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Rev. James L. Shutes

November 5, 1956 — January 15, 2020

Born on November 5, 1956, in Eldorado, Arkansas. The son of Carl Shutes, Rosie bell Shutes & Ovell Shutes. James graduated from El Dorado High School in 1975. He worked at Prescolite for 27 years until he retired. He began work at Georgia Pacific where he also retired.

He was called to preach in 1983 and was ordained under Rev. Frank Townsend at New Olive Branch Baptist Church. James began pastoring at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Smackover, Arkansas, and Batts Chapel in Hutting, Arkansas. He united with Douglass Missionary Baptist Church and returned home to New Olive Branch Baptist Church, where he remained a faithful member until his death on January 15, 2020.

Preceding him in death are Carl “Peter Rabbit” Shutes," Belinda Shutes, Faye Shutes, Clifton Smith.

Those left to celebrate his life, his wife Mary Shutes, daughters, Sherina Moore (Mozell), Shelise Shutes, Tiffany George, sons, James (Kleena) Shutes, Justin (Shawna) Shutes, three brothers, Chester Shutes, Darnell (Benny), and Larry Ferguson, 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Public Visitation will be Friday, January 24, 2020, 12-5 pm at Sims Mortuary. Family Hr Friday, January 24, 2020 6-7 pm. Funeral Service will be on January 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., at New Olive Branch. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Sims Mortuary. Sign the guestbook at

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Friday, January 24, 2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

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