J.R. Rush, 72, of Van Buren died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born May 10, 1941, in Roland. He was a retired maintenance worker for Donny Dodd and a member of Shipley Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Gillenwater; four daughters, Tammy Welch, Nancy Lamproe and Angel Rush, all of Van Buren, and Melinda Dunson of Waldron; five sons, J.R. Rush Jr. of Van Buren, John Rush of Omaha, Neb., and Johnny, Jesse and Eric Rush, all of Van Buren; two sisters, Janie Bane and Louise Dao; two brothers, Bobby and Jerry Rush; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Dec. 26 at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home in Ozark.

Pallbearers were J.R., Ray, John, Jeff, Bobby, Jesse and Johnny Rush and Brandon Lamproe.