Rita McGinnis

Rita Lucille McGinnis (Fears)

Monday September 6, 1937 - Tuesday March 17, 2020
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Rita Lucille Fears McGinnis, 82, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, formerly of Hoxie, passed away at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Rita was born on Monday, September 06, 1937, in Alicia, Arkansas, to John Herman and Lucille Etta Dunlap Fears.

Rita was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor, and friend. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church, in Walnut Ridge.

Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy “Jim” McGinnis; parents, John Herman and Lucille Etta Dunlap Fears; son, Jason Alan McGinnis; brother, Johnnie “Harold” Fears; and sister, Ina Fears Pickney.

Survivors include, daughter, Brenda Ruthie Madden, of Walnut Ridge; brothers, Kenneth (Shirley) Fears, of Walnut Ridge, Gerald (Katie) Fears, of Pocahontas, and Darrell (Rose) Fears, of Pocahontas; sisters, Barbara (Bill) McClure, of Trumann, Faye (Darrell) Pickney, of Hoxie, and Maye (Donnie) Bourisaw, of Walnut Ridge; grandsons, Wesley (Tamra) Madden, of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Chris (Laura) Madden, of Jonesboro, and Matthew Aaron (Jayme) McGinnis, of Hoxie; great grandchildren, Grace Madden, Barrett Madden, Brantley Madden, Blake Madden, Briggs Madden, and Connor McGinnis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

All services will be held in the chapel of the Fears Family Funeral Home, in Pocahontas, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Visitation will be from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Rita’s funeral service will immediately follow, beginning at 12:00 pm; Gerald Fears, officiating. Burial will follow in the Ward Cemetery, near Strawberry.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Chris Madden, Wesley Madden, Matthew Aaron McGinnis, Bill McClure, Darrell Pickney, and Michael Bailey.

Due to the current ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it is requested that Rita’s visitation and funeral service be limited to family members only. This request is in line with recommendations from the CDC, Arkansas Health Officials, and local medical professionals.
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  • Service

    Saturday March 21, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday March 21, 2020 12:00pm
    Fears Family Funeral Home
    2803 Hwy 67 S.
    POCAHONTAS, AR 72455
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    Gerald Fears
  • Interment

    Ward Cemetery near Strawberry
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Janice Hibbard

Posted at 02:42pm
To Rita's family,
I was so sorry to learn of Rita's passing. I remember chopping cotton many years ago with Rita's Mom and Dad. Mr. John would keep us laughing even though we were all hot and tired!
You know the Bible gives encouragement to us and our families at John 5:28-29 when it says that "...for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . . ." and at Rev. 21:4 speaks of a time when 'there will be no more tears, sorrow or pain'
Jehovah is such a loving God to give us this wonderful hope, which I share with you today.
Janice Hibbard,
Walnut Ridge

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Wes, Sarah and Connor

Posted at 04:32am
Thinking of you and praying for you all, during this time tragic time. We love you, Wesley Jay!! Sending much love your way, from the Wallers!
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Posted at 02:44pm
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Posted at 08:23am
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