James Herbert Wiedower Jr., peacefully left this life on Monday, October 4, 2021, at the age of 91. A longtime resident of Faulkner County, “Junior,” as many friends and family called him, was born on April 8, 1930, the second child and eldest son of James H. Wiedower, Sr. and Sibyl Stacks Wiedower and grew up on the family farm in Guy. He was the promotion major for his high school class and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. James and his high school girlfriend, Freda Glover, were married for 60 years, until his death in 2009. Together, they loved and raised four sons.
Time spent with family was a top priority for James and Freda, and family memories often revolve around the boys’ activities – baseball, swimming, water skiing and boy scouts. He was a devoted husband and father and a devoted and loving grandfather. James retired from the Arkansas Power and Light (now Entergy Arkansas) after a 40-year career as a lineman and serviceman. He was honored by the Arkansas Department of Labor and the National Safety Council, the President’s Letter Award, recognizing his record of working his entire career without a lost time injury.
He was for several years president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 646 and was respected by his colleagues as an effective negotiator on behalf of the unions. In retirement, James enjoyed spending his time in various activities. He was an active member of the Faulkner County Master Gardeners and usually tended an impressive vegetable garden and cultivated beautiful flower beds. He also volunteered with a men’s group, the Conway Building Project, which built libraries for students in Faulkner County to encourage reading. Spending time on a lake fishing was fun for James, especially when he spent time with his grandson, Janssen, or his brother Floyd. James was a man of faith and his relationship with the Lord was very important to him. He, Freda, and the boys were the original members of Central Baptist Church and he has served the church in many capacities over the years.
He strived to live his life according to the example set by Jesus and was a good man, always ready and willing to help others.
James was predeceased by his parents; a younger brother, Billy; his first wife, Freda; and his second wife, Carma Lawrence. Although their time together was relatively short, Carma brought happiness and company to James and she and her family hold a special place in the Wiedower family.
James is survived by his sons and their families, William and Julie Wiedower of Little Rock; and their daughters, Elizabeth Wiedower Jackson, of Houston, Texas; and Jennifer Wiedower, also of Little Rock; Dr. James S. and Rebekah Wiedower of Winchester, Virginia, and their children, John Wiedower of Washington, DC, Reed Wiedower of Washington DC, and Rosalynn Wiedower Bean of Chesapeake, Virginia; Dr Richard Wiedower of Conway and his children Janssen Wiedower of Conway; and Madison Wiedower Morris of Farmington; and David and Kimberly Wiedower of Conway; and their children, Buddy Williams of Sherwood and Rachel Williams Caravello of Austin; and great-grandchildren, Julian Jackson, Frances Jackson, Vesper Wiedower, James Cole Wiedower, Riley Hawkins, Cameron Young, Jr., Wyatt Caravello, Bianca Haddox, Jacob Haddox and Kaylee Sullivan. James is also survived by his sisters, Reba Lawrence and Dorothy Glover; and his brothers and their wives, Floyd (Betty) Wiedower and Ben (Donna) Wiedower.
Other survivors include many loving nieces and nephews and extended members of the Wiedower, Stacks and Glover family.
Family visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Roller Mcnutt Funeral Home in Conway.
The funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with Mike Lefler of the Central Baptist Church officiating.
Interment to follow at Copperas Springs Cemetery in Guy, AR.
Instead of flowers, memorials can be made at the central Baptist Church
Posted by Log Cabin Democrat on October 6, 2021.