The Springdale News
February 12, 2009
SPRINGDALE -- Jim "J.L." Duggar, 73, of Springdale went to be with Jesus on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. He was born on Feb. 3, 1936, in Fayetteville to James A. and Velma Lee Boggs Duggar.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Lester Duggar; his daughter, Deanna Jordan and her husband Terry; his son, Jim Bob Duggar and wife Michelle; two sisters, Evelyn Long of Neosho, Mo., and Barbara Hendrix of Dardanelle; one brother, Mike Duggar of Tyler, Texas; and 19 grandchildren.
J.L had a unique ability to make others laugh and smile. He delighted in spending time with his family traveling and doing things together. He was a fun Grandpa. Few people enjoyed life as much as he did.
After graduating from Fayetteville High School in 1955, he attended the University of Arkansas, and served in the Army ROTC. He married Mary Duggar in 1960. In 1962, he became a third generation real estate agent in Duggar Realty that his grandfather J.T. Duggar established in 1933.
He loved buying and selling property, cars, and making "big" trades. Among many of his real estate transactions, he sold sites for the Springdale Holiday Inn & Convention Center, McDonald's on U.S. 412, Heritage Funeral Home and the new Tamales Restaurant coming soon on 48th Street. He was an incredible salesman.
He grew up attending Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville and was a member First Baptist Church in Springdale for many years.
Grandpa Duggar lived out the verse in Proverbs 17:22 that says, "A joyful heart is like good medicine." He loved cracking jokes in tense situations, telling funny stories even about himself to make others forget their own problems. If he could come back just for five minutes, he would tell us how wonderful Heaven is, and how important it is for the rest of us to make sure we have a relationship with Jesus and to live every day for Him! He would tell us not to get so bogged down with the cares of this world or to worry about anything, but to love God, serve others and make a difference with whatever time and resources we have left. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, across from the Holiday Inn on 48th Street in Springdale.
A "Celebration of J.L.'s Life" with his family and friends will be at 2 p.m., Friday at Calvary Baptist Church located at 1410 Porter Road in Fayetteville under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, online at www.heritagefuneralhome.com.
Dr. Doty Murphy and Brother Gil Bates will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Duggar, John David Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Terry Jordan, Dr. Young Min Kwon and Jason Madewell.
The family requests memorials be made to Gideon's Memorial Bible Program.
Mary Leona Lester Duggar
1941–2019 (m. 1960)
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