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James W. “Jim” Alley

James W. “Jim” Alley, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Montgomery County Nursing Home. He was born on Thursday, February 4, 1937 to Alfred David and Mary Elizabeth Golden Alley in Mena, Arkansas.

Jim was a good friend to many and a Christian. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena and served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. Jim served in the United States Navy for twenty years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer Machinery Repairman. He later worked at U.S. Electrical Motors Corporation for 10 years. Jim then became the Instructor of Machine Tool Technology at Rich Mountain Community College for the next twenty years and cemented a legacy of being a wonderful friend and great mentor. After retirement, he co-owned and operated B J Machining Inc. He received great joy from teaching Bible classes, gardening, hunting, fishing and reading. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eva Dell Alley of Mena; his daughter, Reta Lapenter of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Randal and Debbie Alley of Hatfield; his daughter, Rhonda Tranter of Mena and fiancé, Bobby Faulkner of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother and sister in law, David and Kay Alley of Mena; one sister and brother in law, Belva and E. Wayne McDaniel of Mena; five grandchildren, Jacob Alley of Mena, Justin Lapenter of Ashland, Wisconsin, Tabitha Ervin of Charleston, Arkansas, Caleb Tranter of Denver, Colorado, and Rachel Walsh of Burlington, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Jacob Dill of Alabama, Rebel and Radley Ervin of Charleston, Arkansas, and Kai Lapenter of El Prado, New Mexico; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service took place on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Salem Baptist Church in Mena (Nunley), Arkansas with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Interment followed at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas. A visitation was held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers were Harold Coogan, Eddie Lunsford, Jonathan Lunsford, Richard Martin, Andy Brown, and Jim Aleshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204.

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