James “Jim” F. Northup, December 10, 1940~September 30, 2014

Northup  for PaperJames (Jim) F. Northup, 73, of Fayetteville, AR. died Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center.  He was born December 10, 1940 in Ft. Smith, the son of Harry and Fletta Northup.  He was the eldest of four brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Northup.

He graduated from Ft. Smith High School in 1958 and went on to attend Russellville Polytechnic College where he was voted Agri-King and graduated in 1960.

Jim attended the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the ROTC and graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry.

He became farm manager for the Agriculture Department at the University of Arkansas.  Later, he became a field agent and teacher for the Benton County Extension Office in Bentonville.  He was also manager for the University of Missouri dairy farm in Maryville, MO.  Returning to Fayetteville, he became farm manager for the Verna Lee Dash Goff Farm.  He retired from his own successful landscaping business in the Fayetteville area.

His passion for nature and anything outside continued as he worked on his own property raising cattle.  His goal was to have 50 head.

Jim is survived by his wife, Alene Northup of 33 years.  They married on May 16, 1981.  He is also survived by two brothers, Martin Northup and wife Lynn of Atlantic Beach, FL. and Ernest Northup of Little Rock, AR.; six children, Rowdy Northup of Tulsa, OK.; John Northup and wife Rachel of Fayetteville; Janice Swagerty and husband Eric of Washington State; Annette Caldwell and husband Austin of Granite City, IL.; Debra Brach and Rachel Wallace of Tulsa, OK.; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel.

The family requests that memorials take the form of donations to the American Diabetes Association, 1732 Moberly Ln., Ste. B, Bentonville, AR. 72712 or the Washington County 4-H Foundation, 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville, AR. 72704.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.

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    Rachel Wallace » 01. Oct, 2014

    We will miss you Dad!! Rest in peace and keep watch over us..
    Love you so much.

    Nina Langham & family » 01. Oct, 2014

    We are going to miss Jim. He was a good friend and neighbor. He was always ready to lend a helping hand, and offered advice when it was needed. We admired his dedication to family and community.

    sharon Samuels » 01. Oct, 2014

    Arlene, we are so sorry about Jim. You know that dad and us thought the world of him, Colten really enjoyed Jim and the little deals they made with each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We are here for anything you need, just call. Much love from Calvin, Lanny, Sharon and Colten

    Denver & Claire Wilson » 02. Oct, 2014

    Jim has been a part of our lives since 1996. His knowledge, kind and patient counsel and ability to get things done has helped us immensely over the years. We will miss him greatly. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Amyee Smith » 02. Oct, 2014

    Debra we are so sorry for your loss and know that we are here for you all!


    Your BancFirst family

    Gary and Judy Carson » 02. Oct, 2014

    We were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We used to see him regularly when we lived across the road from you. He always stopped to say hi. Great Man!

    Sorry for your loss!!

    michelle » 02. Oct, 2014

    sorry for your loss, jim was a great man and we loved his energy and friendly fun loving ways.
    our prayers are with you.
    michelle,john,brittany &sam

    Mary (Weaver) Kennington » 02. Oct, 2014

    It was a pleasure growing up with Mr. Northup as our neighbor. He was always so kind, and such a hard worker! He will be missed!

    Dale and Jeannie Gerstner » 03. Oct, 2014

    We will always remember Jim as a kind man with a ready smile, who was always there for anyone who needed his help. May the peace of God and the love of family and friends be with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.

    Amy (Weaver) Calhoun » 03. Oct, 2014

    Mr. Northup was such a nice man to live next door to in all my years growing up. It seems surreal that he’s gone. He had such a love for the outdoors and always amazed me with his abilities and knowledge. He will be missed! May God grant peace and comfort upon your family.

    Walt & Dora » 03. Oct, 2014

    Have been trying for days to think of what to write–it’s like the enormity of the loss is so much greater than words. Heartfelt thoughts to Alene, and each of Jim’s children, grandchildren, brothers, and other family members. We remember so well when Jim and Alene married, Jim said we won’t have any of this step stuff and he lived up to that by being a dad to Debra and Rachel for the last 33 years, giving them two dads. Fond memories of Jim will always be with us and cherished.

    Derrik Land » 03. Oct, 2014


    Since moving to Fayetteville nine years ago, it has been my pleasure to become acquainted not only with your immediate family but your dad as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this time.

    May light perpetual shine upon him.

    Joan Perry » 03. Oct, 2014

    So sorry for your lost. He was a fine man and will be missed by many. He was always there if you needed help. Prayers

    Martha Trowbridge » 04. Oct, 2014

    I realize you may not remember me, since it’s been so many years, but I still remember you all fondly. Jim was always ready and willing to assist, and was an inspiration to me growing up. My prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

    Kelly Irvin » 30. Nov, 2014

    I only recently heard of Jim’s passing, but I just wanted to leave a message to say how much I liked Jim and appreciated his fellowship during the five or so years we were around each other. He was a good man. He was missed in the interim and will continue to be. So glad I knew him and look forward to a future time.