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April 5, 2017 Edition

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County Attorney Jarboe dies

Lawrence County Attorney Dick Jarboe died on Saturday at the age of 72 after a long illness.

County Clerk Tina Stowers said Jarboe, who has practiced law in Walnut Ridge since 1978, had served as attorney for the county for more than 20 years.

Former County Judge Alex Latham, who is currently a member of the Lawrence County Quorum Court, said having Jarboe as county attorney was a huge asset for the county.

"He was always available to us," Latham said. "We could usually get an answer back on a question the same day."

The county previously used a deputy prosecuting attorney, when needed, but justices made a decision to hire Jarboe as the first county attorney, a position he held until his death.

Yvonne Phillips, who served as legal secretary to Jarboe, recalled that Ponder and Jarboe was formed when he started working with Harry L. Ponder following the death of his previous partner, Leonard Lingo.

When Ponder retired in 1998 at the age of 87, Jarboe continued to practice at the same location. Phillips, who has worked for the firm since 1957, said Jarboe will be missed.

"He was really good to work for," she said.

A member of the Bar Association, he had also served as Hoxie city attorney.

County Judge John Thomison said Jarboe was the only attorney he has ever used, and he will miss his sense of humor and his advice.

"The county has lost a great lawyer and a good friend," Thomison said. "We will miss him, his personality and his service. We express our deepest sympathies to his family."

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