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LaBora ‘Faye’ Stinnett

LaBora F. “Faye” Stinnett, 87, of Jackson, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

She was born April 4, 1934, in Dyer County, TN, to Taylor and Rubye Huffstutter Ward. She was a graduate of Valley View High School in Jonesboro, AR.

Faye and John Stinnett were united in marriage on March 3, 1956, in Jonesboro, AR. Their union was blessed with four children, Cindy, Mark, Joy Kaye, and Amy. They had been married 55 years when John passed away April 20, 2011.

Faye was John’s right hand in ministry, serving Church of Christ congregations in the communities of Benton, LA, Hickory Ridge, AR, and Scott City. In 1975, the family moved to Jackson and John became a residential contractor and developer in the area. Faye was a natural fit to assume the responsibility of keeping the books for John’s business.

Faye and John were faithful, active members of Jackson Church of Christ, where Faye was instrumental in establishing the church’s Thursday School program, which still thrives to this day. Faye’s heart was always burdened for children and she had special, effective ways of teaching them about Christ.

Loving survivors include four children, Cindy (Joe) Ockay of Farmington, Mark (Kristin) Stinnett of Quincy, IL, Joy Kaye (Scott) Watson and Amy (Eric) Craft, both of Jackson; 16 grandchildren, Becky (Toby), David (Ellen), Daniel (Becka), Hannah, Jessica (Josh), Hannah (Mino), Katherine, Abby, Emily, Savannah, Sydney, Peyton, Lili, Joshua, Garrett, and Nora Cate; eight great-grandchildren; four siblings, Ross (the late Sylvia) Ward of Jonesboro, AR, Jerry (Laurel) Ward of Millersville, Areva (Joe) Chesser of Fruitland, and Sally (Danny) Brinkley of Paragould, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and three brothers, Gene (Jo) Ward, John (Betty) Ward, and James (Claudette and later Billie) Ward.

To celebrate Faye’s life, visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Jackson Church of Christ, 310 N. Shawnee Blvd., Jackson.

The funeral was at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at the church, with Bryan McAlister officiating. Interment followed at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Children’s Home, Inc., or Crowley’s Ridge College, both in Paragould, AR, or Christian Family Services, Inc. in Webster Groves.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by clicking on the Tribute Wall tab of Faye’s personal obituary page at

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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