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David Wayne Jacobs

David Wayne Jacobs, aged 72, peacefully passed away at his Gillham, Arkansas, home on March 7, 2024. A resilient soul, he lived for nearly 21 years with a donated liver received in 2003. Born on March 10, 1951, in Freeport, Texas, to Luther B. and Imogene Jacobs.

He is survived by his wife, Terrie, of Gillham, Arkansas. His sisters, Ellen Kennedy and Susan Morris of Huntsville, Tx. His daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Rodney Barrett of Wickes, Arkansas, with their children Taylor (and her children Colt and Mylo) and Kyle Barrett (and Kyle’s wife Rochelle) along with their five children Meadow, Roanin, Tobias, Caspian, and Hadassah. His son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne and Laura of Gilbert, Arizona, along with their children—Grace, Josh, Emily, Jen, Vivian, and Abby. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and a diverse array of extended family members, whose lives he touched in countless meaningful ways.

Throughout his professional journey, which began as a department store clerk and advanced to Dow Chemical, David’s skills transcended into the oil field, leading him to regional management, offshore work, and international travels. In 1987, he embraced farming in Wickes, Arkansas, followed by a decade-long role as a rural relief postman. His postal career was cut short due to a rare genetic disorder, leading to a liver transplant.

Post-transplant, David found joy as a dedicated preacher for two decades, officiating baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Beyond his professional roles, he was a skilled carpenter, charismatic public speaker, and a warm-hearted individual who embraced people with open arms.

A celebration of David’s life will be held on March 16th at the De Queen church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, donations to support missionary Sal Cariaga’s efforts in the Philippines are appreciated. Contributions can be sent to:

Agape Church of Christ
1701 E Hubbard Rd
Ponca City, OK 74604
With a Note: It’s for Give a Goat

Grateful for the outpouring of love during this challenging time The Jacobs family extends heartfelt thanks to the community, friends, and family.

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