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James William Marsh

James William Marsh, 85, of Bentonville, AR passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Legacy Village Circle of Life in Bentonville.


James was born on June 29, 1934 in Joplin, Missouri, a son of Eugene Reading and Mildred Bass Reading. He was the widower of the late Lana Sue Marsh, whom he married on Feb 12, 1964 in Stillwell, Oklahoma, and preceded him in death in 2002. Jim was a truck driver for most of his life, but also enjoyed mechanicing and “tinkering” with various projects. He enjoyed going to the lake, fishing and water skiing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country with honor during the Korean Conflict.


He is survived by one daughter, Renee Cox of Bentonville; one brother, Doug Reading of Jones, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Danielle Green and J.D. Bradley; three great grandchildren along with numerous other family members and friends.


He was also preceded in death by a loving companion  Billie Gibson, two brothers and one sister.


Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, AR.  To sign our online register book please visit www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.

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Renee, I am so sorry for you losing your Dad. I have a lot of fond memories of your folks. They sure were my kind of people.Our families used to be together all of the time back when Gene, Mildred, Hubert and Agnes were running buddies. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Wish I had more comforting words to say, but keep those warm memories close to your heart.

Janey Janes Goldman Jan 20 2020 12:00 AM

Renee I remember so many good times at Lake Francis with your parents, Darrell and Sue and Bill and Judy Brooks. So sorry for your familys loss.

Renea Hill Ellis Jan 20 2020 12:00 AM


Good by to a old friend.

Bill Jackson Jan 19 2020 12:00 AM