John Roy Soward, 1946-2014

The Rev. John Roy Soward, 67, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at St. Bernard’s Medical Center. 
He was born Sept. 23, 1946, to Sidney and Anna Soward, and lived in Jonesboro most of his life.
As an ordained elder, John was a member of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and served the Lord most recently through First United Methodist Church Jonesboro. He also served several churches in the old North Arkansas Conference. He graduated Cum Laude with his Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. He served as a minister for more than 40 years.
He was a member of the Jonesboro Exchange Club, and enjoyed fellowship with his friends as a member of the Burger King and the McDonald’s Coffee Club. In every community where he served, he was very civically active. 
Survivors include his wife, Patty; sons, Sid and John; one sister, Phyllis; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donnie Wayne Soward; and a sister, Shirley Sims.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at First United Methodist Church Jonesboro, with the Revs. John Miles, Rex Darling and Herschel Richardson officiating. The burial was private.
For lasting memorials, please consider the First UMC Chapel Sound System Fund, 801 S. Main St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.