James Barkins

April 11, 1936 ~ April 1, 2021 (age 84)

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Life’s Journey

I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me and heard my cry. -Psalm 40:1


A Time to be Born

Mr. James Barkins was born on April 11, 1936, in Grady, Arkansas, son of the late Redic and Frankie Caldwell Barkins.


A Time to Learn, Grow and Serve

James accepted Christ at an early age.  He received his education in the Linwood Public School in Moscow, Arkansas.


James was very active at Richardson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, as an Usher, several years ago, before he started having health issues.  He recently joined Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Shortly after James joined Church, the Pandemic caused the Churches to be physically shut down.


James worked as a Farmer for over 40 years and after a short period of time in Retirement, he started working part-time at Sullivant Coin Laundry as the Laundry Attendant.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting, restoring, and search a word puzzle.


A Time to Wed

On April 2, 1955, He was united in holy matrimony to Arnette Joyner, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Their union shared the blessings of two(2) children.


On December 19, 1961, He was united in holy matrimony to Lola B. Miles, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The years together as one union was expressed through love, dedication, and commitment to God, each other, and family.  Their union shared the blessings of eight (8) children.


A Time to Embrace

Although a quiet-spoken man, his love and devotion to family were priorities in his life.  Sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-law were embraced as sisters and brothers.  Special cousins were thought of also like sisters and brothers.  His love for family and friends was unconditional until his death.


Born into Eternity

James was called from this earthly garden and placed in the heavenly garden by his Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Arkansas Convalescent Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


A Time to Be Remembered

He was preceded in death by his parents and paternal grandmother:  Redic and Frankie Barkins and Lucy Barkins; Three brothers- RedicBarkins, Jr., Alvin Barkins, and Jessie Barkins; Three sisters-Ira Jean Barkins, Beatrice Pridgeon, and Ada Allen. His Brother-in-law, Donald Jones, and his Sisters-in-law, Frances Barkins, Willie G. Barkins, and Eunice Barkins.


The family will always love and cherish his memories.  Five Sisters (5) Letha Mae Curry, Bobbie Barkins and Millie Sims(Joe), all of Topeka, Kansas; Mollie Hunt of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Lucille Jones of Queens Village, New York; his Brother-in-law, Melvin Allen, Moscow, Arkansas; Seven Sons: James Barkins, Jr., (Wanda) of Arlington, Texas; Charles Barkins, Little Rock, Arkansas; Johnny Barkins (Teresa), Pine Bluff; Larry Barkins, Edward Barkins David Barkins (Jacqueline), Kenny Barkins (Dorothy), all of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Three Daughters: Delois Banister of Chicago, Illinois; Edna (Curtis) Butler of Hinesville, Georgia; Linda (Terry) Murphy of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was affectionately known as “Daddy” to Three of his Grandchildren, whom he practically raised.  Corey Richmond and Juawana Polk Jackson (Carl), both of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Marcus Harris (Rebecca) of Houston, Texas. He also leaves twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.  James also leaves behind his Special Friend, Mrs. Jessie Mae Parker, her children, and grandchildren, who will always love and cherish his memories.

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April 9, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home INC.
1401 West. 2nd. St.
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Funeral Service
April 10, 2021

10:00 AM
New Community Baptist Church
321 N Birch St
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

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Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
Co Rd 59
Verner, AR 71643

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