James (Jim) Edward Sewell, 86, of Russellville, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his home surrounded by family. The son of James and Alice (Williamson) Sewell, he was born March 10, 1933, in Russellville. Jim graduated with a Master’s Degree from Lyon's College in Batesville, AR. Throughout his career, he worked as a data analyst in various levels of state government, including the Employment Security Division just prior to his retirement. Previously, he was head of the Arkansas Department of Local Services, and City Manager of DeQueen, AR. Jim served our nation in the Army during the Korean War era.
More than anything in life, Jim loved His Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. He worshipped with his faith family at East Point Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and for many years led a weekly devotional time that was inspiring to all who attended. He was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. He was a great lover of cats, enjoyed working with computers, and relaxing with crossword puzzles. He was fascinated with wildlife, spent lots of time reading and was an avid student of God’s Word, the Bible. He loved his family, raising two of them over the years, and invested much of his loving nature and spiritual character into their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two late wives, Virginia Sewell and Juanita Sewell; and, a son, John David Sewell. He is survived by his four daughters, Becky Crenshaw (Jennifer), Connie Ruth Sims (Dennis), Ramona Long (Jeff) and Carla Warren (Tim); his two sons, Larry Edward Sewell (Pam) and Michael Alan Sewell; 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and many other relatives & family friends.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. A private burial will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville. A family-led memorial service is being planned for Monday, May 20, 6:00 PM, at East Point Baptist Church, 4435 Mill Creek Road, Russellville, AR 72802, with visitation following. Memorials may be made to the East Point Baptist Church Building Fund. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.