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St. Joe Free Will Baptist Church
Saturday January 29th, 2022

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Russellville Family Funeral
Friday January 28th, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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J.C. Buel Kinder

Rev. J.C. Buel Kinder, 86 of Paris, Arkansas, went home to be with his Lord, Thursday, January 27, 2022 at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born January 19, 1936 in Oak Grove, Arkansas to Chester and Cassie Brown Kinder. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Rebecca Kinder and Ramona Kinder; his parents, Chester and Cassie Kinder; two sisters, Floye Warren and BunaFaye Reed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty Kinder; daughter, Debbie Featherston and husband Billy of Paris, Arkansas; granddaughter, Megan Featherstone; grandson, Bradley Featherstone, as well as several other family and friends.

J.C. was a pastor for over 60 years in the Arkansas River Valley area. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed stock car racing and spending time with his family.

His visitation will be 4-6pm, Friday, January 28, 2022 at Russellville Family Funeral. The Funeral service will be 10am, Saturday, January 29, 2022 at St. Joe Free Will Baptist Church in Atkins, with burial following in St Joe Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.

Pallbearers will be Gary Hawks, Bernard Bull, Trevor Floyd, Bobby Reed, Scotty Reed and Scott Warren.

Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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JC was one of the best preacher ever. Truly a man of God. He has spent many times at mother and daddy's (Joseph and Ruby Husband. I can remember him and Betty when Mona and Becky was small came to mother and daddy's one day. I'm sure they are rejoicing with their dad along with all the others that have gone on before him. My prayers especially for Betty, I know what it's like to be left alone. Lanny has been gone 6 years and there is days it seems like yesterday. JC preached mother's funeral at her request and did a great job. He was loved by so many

Lois(Hubbard) Wortman Jan 29 2022 3:33 PM

We loved JC and Betty dearly. He liked a lively church service like me. We plan on seeing him in Heaven someday.

Neal and Debie Green Jan 29 2022 12:06 PM

Sis. Betty, I truly loved Bro JC. He was truly a great man.

Gerri Spires Jan 28 2022 11:02 PM

Dear Betty and family, I was saddened to hear about J. C. and my deepest condolences to you all. We were classmates at Atkins High School and graduated together. May God bless and be with you all. Charles Jackson, Clovis CA.

Charles Jackson Jan 28 2022 2:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of J.C. Kinder

Zanette standridge Jan 28 2022 12:13 PM

Growing up in Oak Grove was such a blessing and that was because of people like J.C. I started going to church because of him. We heated with a wood stove and I cut our wood. I couldn't sharpen a chain saw to save my life. I would take it to J.C. and we would sit down on the front porch of the house that he and Betty lived in on the curve past "the bridge". He would take a file and without really paying much attention to what he was doing begin to work on the teeth. All the while teaching life lessons. He would finish a tooth, check it with his thumb and move on to the next. By the time he was done it would pull shavings out of a log like cutting through butter. We had a deal. Every time he sharpened it I would have to come to church. I didn't go much in the summer but I was pretty regular during the cold months. One night he gave an altar call and it altered my life. I have watched a lot of that community pass on. Sadly we are not replacing them with the same type of people. The world was a slower place back then, a better place, but not as good as the place J.C. went to.

Shane Kasper Jan 28 2022 12:24 AM

Debbie & family,
It's hard to be sad when a man has lived a life serving the Lord and is now casting his crowns at the feet of his Savior & rejoicing with loved ones gone before him. However, we were made to love and then mourn our earthly family as you are doing now. We are praying prayers of comfort as your family begins this new chapter.
We love you all.

Ruthie Burkett Jan 27 2022 10:05 PM

I loved visiting him and Betty. I can begin to tell you all how much he loved God and all you friends and church people. Even tho I was Assemvly of God as he would say...I won't hold it against you then he would ask me to sing..
He was an encouraged, a mentor but most of all a Christian. Love to Betty and Debbie and her family.

Nurse Jan Glasspoole Jan 27 2022 7:27 PM

Brother JC helped bring my family closer to the lord and made us excited to go to church. He was a blessing to our little church in Cherry Hill and the love he had for all of the church members showed each and every day. I am especially grateful for the dedication service he did for my grand daughter Maeleigh and being such a huge part of her life, he said she's our church baby. He will be forever missed but I know he is dancing in Heaven. We will sing "I will meet you in the morning" as often as we can since that was his favorite song. We will continue to pray for sister Betty and will be sending all our love. This man touched our heart and soul and we will be forever grateful for having known him and called him our pastor. Love forever

Allen and Theresa Brown Jan 27 2022 5:32 PM

J.C. was a man that truly loved God and people. He encouraged me to preach the whole truth of Gods word and preach just like God give it to me. One of my favorite memories is when he came to visit at the church I'm pastoring one Wednesday night and we sang a song called what a meeting in the air and it wasn't long until he was up on his feet worshipping and crying and of course encouraging us to sing like we meant what we were singing about. He had us to sing that song 3 times that night.. Truly he is having a wonderful meeting today and it won't be long until the rest of us as Christian's will join him. He will be missed.

Jeffery Burris Jan 27 2022 4:12 PM

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