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James J. Brett

Mr. James J. Brett, age 82, passed away, Thursday, August 17, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born November 22, 1940, to the late James Brett and Mary (Jones) Brett, in Duckett, Arkansas.

Mr. Brett was an engineer by profession, working for General Telephone, and continuing to do contracting work for phone companies, after his retirement. James was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, and a Mason. James was an outdoorsman at heart, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, basketball, farming, and travelling. Mr. Brett also had his private pilot license and enjoyed flying his plane.

James is preceded in death by his parents, James Brett and Mary (Jones) Brett, and by his sister, Betty Gentry.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Wanda (Wilkins) Brett; daughter, Angela Brett of Little Rock, Arkansas; sons, James Brett and wife Nicole, of Wickes, Arkansas, Jason Brett and wife Kari, of St. Michael, Minnesota; grandchildren, James Brett, Madelynn Brett, Cameron Brett, Drew Brett; sister, Christine Pinson of Langley, Arkansas; and by his aunt, Margaret Brett.

Services for Mr. James Brett will be held, Monday, August 21, 2023, at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, at 10:00 a.m. Brother Scott Ray will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas. There will be a scheduled visitation held, Sunday, August 20, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Johnny Barrett, Allen Lowery, Tim Smedley, Brett Gentry, Bob Pinson, and Chief Bush.

Honorary Pallbearers are the members of the Mason Lodge #548 of Wickes, Arkansas.

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