J.R. (“Jake”) Liles was born July 7, 1923, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas to Chester and Ollie Belle Liles. He passed from this life surrounded by his loving family on November 12, 2016, at Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Russellville, Arkansas.
J.R. was an Army veteran of World War II where he served his country in the 124th Calvary from 1943-1946. While in service he received many awards and then received an Honorable Discharge. J.R. married the love of his life, Della Faye Deramus, on April 14, 1951, and they settled and raised a family in Waldron, Arkansas where they lived for over forty years. J.R. was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Russellville, Arkansas and a former member of the Waldron First Church of the Nazarene.
J.R. was a family man who loved spending time with his family and friends. Few things brought him more joy or smiles over the years than his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Over the years J.R. had many occupations that included everything from hauling milk in Mena, Arkansas to a variety of auto sales in Waldron, Arkansas for many years and ended his careers as Deputy Sheriff for Scott County. All his life he loved cattle and horses whether it was working with them on his farm in Waldron, riding his horses, going to livestock auctions, or watching rodeos.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years Della Faye Liles; his children, Karen and Thomas Akin of Russellville, Arkansas, J. Robin and Catherine Liles of Painted Post, New York, Michelle and Josh Herron of Russellville, Arkansas, Corey and Misty Liles of Dardanelle, Arkansas; grandchildren, Kendra and Ben Jones of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jordan Liles and fiancée Kori Young, of Baltimore, Maryland, Andrew Liles of Painted Post, New York, Shane Oswald of Waldron, Arkansas, Hannah Fore of Russellville, Arkansas, Ruger Day and Corbin Liles of Dardanelle, Arkansas; and great-grandchildren, Lauren and Madeline Jones of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Allie Oswald; sister-in-law, Mae Dell Sikes of Cherry Hill, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Alan and Elaine Deramus of Lafayette, Louisiana; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends who loved him.
J.R. was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Watie Garmon, Inez Garmon; one brother, Ellis (Buck) Liles; and one daughter, Sandra Liles.
Pallbearers will be: David Sikes, Ben Jones, Jordan Liles, Andrew Liles, Shane Oswald, and Josh Herron.
Visitation and the family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at the Waldron First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Wally Beckman officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Cherry Hill, Arkansas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Hill Cemetery or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
The Liles family wishes to express their sincere and deepest gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful staff of Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the loving and dedicated care they provided to J.R. and the family over the last few years. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
You may leave words of comfort and remembrance for J.R.’s family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.