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James (Dab) Dabner, Jr.

March 20, 1942 ~ May 8, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


James Dabner, Jr. was born on March 20, 1942 to the late James Dabner, Sr. and Gracie Bradley Dabner in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He was one of twelve children.

Affectionately known as ‘Dab’ or ‘JD’, he worked at Riceland Foods for over thirty years. He was a very hard worker and was loved by all his coworkers.

On December 22, 1980, JD married Janice Betts, and they began their life together. And to this union, he gained another daughter Liz.

JD cherished the time spent with his family. He loved all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; he took great joy in helping to raise them. JD was the uncle that all his nieces and nephews loved and admired. His favorite saying was "hey ugly" or "whatcha’ doing ugly".

Later in life JD accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined his brother Reverend Henry Dabner, Sr. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Roe, Arkansas. He adored his church family and could not talk about them enough. JD was a Deacon at the church and became someone his church family could look up to. In addition, JD loved to sing in the choir and even lead his favorite song. He often talked about the Lord and testified to his family how good the Lord is.

He departed this life on Monday, May 8, 2023. JD was preceded in death by his parents James and Gracie Dabner, Sr. and siblings Mary Dabner, Martha Dabner, Leola Dabner Jackson, Sercie Dabner Smith, and Virginia Holt.

JD leaves to cherish his memories his wife Janice Dabner; children James Dabner III (Della), Janice Dabner, Vickie Dabner, Kimberly Dabner, and his loving bonus daughter Lizzie Wofford; twenty grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two brothers Eddie (Mary) Dabner and Henry (Gloria) Dabner, Sr.; four sisters Ruby Browley, Marva Joe Dabner, Marblelene Alexander, and Bular Taylor; longtime friends Joe Alexander and RB Morrow; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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May 19, 2023

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Relerford Funeral Home
301 S. College St.
Stuttgart, AR. 72160

Celebration of Life
May 20, 2023

11:00 AM
Allen Temple Missionary Baptist Church
708 N. Buerkle Street
Stuttgart, AR 72160

Interment following funeral service
May 20, 2023

St. Paul Cemetery
4414 Highway 33
Roe, AR 72134

May 20, 2023

Allen Temple Missionary Baptist Church
708 N. Buerkle Street
Stuttgart, AR 72160


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