Obituary: James E. Deckard

January 6, 1943 – May 12, 2022

James E. Deckard, 79, of Bedford passed away at 3:33 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.

Born January 6, 1943, in Lawrence County, he was the son of James W. and Madelyn (Kinser) Deckard. He married Roanna Moore on September 13, 1969, and she survives.

James retired in 1998 from RCA where he worked as a truck driver. He was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel of Arkansas, an Army veteran, and enjoyed playing the guitar, riding his golf cart, being outdoors, and he loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife Roanna of Bedford; a son, Robert J. Deckard, and wife Rhonda of Bedford; a daughter, Joni Hayes and husband Jeffrey of Springville; two granddaughters, Taylor Hayes and Hannah Hayes both of Springville; and one sister, Julia Spires of Bedford.

James was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Jami Lynn, and two brothers, George B. and Jerry D. Deckard.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor John Paulus officiating. Burial will follow in the Hansen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19th at the Day & Carter Mortuary, and from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday.

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