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James Howard Deal

June 1, 1941 ~ March 5, 2018 (age 76)


James Howard Deal, 76, of Crossett, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018.  He was born on June 1, 1941, in Hamburg, Arkansas to his parents, Abner Guy and Alyce Marie Jones Deal.  He graduated from Hamburg High School in 1959 and was a member of South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years.  James was a self-employed painting contractor who owned Deal Painting Co. for over 40 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time at Lake Chicot with his family and friends.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was very thankful for his personal relationship with him.  Whether it was a family member, someone he knew for years, or a total stranger he would proudly share his testimony and say that without a doubt, he was confident with his salvation and that he knew where he would be going when he passed away.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Jason David Deal; one daughter, Dana Ridener; one brother, Harold Deal; and two sisters, Jolane Crouch and Sibyl Hutts.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Betty Mercer Deal of Crossett; one daughter, Angie Deal Meadows of Crossett; three grandsons, Brandon Wise and wife, Alyssia, of Crossett, Nick Meadows and wife, Kayla, of Bentonville, and Golden Chance of Crossett; one granddaughter, Justine Ridener Reeves and husband, Zach, of Cabot; three sisters, Linda Stephenson, of Hamburg, Rosemary Martin, of Crossett, and Martha Pennington, and husband, Bruce, of Milo; and one brother, Jerry Deal of Crossett; along with several great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7th at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett with Bro. Don Justice officiating. 

Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association (Arkansas Chapter)
204 Executive Court, Suite 301, Little Rock AR 72205
Tel: 1-800-272-3900

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