James Ronald Richmond of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, formerly of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas with his family by his side. James was born June 17, 1939, to Earl Richmond and Susie (House) Richmond. James was 81 years old. He attended Temple Baptist Church.
James was born in a log house in the Greenridge community eight miles East of Waldron. He started school in a one room school house at Cardiff, Arkansas and finished high school at Waldron High School in 1957. He met his loving wife and later they married in 1959. He was drafted in to the US Army in December 1961. James was discharged in December 1963 at Ft. Bliss, Texas and returned to Waldron, Arkansas with a new daughter, Sabra Diane. He was employed by Sim's Building Materials in March 1964 to July 1969 when he opened a new business in August 1969. He was co-owner of City Furniture Mart for 22 years. He sold out and retired in August 1991. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and most of all he loved bluegrass music festivals and jamming with friends and playing the Dobro guitar.
James leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 61 years, Lottie of the home, one daughter, Sabra Roberson and husband Denis of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Grandpa James will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Kyle Redding, Dallas Roberson and wife BJ and Austin Roberson, as well as great grandchildren, Anna, Jace and Ransom. James will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted, including his beloved dog Bo, a host of extended family, friends and loved one's dear to his heart.
James' celebration of life will be 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Jackie Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in the Greenridge Community. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Susie Richmond, and siblings, Jerry Richmond, JoAnn Morrison and Johnny Richmond.
James' pallbearers will be Larry Shores, Curtis Billings, A.G. Morrison, Rick Bice, Anthony Morrison and Tyler Wagner. Honorary pallbearers will be David Tucker, Bud Fuller, Fred Mourton, and Bob Shores.
James' visitation will be Tuesday, July 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
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