Juanita M. Tolson, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2021, at her residence.

Born Nov. 16, 1925, in Evansville, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Charles “C.D.” and Susie Cooke Miller. One of Juanita’s first jobs was working in Washington, D.C., as a telephone operator for the U.S. Naval Department. That is where she met the love of her life, Enos A. (Bud) Tolson. They were married on Sept. 16, 1945.

Upon moving to Arkansas, Mrs. Juanita continued working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until she retired to become a mother and homemaker. She also helped Mullen’s Abstract in Walnut Ridge, recording deeds and other important paperwork.

Juanita was very active in life. She was a local Girl Scout leader, she helped deliver Meals on Wheels to the elderly and, was at one time, the President of the WMU. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, spending time with her family and, most of all, she was an avid bowler. She bowled in local leagues, played with several different professional bowlers, and was named Jonesboro’s Bowler of the Year once. Juanita was an active member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; a brother, Clint D. Miller; and a half-brother, Carl Killabrew.

Survivors include two sons, Wendell (Gail) Tolson of Walnut Ridge, and Michael (Zaid Guerra Ontiveros) Tolson of Paragould; three daughters, Sharon Spades and Darla (David) McEntire, all of Walnut Ridge, and Mary (Miles) Davis of Jonesboro; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Saturday, March 20, at noon at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Jake Guenrich and Bro. Dennis Truxler officiating. Interment was at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Phillip, Barry, Brent and Ronnie Tolson; Rusty McGaha, David McEntire, Miles Davis and Jeff Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were Jody Benson, Bob McMaster, Rich Nesladek, Adam Pate, Bradley Tolson, Jeff Penn, Cory Davis, Rigo Reyes and Zaid Guerra Ontiveros.

Visitation was Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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