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Richard "Dick" Jarboe

Richard "Dick" Jarboe

Richard Allen "Dick" Jarboe passed from this life April 1, 2017 following an 11 month battle with esophageal cancer. He was instantly reunited with his son Richard Everett Jarboe who predeceased him January 1, 2007. They are enjoying their daily philosophical discussions again. He was born May 22, 1944 to Robert "Bob" Jarboe and Helen (Morse) Jarboe who predeceased him. He was predeceased by his beloved sister Shirley Davidson as well. He put his life and his law practice "on hold" to assist with the care of his son Richard after his diagnosis with a cancerous sino-nasal tumor, his son Aaron following a life threatening vehicular accident, and his son Andy who was disabled as birth. Although she did not require as much of his attention, he loved his daughter Kimberly none-the- less.

Survivors include: Jane (Nahlen) Jarboe, honored to be his wife of thirty-six years, his daughter, Kimberly (Jason) Hammock of Smithville, his son Robert Andrew "Andy" Jarboe of Jonesboro, his son Aaron Jarboe of Walnut Ridge, and his precious granddaughters Katelyn (Chase) Battles of Sydney, and Kaylie and Hannah Hammock of Smithville. Dick, as he is affectionately known, is also survived by his two devoted, loving sisters and brother-in-laws, Linda (Richard) Vogan of Little Rock and Sarah (John) Brownlee of Maple Creek who assisted with his care in too many ways to mention, his mother-in-law Ruby Nahlen of North Little Rock, his sisters-in-law Nancy Nahlen of East End and Kathy Fooks of North Little Rock, his brother-in-law Dr. Bernard Nahlen, M.D. of Washington, D.C., and a "gaggle" of nieces and nephews whom he adored and enjoyed grilling steaks and ribs for all to enjoy. We must also name his beloved yorkie Abbey Gale and his cat "Baby Cat" as his survivors or we will not be forgiven by him.

To name a few of his pleasures in this life, Dick enjoyed fishing, antiquing, boating, Andrew Bocelli, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Rabbitt, Ennio Morricone, "Sanford and Sons", "Driving Miss Daisy", the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the AR Razorbacks, and the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Baseball played a huge role in his life and he was proud of saying that he "integrated" baseball in Lake Village, AR as he was called on to pitch for Lake Village especially when they were being challenged by Dermont on Sunday afternoons. He was a member of the Mississippi State SEC Conference Champions of 1965 and 1966 and threw a "wicked" curveball to assist with these victories. Most importantly, he developed lasting lifelong friendships with his teammates. He frequently visited and was most fond of Jim "Moose" (Davie) Doescher of Bay City, Florida, Claude (Kay) Passeau of Lucedale, Mississippi and Frank (Ann) Potera of West Point, Mississippi. These guys will forever be his brothers. He will be remembered by a host of classmates/friends from his hometown of Lake Village where he served as Student Council President for the Class of 1962 of Lake Village High School. He graduated from the University of AR Fayetteville Law School in 1969. During his time in law school, he introduced his companion Jerry Mazzanti to Sharon who was to later become Jerry's bride. He enjoyed practicing law with Attorney Leroy Blankenship and the late Attorney Harry Ponder of Walnut Ridge. Also left to cherish his memory are many close friends too numerous to name who listened to his stories in chambers and witnessed his skills in the courtrooms of Northeast AR.

In an open letter from Northeast Arkansas Legal Community which was artfully penned by District Judge Adam Weeks and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Cooper this was said about Dick: "Lawrence County lost a great man on Saturday. The legal community lost a legend. Dick Jarboe was a lion. His acumen and legal reasoning was coupled with a good-natured humor and a folksy charm that endeared him to fellow lawyers and judges alike. To borrow a phrase from the game he loved so much, Dick Jarboe swung a big bat- both as a lawyer and as a man. Dick was a true student of the game of baseball. Amidst the talk of hitting streaks and pitcher's follies, fellow lawyers could see the joy creep across his face as he talked about the pastime he loved so much. In these moments, we were all elevated beyond the petty problems of the day. Dick had that effect. His good humor was contagious and his impact undeniable. There are not enough big and fancy words in our English language to describe how truly great Dick Jarboe is and maybe that is for the best. Dick wouldn't want 'em anyway.

Dick was a respected colleague and a legend in the legal field, but more than that, he was a good man, a wise man, a trusted man, a sympathetic ear, a mentor, and even though it is a simple word that falls far short of the man....Dick Jarboe was our friend and he will be missed."

Dick was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Randolph/Lawrence County Bar Association. He served on the AR Bar Association Ethics Committee for several years. He was a patient and kind attorney who was known to turn a courtroom into laughter with his dry wit during the most serious moments. He was skillful in negotiating the "art of the deal" which benefited his clientele immensely and he worried about his clients in the last seconds of his life. He was a mentor to many young attorneys, but he treasured his relationship with Joe Grider whom he considered to be his son. He valued his friendship with Murray Grider even though once upon a time, Murray took him flying with malfunctioning instruments in his plane. Lorra Whitmire of First National Bank commented "He never made me feel stupid!" Kristi Schnick, his secretary for 23 years, was fond of saying "working for Dick Jarboe is like working for your father." To quote the Outlaw Josie Wales, Dick would say "I'm prouder than a game rooster to have rid with all of you!"

A Celebration of His Life Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pocahontas, AR at 10AM on Saturday, April 22nd under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Interment will be held at 2PM on Monday, April 24th at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, AR. Honorary pall bearers are members of the Randolph/Lawrence County Bar Association and his Mississippi State Baseball families.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Lawrence Mendelsohn and his staff of CARTI in Little Rock. A special thanks is also extended to Dr. Seb Spades and his staff for the 45 years of kindness and care given to Dick! In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge, AR or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. An online guest registry is available at

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" Dick was a great lawyer, and will be missed by many. My prayers are with you and your family. "
John Casteel | Batesville, AR

"So sorry for your loss, Ms. Jarboe you have been through a long ride the past few years and you have survived. Keep up your faith, your head held high and everything will work out may not be the way we want but it will work out nonetheless. The Mac Nees family will have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers you are an amazing person who will conquer all. With our deepest love and sympathy may you go on your way no matter where it leads you. Love Always The Mac Nees Family"
Vickie MacNees | Beloit, WI

"Mike and I can't express our sadness of your loss. I always enjoyed yours and Dicks conversations, never sure just how much was serious or bantering, but you two kept us in stitches. I can only think that Kelly may be there trying to convince Dick to take an alternate gate entrance. She most likely has not forgotten the prank he pulled on her when she was about 6 or 8 years old. Hope he'll go easy on her and plays along till the last minute. He was a great man and you were the Love of his Life! Love you Sister/Cuz. "
Connie Thomas | Yuma

"Jane, what a wonderful tribute. I'm praying for you and the rest of your family. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you during this sad time."
Peggy Wells | Little Rock, AR

"Dear Dickie was a fun, rambunctious 1st Cousin whom I enjoyed when our Family would drive down to ARK and see all our Kinfolk when I was young. To have been with him again a year before he passed, I still found that aura of playing games and trying to catch me off-guard and then laugh about it! What a sport and great Dad, and friend to so many. Cousin Janet"
Janet Schlosser McNulty Yahna | Fort Collins, CO

" Dick was a source of love for his family, a place of warmth on a cold night, a friendly haven to the weary and a sanctuary of peace in the swirling midst of anguish. Above all, Dick reflected the kindness of his heart. Now the great sorrows of life are over. Dick has laboriously accomplished his earthly tasks. Go to rest in peace."
Vicki Jones | Walnut Ridge, AR

"Dick is greatly missed. I enjoyed each and every day working with him, even the days that seemed to be endless phone calls, appointments and grumpy people. He really was like "working for your daddy". You all are in my thoughts and prayers. "
Kristi Pate | Walnut Ridge, AR

"Jane - I wish I could have known Dick because he sounds like such a "one in a million" person. I DO know that he had excellent taste in women because he married you! Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I have found that I was able to recall so many wonderful memories after mom died - I know that your memories, your love for each other, and the grace of God will help you through these difficult times. Love, Ann

Ann Bain | Little Rock, AR

"I was a young police officer in Walnut Ridge when I first met Dick. I enjoyed watching him in the courtroom during the time he was serving as our deputy prosecutor but soon learn to dread seeing him enter the courtroom as a defense attorney. But no matter what the outcome of our courtroom battles Dick & I always remained good friends. I loved his sense of humor and enjoyed my trips to his law office and my visits with him & Mr. Ponder. Oh, the tales that were told. He was always there for me as an attorney, an adviser & a friend. Our sincere condolences go out to the Jarboe family. Deb & I will miss him. "
J.R. & Debbie Hankins | Bryant, AR

"I have been privileged to have been associated with this family for 20 pluse years. I got to babysit with their precious boys and they treated me and my family as if we were their own family members. I highly respect Mr Jarbo. I call him Mr Jarbo because even though most of the time I called him "Dick" he was such an impressive kind hearted man that Mr. Jarbo is a way I showed him the respect and love I had for him. Many times he was at his office when I would clean his office. He always took the time to talk with me and ask about my family. I understood when he had to let me go from cleaning his office but the friendship remained. I will always rememember him and Richard with much love. Jane you will never knew how special you made us feel when you would bring Richard to our humble home to visit cause he wanted to see us I love you all so much. I will always be here if you need me. I know you have closer friends but in my heart your family will always be close to me and special.I will miss Dick and his jolly sence of humor. Praying for peace and strengh for you all. With much love and deep sympathy

Shirley Gates | Tuckerman, AR

"Dick was a fine man who was a pleasure to work with as a lawyer. He had that great balance of fully representing his cient while maintaining his status as a gentleman. He was always courteous to all involved in a case, his word was good, and you could depend on him. I will not be able to attend the services, but you have my prayers and hope that the fond memories will override the pain of the last year. Be blessed,
Bobby McDaniel, Attorney
Jonesboro, AR"

Bobby McDaniel | Jonesboro, AR

"Dick was a wonderful man and tremendous mentor to many young attorneys including myself. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and wise counsel. His family, community and colleagues have lost a great friend and I hold you all up in prayer. "
Chad R. Oldham | Jonesboro , AR

"Dick Jarboe was a fine man and extremely capable attorney. He was always kind to young lawyers and offered advice or assistance whenever he could. When following behind older lawyers, there are those you like, those you respect and admire, and those you trust. It is rare to find all those traits present in one person ....but Dick had them all. I, among many, will miss him very much."
Mary Broadaway | Paragould, AR

"Dick was a fantastic lawyer, but an even better person. He represented his clients with great passion and diligence. He was a gentleman and and treated everyone fairly. He will be missed."
Ray Nickle | Jonesboro, AR

"I haven't seen much of Dick since high school (back then I was Nicky and he was Dicky), but we spent 12 years in school together, so we knew one another pretty well, especially in our "formative" years. I had few surprises in reading Dick's obituary, as those of us who grew up with him would not have expected anything less. I know Dick will be missed greatly by all, and I want to extend my condolences to Dick's family and friends.

Nick (Nathan) Goldstein | Amarillo, TX

"Dick was one of a kind. A very honorable, respected family man. He was a true treasure. I know you have many memories. I really enjoyed working for Dick many years ago. I learned a lot from him. I am praying for the Jarboe family.

Resa Crews Bolin | Batesville , AR

"Dick was a remarkable lawyer that we at Lawrence County Cooperative School, Inc. respected highly. We could always call on him for advise or whatever else we may have going on. We always appreciated having that relationship with him. He was just a genuine courteous man. We will miss him! Our prayers will be with you and your family."
Lisa Williams | Walnut Ridge, AR

"Today, I just happened to google Dick because I had not heard from him in years. I was shocked and saddened to see that he had passed.
I roomed with Dick the last summer we were at Miss State. He was a great person and friend. A since of humor he did have. He could keep me laughing all night long.
It was an honor to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. "

John Reid | Ripley, MS

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