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James Clarence "Junior" Freer, Jr.

Ivan, AR, 1920 - 2016

James Clarence "Junior" Freer, Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at St. John's Place in Fordyce. He was a retired business man and served on the Dallas County Quorum Court for 36 years, leaving the position in 2013 at the age of 93. In 2010, he received the Community Service Award in recognition of his loyal service on the Dallas County Quorum Court. Mr. Freer was a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, a Mason, and a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Navy in the Seabees. He was on the transport ship USS Shermont during the invasion of Okinawa and spent time in the Aluetian Islands.
Survivors are a son, Sonny Freer and wife, Marilyn of Jasper; three daughters: Shelby Brandon of Sherwood, Susan Freer of Little Rock, Kathy Hardman and husband, Jerry of Kingsland; seven grandchildren: Robin Brandon Noles (Carroll) of Pine Bluff, Lisa Freer Kuykendall (Lee) of Malvern, Lora Brandon Rice (Paul) of North Little Rock, Mark Freer (Stephenie) of Malvern, Charlotte Freer Thomas (Michael) of Jasper, Leigh Hardman Adams (Chad) of Fordyce, Clint Hardman (Katy) of Bryant; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Earl Freer of Ivan; three sisters: Annette Temple (Van) of Warren, Carol Richardson of Menifee, Calif., Joyce Gray of Fordyce; a sister-in-law, Sue Freer of Fordyce; and 21 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth; a grandson, James Craig Freer; a son-in-law, Glen Brandon; his parents, James C. Freer, Sr. and Debbie Lum Freer; three brothers: Charlie, Billy Joe, and James Freer; three sisters: Lavelda Raney, Maggie Riggan, Catherine Hornaday; one niece and four nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Paul Rice, Bro. Jerry Hardman, and Bro. Rick Bolin. Burial will be at Garner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Garner Cemetery, 2838 N. Hwy 167, Fordyce, AR 71742. To sign the online register, visit

Published January 25, 2016

Benton Funeral Home Inc.
501 West 4th Street, Fordyce, AR
Phone: 870-352-3131