Our Obituaries

Virginia Belmont

July 22, 1951 - December 13, 2017

Virginia "Ginger" Belmont, 66 of Fort Smith, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017. She was born July 22, 1951 in Fort Smith to the late Lewis J. Sparks, Sr. and Virgie L. Gordon Sparks. She was a Catholic and a Clerk at Walgreen's. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son Alex Belmont.Memorial graveside service and inurnment of ashes will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, December 19...
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Donny Joe Cole

May 17, 1963 - December 11, 2017

Donny Joe Cole, 54 of Alma passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017. He was born May 17, 1963 in Snowflake, AZ to Billy Cole and Martha Kazy Dean. He was a self-employed painter and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father Billy Cole and one brother Bruce Olsen.Memorial service will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 15, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel.Danny is survived by his...
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Lesa Kay Daws

February 13, 1965 - December 5, 2017

Lesa Kay Daws, 52 of Pocola, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 with her loving husband of 37 years and her family at her side. She was born February 13, 1965 in Fort Smith to the late Kenneth Franklin Reichard and Mildred Evelyn Gillham Reichard. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was the former owner and operator of Gary's Show & Shine, and Aces One Stop/Hot Rods BBQ. Lesa never met a...
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Jimmy Lee Biggs

September 22, 1958 - December 1, 2017

Jimmy Lee Biggs, Jr., 59 of Fort Smith passed away Dec 1, 2017 at his Fort Smith apartment. He was born Sep 22, 1958 in Muskogee OK. As a 1976 Van Buren High School graduate, he began his career as a Butcher at Sherman's Grocery in Van Buren then later moved to Fort Smith working at the Butcher Block, Food for Less and Harps/Price Cutters. Not surprising he attended Westark Community College...
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Marjorie E. Powers

September 11, 1930 - November 29, 2017

Marjorie E. Powers, 87 of Ft. Smith, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She was born in Orville, OH to the late Charles and Maude Stoll. She was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Muldrow. She was a homemaker and retired from Southwest Times Record. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Donald James Powers, and three sons; Larry, Michael, and...
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William C. Neal

September 12, 1933 - November 28, 2017

William "Bill" Neal, 84 of Ft. Smith, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at his home. He was born September 12, 1933 in Hackett, Arkansas to the late Dewitt Clinton Neal and Lois Estell Glenn Neal. He was of the Baptist Faith, a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Veteran and retired from United Fabricators. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Flocine A. Huey

April 5, 1917 - November 26, 2017

Flocine Huey, 100 of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017. She was born April 5, 1917 in Van Buren to the late F.I. and Ruth Coble. She was a homemaker. On her 100th birthday, Mayor Sandy Sanders proclaimed that day as "Flocine Huey Day" in Fort Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Huey; two sisters, Vera Bagley and Vivian Marie Hooper...
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Gwendolyn S. Motsenbocker

March 23, 1944 - November 25, 2017

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Motsenbocker (Davis) of Arkoma, Oklahoma joined hands with her husband on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the age of 73. Born on March 23, 1944 to Lois Leatherwood (Broom) in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was a Graduate of Hartford High School Class of '62. She was a member of Arkoma Assembly of God where she was a Sunday school teacher, Treasurer, involved in the women's ministries,...
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Elizabeth Ann Hoover

November 26, 1937 - November 11, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Hoover, 79, passed away November 11, 2017. She was born November 26, 1937 to the late Rose and Joseph Ahlert. She graduated from St. Scholastica Academy and St. Edwards School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for several years before becoming a beloved wife, mother, nana and homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the IC Ladies Auxiliary. Rosary...
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Phyllis Margaret Londino

December 12, 1946 - November 3, 2017

Phyllis Margaret Londino, our loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. She was born December 12, 1946 in Fort Smith to the late Aberhardt and Mary Sparks Schwartz. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was also a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary at the church. She was an avid volunteer with St. John's Sack Lunch...
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Laura F. Juelfs

June 13, 1966 - October 15, 2017

Laura F. Juelfs, age 51, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was born June 13, 1966 in San Jose, California to Len Hale and Glenda Phillips. She was a 1985 graduate of Roland High School. Laura married Rick Juelfs on February 20, 2015 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She worked as a Whirlpool employee for 27 years and most recently, worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for PRN Staffing,...
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Jerry J. Gandy

October 27, 1937 - October 14, 2017

Jerry J. Gandy, 79 of Pocola passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born October 27, 1938 in Charleston, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie, and daughter Penny. He loved his family more than anything in life.He is survived by two sons; Jerry Randall Gandy and Ronald Dewayne Gandy. He has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was an Air...
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Aline S. McCoubrey

October 3, 1920 - October 14, 2017

Aline S. McCoubrey, 97 of Fort Smith, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. She was born October 3, 1920 in Franklin County, AR to the late Claud and Sarah Sallis. She was a retired secretary for Bost School, a member of Goddard United Methodist Church where she served as past president of UMW, past church financial secretary and membership secretary. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Cathy Isaacson

February 28, 1974 - October 13, 2017

Cathy "Cat" Renee Isaacson, 43 of Fort Smith, passed away suddenly at her home on Friday, October 13, 2017; she was a Christian and is now with her Maker and her mother. She was born February 28, 1974 in DeQueen, AR to Jimmy and Lorene Hosey of Nashville, AR. Cathy was a dedicated wife and Mom, a loving sister, daughter, and friend to so many. She served as a PTA president at Carnall Elementary...
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William Clifford Speer

April 23, 1941 - October 6, 2017

William Clifford "Bill" Speer, 76 of Fort Smith, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017. He was born April 23, 1941 in Fort Smith to William Clifford and Nora Cunningham Speer. He was a retired accounting technician in Austin, TX for the Internal Revenue Service and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.Funeral Service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. John's Episcopal Church,...
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Dara Ann DiLonardo Brewer

August 7, 1960 - October 1, 2017

Dara Ann (DiLonardo) Brewer, 57 of Fort Smith left the bonds of her earthly home Sunday, October 1, 2017 and now resides at #1 Heavenly Heights on 10,000 Angels Lane. She was born August 7, 1960 in Cleveland, OH to the late John DiLonardo and Sybil Padgett. She was a member of Community Bible Church and formerly worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution center. Dara's Celebration of Life will be 3:00...
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Kevin Bruce Watson

March 27, 1961 - September 11, 2017

Kevin Bruce Watson, 56 of Ft. Smith went to the Lord on Monday, September 11, 2017. He was born March 27, 1961 in Ft. Smith to Phyllis Jean Gray Watson and Billy Gene Watson. He was a graduate of Northside High School, a longtime employee of Georgia Pacific and of the Methodist Faith. In 2005 he was forced to retired due to medical issues. He was a fighter! For twelve years he fought this illness...
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Sara L. Herrington

December 1, 1958 - September 5, 2017

Sara Herrington, 58 of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017. She was born December 1, 1958 in Dermott, AR to the late Castile and Vida Herrington. She attended school at Bost Human Development where she was also an associate of the SKILLS program. She worked at Abilities Unlimited. She was a very passionate participate in the Special Olympics.Sara celebrated life everyday with...
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Willie Anderson

May 20, 1925 - September 3, 2017

Willie Anderson, 92 of Ft. Smith passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at his home. He was born May 20, 1925 in Ft. Smith to the late James and Elizabeth Anderson. He was a member of Haven Heights Baptist Church. He was the "iceman" delivering ice to several homes during the 1940's and former owner of Willie's Used Cars. He was also a member of the Black Diamond Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in...
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Whitney Danielle Morrow

April 23, 1993 - August 26, 2017

Whitney Danielle Morrow, our precious angel was lifted into heaven Saturday, August 26, 2017. She was 24 years old, a lifelong resident of Fort Smith, AR. Whitney was a 2011 graduate of Southside High School. She enjoyed in life the beautiful things and spending time with family and friends. Whitney was an amazing young lady and such a blessing and joy to her family. She was loving, thoughtful...
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Hilda Jean Atterberry

July 1, 1943 - August 21, 2017

Hilda Jean Atterberry, 74 of Ft. Smith passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at her home. She was born July 1, 1943 in Paris, AR to the late Ray and Jewel Phillips Tyler. She was a homemaker and enjoyed being with her grandkids. She was preceded in death by her husband George B. Atterberry.There are no services scheduled for Mrs. Atterberry. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Mrs...
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A.L. Daniels

January 1, 1928 - August 18, 2017

A.L. Daniels, 89 of Ft. Smith passed away Friday, August 18, 2017. He was born January 1, 1928 in Van Buren, to the late Argyle Loren Daniels, Sr. and Inez Jewel White Daniels. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran, retired from Shamrock Bolt & Screw and worked at Bowling World. He was also a member and Past Master of the Belle Point Lodge #20, York Rite,...
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N. Irene Willis

September 15, 1926 - August 11, 2017

N. Irene Willis, 90 of Ft. Smith passed away Friday, August 11, 2017. She was born September 15, 1926 in Tulia, TX to the late James and Hattie Knowles. She was a member of West Ark Church of Christ. She was trained as an electrical engineer but later in life became a math teacher in order to put her kids through college. She loved to garden and take pictures. She was preceded in death by her...
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Daniel W. Elser

October 2, 1959 - August 9, 2017

Daniel "Dan" Elser, 57 of Greenwood, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at his home. He was born October 2, 1959 in Ft. Smith to Lawrence and Agnes Elser. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Barling where he served many years on the Parish Council and was past Chairman of the Church Carnival. He worked for the James Fork Regional Water District and was owner of...
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Alexander James Belmont

November 26, 1975 - August 4, 2017

Alexander "Alex" James Belmont, 41 of Alma, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017. He was born November 26, 1975 in Ramstein, Germany to Donald and Virginia "Ginger" Belmont. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fort Smith and was an employee of Target. He was a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and the Boston Red Soxs. He was preceded in death by a half-brother Michael...
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Christene R. Benge

August 1, 1929 - July 27, 2017

Christene Robson Benge, 87 of Fort Smith, AR passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017. She was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Fort Smith, AR, to the late Angus and Bertha Robson. Christene worked most of her life at Central Mall as secretary for Ed and George Warmack. She worked out of a trailer during the building of the mall in the early 70's and continued working at Warmack & Co. late into the 90's....
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Sybil Padgett

September 16, 1935 - July 14, 2017

Sybil Padgett, 81 of Ft. Smith passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. She was born September 16, 1935 in Tylertown, MS to the late Shadrah Walter Taylor and Eula Mae Beard Taylor. She was a member of Community Bible Church and the Pilot Club of Ft. Smith. She was retired from Donrey Media Group. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Padgett.Services for Mrs. Padgett will be 11:00 AM Friday,...
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Wilbert Williams

February 17, 1946 - July 13, 2017

Wilbert "Pete" Williams, Jr. 71 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home. He was born February 17, 1946 in Kansas City, MO to the late Wilbert and Dottie Williams, Sr. He was a Christian and worked for Williams Company Portable Cleaning. Pete was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Williams.Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Woodlawn Memorial Park...
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Jamie W. Huskey

March 12, 1972 - July 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Fentress Mortuary, Fort Smith, AR.
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Edward L. Heinrichs

September 20, 1917 - July 2, 2017

Col. Edward L. Heinrichs, 99, passed away on Sunday, July 2, in Fort Smith. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was born in Fort Smith on September 20, 1917, to Ben and Ida Welker Heinrichs. He married Louise Sewell in 1944, and they enjoyed 72 years of marriage.Ed was a master storyteller and often had his audience in stitches. Some of his best...
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Ola Lee Kinsey Horn

September 27, 1937 - July 2, 2017

Ola Lee Kinsey Horn, 79 of Ft. Smith, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017. She was born September 27, 1937 in St. Louis, MO to the late Ivan and Thelma Kaley. She loved her family, fishing, gardening, and her animals. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Ola Lee was preceded in death by her daughter,...
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Mildred Ann Sharum

March 7, 1934 - June 30, 2017

Mildred Ann Sharum, 83 of Ft. Smith, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 in Ft. Smith. She was born March 7, 1934 in Ft. Smith. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Mother's Society of Sacred Heart. She worked at OG&E. She also loved working at the family Garden Center. She loved taking care of her grandkids and being a great grandma. Family will greet guests prior...
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Josefa Lenaerts Gill

November 8, 1938 - June 29, 2017

Josefa "Pepi" Lenaerts Gill age 78, of Jennings Mountain, Logan County, Arkansas, passed away on June 29, 2017.Pepi worked as a teacher, homemaker and, being fluent in five languages, served as an interpreter for the U.S. government and various court systems.Josefa was born in the midst of the Spanish Civil War on November 8, 1938 in Barcelona, Spain to Basque/Belgian parents. In March of the...
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Paul A. Whisenhunt

June 22, 1941 - June 25, 2017

On the evening of June 25, 2017, Paul A. Whisenhunt, 76, passed away at Mercy Fort Smith. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched throughout his life. Paul was born June 22, 1941 in Fort Smith to his parents Charles and Lois Whisenhunt and was loved by all that knew him.Paul was a 1959 graduate of Hartford High School where he was quite the athlete. He...
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Manford L. Barnard

June 29, 1928 - June 25, 2017

Manford L. "Dooney" Barnard, 88 yrs. old of Fort Smith AR, Went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday June 25, 2017. He was born June 29th, 1928 in Ratcliff AR to the late Robert and Maude Barnard. He was a Member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church. He was a Barber for over 60 yrs. and a Co-Owner of Sportsman's Barber Shop in Ft. Smith. He was a Graduate of Ratcliff Consolidated...
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Norma Elizabeth Garner Trout

February 14, 1925 - June 10, 2017

Norma Elizabeth (Garner) Trout, 92 of Magazine, AR passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Paris, AR. She was born February 14, 1925 in Cordell, OK. She worked for Wortz and Dixie Cup in Fort Smith, AR. Norma loved hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family and friends.Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Ellington Cemetery in Magazine, AR under the...
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Alfred Freitas

April 26, 1944 - June 8, 2017

Alfred "Butch" Freitas, Jr. 73 of Charleston, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017. He was born April 26, 1944 in Fort Smith to the late Alfred and Helen Freitas, Sr. He was a former custodian at Mercy Hospital. He loved life to the fullest, enjoying his grandchildren, cooking, fishing, camping, animals, and people. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia, and a son Timothy.Butch is...
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Charlene Dean

December 11, 1940 - June 4, 2017

Charlene Dean, 76, of Fort Smith passed from this life on Sunday, June 4th 2017 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on December 11, 1940 to the late Charles and Lorene Yutterman. She retired from City National Bank (now Bancorp South) and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.She is survived by her husband, John Paul Dean; her daughter, Laura Lee Moorman Ford and...
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Jack Vaughn

December 14, 1929 - June 4, 2017

Jack Vaughn, 87 of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born December 14, 1929 in Fort Smith to the late Jasper and Ruby Vaughn. He was a Protestant and a Navy Veteran. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1965 with a degree in Engineering and worked briefly at Western Gear (Engineering department) in California. He moved back to Tulsa and worked as a...
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William Randall Warburton

December 11, 1954 - June 3, 2017

William Randall "Randy" Warburton, 62 of Poteau, OK; formerly of Ft. Smith, AR passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017. He was born December 11, 1954 in Ft. Smith, AR to William "Bill" and Majorie Warburton. He was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Van Buren and a former employee of Forgecraft. He could always make everyone laugh and was very competitive while he enjoyed fishing and...
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Jennifer Marie Hightower

August 14, 1982 - May 30, 2017

Jennifer Marie Hightower, 34 of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was born August 14, 1982 in Ft. Smith to Kelly and Elizabeth Berry Hightower. She was a Baptist and an administrative assistant at O.K. Foods. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Dr. Michael Hightower and infant sister, Megan Nicole Hightower.Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, June 5, 2017 at...
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Rhonda Lee Branum

June 28, 1949 - May 26, 2017

Rhonda Lee (Self Boyd) Branum, also known fondly as "Tink", of Muldrow, passed from this earth on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born in Fort Smith in 1949 to the late Tade Self and Luretha Dale Bottoms Self Huston. She is survived by her husband and soulmate Johnie Ray Branum and her children Sean Patrick Boyd and his wife, Alicia, and Shawna Lee Boyd Hurdle, her stepsons...
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Frankie Louise Swiggum

February 9, 1925 - May 26, 2017

Frankie Louise Swiggum, 92, formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born February 9, 1925, in Marshfield, MO, to the late Earl and Emma Atkinson. She was preceded in death by her sister, Emma Lou Atkinson. Frankie was a wife, mother and grandmother extraordinaire. She was of the Baptist faith.She is survived by her husband, Thomas D. Swiggum...
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Russell Laborn Duncan

October 13, 1934 - May 26, 2017

Russell L. Duncan, 82, of Barling, Arkansas (formally of San Diego, CA) passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 in Fort Smith, AR. He was of the Baptist faith.He was born in Cleveland, TN on October 13, 1934 to Roy and Irene Duncan. He married his wife Sharon on May 22, 1955. Russ was a devoted husband and father. He made his mark on San Diego in the early 70s and 80s as a General Contractor and...
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Jerome Keith Elsken

June 9, 1944 - May 23, 2017

Jerome Keith "Jerry" Elsken passed away on May 23, 2017 at his home in Ft. Smith. He was born June 9, 1944 in Ft. Smith to Rupert and Magdalene Heim Elsken. He is survived by his four children; Mark Elsken of the home, Chris Elsken of Portland, OR Catherine Elsken of Walnut Creek, CA and Jason Elsken and his wife Jenni of Blacklick, OH; four grandsons; Parker Moench of North Richland Hills, TX,...
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Virginia Mae Harmon

May 8, 1926 - May 22, 2017

Virginia Mae Harmon, age 91, went to be with her Lord on Monday, May 22, 2017 in her home in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born to Arthur and Dora Walker May 8, 1926 in Athelston, Arkansas. She grew up in Manila, Arkansas where she met the love of her life, Starling Harmon. She was a loving military wife, raising four beautiful children while traveling the world. She later owned a beauty shop in...
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Chuck Lively

July 25, 1973 - May 20, 2017

Chuck Lively, 43 of Ft. Smith passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born July 25, 1973 in Long Beach, CA to Charles and Gay Lively. He was a member of the Remy Lodge #487 in Mulberry and worked at Saint-Gobain Proppants for 17 years as a machine operator. Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday, May 26, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Oak Cemetery.Chuck is survived...
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Robert Martin

September 25, 1956 - May 17, 2017

Robert "Danny" Martin, 60 of Rudy, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Danny was born September 25, 1956 in Fort Smith to Robert and Nola Martin. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Alma and worked at Arkhola for 28 years as a mechanic. He also served in the Air National Guard. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his...
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Hazel Marie Limberg

September 1, 1932 - May 15, 2017

Hazel Marie Limberg, 84 of Mountainburg, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 in Ft. Smith. She was born September 1, 1932 in Stilwell, OK to the late Blain and Kindless Workman. She was of the Baptist faith and a former waitress for Emmy's German Restaurant. She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph "Buddy" Limberg, Jr.Memorial graveside service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Hall...
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Vickie Lynn Mount

November 10, 1957 - May 10, 2017

Vickie Lynn "Duke" Mount, 59 of Ft. Smith, passed away Wednesday May 10, 2017. She was born November 10, 1957 in Poteau, OK to the late Troy Rodgers and Faye Clopton. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care. No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Ft. Smith.Vickie is survived by her husband Todd of the...
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Jack Dean Martin

November 25, 1958 - May 6, 2017

Jack Dean Martin, 58 of Ft. Smith, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was born November 25, 1958 in Albuquerque, NM to Jack and Louise Martin. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and worked in the Sanitation Department at Planters. He was preceded in death by his father.Graveside committal service with military honors will be 1:00 PM Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Fort Smith National Cemetery....
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Betty Gasper

September 28, 1932 - May 2, 2017

Betty Gasper, 84 of Central City, AR passed away Tuesday May 2, 2017. She was born September 28, 1932 in Fort Smith to the late Henry and Florence Bivins. She was a member of Massard United Methodist Church and a homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Francis Gasper.Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with...
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Gary Robinson

January 19, 1944 - May 2, 2017

Gary Robinson, 73 of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday May 2, 2017. He was born January 19, 1944 in Houston, TX to the late Jessie and Flora Robinson. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ft. Smith and a painting contractor. There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Gary is survived by his brother Don Robinson and his wife Betty of Ft....
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Patricia Ann Mahan Bruso

April 15, 1941 - April 20, 2017

Patricia Ann Mahan Bruso, 76 of Camden, formerly of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017.She was born April 15, 1941 in Murry Spur, Oklahoma to the late Noah and Oma Fay Mahan. She was a retired seamstress at Fort Chaffee and a member of Arkoma Assembly of God Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Bruso; a daughter, Sheila Grimmet; a...
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Harold John Geels

November 6, 1926 - April 18, 2017

Harold John Geels, 90 of Ft. Smith, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born November 6, 1926 in Prairie View, AR to the late Bernard and Loretta Geels. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He was the owner of Geels Lumber Company and a Veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the Ft. Smith Antique Automobile Club, and the Arkansas Valley Mustang Club, the Century Club,...
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Greta Sue Kontos

November 12, 1934 - April 6, 2017

Greta Sue Kontos "Charlie Sue" 82, passed away April 6, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 12, 1934 to Charles and Mabel Lowery of Sebastian County.Greta is survived by her 3 sons: Kenneth Allen, Paul Edward, and Richard Neal.She has 8 grandchildren: Kenny, Andrew, Nathan, Paul, Kyle, Sarah, Jesse, and Dave.She has 16 great grandchildren: Samantha and Oliver Burnett, Jonah...
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Janie Mask

November 7, 1951 - March 27, 2017

Jane Anne (Janie) Patrick Mask, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at her home in Fort Smith. She was born November 7, 1951 in Fort Smith to Katina Loris Patrick and Robert Patrick. Janie was a beautiful, talented and loving person. She always had a hug to give and shared so many of her artistic talents using the name "Whoopie". Janie was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She has...
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Marion Grant Hill

November 18, 1930 - March 25, 2017

Marion Grant "Jerry" Hill, 86 of Bonanza passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in his home. He was born November 18, 1930 in Heavener, OK to the late William and Ruth Hill. He was a Christian and retired from Whirlpool after 35 years. He was also a U.S. Navy Veteran. Private graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.He is...
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Doanld L. Dickelman

September 28, 1945 - March 24, 2017

Don Dickelman, 71 of Fort Smith, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017. He was born September 28, 1945 in Jackson, Michigan to the late Edwin and Geneva Brown Dickelman. He was retired from Quanex Corporation, where he worked for 30 years as a metallurgist. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Don was an avid bass tournament fisherman and former member of the Fort Smith Bass Club. He was a...
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Betty Jean Winesburg

October 8, 1926 - March 13, 2017

Betty J. (Phillips) Winesburg 90, of Jenny Lind, AR died Monday, March 13, 2017 at Fianna Hills Nursing Home in Fort Smith, AR. She was Born October, 8, 1926 in Jenny Lind, AR to Ott Phillips and Nell (Gardner) Phillips of Jenny Lind.She was preceded in death by her husband of seventy three years Charles E. Winesburg Sr. and her parents Ott Phillips and Nell (Gardner) Phillips along with two...
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Nell R. Sullivan

January 27, 1932 - March 10, 2017

Nell R. Sullivan, 85 of Charleston passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. She was born January 27, 1932 in Charleston. She was an office clerk for Arkansas State Rehabilitation.There will be no services, she will be cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.She is survived by three daughters; Lynne Miller and Kay Speer, both of Central City and Sandy Miller of...
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Tommy Lowther

October 26, 1959 - March 9, 2017

Tommy Lowther, 57 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017. He was born October 26, 1959 in Munich, Germany and was a cook.A family held memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Tommy is survived by a daughter; Rose Myers of Ohio, his sister; Linda Lowther of Ft. Smith, and three brothers; Peter and Larry Lowther both of Ft....
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Pauline Helen Coughran

August 26, 1921 - March 9, 2017

Pauline Helen Coughran, 95 of Muldrow, OK passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Sallisaw. She was born August 26, 1921 in Excelsior, AR to the late George and Rosemary Martin. She was of the Pentecost Faith and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband; Arthur Chambers and her second husband Lee Coughran, her daughter Dorothy Woody and five sisters and one brother.Services will...
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Anne Michele Raley

July 10, 1924 - March 6, 2017

Sister Mary Anne Michele Raley, age 92, died March 6, 2017 The family of Howard Thomas Raley and Anna Straub Raley welcomed their daughter, Marcella Amalia, into their family July 10, 1924, in Paragould, AR. Upon being received at St. Scholastica Convent June 24, 1948, she took the name Sister Mary Anne Michele Raley. Sister Anne Michele taught school for 16 years, then moved into secretarial...
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Velma Lucille Smith

December 2, 1928 - March 6, 2017

Velma Lucille Smith, 88 passed away Monday, March 06, 2017. She was born in Mountainburg, AR on December 2, 1928. She attended Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren and formerly worked for Professional Security, Inc. She was preceded in death by her parents William Clyde and Lula Jane Smith, her brother William Clyde Smith, Jr., two sisters; Lola Mae Siu of California, Phyllis K. Jones...
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Mavis Marjean McElroy

March 21, 1947 - March 2, 2017

Mavis Marjean McElroy, 69 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017. She was born March 21, 1947 in Fort Smith to the late Frank and Lucille Holloway. She was a former court reporter for Sebastian County. She loved to go bowling and played on many different teams at Bowling World. Memorial Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Dawson Cemetery in Greenwood under the...
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Nadine Smiley

July 31, 1936 - February 28, 2017

Nadine Smiley, 80 of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was born July 31, 1936 in San Diego, CA to the late Lucy Bolin. She was a sweet, loving, mother, and a homemaker.Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Oak Cemetery Pavilion in Ft. Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Nadine is survived by three daughters; Jeanette Bible...
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Jane Fisher

July 3, 1936 - February 23, 2017

Jane Fisher, 80 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. She was born July 3, 1936 in Letona, AR to the late Joseph and Mary Aaron. She was a member of Westark Church of Christ and a former school teacher for the Bryant Public School System. She was a loving Wife, Mother, and Nana and was a force of Nature being actively involved in Mission Work, Women's Leadership, and Children's...
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Patsy Hays

July 21, 1947 - February 23, 2017

Patsy Hays, 69 of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. She was born July 21, 1947 in Ft. Smith to the late Bill Monroe Faulkner and Norma Gene Thomas Faulkner. She was a Christian and long-time self-employed Caregiver.Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Mt. Harmony Cemetery in Greenwood. Patsy is survived...
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Sharon Diane Faller Mott

February 6, 1942 - February 20, 2017

Our beloved wife and mother, Sharon Diane Faller Mott, 75 of Van Buren, AR received Eternal Peace by the grace of her Lord & Savior on February 20th, 2017 after a lengthy battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was born February 6, 1942 in Sioux City, IA.Sharon is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Leona (VanMeter) Faller and two brothers Greg and Robert Faller.Sharon is survived by her...
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Jack Rodden

November 24, 1948 - February 19, 2017

Jack "J.C." Rodden, 68 of Ft. Smith passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. He was born November 24, 1948 in Ft. Smith to the late Jack Charles Rodden, Sr. and Frances Mavine Lewis Rodden. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church as well as a member of their choir, the Ft. Smith Chorale, The Riverblenders Quartet, an Assistant Scout Master, the Boys Scouts of America, and Woodmen of the World....
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Billy Gene Lessley

February 13, 1932 - February 9, 2017

Billy Gene Lessley, 84 of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017. He was born February 13, 1932 in Mulberry to the late William Burt and Dorthy Lessley. He was of the Baptist faith. He was retired from Akzo Nobel Coatings where he was a national sales manager, and he was the former owner of Lessley's Refinishing. A memorial graveside service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 13, 2017...
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Grace Neal

May 17, 1933 - February 3, 2017

Grace Neal, 83 of Ft. Smith, passed away Friday, February 03, 2017. She was born May 17, 1933 in Hartman, AR to the late Dave and Mary Smith. She had a very strong faith in God and supported many charities. She loved to can, sew, quilt and was a retired seamstress from the Hill Company. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Ruby, and two brothers; Kenneth and J.D....
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Clara Ann McGuire

September 30, 1951 - February 1, 2017

Clara Ann McGuire, daughter of Annie Ruth and Thomas Varnell. She was born September 30, 1951 in Bastrop, LA and passed away February 1, 2017 in Hospice at Mercy Hospital. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Danny McGuire.Memorial Service will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Cremation and services are under the direction of Fentress...
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Sandra Lee Smith

May 9, 1956 - January 26, 2017

Sandra Lee Smith, 60 of Ft. Smith passed away, Thursday, January 26, 2017. She was born May 9, 1956 in Coffeyville, KS to the late Leroy and Audrey Smith. She was a Banker and had worked for BanCorp South for over 30 years.Memorial service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Sandra is survived by her...
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Daniel Lakowski

August 31, 1942 - January 12, 2017

Daniel Lakowski, 74 of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. He was born August 31, 1942 in Michigan City, Indiana. He was a retired respiratory therapist for Mercy Hospital and a retired U.S. Army veteran, and had previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps.Funeral Service will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Oak Cemetery,...
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Betty Jo Carpenter

October 14, 1950 - January 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Fentress Mortuary, Fort Smith, AR.
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Steven Anthony Siegert

July 21, 1927 - January 4, 2017

Steven Anthony Siegert, 89 of Barling passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born July 21, 1927 in Chicago, Il to the late Stephen and Anna Cholke Siegert. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, a US Army Veteran where he served in the Occupation forces in Japan after World War II. He graduated from Lindblom High School in Chicago, IL, attended William and Mary College in...
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Timothy Stiles Hunter

March 5, 1951 - December 31, 2016

Timothy Stiles Hunter, age 65, went to be with His Lord and Savior on Saturday December 31st, 2016 in Methodist Nursing Home in Fort Smith, AR. Tim was born on March 5th, 1951 in Marianna, AR to the late Kenneth and Betty Hunter. Tim graduated from T.A. Futrall High School in Marianna, AR and married his high school sweetheart Claudette Brock on August 9th, 1970. Tim's professional career...
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Herman M. Neihouse

April 5, 1931 - December 29, 2016

Herman M. Neihouse, 85 passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. He was born April 5, 1931 in Fort Smith, to Herman A. and Agatha (Newman) Neihouse. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. He was a 1949 graduate of Subiaco Academy. He was a retired United States Air Force Veteran of 24 years having served with the Strategic Air Command.Rosary will be said Monday, January 2, 2017 at 6:00...
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Billie Jean Sharum

March 5, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Billie Jean "Melba" Sharum, passed away December 20, 2016 at home. She was born March 5, 1932 at Hartford, Arkansas.She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Vincent Sharum; her parents Wiley Robinson Williamson, Anna Williamson (Corvella) and six siblings; Robert Paul Williamson, John Leo Williamson, Mary Kate Hawkins, Nelia Ann Chitty, James Edward Williamson and Betty Louise...
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Milton Anderson

May 21, 1926 - December 14, 2016

Milton "Andy" Anderson, 90 of Barling, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in his home. He was born May 21, 1926 in Rowlett, TX to the late Coleman and Lillian Anderson. He owned a service station in Garland, TX. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Barling for 40 years and retired from Rheem Manufacturing after 20 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War where he was...
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Shirley Gammill

January 3, 1935 - December 11, 2016

Shirley Gammill, 81 of Ft. Smith, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016. She was born January 3, 1935 in Ft. Smith to the late Marshall & Letha Orsbun. She was a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle, and retired from Hunt's Department Store where she was the manager of the Western Wear Department. She was preceded in death by her husband Perry Gammill.Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Thursday,...
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Dorothy A. Moore

January 4, 1941 - December 10, 2016

Dorothy A. Moore, 75 of Van Buren passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016. She was born January 4, 1941 in Seaford, Delaware. She was a homemaker and "Nanny" to everyone.There are no services scheduled. Family visitation will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday December 14, 2016 at Fentress Mortuary. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.Dorothy is survived by her husband Robert W. Moore of...
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Mary Lynn Von Hatten Baker

November 28, 1949 - December 4, 2016

Mary Lynn Baker, age 67, passed away at her home in Watertown, Massachusetts, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, December 4, 2016, after courageously fighting cancer for four years. She spent most of her life in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and was a 1967 graduate of St. Scholastica Academy and a 1971 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. It was her honor and privilege to be a...
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Allen Fredrick Duffield

September 8, 1958 - November 30, 2016

Allen Fredrick Duffield, 58, of Fort Smith Arkansas was born on September 8, 1958 and left this earth for his heavenly home on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in his sleep. He was born to James Edward Duffield Sr. & Florence Lorraine Nelson in Bakersfield, California. First & foremost, he was a Christian, husband, father, son, uncle and friend to many who knew him. He served honorably in...
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Marlin Hatley Southern

June 24, 1946 - November 24, 2016

.Marlin Hatley Southern, 70 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016. He was born June 24, 1946 in Ft. Smith to the late Charles and Virginia Southern. He was of the Catholic Faith, a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, and worked in the Human Resources Department of Choctaw Casino. He was preceded in death by his brother Chuck Southern and a cousin, Joan Humphrey and her husband, Cleo.Marlin...
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Eileen Herring

November 15, 1921 - November 23, 2016

On November 23, 2016, the angels came to take Gertrude Eileen Herring, age 95, to the home that Jesus had prepared for her. She was born November 15, 1921 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph W. and Elizabeth Homan, her sister Mary Jo Smith, her brother Eugene Homan and her grandson John Andrew Wiederkehr. At the time of her death she lived with her son...
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Lillie Harris

March 8, 1941 - November 16, 2016

"Angel" Lillie Harris, 75 of Pocola, OK, lovingly known as "Momma" or "Nana Angel" to all who knew her, lost her valiant battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. She was born on March 8, 1941 in Booneville, AR to the late Lester and Stella Hicks. She was a Christian, her heart and home was always open to family, friends, and strangers. She exemplified unconditional love to her family,...
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Tina Mayfield

February 14, 1931 - November 15, 2016

Fort Smith February 14, 1931 - November 15, 2016 Tina Mayfield, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2016 surrounded by love and her family. The world has lost a person full of love after a long journey of faith. Her indomitable, determined spirit will be with us always.Tina was born on Valentine's Day, 1931 in Scottsboro, Alabama to Clara Blanche (Travis) and Ernest Claytor. She was a graduate...
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Bertha M. Barnard

March 3, 1933 - November 5, 2016

Bertha M. "Tookie" Barnard, 83 of Fort Smith, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, November 5, 2016. She was born March 3, 1933 in Fort Smith to the late Harry and Dorothy Brannon. She was a member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church where she was a member of the Piece-fully Yours Quilting Club. She was a cook at Belle Point Elementary School, prior to that she was a cashier at...
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Benny Gerald Giles

January 4, 1951 - November 3, 2016

Benny Giles, 65 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born January 4, 1951 to the late Henry and Doreen Giles. He was of the Pentecostal Faith, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the NRA.Memorial service will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Inurnment of ashes will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.Benny is survived...
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Louise Sewell Heinrichs

September 24, 1920 - October 27, 2016

Louise Sewell Heinrichs, 96, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 27, in Barling. She is survived by her husband, Edward; five children: Michael Heinrichs of Houston, Tex.; Ann Heinrichs of Chicago, Ill.; Susan Gray (Michael) of Cabot, Ark.; Jane Heinrichs of Seattle, Wash.; Stephen Heinrichs (Dianne) of Fort Smith; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death...
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Johnny Ray Willett

November 24, 1949 - October 24, 2016

Johnny Ray Willett, 66 of Spiro, OK passed away Monday, October 24, 2016. He was born November 24, 1949 in Fort Smith to the late Raymond and Viola Willett. He worked at Whirlpool for 13 years. His grandson Dalton was the joy of his life and they loved riding together on their ATV "The Ranger". No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Ft....
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Joanne M. Pittman

May 22, 1946 - October 23, 2016

Joanne M. Pittman, 70 of Ft. Smith passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016. She was born May 22, 1946 in Coleman, WI to the late Clarence and Margery Blumer. She was a Catholic and a retired Nurse from Fianna Hills Nursing Home. She is preceded in death by one son; James Ernest Gonzalez and her brother; Brenton E. Blumer.Memorial service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Fentress...
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Alvin Goins

September 24, 1917 - October 18, 2016

Alvin Goins, 99 of Van Buren, formerly of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in Ft. Smith. He was born September 24, 1917 in Excelsior, Arkansas to the late William and Mattie Goins. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, and retired from Harding Glass after 36 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a Past Master and member of the Belle Point Lodge for 50 years. He was preceded in...
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Josita Nahlen

July 29, 1917 - October 16, 2016

Sister Josita Nahlen, age 99, died October 16, 2016 The family of Joseph and Christine Rumker Nahlen welcomed their daughter, Christine Catherine, into their family July 29, 1917, in Conway, AR. Upon being received at St. Scholastica Convent June 24, 1935, she took the name Sister Mary Lucille Nahlen. At her mother's death she left the community to care for her family and re-entered St....
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Gloria Jean Schaap

October 6, 1944 - October 13, 2016

Gloria Jean Schaap, 72 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016. She was born October 6, 1944 in Ft. Smith to the late Norman and Mildred Norvell. She was of the Methodist faith, an avid Arkansas Razorback Football fan and deeply loved her sons and grandchildren.Memorial graveside service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday October 18, 2016 at Barling Cemetery under the direction of Fentress...
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Bennie Ross Herrell

September 9, 1927 - October 13, 2016

Bennie (Ben) Ross Herrell was born in Fox, Oklahoma September 9, 1927, the youngest of four children of Charley and Stella Herrell. Ben passed from this world October 13 after a brief illness. Ben grew up in Southern Oklahoma in the Dillard oil field, near Fox, Oklahoma in Carter County. He attended Fox High School before leaving at the end of his junior year where he was President of the...
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Sharon L. Johnson

January 8, 1955 - October 3, 2016

Sharon Johnson, 61 of Ft. Smith passed away Monday, October 3, 2016. She was born January 8, 1955 in Ft. Smith to the late Charles and Marion Lester. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was the organist for over 30 years. She was a Financial Secretary for Darby Jr. High School.Graveside committal will be at 10:00 AM Friday, October 7, 2016 at Oak Cemetery. Memorial service...
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