Rev. John Wesley  Cripps Sr.

Rev. John Wesley Cripps Sr.

Reverend John Wesley Cripps Sr., 88, of Jonesboro, died peacefully in his home on July 30, 2022. 

He was born on Jan. 18, 1934, in Grand Tower, the son of Frank Cripps and Mary Lee Etta Wright Cripps. 

He married Mary Murk Hileman on Sept. 17, 1955.

John is survived by his wife, Mary (Murk); daughter Johnette Wood (Greg); son Wes Cripps; granddaughters Jenny Davis Healey, Kelli Wood and Kasee (Cameron) Carstens; great-grandchildren Ryker Healey, his father: Tom Healey and Kate Carstens; brothers Jim and Francis; sisters Bernadine Thompson and Ellen Robertson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; grandson Matt Davis; daughter Donna Cripps Davis; brothers David, Mark, and Frankie; and sisters Rosemary and Colleen.

John enjoyed woodworking, doing projects on the house with his wife, going to A-J football games with his son, hunting Indian relics and spending time with his family. 

He had a long career both on the river and at Bunny Bread. However, his most important role was as a pastor to many local churches. He loved the Lord and was looking forward to being united with Jesus and being reunited with loved ones. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

There will be no services, but in his honor, the family asks that you read your Bible today and know the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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