James Charles (JC) Yarbrough was born in the Tomahawk community of Searcy County January 11 of 1927. His parents were Robert Monroe Yarbrough and Viola (Strunk) Yarbrough. J. C. passed away of natural causes on January 19, 2013 at the age of 86.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.with a Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. both at Holt Memorial Chapel. Pastor David Shekels will officiate.
He will be laid to rest at Maplewood Cemetery. Pallbearers are Travis Sullivan, David Hurst, Monty Davenport, Kyle Yarbrough, Alan Henley, and Bobby Evans. Honorary pallbearers are the Harrison Senior Men\'s Golf Association of Harrison Country Club, Darwin R. Clark, Hugh McClain, Mule Marshall and Randy Hefley.
J.C. married Marietta Henley on December 23, 1949 and they had 40 wonderful years together. Marietta passed away November 15, 1990. He later married Esta Lee McEntire on May 13, 1993. She passed away in June of 2009.
After graduation from St. Joe High School and a tour of duty near the end of World War II, J.C. began his career by hauling explosives from Little Rock to Black Rock to help build the bridge over the Black River in Northeast Arkansas. He then worked as a route salesman for Mosco Cash at Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. He was working at a filling station for Murphy Hudspeth when Murphy hired him to sell cars at Hudspeth Motors from 1952 to 1958. That year he began working as sales manager for Withers Chevrolet. In 1966 he joined Jim Campbell and Gene Bell and then bought out Earl Clarida and John Frank Madewell to start J. C. Yarbrough Auto Sales in 1967 until his retirement in 1992.
J.C. was a Christian and an avid reader of his Lord\'s word. He was a faithful member of the Pentecostal Tabernacle where he enjoyed his many years of membership. He was also a member of Kiwanis and ran the Harrison Consolidated Youth Baseball Program for several years. He belonged to the American Legion and was an avid basketball fan of the Goblins and Razorbacks.
His memory was unbelievable as he could recall families and what vehicles they had purchased through several generations. In his retirement, he enjoyed his many rounds of golf with the senior men\'s association at Harrison Country Club as they traveled the area playing others.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Marietta and Esta Lee, his parents, two brothers, Travis Yarbrough and Joe Yarbrough, and a sister, Bonnie Sullivan.
Survivors include three sons, Chuck Yarbrough of Sedalia, MO, Bill Yarbrough and his wife, Denise, and Michael Yarbrough, all of Harrison; 6 grandchildren, Keely Spicer, Kyle Yarbrough, Heather Dehart, Lacey Yarbrough, Keala Yarbrough, and Brennan Yarbrough and 4 great grandchildren whom he loved and enjoyed; a sister, Bernita Davenport; and two ladies who provided him with care and comfort, Yvonne Miller and Debbie Richardson, and many close friends and neighbors who will miss him greatly.
The family has requested that donations be made to J. C.\'s memorial fund at Pentecostal Tabernacle, 909 E. Washington, Harrison, AR 72601, American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.