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James Douglas Anderton I

April 9, 1942 ~ June 14, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

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James Douglas Anderton I, age 81, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at his home. He was born April 9, 1942 in Cullman, Alabama to the late James Ardis Anderton and Inez Clark.

James is preceded in death by his wife, Sammie Gayle Anderton; his parents, James and Inez Anderton; and one brother, Jerry Anderton.

He is survived by three sons, James Anderton II (Jennifer) of Floral, Arkansas, Samuel Anderton (Nikkie) of Judsonia, Arkansas, and Eric Anderton (Dana) of Heber Springs, Arkansas; sister, Pamela Szalajka (Mitch) of Huntly, Illinois; twelve grandchildren, Robert Anderton, Jonathan Anderton, Dylan Anderton, Liston Reed, Seven Thomason, Nathaniel Anderton, Samantha Anderton, Ethan Anderton, Caitlyn Ryals, Ellexis Anderton, Mary Grace McGee, and Cameron Marek; eleven great-grandchildren, Abigail, Sofia, James “Buddy”, Jonathan Jr., Freja, Emma, Liam, Oaklyn, Rylee, Savannah, Olivia, and Marcie; and many extended family members and great friends. 

James worked as a welder for many years. He was also a guide on the Little Red River and Greers Ferry since 1979. He also ran the boat dock at River Ranch Resort for over 15 years. He loved to fish and tell stories about his fishing trips. And he loved anyone who would listen to his stories. He was a part of the coffee club at the Smokehouse in Heber Springs. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.  

 

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