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Bobby Joe Center, June 25, 1933~August 6, 2016

Center for WebsiteBobby Joe Center, 83, of Winslow passed away August 6, 2016 at his home.  He was born June 25, 1933 in Winslow to Alvis and Sally (Jones) Center.  Bobby Joe attended Winslow Schools from which he graduated in 1952.  He served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending his service-time in Germany.  He returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Ellen Summers.  They were happily married 61 years.  Together they had 5 children.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jack Center, Bonnie Beaver, Eugene Center, Christine Jones, Ruth Nicholas, Ralph Center, Calvin “Sonny” Center, James “Pete” Center, Johnny Center and one grandson, Marc Lewis.  Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife, Ellen Center; daughters, Debra Wells (Keith) of West Fork and Julie Center Dilworth (John) of Winslow; sons, Lindell Center (Debbie) of West Fork, Darrell Center (Diane) of Winslow and Arthur Center (Heather) of Winslow; and one brother, Jerry Center of Winslow.  Bobby Joe has 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Bobby Joe loved his home in the Boston Mountains of Washington County and the beautiful country God created.  Bobby Joe had a strong work ethic that he lived by.  He was a bulldozer operator, who built many roads and ponds in the tri-county area and also owned and operated a lumber and sawmill business.  He helped his community by serving several terms on the Winslow School Board.  But most of all, he was a family man.  He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1225 E. Zion Rd., Fayetteville, AR. 72703.  Burial will be at the Coil-Center Cemetery east of Winslow under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel, 855 S. Happy Hollow Rd. in Fayetteville.

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    Elsie Brock & Carl Fritch » 08. Aug, 2016

    We are so sorry to hear of Bobby Joe passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Center family. Elsie & Carl

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    Randy & Linda Bradley » 08. Aug, 2016

    Ellen and family: We were so sorry to hear of Bobby Joe’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to you all.

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    Lela Preston » 08. Aug, 2016

    Ellen and Family,,,love you so very much,,,may blessings of comfort be found in the richness of the proud Family he established..Many times you fed my soul with your friendship.I will always thank you for the blessings you have given my children and me.

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    Lou Ann Center » 08. Aug, 2016

    Love and hugs to all of you.

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    Richard and Pat McClintock » 09. Aug, 2016

    We are saddened by our friend’s passing from this mortal life. We thought we would get back down to Arkansas and get some pie together this summer. We love and miss you all . May God be with you to comfort and give you peace, you will see him again without pain and discomfort. Love and peace to each of you. Bobby Joe is truly a man of his word and worked hard as long as we have known him, loved his family above all. Bye friend.

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    Ronny & Karen Pope » 09. Aug, 2016

    We find that words can not fully express our sympathy to you, Ellen and the entire family. We will truly miss our friend, Bobby. We have not seen Bobby for the last couple of years, but always enjoyed yearly visits and once after he had finished the cabin, coming down for the afternoon to view how beautiful it and the farm were. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, faith to uphold you and loving memories to carry you through. Ronny & Karen

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    Name » 09. Aug, 2016

    Many heartfelt prayers for you and your family.

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    Chan Shafer » 09. Aug, 2016

    I was sadden to hear of Bobby Joe’s passing. He was a great man. He alway made a great contribution to our committee. Prayers for the family

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    Bernie & Todd » 09. Aug, 2016

    Dear Ellen & Family,
    Our love and prayers are with you always.

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    Name » 09. Aug, 2016

    Glad to have known such a good person.Love to the Center family,Judith Nicholson

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    ann r leach and family » 09. Aug, 2016

    we are all sorry to hear bobby jo has passed. he touched many lives and helped many people. he will be missed in many ways. the whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. god bless all.

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    Bob and LaDonna Smith » 10. Aug, 2016

    Ellen, you know our hearts are with you and your family. We have been part of each other’s lives for many, many years and have been so blessed by your friendship! The many meals, card games and much laughter have added so much to our lives. We have known Bobby Joe to be an excellent father and husband. He was certainly a man of integrity! He will be missed!

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    Tammy Lewis(Reed) » 10. Aug, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bobby Joe was a good man. He will sadly be missed.

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    Royce Luper family » 11. Aug, 2016

    We are so sorry for your loss.our prayers are with you all.