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“My thoughts and prayers remain with you. ”
1 of 70 | Posted by: Dianne McManus - Hot Springs, AR

“Barbara, My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope that there are many wonderful memories of Jonathan that bring comfort. He sounded like such...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: Karen Flake - Little Rock, AR

“Barbara, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man he was and I know you are so proud of him and all he was and did. My prayers tonight are...Read More »
3 of 70 | Posted by: Kay Arnold

“Barbara and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy, Mary Jane Hornaday ”
4 of 70 | Posted by: Mary Jane Hornaday - Friend

“Barbara, Joe and family......my heart and my prayers are with you.... ”
5 of 70 | Posted by: Millie Coulter - Hot Springs, AR

“So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with your family! ”
6 of 70 | Posted by: KAREN K. BAILEY - Fordyce, AR

“Joe and Barbara, we are so sorry for the loss you are suffering. We too know the pain of losing a son, our son's name was Jonathan as well, he was...Read More »
7 of 70 | Posted by: Marilyn Benton Nooner - Sheridan, AR

“~My thoughts of Jonathan and your family have been continual since hearing the sad news. You and your family continue to be in my prayers. William...Read More »
8 of 70 | Posted by: margaret lyon - Fordyce, AR

“To Joe and Barbara Finley and family from Clifford and Phyllis Wright Todd - We are so very sorry for your loss and want you to know we are thinking...Read More »
9 of 70 | Posted by: Phyllis Wright Todd - AR

“Joe, I am so sorry for the loss that your family has experienced. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. He will always be there looking down on...Read More »
10 of 70 | Posted by: Margie Spoon - De Queen, AR

“Joe we were very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
11 of 70 | Posted by: Roy Garlington - Cabot, AR

“Thinking of you and all the family. I am so sorry. Love you. ”
12 of 70 | Posted by: Peggy Chapman - Tillar, AR

“My heart hurts for you this morning. Trusting you to the care of our Lord. These trusted and tried verses are still my watch words today. Read them...Read More »
13 of 70 | Posted by: Edith Totty - Fordyce, AR - Fried

“Sending prayers up that God will give the family (especially Gracie) the peace and strength needed in the coming months and always. Jonathan was a...Read More »
14 of 70 | Posted by: Jennifer Bolls - Little Rock, AR

“Saddened by his death. Will be praying for you all during this time. May God's grace and mercy sustain you in this hour. ”
15 of 70 | Posted by: Wade and Rebecca Totty - Camden, AR

“Barbara, Joe and family, I am so sorry about the loss of your son. He was such a kind and polite young man. My prayers and condolences are with...Read More »
16 of 70 | Posted by: Janell Ray - Fordyce, AR

“To the Finley family my prayers and thoughts are with you all through this difficult time . Jonathan was a very dear and sweet classmate ,he will be...Read More »
17 of 70 | Posted by: Barbara Nutt Easterling - Wooster, AR

“Joe, Barbara, Brian, Tyler, Allison, Gracie, & all the many extended family members,We are so sorry to hear the news of Jonathan's passing. We know...Read More »
18 of 70 | Posted by: Crystal Williams - Fordyce, AR

“Barbara and Joe- we were so saddened to hear about Jon's passing, but we know we will be reunited one day in Heaven. We will be praying for God's...Read More »
19 of 70 | Posted by: Beth Stuckey McLain - AR - Cousin

“I am aching for you in the loss of Jonathan. Please know I am thinking of you and will pray for your peace. My love goes out to you. Pat Audirsch ”
20 of 70 | Posted by: Pat Audirsch - Marianna, AR

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. ”
21 of 70 | Posted by: Scott and Donna Hart - Fordyce, AR

“I was so sorry to read about Jonathan. Your family is in my prayers. ”
22 of 70 | Posted by: Becky Belvin - Fordyce, AR

“My deepest sympathy. ”
23 of 70 | Posted by: Ruby Matkin - Fordyce, AR

“We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. ”
24 of 70 | Posted by: Heath and Elizabeth Hornaday - AR

“we are very sorry to hear this sad news. you have our condolences. we will be praying for your family. ”
25 of 70 | Posted by: joe & malinda stewart family - AR

“I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Know that I'm praying for you all, that God wraps His loving arms around each of you, and gives you comfort...Read More »
26 of 70 | Posted by: Patti Saeler Reeves - Magnolia, AR

“Barbara and Joe. Praying God will give you peace and strength in the days to come. Always cherish the precious memories. Love to family ”
27 of 70 | Posted by: Pat Easterling Williams - AR

“Joe, Barbara and family Marlene and I are so sorry to hear of Jon's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers. May God surround you...Read More »
28 of 70 | Posted by: Jerry Bush - Hot Springs, AR

“I remember Jon as a very talented and intelligent young person. He grew up in a wonderful, supportive and loving family. Barbara, Joe, Brian, Allison...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: Ben Pilgreen - Quito, Ecuador

“We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Jonathan. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you. ”
30 of 70 | Posted by: Clay & Angie Adams - Moncure, NC

“So sorry for your loss. I'll praying for God's peace and comfort during this difficult time. ”
31 of 70 | Posted by: Tammy Dixon - Kingsland, AR

“Praying for the family . ”
32 of 70 | Posted by: Le Shaum Johnson Greene - Fordyce, AR

“The Salvation Army of El Dorado extends our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers in during this time. Captains Bobby & NaKisha Carr ”
33 of 70 | Posted by: Captain NaKisha Carr - El Dorado, AR

“With fond memories of caring for the Finley family I extend my sympathy and prayers. I last visited with Jonathan on an airline flight a few years...Read More »
34 of 70 | Posted by: James Bryan, M.D. - Little Rock, AR

“Barbara and family, My prayers are for each of you at this time. ”
35 of 70 | Posted by: Toyce Newton - Crossett, AR

“So very sorry for your loss of Jon. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
36 of 70 | Posted by: Jimmy and Ellen Jacobs - Fordyce, AR

“You are in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
37 of 70 | Posted by: Joe waldrum - Little Rock, AR

“I'm so sorry for your loss, Barbara and family. ”
38 of 70 | Posted by: Janelle Riddle - St. Paul, AR

“Barbara Sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tony Moss ”
39 of 70 | Posted by: Tony Moss - Rose Bud, AR

“Joe, Barbara & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Words escape me in what to say other than you will be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless...Read More »
40 of 70 | Posted by: Carolyn H. Stover - Pine Bluff, AR

“Joe,Barbara,& Family: I;m so sorry about Jonathan.My thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time. ”
41 of 70 | Posted by: Elva Jo Wylie - Carthage, AR

“Barbara,as a mother my heart is aching for you. I cannot imagine your pain, but you are not alone. I am keeping you and all of your family in my...Read More »
42 of 70 | Posted by: Linda Nutt - Tampa, FL

“So very sorry of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time in lifes. God Bless and comfort you. ”
43 of 70 | Posted by: Gene Gardner - Conway, AR

“So sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. ”
44 of 70 | Posted by: Dennis Cooper - Magnolia, AR

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am so sorry for the loss of your child. ”
45 of 70 | Posted by: Tee Whatley

“Joe, Barbara and family, I pray that God gives you the strength and love to get through this difficult time for your family. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
46 of 70 | Posted by: Jennifer Broach - Plumerville, AR

“Have you in my prayers he will be missed. Theodora ”
47 of 70 | Posted by: Theodora Hightower - Batesville, AR

“Joe and Barbara, I am so sorry to hear about you dear Jonathan. I will be praying for you and all your family in the coming days. God bless and...Read More »
48 of 70 | Posted by: Mildred Green - Maumelle/Fordyce, AR

“Barbara & Joe, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of your precious son. I pray for your comfort and peace. ”
49 of 70 | Posted by: Margaret Prewitt - Fordyce, AR

“I am deeply saddened by your loss of Jon. My love and prayers are with the family. ”
50 of 70 | Posted by: Carol Orr - Little Rock, AR

“Joe, Barbara, and Family We are so sorry for your loss. Just know that you will be in our prayers now and the days ahead. Jonathon was a great person...Read More »
51 of 70 | Posted by: George & Fiona Robertson - AR

“So very sorry for your loss. ”
52 of 70 | Posted by: Shade. Carla, Max and Ella Kate Gilbert - AR

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you guys. ”
53 of 70 | Posted by: Linda House Spainhour - Lascassas, TN

“I have so many fond memories of JonJon. He was a great friend. It feels just like yesterday when we all graduated. I am praying for you at this...Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Priscilla Garrett Southall - AR

“My heart goes out to ya'll. praying for strength through this difficult time in your lives. I have so many great memories growing up together. He was...Read More »
55 of 70 | Posted by: Priscilla Garrett Southall

“Jonathan was a special friend. I have many fond memories of him growing up. He was always so kind, friendly, and very talented. I am so sorry. I am...Read More »
56 of 70 | Posted by: Priscilla Garrett Southall - AR

“Bobbie And I would like to send our deepest condolences. ”
57 of 70 | Posted by: Ken and Bobbie Jo Lacewell - AR

“Truly caring and expressing our most sincere sympathy to you and all the family during these difficult days. With Love, Alice & Wilber Chambers ”
58 of 70 | Posted by: Alice & Wilber Chambers - MS

“Joe and Barbara. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
59 of 70 | Posted by: Jerry Marks - Little Rock, AR

“We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength you need now and in the days to come. God bless each of you is our prayer. Jo Ann &...Read More »
60 of 70 | Posted by: Jo Ann Johnson - Fordyce, AR

“Joe, Barbara, and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Always remember "Even in the valley, God is good". ...Read More »
61 of 70 | Posted by: Tina Cochran Smith - Hope, AR

“I am so sorry for your loss. Jon was a friend since kindergarten. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
62 of 70 | Posted by: Shea Steelman Ruark - Benton, KY

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
63 of 70 | Posted by: Linda Strickland Holder - AR

“Joe and family, David and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. Be assured we are praying for you all during this time. ”
64 of 70 | Posted by: Majors David & Joanna Robinson - AR

“Was glad to see JonJon again at our 20 year reunion. ”
65 of 70 | Posted by: Todd Colvin - Dripping Springs, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this heart heavy time. ”
66 of 70 | Posted by: Lindy Brewer - Alexander, AR

“Family, know our prayers for comfort are going forth now and the coming days. May GOD be with you and yours. HE is our refuge in our time of grief....Read More »
67 of 70 | Posted by: RONDELL AND JANE HARRISON - AR

“Joe, Barbara and family, we are so sorry to hear about Jonathan, you all will be in our prayers. ”
68 of 70 | Posted by: Rex and Brenda Robinson - Fordyce, AR

“Tommy and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, both now and the days to come. ”
69 of 70 | Posted by: Tommy & Debra Nevels - Texarkana, AR

“Sorry to hear about the loss of Jonathan. ”
70 of 70 | Posted by: Missy Emerson Massey - Fordyce, AR


Jonathan Clark Finley, age 40 of Fordyce, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He was born June 9, 1974 in Fordyce.

Jonathan excelled academically and athletically. He graduated from Fordyce High School in the top of his class, attended Arkansas Governor's School, and was a graduate of Hendrix College. Athletically, he excelled in tennis and cross country track at the local, district and state level.

He was an accomplished musician presenting a Senior Piano Recital and also performing selections on his trumpet. His artistic giftedness was also expressed in his pen and ink drawings that he created especially for the people he loved. His family members treasure the hand-written expressions of his love for them. He loved his family and being "home" with them. The love of his life is his daughter, Gracie, who exhibits many of her Dad's attributes and talents.

Jonathan had a giving heart and gentle spirit and would help anyone in need even if it meant giving them the shirt off his back.

One of the things of which Jonathan was most proud was his service to his country as a member of the Arkansas National Guard. He was deeply patriotic.
Jonathan had a deep love for philosophy and enjoyed intense discussions. As one of his friends commented recently, "Jonathan's mind traveled to deeper levels than most," as he was a very deep thinker.

Jonathan is survived by his parents, Joe and Barbara Finley of Fordyce; his daughter Gracie Finley of Greenbrier; two brothers, Brian Finley and Tyler Finley both of Fordyce; and one sister, Allison Stroud and husband Greg of Hoover, Alabama.

Visitation will be Thursday night from 6 PM until 8 PM at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday at First Baptist Church of Fordyce. Burial will follow at Freehouse Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Children's Camp Fund. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net .

Funeral Home
Benton Funeral Home
501 West 4th Street Fordyce, AR 71742
Tel. (870) 352-3131

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