an Arkansas Tech and Louisiana alum. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service mortuary school in Texas.

Alex Smith

John Curtis Alexander Smith is the Assistant Managing Funeral Director and embalmer. He has over six years of experience serving Central Arkansas families. He graduated from Henderson State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and earned an associate’s degree in mortuary science and a certificate in funeral directing from the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope.

Jill Sampson

Jill Sampson. Jill has lived in Jacksonville since 1975. She graduated from Des Arc High School in 1968 and has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2012. She is also a pre-need counselor and helps families plan ahead for their funeral needs. Jill is a member of Marshall Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She has two children, Ashley and Leighann Drake of Bay, AR, and Greg and Dana Rozenski of Jacksonville. She is ‘Nana’ to her grandson, T. J.

Phone: (501) 982-3400
Fax: (501) 982-3410
2620 West Main Street
Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076