The David James Memorial Scholarship has recently been established through the BRTC Foundation.

Jon David James, a major part of the Randolph County farming community, was a kind and caring man. He was always wearing a smile and was always willing to help someone in need. He enjoyed spending time with his family and hunting.

David left behind a wife, Darlene James; daughter, Chloe James; son, Jon Cameron James; stepdaughter, Ashley Garrison; step grandchild, Colby Benton; parents, Billy Ray and Edwina James; and sister, Donna James.

The David James Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of David James by his friend, Michael Ellis, and will be awarded to a BRTC student majoring in agriculture. For information about creating or supporting a scholarship, contact Karen Liebhaber at (870) 248-4185 or email her at

PHOTO: David James

Black River Technical College is a 2-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education.  The College houses one of the state’s law enforcement training academies and fire science academies.  BRTC has 2,500 full- and part-time students.