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James Franklin Golden

Mr. James Franklin Golden, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at his home. He was born on March 3, 1935 in Athens, Arkansas to the late Eldus Reedy Golden and Gracie (Miller) Golden.

James was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Margaret Krause, on June 28, 1957. He served our country in the United States Army in the 49th Armored Division. After his service he worked as a car salesman and had a car lot in Mena. He was also a teacher and taught at Rich Mountain Community College. James loved Arkansas and was proud to live here. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was a storyteller and loved to reminisce about the past. He had a church ministry at Peachtree Assisted Living for nine years where he would have small sermons. James was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Golden; son, James Golden, Jr.; grandchildren, Matthew, Kailey, Patrick, James III, Moriah, Joshua, and Zachary; great grandchildren, Jackson, Lincoln, Brightyn, Blaise, Bentley, and Bristol; brother, Mark Ellis Golden; sisters, Linda Jane Dickey, and Brenda Kaye Snead; daughter-in-law, Quanah Bernardini; and a host of other family and friends. James was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Clay Golden; and his brother, Harold Golden.

A graveside service for Mr. Golden will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

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