J.B.Wallis, 68, of Jonesboro, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at St. Bernard's Medical Center. He was born in Birdell, AR on February 29, 1940 to T.E. and Ethel Starling Wallis. Mr. Wallis was retired from General Electric and from farming. He proudly served in the National Guard. He enjoyed spending time with his family and church life group. He was a caregiver and spent all of his life serving the Lord by helping others. He was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Maxine Wallis of the home; his and Joan Wallis' children, Jewel D. Wallis of Lake Cormorant, MS and James Wallis of Indianapolis, IN; Karen Curtner and Vera Leath both of Jonesboro; three brothers, Ralph Wallis of Batesville, Frank Wallis of Pocahontas and T.V. Wallis of Jonesboro; and eight grandchildren, Jennica Leath Perkins, Justin Curtner, Matthew Wallis, Andrew Leath, Weston Curtner, Lincoln Wallis, Landon Wallis, and Katelyn Wallis.
He was preceded in death by parents and two brothers, Fred and Kenneth Wallis.
Funeral services will be held Friday at Roller-Farmers Union Chapel, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with Jimmy Adcox and Gary Cremeens officiating. Burial will follow at Old Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will include Richard Gambill, Jerry Taylor, Norman Rudd, Dr. Richard Stevenson, Bob Shaw, Randy Emerson, Bill Cremeens, and Denton Kernodle. Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Benevolent Food Ministry at Southwest Church of Christ.