Obituaries

Sybil Ruth Meador Jones Obituary

Former First Lady of Wickes, Sybil Ruth Meador Jones, passed onward Sunday, August 21, 2022 in her home in Polk County. Sybil was born at home on March 7, 1939 in the Shiloh Community which itself was started along the banks of the Cossatot River on land given by her grandparents Joel and LeeAnna Myers. She and her 10 siblings were raised by her mother Delta Louise Myers Meador in the Wickes community. She has rejoined many of them in the hereafter: Delta, George known as G.W., Bud, Gerald, Geraldine, Joyce, and Pierre while leaving behind brothers Harry Gene, Parker, and Bill. She was also preceded in death by her husband and former Wickes Mayor, Kenneth Jones.

Sybil raised five children. She noted proudly that she sent a child to Wickes School for 37 years. She is the mother of John Wilson and wife Nancy, Mike Wilson and wife Gayle, Mark Wilson and wife Shannon, James ‘Jamebo’ Wilson and wife Brenda, and Samantha Wilson and her partner Paul. Nanny Sybil also leaves her legacy to grandchildren Jo Lee, Emily, Nathan, Josiah, Destiny, Logan, Garet, Laura, Allison, Eliza, Adeline, Aiden, Owen, John Cedar and great-grandchildren Talaysia, Aurora, Jada, Zane, Jael, Chloe, Talon, and Meredith.

Throughout her decades, Sybil was an outspoken supporter of many local causes and was active politically throughout her life. She openly welcomed so many to her family and community as part of her mission on this earth to move Arkansas’ from a bigoted and segregated area to a more tolerant state. Sybil went out of her way to welcome newcomers to her family and community, even taking a Spanish class when Wickes’ first Spanish speakers arrived. Sybil’s last wishes were to march in a PRIDE parade. She truly loved her neighbors across any political divides or differences and would hug any and everyone with a heavy pound on the back. Although she could be a cranky, stubborn changemaker in her later years, her legacy to us is that she truly embraced and taught us the teachings of Jesus through her actions and love for others.

Sybil was a comedian and writer. For many years, she wrote “Words of Wickes” for an online readership about her “weather rock” and other musings about her beloved hometown. Sybil loved laughing and a good joke above all. She bragged that she had outlived many doctors who told her to lose weight and quit smoking.

We will all remember her laughter and love. We will all remain blessed by knowing her.

Internment services will be held at Daniel Cemetery at 1:00 on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Also, please join family and friends for a potluck of stories and food to be held after services at the Wickes Community Center on Hwy 71. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of Sybil’s favorite causes: Cossatot Senior Center or the Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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9-6-22 11:39 AM KAWX.ORG