Rosa Barksdale


JONESBORO — Rosa Barksdale, 87, of Jonesboro passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at her residence. She was born March 17, 1933, in Topeka, Kan., to Fred and Mary Kathrina Lorenz.

Mrs. Barksdale was a founding member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and past president of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA).

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband of 65 years, John Jenkins Barksdale, brother, Ed Lorenz, and sister, Alvina Eck.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth John (Nancy) Barksdale of Thibodaux, La., and Kevin Louis Barksdale of Jonesboro; daughters, Anita Pauline Keller of Little Rock and Linda Darlene (Scott) Spurlock of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Alan Paul Keller, Eric Ryan (Sarah) Keller, Amanda Marie Spurlock, Brian Neal Spurlock, Austin John Barksdale and Kyle Anthony Barksdale; great-grandchildren, Katie Marie Keller, Ryan Austin Keller and Joseph Alan Kellenberger; brother, Fred (Judy) Lorenz; and sister, Esther Cleason.

After graduating Rosa worked at The Letter Shop in Sacramento, Calif. Following her marriage, she was a homemaker and enjoyed crafting, sewing, reading, stained glass, cake decorating, pinochle, bunko and bingo.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family during the holidays and volunteering with nursing-home residents.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Rosanne Askland officiating. Burial will follow Greene County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will precede services from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2932 Wood St., Jonesboro 27404 or Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061.

We are complying with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance while observing social distancing. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering the building.

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