James Ray Yarbrough

James Ray “Jim” Yarbrough, 73, of Hamburg, died on May 24, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Yarbrough was a native of Laurel, Mississippi and a resident of Hamburg for the past 39 years. He was a 1964 graduate of Beat Four High School in Wayne County Mississippi and attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Pensacola Junior College.

He served in the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps as a combat corpsman and was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.

Mr. Yarbrough was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, where he served as the sound technician for 38 years. He worked the sound system for hundreds of church services, funeral services and weddings.

Going to work for the Barnes Lumber Company brought a whole other family into his life. He had many happy memories with the Barnes family as they watched their business grow and be handed down from father to son to grandson.

An avid music lover, Mr. Yarbrough played a 12-string guitar and autoharp very well. He could tell you almost anything you wanted to know about music and was a Broadway Play season ticket holder. He loved pets and will be missed by his dogs, Axel and Atticus.

Spring was Mr. Yarbrough’s favorite time of the year. He enjoyed the fresh green colors on the trees and loved to grow ferns and had 30 hanging plants in the trees around his carport. Watering his plants was his outside chore until his health no longer allowed him to do so. He enjoyed fishing but never had much luck. He loved and spoiled his wife, his children were his joy, he loved his daughters-in-law like his own, and he adored his grandchildren and thought they could do no wrong. Early after moving to Hamburg, Jim and Linda fell in love with a little girl they called their own, Lexie Pennington Ross was the daughter they never had.

Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his parents, James Walter & Roberta Gatlin Yarbrough; his stepmother, Ann Yarbrough; his grandparents, L.D. & Ellie Bodie Gatlin and Walter H. Yarber and Christine Reddoch.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Gardner Yarbrough of Hamburg; two sons, Ray Yarbrough and wife, Amy, of Crowley, Louisiana and Clyne Yarbrough of Hamburg; two sisters, Beth McMichael and husband, James, of Eucutta, Mississippi and Kim Ramsey and husband, John, of Thomasville, Alabama; his brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Ginger Gardner of Waynesboro, Mississippi; three grandchildren, Alec Yarbrough and Gauge Yarbrough both of Hamburg and Julieanna Yarbrough Jones of Katy, Texas and a former daughter-in-law, Misty Winters of Hamburg.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Hamburg Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the cemetery.

Pallbearers are Gene Barnes, Bobby Livingston, Eddy Tucker, Coleman Matthews, Charlie Munn and William Munn. Honorary pallbearers are the Phil Barnes, Bob Barnes and the employees of the Barnes Lumber Company.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Ashley County Museum, PO Box 27, Hamburg, AR 71646.