James "Jim" Bryan Jefferson
October 10, 1944 ~ November 21, 2015
Bentonville, Arkansas
James B. “Jim” Jefferson, 71, passed away November 21, 2015, at his
home in Bentonville, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born in Bentonville on Oct. 10, 1944, to Joe and Ellen Sooter

Jim graduated from Bentonville High School in May of 1962. One month
later, he moved to Washington, DC, to work for the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. He was later assigned to the Anchorage, AK, field office.
As an FBI Computer Specialist, Jim was involved in developing the first
National Crime Information Center database. During the many years Jim
spent in the banking and finance industries, he graduated from Southern
Methodist University’s Graduate School of Banking (1982). He opened
Jefferson Nationwide Insurance Agency in Bentonville in 1992.

Jim supported and volunteered his time to numerous professional and
civic organizations throughout his life, including educational Advisory
Boards, Razorback Chapters and Chambers of Commerce. He was a
long-time member of the Bentonville Noon Kiwanis, serving as
President for 2 years. He was also on the Helping Hands Board for 7
years before serving as President for an additional 6 years. Jim was a
volunteer Benton County Deputy Sheriff for many years. He was a
member and former Trustee of the Bentonville Church of the Nazarene.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a son, James Steven

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Bryan Jefferson of Madison, WI; his
daughter, Stephanie “Missy” Mayhall of Bentonville; two
granddaughters, Nicole Jefferson of Madison, WI and Lora Jefferson of
Minneapolis, MN; a grandson, Hayden Mayhall of Bentonville; and a
great-granddaughter, Adalynn Sorenson of Minneapolis, MN.
A visitation will be held from 6-8pm, Monday, November 30, 2015 at
Bentonville Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services will be held at 10am, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at
Bentonville Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Mark Snodgrass and
Vic Jones officiating. Private interment at Benton County Memorial Park
will follow. As a 12-year member of the 188th Wing, Arkansas Air
National Guard, based in Ft. Smith, AR, Jim will be buried with full
military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at www.
pdf.org or the National Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.    

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