JONESBORO — Mr. Robert O. Naylor of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Osceola, Ark., passed away at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, on March 13, 2013, at the age of 61. He is survived by his daughter, Melanie Conrad (Darryl) of Jonesboro, Ark.; grandchildren, Madison Dawson and Ryder Conrad of Jonesboro, Ark.; his parents, Bobby and Joyce Naylor of Pine Bluff, Ark.; three sisters, Diane McAlister of Pine Bluff, Ark., Kathy Boyd (Randy) of Rison, Ark. and Beverly Clement (Rod) of Grapevine, Ark.; sister-in-law Barbara Knickerbocker of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce A. Knickerbocker Naylor. Robert was a kind, compassionate and polite man. He was a humble servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a devoted husband, son, father, grandfather, and brother. He has many friends from Osceola and friends that he has made while living at Culpepper Place in Jonesboro. He cherished each and every one of those friendships and will be dearly missed by family and friends. A 1969 graduate of Watson Chapel High School, he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello earning a B.A. in English and Mathematics, and graduated from The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Master in Education majoring in Guidance Counseling. Robert worked as the Osceola Jr. High School Counselor for 22 years before retiring. He worked part time as a GED Teacher at Arkansas Northeastern College for 8 years as well as a Guidance Counselor for one year at the Osceola Communications, Art and Business School. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Osceola, since 1977. He sang in the choir, and also led the music on numerous occasions.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Osceola. Graveside services will be 4:00 p.m., March 16, 2013 at Cypress Memorial Gardens in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The family wishes to thank Edith Boyce, an angel sent from God to help care for Robert and his wife, Joyce, the last several years of their lives. Also, a special thanks to Tim and Shannon Johnson, and the staff at Culpepper Place in Jonesboro. We are so thankful for the special care and love he received during his short time there. Robert was a proud Razorback fan and was a member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. He was a member of the Osceola Rotary Club, and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Joyce. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Baptist Church, 2900 W. Keiser, Osceola Arkansas; The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75231; or The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016.