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Obituary: Carol Jean Calvillo

Carol Jean (Thomas) Calvillo of Newark, Arkansas, entered into the eternal rest won for her at Calvary on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at the age of 64.

She now joins the company of saints before the throne of God. She was born Oct. 4, 1956, in Trumann, the daughter of Coy Howard and Hazel (Green) Thomas.

Jean, a member of the Newark Southern Baptist Church, was a homemaker who spent her life raising her children and taking care of her family.

She enjoyed shopping and playing pitch, but her greatest love was spending time with her family and keeping her grandchildren.

A caretaker at her very core—she leaves behind countless memories of gentle motherhood, right discipline, and inimitable humor.

Her demonstrations of unconditional love for her family guided her daughters as they raised their own children and her son as he sought his wife.

Her family now holds fast in faith until the day they are themselves called to rest and reunion with her.

Jean was preceded in death by her firstborn son, Simon Keith Calvillo, and by Justin Howard Calvillo, her eternal baby boy.

She was also preceded by her brother, Joe Thomas, sister, Mary Jane Thomas, and her parents.

Jean is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, Simon Calvillo, who dutifully provided for her in times of want, joyously celebrated with her in times of plenty, and patiently cared for her in times of sickness.

She is also survived by one son, John (Megan) Calvillo of Bryant; three daughters: Lydia (Rusty) Karschner, of Madeira Beach, Florida, Joni (Michael) Fraley of Batesville, and Amanda (Harold) Odom of Batesville; three brothers: Carl Thomas of Concord, Robert Thomas of Anna, Illinois, and Charles Thomas of Walnut Ridge.

Her memory will also be cherished by fourteen grandchildren: Emily, Bubba, Katie, Abigail, Austin, Kayla, Gracie, Bubby, Coy, Jonas, Avery, Afton, Judah, and JR; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

Friends may visit Jackson’s Newark Funeral Home, Saturday, March 27, beginning at 12:30.

Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Blue Springs Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Rusty Karschner, Bubba Karschner, Michael Fraley, Cody Doyle, Harold Odom, and Harold Odom, III.

Arrangements by Jackson’s Newark Funeral Home.

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