Obituary: James William Canard


James William Canard was born on April 4, 1975, in Newport, Arkansas. He passed away on May 28, 2020, at his home.

He married the love of his life, Stefanie, on May 25, 2002. James loved his family.

James had a fondness for flea markets, yard sales, and antique shops, always looking for that good deal on a piece of furniture or rare piece of glass. He enjoyed sports and loved the Razorbacks. He enjoyed basketball the most and had an extensive basketball collection to prove it. His favorite place to go was the beach to hunt for seashells. He collected many different ones and had a large collection of them.

James enjoyed his 22 years working at Wal-Mart. He liked helping people and talking to them. He loved his fellow Wal-Mart employees and made lifelong friends that he kept in touch with.

He is survived by his wife, Stefanie Canard and his son, James Austin Canard of the home; his two dogs, Lily and Jasmine; his mother, Ann Simpson and husband Kirby of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Renee Seaman of Batesville; his grandmother-in-law, Lou St. John; one brother, Melvin Canard and wife Monica of Searcy; two sisters, Joyce Coffey and husband Thurman of Trumann, and Sandy Caldwell and husband Chris of Batesville; one brother-in-law, Adam Darnell and wife, Emily of Pleasant Plains; two uncles, William (Jabo) Morgan and wife, Judy of McCroy, and Hershel Jackson and wife Melissa of McCroy; three aunts, Carolyn Gillian and husband, Jimmie of Pumpkin Bend, Mary Vinson of Batesville, and Debbie Fields and husband, Mark of McCroy; four nephews, Dewayne Cook, Travis Canard and wife, Jade, Heath Darnell, and Josiah Darnell; four nieces, Tiffany Watson, Morgan Cook, Angel Darnell, and Zoe Darnell; two cousins, Stephen Fields and wife, Whitney, and Amy Hodges; six great-nephews, and two great-nieces.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Christeen Morrison; maternal uncle, James Larry Mallory; Nephew, Michael Cook; and cousin, Dustin Fields.

Pallbearers are Hershel Jackson, Melvin Canard, Chris Caldwell, Thurman Coffey, Stephen Fields, and Adam Darnell. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Keirn and Jerry Lindsey.

Visitations will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2020, at the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

There will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, at White Lake Cemetery in Tupelo, Arkansas with Glen McKay and Donald McGee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.

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