James McFadin

James "Bud" McFadin

May 9, 1943 - July 30, 2020
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James “Bud” McFadin, 77, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away on July 30, 2020.
Bud was born on May 9, 1943, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to the late Lowell and Norma McFadin. He was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, class of 1961. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Fraternity. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.
Bud worked 34 years at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration. He directed all financial affairs for the Area Health Education Centers across the state. Prior to, he was the Assistant Director for Administration in the Department of Pathology, coordinating contracts between UAMS and the National Center for Toxicological Research Center (NCTR). He was a lifetime member of The Association of Family Medicine Administration and served 3 years as President.
In 2003, Bud and Cherie moved from Pine Bluff to Hot Springs to a lake-home where they were looking forward to retirement. After he retired from UAMS in June 2010, he volunteered at Garvan Woodland Gardens for several years where he was Volunteer of the Year in 2013 which allowed him to ride in the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs. In 2017, Bud and Cherie moved to Bryant in order to be closer to family.
Bud was an exemplary father and husband, generous with his family and respected by his peers.
Bud married Cherie Johnston on October 3, 1970, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. They had 2 children, Scott and Stacy. Some of his favorite things to do was rushing home from work to see Scott’s baseball games and Stacy’s cheerleading and gymnastics competitions. He was an avid storyteller, was always working on a project and loved teaching his kids and grandkids important life skills. He had a green thumb and you could always find him working in the yard.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Norma, his nephew, Jeffrey Morgan, and his brother-in-law, Jitters Morgan. Survivors include his wife of 49.5 years, Cherie McFadin of Bryant; sister Lynn Morgan of White Hall; son, Scott (Gena) McFadin of Conway, and daughter, Stacy (Brad) Hagan of Benton. He was the proud Papaw of Easton McFadin (17), Madison Hagan (16), Hunter Hagan (16) and Worth McFadin (8).
The McFadin family were members of First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff for many years where Bud served as a Deacon and worked in the TV ministry.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 3, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Ralph Robinson Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, followed by funeral services at 3:00 pm. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
You have left a lifetime of love behind for us all. Words cannot describe how much we will miss you.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Monday, August 3, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, August 3, 2020 3:00pm
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Cheryl Lane

Posted at 02:37pm
Prayers to the family in your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Bud for a number of years at UAMS. He was a true gentleman and always had a smile to greet you. Cheryl Lane

Rick Skillen

Posted at 11:32pm
Our PHBS classmates keep leaving us. I don't like it. I ask that Peace attend you. Rejoice in memories that will always be with you.

Tom S Butler

Posted at 04:09pm
I worked with Bud on a number of projects at UAMS. He was a person that you could trust to do what he promised. His word was all I ever needed. Just one of the good guys. Always had a smile. Tom Butler

Brenda Gullett

Posted at 05:57pm
Cherie and family, We are so sorry for you loss of Bud. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Brenda & Bob Gullett

Posted at 05:47pm
Cherie, Stacy and Scott
Jimmie Don and I are so very sad to hear of Bud’s passing. Although it has been a long time since we have seen all of you, our love and care for you remains the same. We will be praying for you in the weeks to come. When Jimmie Don learned of Bud’s passing, he said Bud was one of the nicest, kindest People that he knew and his memories of working with him on tv ministry, Yokemen and Deacons At FBC are some of his fondest.
Love, Brenda and Jimmie Don Norsworthy

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