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Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR

OBITUARY

James "J.B." Gilcrease

November 9, 1928July 29, 2019
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James “J.B.” Gilcrease, 90, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at his home. He was born November 9, 1928 in Dry Prong, LA to the late John and Audie Gilcrease. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict, and was a retired medical aidman. He was a member of the American Legion Post 31 in Fort Smith for 39 years, and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Brandon Burns, and a great-grandchild, Eden Rose Dortch.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of the home; two daughters, Anita Ricketts and husband Larry of Rudy, and Kay Burns and husband Bobby of Van Buren; a son, James Gilcrease and wife LaVinia of Van Buren; two sisters, Joye Stoneking of Minden, LA, and Jerri Stiller of Surprise, AZ; six grandchildren, Erik Ricketts, Josh Gilcrease, Jerrod Ricketts, Ryan Burns, Jason Gilcrease, and Leah Dortch; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery with Military Honors, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Pallbearers will be Roger Parks, Rickey Parks, Bud Roscoe, Larry Mosley, Bob Person, Erik Ricketts, and Jerrod Ricketts.

The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Lavinia gilcrease

July 31, 2019

We butted heads many many times and JB always would say it was because we are both Scorpios. And to tell the truth we we're more alike then not we both had to have the last word both had to be right and neither one of us was going to give an inch no matter what. He was one who would give you the shirt off of his back or his dollar if you needed it. Him and Pat has come to our rescue more times than I can count. I tell you to be in this beautiful family is such an honor. But you had too pass the JB test 1st not just any one was good enough to marry his son . I am proud to say I past the JB school of hard knocks and have been in this beautiful family for 36 years and still going. He has been here for me in ways in hard times an understood what I was going thru was always willing too listen said he had been thru similar things and was always here if I needed to talk. That meant more too me than he will ever ever know. God has give JB his wings and he has really earned them I will always love and miss him but he is no longer suffering and that I am so thankful for. God just let him know his Beautiful Sweet Precious Angel Pat is in good hands we will keep her busy and take good care of her. God Bless you. I will always love and miss you and I will see you when God decides it's my time ♥️♥️♥️

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