Jerry Wayne “Jake” Looney was born near the Nunley community outside of Mena, Arkansas on June 29, 1944. His parents were Lee and Eunice Looney. His mother died shortly after his birth so he was raised by his Uncle Clarence and Aunt Fairy Medford.
He was preceded in death by his biological and foster parents, as well his three biological brothers Bill Looney, Darrell Looney, and Alton Looney, and his biological sister, Vera Lee Blake.
He died on October 22, 2018 near his birth place. He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Era Brown Furr Looney, his son Jason Medford Looney and his wife Cher Mae Looney, and a beloved sister, Alla B Medford Curry Miller. He was member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena where funeral services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment at Cherry Hill Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Pastor Ann Ferris under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Jake Looney is best remembered for over thirty years of teaching Law, where he retired as Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas in 1997 and served as Dean of the Leflar Law Center from 1989-1997. He also served as both Circuit Court Judge from 2002-2014 and District court Judge from 2014-2016 in Polk and Montgomery Counties. He ended his career in service in the law as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 2016-2018.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent to the Polk county Library at 410 8th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953.
Pallbearers are Polk County Sheriff, Scott Sawyer ,former Polk County Sheriff, Mike Godfrey, Polk County Deputy Steve Fortner, Mena Police Officer, Ronnie Richardson, Mena Police Officer Joe Quinn, State Trooper Bo Hayes, Wildlife Officer Bernie Soliz, former Montgomery County Sheriff Barry Spivey.
Honorary pallbearers Bart Boehler, Michelle Boehler, Anthony Ellison, Lisa Callahan, Mary Dixon, Johnny Howell, and Wanda Smith.