Our Obituaries

Norma Marion Quinalty

November 14, 1949 - December 15, 2017

Norma Quinalty, 68, of Fort Smith, Arkansas went to be with Jesus, Friday, December 15, 2017. She was born in Saco, Maine on November 14, 1949. She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad & Alice Noel; two brothers, Michael & Bill Noel. She was a member of Harvest Time for 35 years. She was currently a member of The Bridge Church. She was an aide at Sparks Hospital, then a long time...
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Boyd R. Gipson

July 12, 1947 - December 15, 2017

Boyd Ray (BR) Gipson 70, of Greenwood passed away December 15th 2017 in Greenwood. Boyd was born June 12, 1947 in Littlefield Texas to Telsie and Charlie Gipson. He was a retired Civil Service worker and Proud Army Veteran who earned two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the Edwards Chapel with...
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Ida M. Curtis

November 11, 1946 - December 14, 2017

Ida Marie (Susie) Curtis, 71, of Alma, AR, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, in Tulsa, OK. She was born November 11, 1946 in Van Buren, AR to the late Ralph and Betty Gillenwater. She was retired from Weldon Williams and Lick. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Family Memorial Service will be later...
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Mildred T. Rideout

May 21, 1938 - December 13, 2017

Mildred Theresa (Hollohan) Rideout, of Fort Smith died on Wednesday December 13, 2017. She was born on May 21, 1938 in Everett, Mass. Her mother passed away when she was 9 years old, so from a young age she was a motherly figure for her siblings and later on to her own children and the neighborhood kids. She was an excellent cook and baker. Her "whoopie pies" were loved by many. Her favorite son,...
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Joy L. Sharum

November 7, 1932 - December 13, 2017

Joy Sharum, 85, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born November 7, 1932 in Booneville, Arkansas. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She retired from Southwestern Bell. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Sumners (Buddy); two grandchildren, Trey Sumners (Courtney) and Sarah Quillman...
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Frances White

July 7, 1930 - December 12, 2017

Frances White, 87, of Fort Smith, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017. She was born July 7, 1930 in Holdenville, OK to the late Wallace and Nona Rainwater. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper for Rainwater Trucking Company, and she was a member of Cavanaugh United Methodist Church. She was involved with activities in both Fort Smith and the Cavanaugh community. She is preceded in death...
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James F. Brooks

November 18, 1939 - December 10, 2017

James Fussell Brooks, 78, of Fort Smith died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith under its hospice care. James was born November 18, 1939 in the Smuteye community near Kinston, AL to Willie Brooks and Ruth Hawkins Brooks. He graduated from Flomaton (AL) High School and attended Clark College in Newton, MS, and earned a bachelor's degree from Mississippi College in...
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David V. Gothard

January 26, 1946 - December 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR.
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Mary Ann Jacobs

June 6, 1929 - December 9, 2017

Mary Ann Jacobs, 88, of Fort Smith, passed from this life December 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born June 6, 1929, in Fort Smith, to the late Ed and Gracie (Snow) McDonald.Mary Ann was the widow of John W. Jacobs Jr. and is survived by her four children, Kathy Jacobs of Cabot, Ben Jacobs of Greenwood, Becky (Jacobs) Holloway and husband Bill of Soldotna, Alaska and Ellen Jacobs of Fort Smith;...
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Grady D. Freeman,

May 31, 1930 - December 9, 2017

Grady D. Freeman, 87, of Fort Smith, died December 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born May 31, 1930 in Fort Smith, AR to Walter and Clara Hopper Freeman. He was retired from Kay Chair in Van Buren as an upholsterer and continued to work with upholstery after retirement. He was a member the First Freewill Baptist Church of Fort Smith, where he also served as a deacon. He served as a coach for...
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Josie Jean Sargent

June 14, 1932 - December 9, 2017

Josie Jean Sargent, 85, of Roland, Oklahoma passed peacefully into Heaven December 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born June 14, 1932, in Figure Five, Arkansas, to the late Virgil and Abbie Rosengart Benoit. Josie retired from the Roland School District as a cafeteria cook and was a member of Trinity United Methodist in Muldrow. She was very active with the United Methodist Women, baking for many...
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Robert W. Beyerle

June 7, 1931 - December 8, 2017

Robert "Bob" William Beyerle, 86, of Van Buren, died December 8, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born June 7, 1931 in South Bend, Indiana to Robert Clark and Della Grace Cleghorn Beyerle. He was a retired employee of the Whirlpool Corp and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and elder. Bob was a...
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Norman P. Williams

November 6, 1925 - December 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR.
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Blake Follis

December 8, 1987 - December 5, 2017

Blake "Deezy" Follis, 29, of Barling, passed from this life December 5, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was born December 8, 1987, in Texarkana, Texas, to Hershel Follis and Susan Deranger. He was a 2006 graduate of Northside High School and went on to become a certified welder. Blake's biggest love in this life was his two children, Addie and Greyson.Blake is survived by his daughter, Addie...
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Kathleen Grace Reed

May 14, 1947 - December 5, 2017

Kathleen "Kathy" Grace Reed of Centerton, Arkansas, and formerly Fort Smith, Arkansas and Stuttgart, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Rogers, AR. Kathy was born on May 14, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. Kathy was a wife and mother for over 40 years and a grandmother for 19 years.Kathy is preceded in death by her husband, Travis Porter Reed of Casscoe, Arkansas; her parents, John...
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Ruth Elizabeth Lemuth

February 13, 1914 - December 4, 2017

Ruth Elizabeth Lemuth, 103, of Brenham, Texas, formerly of Fort Smith, passed from this life December 4, 2017 in Brenham. She was born, February 13, 1914, in Fort Smith to the late Virgil and Minta Williams Tumblin. Ruth was a graduate of Fort Smith High School and Fort Smith Junior College and had a long career as a secretary in several local businesses, as well as the secretary for the Under...
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Thelma Rhea Grace

December 16, 1931 - December 4, 2017

Thelma Rhea Grace, 85, of Van Buren, died December 4, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born December 16, 1931 in London, AR to Wade Hampton and Minnie Sota Hale Tackett. She was co-owner of Central Mall Barber Shop, a charter member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren, and the Bible Believers Sunday School Class. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and...
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Henrietta Scott

June 27, 1928 - December 3, 2017

Henrietta Scott, 89, of Charleston, AR passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Fort Smith, AR. She was born June 27, 1928 in Scranton, AR. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was retired from Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, and a member of Northside United Pentecostal Church in Fort Smith. Her husband, Clyde Daniel Scott, preceded her in death.Funeral service will...
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Leighanna Lewis

August 15, 1970 - November 29, 2017

LeighAnna Dawn Lewis, 47, of Spiro, Oklahoma, passed from this life November 29, 2017 in Spiro. She was born August 15, 1970, in Fort Smith, to Richard Hendricks and Norma Averson Hendricks Russell. LeighAnna had worked for many years at Tyson Foods and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Noel Keith Lewis; two sons, Jonathan...
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Billy Don Law

November 23, 1938 - November 29, 2017

Billy Don Law, 79, of Van Buren, AR, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, under hospice care. Billy Don was born November 23, 1938 in Webb City, AR to John Otha Law and Vera Allyne Harris Law. He was an off shore electrician. He attended Ozark High School graduating in 1956. His parents and a son Billy Don Law, Jr. preceded Billy Don in death.He is survived by three sisters Linda Law...
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Louis Oscar Lambiotte

November 19, 1920 - November 27, 2017

Dr. Louis Oscar Lambiotte died Nov. 27, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born in Fort Smith on Nov. 19, 1920, the only child of Jocha Brammer and Oscar R.J. Lambiotte. After graduating from Fort Smith Senior High School in 1938, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in 1942 and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa ...
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Douglas O. Smith, Jr.

February 2, 1935 - November 27, 2017

Douglas O. Smith, Jr., of Fort Smith, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sparks Regional Medical Center, under its Hospice care. Doug was born February 2, 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama to Douglas O. Smith, Sr. and Ople Beeler Smith. He was reared in Fort Smith, where he attended Fort Smith Public Schools, graduating from Fort Smith High School in 1952. He earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in...
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Edna Marie Kernan

November 19, 1942 - November 26, 2017

Edna Marie Kernan, 75, of Fort Smith, entered into rest on Sunday, November 26, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born November 19, 1942 in Fort Smith to the late Louie L. and Nellie Mendenhall. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was employed by the Teamsters Union as a secretary in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years.Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Friday at Roselawn...
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Loretta Ruth Fisher

January 14, 1949 - November 25, 2017

Loretta Ruth Fisher, also known by many as "Sissy", passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Fort Smith, AR. She was born January 14, 1949 in Fort Smith to the late Clifford and Ruth Rogers. She was retired from Whirlpool Federal Credit Union.Loretta was a devoted Jehovah's Witness, mother, sister, nana and friend to many. She loved her children more than words can describe, her...
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Maria Isabel Reyna

August 18, 1970 - November 24, 2017

Maria Isabel Reyna, 47, of Fort Smith, died November 24, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born August 18, 1970 in Zinapecuaro, Michocan, Mexico to Asuncion Chavez and Consuelo Serrano. She was a former employee of Twin River Foods and was of the Catholic Faith.She is survived by her husband, Jose Reyna of Fort Smith; two daughters, Monica and husband Rigoberto Maciel of Fort Smith and Suleima Reyna...
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Eugene G. Rapley

July 27, 1929 - November 23, 2017

Eugene Gilbert Rapley, 88, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Methodist Health and Rehabilitation in Fort Smith. Gene was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 27, 1929. He was the son of Ruth Ballman Rapley and Juba Rector Rapley. Growing up in Fort Smith, Gene graduated from Fort Smith High School in 1947. He then attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, receiving a BA in...
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Thomas Randy Calvert

June 24, 1955 - November 22, 2017

Randy Calvert, 62, of Barling, AR passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born June 24, 1955 in Fort Smith to Thomas Jennings Calvert and Lila Yarbrough Love. Randy was a construction worker.He is survived by one son, Drake Calvert of Springfield, MO; one sister, RaNelle Calvert and Ronnie Hisaw of Fort Smith; one brother, Hal Calvert of Hopkinsville, KY; one cousin Paula...
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Estelle Dobson

September 25, 1919 - November 21, 2017

Estelle S. Dobson, 98, of Fort Smith, passed away on November 21, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Inpatient Hospice in Fort Smith after a brief illness. She had worked varied jobs throughout her lifetime including being a waitress, a Walgreens cashier, and even operating an acetylene torch during World War II repairing navy ships in Bremerton, Washington, and San Francisco, California.She was preceded...
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Grace Ann Wingfield

September 14, 1958 - November 21, 2017

Grace Ann Wingfield, 59, of Barling, passed from this life November 21, 2017 in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born September 14, 1958, in Key West, Florida, to the late Kenneth and Helen Coelyn Gilbreth. Grace was in management at TJMaxx and was a member of Community Bible Church.She is survived by her fiancÚ, Roger Beard; her daughter, Christina Rankin and husband Derrall of Barling; a son,...
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Ethel M. Sanford

March 27, 1930 - November 18, 2017

Ethel Marie Sanford, 87, of Fort Smith, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born March 27, 1930 in Pine Ridge, AR to the late John and Sylvia Hackney. She was the owner/operator of Ethel's Beauty Shop and a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church. Her husband, Charles D. Sanford; her sisters, Mae Wilhite, Myrtle Keath and Graicy Howard; and her brother, Charlie...
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Eddie E. French

July 7, 1961 - November 17, 2017

Eddie French, 56, of Arkoma, OK, passed away Friday November 17, 2017. He was born July 7, 1961 in Fort Smith to the late Howard French and Dovie Davis French. He was a mechanic for Beam Construction and a former grounds manager at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery and a former volunteer firefighter for the Arkoma Fire Department. His brother, Howard French preceded him in death.Graveside...
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Steven D. Dixon, Sr.

April 2, 1958 - November 13, 2017

LTC (R) Steven D. Dixon, Sr., 59, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, in his home in Pocola, OK. He was born April 2, 1958 in Fort Smith, AR to Jerry and JoAnn Dixon. He retired from Riverside Furniture Manufacturing after 28 years as supervisor in the finishing and packing departments.Steven was a 29-year veteran of the Arkansas Army National Guard. He served in multiple command positions...
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Wayne Swofford

November 6, 1932 - November 13, 2017

Wayne Swofford, 85, of Fort Smith, passed from this life November 13, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born November 6, 1932, in Fort Smith, to the late John and Carrie Bullard Swofford. Wayne was a veteran of the United States Navy and the United States Army. He retired from First National Bank of Fort Smith as a Trust Officer and had served on many boards in the Fort Smith area.He is survived by...
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Gloria Tharp

June 26, 1950 - November 13, 2017

Gloria "Goins" Tharp, 67, of Hackett passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, in her home with her family by her side. She was born June 26, 1950 in Fort Smith to the late A. B. and Shirley Ann Goins. She was a secretary for the Department of Human Services. She was a member of Hackett First Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Friday at the...
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Marilyn A. Teeters

May 6, 1947 - November 12, 2017

Marilyn Anita Teeters, 70, of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017. She was born May 6, 1947 in Fort Smith to the late Clifton and Loda Teeters. She was a legal secretary and a Notary Public. She attended Fianna Hills Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church and St. John's Episcopal Church.Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.Two daughters Jennifer Teeters of...
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Terry David Martin

January 17, 1959 - November 11, 2017

Terry David Martin, Jr., formerly of Fort Smith, passed from this life on November 11, 2017 in Lexington, Oklahoma. He was born January 17, 1959 and graduated from Van Buren High School where he served proudly in the ROTC program. He received an honorable medical discharge form the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his mother, June Martin and stepfather Emmett Martin of Fort Smith; one sister,...
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Dale Lee Davenport

January 7, 1941 - November 10, 2017

Dale Lee Davenport, 76, of Fort Smith, passed from this life November 10, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born, January 7, 1941, in Northwest Arkansas to the late Frank and Wanda Cleaver Davenport. Dale began his broadcast career in radio at the age of 17 in Springdale, Arkansas. His career took him to several states, including Connecticut, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma and finally...
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Grace Forsgren Houser

March 4, 1917 - November 8, 2017

Grace Bernadine Forsgren-Houser passed from this life November 8, 2017 in her home. She was born March 4, 1917, in Fort Smith, to the late Jim and Grace Boyd, with two loving brothers, Bill and Dubby Boyd. In 1934, she graduated from Fort Smith High School before attending Tulsa School of Business. Her brothers were called to duty during WWII, and she returned home to be with her family. During...
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Robert Wendell Ross

April 3, 1941 - November 8, 2017

Robert Wendell Ross was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 3,1941 to Frank and Hilma Hill Ross, and went home to be with his Savior in Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 8, 2017. At an early age, Wendell heard the call of the Lord on his life and became the youngest ordained minister in the State of Arkansas at the age of 16. His junior year in high school he was elected as both Governor of...
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Patricia Lynn Turner

March 27, 1944 - November 3, 2017

Patricia Lynn Turner, 73, of Fort Smith, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017.Pat was born March 27, 1944 in Highland, Kansas. She was the daughter of the late Vernon Stephens and Roberta Butts. Pat worked at Harps Food Store in Fort Smith and US Bank in Van Buren. She was a devoted Christian and a Baptist.She is preceded in death by her late husband, Harold Ray Turner. She is survived by...
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Larry Nottingham

September 14, 1940 - November 3, 2017

Larry Nottingham, 77, of Greenwood, AR, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017, at Peachtree Palliative Care Unit at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, AR. He was born September 14, 1940 in Decatur, IL to the late Edward and Elizabeth Nottingham. He was a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War. After Larry retired from the Marine Corps, he...
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Thomas Gammill

June 30, 1953 - November 1, 2017

Thomas Gammill, 64, of Fort Smith, passed from this life November 1, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born, July 30, 1953, to the late Gerald C. and Dorothy Holliday Gammill. Tom was a member of Fort Smith First Baptist Church for 64 years and was an avid supporter of the Sebastian County Humane Society. Tom is survived by his wife, Gina; his daughter, Paige Gammill of Fayetteville; his son, Denton...
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Mayrene Nelms

December 10, 1933 - October 30, 2017

Mayrene Nelms, 83, of Fort Smith, passed from this life October 30, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born December 10, 1933, in Booneville, Arkansas. Mayrene owned and operated two successful bookstores in Fort Smith, Book Nook Bookstore and Chestnut Bookstore. She was the widow of Wayne Nelms. Mayrene is survived by her daughter, Cathy Jones, and her husband Jeff of Greenwood; her son, Larry Nelms and...
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Julietta Davenport

June 28, 1925 - October 29, 2017

Julietta Marie Adams Davenport entered into eternal rest October 29, 2017. Julietta "Judy" was born June 25, 1925 in Alma, Arkansas to John and Sarah Adams. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John L. "Jack" Davenport and her parents, two brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.She married Jack in Dumas, Texas June 25, 1947. They made their home there, moved to Pasadena,...
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Marcia Rodery

August 27, 1973 - October 27, 2017

Marcia "Rocky" Silmon Coleman Rodery, 44, of Fort Smith, passed from this life October 27, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born August 29, 1973, in Fort Smith, to Doug Silmon and Lynn Haynes Silmon Condra. Marcia earned the nickname Rocky at an early age. While house hunting, she was discovered playfully loading the back seat of the realtor's car with rocks. Marcia would lovingly open her door to any...
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Deborah A. Richards

November 3, 1955 - October 27, 2017

Deborah A. Richards, 61, of Roland, OK died October 27, 2017 in Roland. She was born November 3, 1955 in Fort Smith to Joseph Franklin and Thelma Jean Wilson. She was secretary for the Roland Public School System, a member of the First Baptist Church in Roland, former member of the Fort Smith Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and was the number one Nana to her grandchildren.She is survived by...
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Loretta Johnson

July 31, 1958 - October 25, 2017

Loretta Cadenia Johnson, 59, of Panama, OK, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. She was born March 16, 1958 in Pine Bluff, AR. She was a homemaker.Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with cremation to follow under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, AR.She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Bray and husband Keith of...
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Tena J. Coker

October 7, 1958 - October 23, 2017

Tena J. Coker, 59, of Fort Smith, died October 23, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born October 7, 1958 in Grants, New Mexico. Tena was an employee of the Salvation Army in Fort Smith where she served as head of HR and Bookkeeping. Tena was also active with Girl's Inc. of Fort Smith.She is survived by her husband, Mark of the Home; one son, Zachariaha "Zac" Coker of Fort Smith; her mother, Jean...
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Jack Charles Buell

March 6, 1927 - October 22, 2017

Jack Charles Buell, 90, formerly of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was born March 6, 1927 in Shreveport, LA to Charley and Dorothy Weindel Buell. He was the owner of Buell Motor Company, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Jack was also a member of Belle Point Masonic Lodge #20, where he served as Worshipful Master in...
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Sharon Lee Price

January 10, 1941 - October 21, 2017

Sharon Lee Price of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away October 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lena McKinney. She is survived by two sisters, Carol Gramlich of Marietta Georgia and Jeanette Blevins of Barling, Arkansas.Sharon was the loving mother of three children, Duane Hunter of Van Buren, Arkansas, Kimberly Tuttle of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Kelly Price of...
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Alma Sue Lee

August 19, 1938 - October 21, 2017

Alma Sue Lee, 79, of Arkoma passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Arkoma. She was born August 19, 1938 to the late Oakley and Ella Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of Haven Heights Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Ernest Lee.She is survived by three daughters, Kimberly McCawley of Fayetteville, Judith Collins of Fort Smith, Rebekah Wilson of Pocola;...
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Nan Bartlett

April 26, 1936 - October 20, 2017

Nan Bartlett, 81, of Fort Smith, died October 20, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born April 26, 1936 in Altus, AR to Samuel Fain and Mary Evelyn Buck Davis. Nan was a nurse for Dr. Joe Mason, Dr. John Ben Stewart and Dr. Ralph Kramer, she served as Fort Smith City Director Ward 2, Chairman at Large 1st Class and member of Cities of Arkansas Municipal League, Secretary of the Sebastian County Solid...
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Barbara Lee Wilson

October 29, 1922 - October 20, 2017

Barbara Lee Wilson, 94, of Little Rock, AR, formerly of Fort Smith, passed away October 20, 2017 in Little Rock. She was born October 29, 1922 in Norfork, AR to the late W. E. and Ruby Elizabeth Martin Owens. She was a former member of Dallas Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert F. Wilson; and her sister, Wilma Strong.Funeral...
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Shirlene Mitchael

April 9, 1938 - October 19, 2017

Shirlene Mitchael, 79, of Spiro, OK, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017. She was born April 9, 1938 in Fort Smith, AR to the late John W. and A. Rena Kidd Clement. She was a member of Haven Heights Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Billy C. "Chuck" Mitchael, granddaughter Julie Anne Mitchael and paternal grandparents Brock and Lucretia Kidd.Funeral...
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Rodney G. Davis

July 9, 1952 - October 16, 2017

Rodney G. Davis, 65, of Fort Smith, AR, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. He was born on July 9, 1952 in Little Rock, AR to the late James Edward Davis and Doris Dean Clemons Davis. He was a Federal Aviation Administration Technician at Fort Smith Airport. He was a Veteran of the United States Army.Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow...
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Jama Kaye Watkins

November 22, 1950 - October 15, 2017

Jama Kaye Vaughn Watkins, 66, of Fort Smith, died October 15, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 22, 1950 in Fort Smith to James Columbus and Claudia Elizabeth Curl Vaughn. She was the retired Director of Social Services for the Girl's Shelter of Fort Smith and member of Spradling Baptist Church.She is survived by her husband, Gary Watkins of Fort Smith; one son, Phillip Watkins and wife...
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William N. Shaver IV

February 4, 1953 - October 15, 2017

William Neely Shaver IV, DDS, of Fort Smith, AR died in Mercy Hospice Wing on October 15, 2017. He was born in Fort Smith, AR on February 4, 1953. He practiced dentistry in Fort Smith for forty years. He loved playing guitar, fishing and canoeing, and traveling with his wife, Becky. Bill was very active in the music community. In addition to high school and college bands, he played with local...
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Nancy C. Dedmon

June 23, 1942 - October 11, 2017

Nancy C. Dedmon, 75, of Van Buren, passed from this life October 11, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born June 23, 1942, in Fort Chaffee, to the late Walter and Dorothy Powell Griffith. She is the widow of Herb Dedmon.Nancy is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Gibson and her husband Steve of Knoxville, Arkansas and Carmen Stinson of Fort Smith; her son, Brenden Dedmon and his wife Tanya of...
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Saundra Kaye Birkhead

January 3, 1939 - October 11, 2017

Saundra "Kaye" Birkhead passed into the age of the eternal on October 11, 2017. She was born to Oza Butler Albert and Jack Albert on January 3, 1939 in White County, Arkansas. She and her brother, Jack Albert, grew up a part of a robust extended farming and mercantile family of which she was very proud. She earned a degree from then Arkansas State Teachers College, now UCA, and began teaching on...
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Florence V. Futter

February 20, 1931 - October 10, 2017

Florence V. Futter, 86, of Fort Smith, died October 10, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born February 20, 1931 in Glendale, CA to Claud Earl and Tressa Gilmore Beaty. She was a loving wife and mother.She is survived by one daughter, Marcella Hardy-Paterson of Redlands, CA; four sons, Michael R. Futter of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Timothy P. Futter of Oak Hills, CA; Steven T. Futter of Fort Smith; and...
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Rosemary M. Rapley

August 10, 1929 - October 10, 2017

Rosemary Meriwether Rapley of Fort Smith passed away from complications as a result of Alzheimer's Disease on October 10, 2017 at Fianna Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation where she had lived for more than two years. Rosemary was born in Paragould, Arkansas on August 10, 1929 to Rosalie and Bill Meriwether and was the younger sister of a brother she adored, Bob Meriwether. She graduated from the...
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Charlotte E. Brown

November 22, 1948 - October 9, 2017

Charlotte E. Brown, 68, of Fort Smith, died October 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 22, 1948 in Fort Smith to Herbert William and Mildred Eleanor Schneider Becker. She was a homemaker, child day/care employee, and she was of the Catholic Faith.She is survived by her husband Johnny of the home; one daughter, Kristi Pugh of Hackett, AR; one son, Johnny Carl Brown, II and his wife...
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Jesse F. Butler

September 2, 1939 - October 8, 2017

Jesse Franklin "Frank" Butler, Jr., 78, of Rudy, AR, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Fort Smith, AR. He was born September 2, 1939 in Charleston, WV to the late Jesse Franklin Butler and Dortha Quinn Butler. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith. He was retired from the United States Army and a Bus Driver for the Van Buren School District Transportation Department. He...
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W. Noel Hobson

January 29, 1932 - October 7, 2017

W. Noel Hobson, 85, of Van Buren, passed away on October 7, 2017 at home. He was born on January 29, 1932 near Eudora, Arkansas to Claud Evan Hobson and Nancy Juanita Allen Hobson. He had three brothers, Elton, Melvin and Ralph, and two sisters, Myra and Margie.He married Ruth Elizabeth Rash in Parkdale, Arkansas on February 19, 1954 and was immediately drafted by the United States Army where he...
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Thakorbhai Bhakta

April 11, 1941 - October 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR.
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Jane McGraw Wilson

September 28, 1935 - October 6, 2017

Jane McGraw Wilson of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on October 6, 2017. Jane was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on September 28, 1935 to George and Beulah McGraw, Sr. and lived out her entire life in the city that she loved. After graduating from Fort Smith High School in 1953, she attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she earned her degree in Education. Jane's first career...
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Robbie Marie Jordan

June 25, 1950 - October 5, 2017

The Lord gave us Robbie on June 25, 1950, and after a courageous 20 month battle with cancer, called her home October 5, 2017. She was the youngest of three daughters born to James and Armenta Mason of Brinkley. Always smiling through her beautiful brown eyes, and knowing no stranger, she made life -long friends from her grade school days in West Helena and Brinkley, through high school, college...
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Sandra Sue Vaughn

October 17, 1953 - October 3, 2017

Sandra Sue Vaughn, 63, of Fort Smith went to be with the Lord in Fort Smith on October 3, 2017. She was born October 17, 1953 in Fort Chaffee, AR to the late Fran and Maria Schmutz. She worked for Tysons for fifteen years and then she was a longtime dental assistant. She was a member of New Providence Church in Slaytonville, AR.She is survived by two sons of the home, Jerrod Langston and...
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Goldie Mae Meadors

February 1, 1927 - October 3, 2017

Goldie Mae Meadors, 90, of Huntington, AR, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017. She was born on February 1, 1927 in Ozark, AR to the late George and Cora Moody. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Maner and John Meadors, Jr.; two daughters, Vicki Chastain and Nancy Maner; one son, Michael Maner; and one grandson, Paul Weaver.Funeral service will be 10:00 AM...
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Mary Mixon

January 19, 1940 - September 30, 2017

Mary J. Mixon, 77, of Greenwood, passed from this life September 30, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born January 19, 1940, in Fort Smith, to the late Jean and Mabel Sbanotto Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, James Shelby Mixon, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Lynn Mixon and husband Juan Goiz of Fort Smith; her son, James Shelby Mixon II and his wife Catherine...
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Robert Bobby Pottridge

July 15, 1948 - September 25, 2017

Robert "Bobby" Pottridge, Jr., 69, of Fort Smith, died September 25, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born July 15, 1948 in Fort Smith to Robert Buell Sr. and Wanda Jean Skelton Pottridge. He was retired from the Whirlpool Corporation after 38 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.He is survived by one daughter, Misty Robertson of Fort Smith; one son, Shane Pottridge...
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Shirley Mae Dixon

July 16, 1928 - September 25, 2017

Shirley Mae Dixon, 89, of Fort Smith, passed from this life September 25, 2017 in Barling, Arkansas. She was born July 16, 1928, in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, to the late Fraser and Hazel Beam Sider. Shirley was an avid bowler, having won multiple awards. She is survived by her daughter, Lesley Scott and her husband Gifford of Bolton, Ontario, Canada; her son, Jeff Dixon and step-son, Donald...
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Martha M. Beam

December 27, 1934 - September 24, 2017

Martha M. Beam, 82, of Poteau, OK formerly of Fort Smith, died September 24, 2017 in Downey, CA. She was born December 27, 1934 in Oklahoma City, OK to Tommy Nelson and Alice R. Meadors Lack. She was a homemaker and retired Lab Assistant for C.W.S. Labs.She is survived by two sons, Daniel and wife Laura Beam of Poteau, OK and Jimmy Don and wife Jamie Beam of Oklahoma City, OK; one sister,...
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Wanda O'Hearn

September 28, 1949 - September 23, 2017

Wanda Mae (Flood) O'Hearn, 68, of Lavaca passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. She was born Sept. 28, 1949 in Dalton, Georgia. She was a loving wife and mother. She's survived by her husband, James "Jim" O'Hearn who is currently at Health South Rehabilitation hospital; son, Keith (Vickie) Parke; daughter, Tina Simpson; stepson, James O'Hearn Jr.; stepdaughter, Kelly O&...
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Ima Jean Vervack

June 14, 1924 - September 22, 2017

Ima Jean Vervack, 93, of Fort Smith went to Heaven Friday September 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Vervack; her oldest son, Jimmy Charles Vervack; and a daughter, Tanya Kay Vervack.Mrs. Vervack was employed at S & Q Clothing in Central Mall for twenty five years. She then took up employment with Area Agency on Aging working in home health up into her eighties. She...
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Betty M. Williamson

July 18, 1944 - September 21, 2017

Betty M. Williamson, 73, of Fort Smith, died September 21, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born July 18, 1944 in Fort Smith to Charles Benjamin Randall and Adel Morris. She was mother to her children, and grandmother to her grandchildren, a devoted pastor's wife and member of Spradling Baptist Church. Betty served as the church secretary at Spradling for many years and participated in the Arkansas...
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Denver Franklin Shaw

January 21, 1961 - September 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR.
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Haskell Blake

March 20, 1925 - September 16, 2017

Haskell "Bud" Blake, 92, of Arkoma passed from this life September 16, 2017 in Arkoma. He was born, March 20, 1925, in Watson, Oklahoma to the late Homer and Bertha Blake. Bud had achieved the rank of Sergeant in the United States Army. He was involved in Rome-Arno, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns during World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded during the EAME Theater...
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Roger S. Meek

July 24, 1932 - September 16, 2017

Early Saturday morning, September 16, 2017, Roger S. Meek, 85, of Fort Smith saw his Savior face to face, while surrounded by his family that loved him dearly. Roger was managing partner at the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith until his retirement. He was a faithful member of his church, First Baptist of Fort Smith, the Rotary Club and many other civic organizations. But his favorite...
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Brenda Lou Smith

December 18, 1959 - September 15, 2017

Brenda Lou Smith, 57, of Fort Smith, passed from this life September 15, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born, December 18, 1959, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma to Francis and Annie Smith. Brenda had worked as a leasing agent for Harbortown Apartments and was of the Baptist faith. Brenda was loved by all that knew her.She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly McCormick of Fort Smith; her mother, Ann Shepherd...
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Okla Bennett Smith

July 27, 1941 - September 15, 2017

Okla Bennett Smith passed this life on September 15 2017. He was born on July 27, 1941, in Fort Smith the son of Okla Homer & Creo Belle Smith. He attended public schools in Fort Smith and graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, attended Vanderbilt University and was associated with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated from the University of Arkansas. He...
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Tyler Pratt

November 29, 1950 - September 13, 2017

Tyler "Butch" Pratt, of Farmington, New Mexico, passed from this life September 13, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born "Number 1 Son" to Bill and Betty Pratt in Roswell, New Mexico. Butch had worked as a welder and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish.He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cheryl; his daughter, Jennifer (Pratt)...
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Dolores Wilder Pearson

June 1, 1938 - September 12, 2017

Dolores Ann (Wilder) Pearson, 79, of Fort Smith, passed from this life September 12, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born, June 1, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was of the Pentecostal faith.She is survived by three sons, Arthur, Larry and Bruce Pearson, all of Fort Smith; three sisters, Frances Haner of Twin Falls, Idaho and Margaret Strand and Sandra Boether of Sacramento, California; three...
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Barbara Jean Turner

May 25, 1940 - September 12, 2017

Barbara Jean Turner, 77, passed away September 12, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born May 25, 1940 in Fort Smith. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, and she was a member of the Family Readiness Group at the 188th Fighter Wing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard "Bud" Turner.She is survived by two sons, Grady Turner of Fort Smith and Allen and his wife Hope Turner of Blue...
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Eugenia Davis Kukar

March 28, 1921 - September 12, 2017

Eugenia D. "Gean" Kukar, 96, began her next journey September 12, 2017. She was born March 28, 1921. Gean was a member of First United Methodist Church and a long time bookkeeper for Southland Furniture. She loved to travel, and taking advantage of husband Cletus's employment at Braniff Airlines was able to see much of the United States and Europe. Her favorite travel destination was visiting...
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Willard Brown

October 6, 1952 - September 11, 2017

Bud Brown, 64, of Fort Smith, AR, passed away on September 11, 2017. He was born on October 6, 1952 in Hammond, IL. He was a truck driver and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.He is survived by two daughters Rebecca Freeman of Conroe, TX and Jennifer Hamm of Joshua, TX, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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Vivian N. McClellan

January 29, 1930 - September 10, 2017

Vivian N. McClellan, 87, of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. She was born January 29, 1930 in Barber, AR to the late Willie A. and Bertha Mae Kirksey. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was the head nurse and office manager for Doctors Pence, Poe , Pradel and Hinkle. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis A. McClellan;...
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William Lemuel Willey

March 23, 1926 - September 7, 2017

William Lemuel Willey, 91, of Fort Smith, died September 7, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born March 23, 1926 in Altus, Oklahoma to Herbert Monroe and Verna Lockhart Willey. He was the retired co-owner of Trophy Man Clothing, a member of Sigma Chi from the University of Oklahoma, former delegate for the New Mexico Democratic Party; he was a former deacon of First Baptist Church in Hobbs, New...
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Linda Sue Edwards

June 29, 1943 - September 6, 2017

Linda Sue Edwards, 74, of Fort Smith died on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from an unexpected illness. Linda was born on June 29, 1943 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was a lifelong area resident. She worked at Thriftway Grocery, Harps and Price-Cutter. She was an avid reader and frequented her local library regularly. She is survived by three daughters, Christy Powdrill, Fort Smith; Janet Davis,...
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Joseph D. Vorster

September 1, 1923 - September 5, 2017

Joseph D. Vorster entered eternal rest on Tuesday September 5, 2017. He was a longtime resident of Fort Smith. He retired from Southwestern Bell. He loved searching with his spouse for the Bald Eagle. He was also an avid reader and loved gardening. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II where he served on the USS Black Hawk.Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Boniface Catholic...
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Billy M. Moody

May 31, 1931 - September 5, 2017

Billy Monson Moody, 86, of Hackett, AR, passed away Tuesday September 5, 2017. He was born May 31, 1931 in Fort Smith. He was a Tool and Die Maker and was owner of M & M Tooling. He loved everything outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles. Later in life he enjoyed showing horses and became a helicopter pilot. He was preceded in death...
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Elma Louise Thompson

July 23, 1934 - September 4, 2017

Elma Louise Thompson, 83, of Barling, died September 4, 2017 in Barling, AR. She was born July 23, 1934 in Coal Dale, Arkansas to Payton Huston and Wilhelmina Beeler Ritter. She was a retired employee of the Rheem Corp, a homemaker, and she was of the Pentecostal Faith.She is survived by two sons, Eddie Thompson of Hatfield, AR and Mike Thompson of Barling, AR; four sisters, Patsy Womack of...
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Leonel Lee Luna

June 30, 1956 - September 4, 2017

Leonel Lee Luna, 61, of Bentonville, and formerly of Fort Smith passed away on September 4, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born June 30, 1956 in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Leonel Luna and Carmen Aquino. He served as an LPN for both Sparks Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital. Two of his passions were photography and cars, and he was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in...
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Glenda Freeborn

February 20, 1945 - September 3, 2017

Glenda Lou Freeborn, 72, of Muldrow, OK, passed away Sunday September 3, 2017. She was born February 20, 1945 in Fort Smith to the late Delbert M. and Wanda L. Hames. She was retired from Whirlpool. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Guy Freeborn.Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Thursday at the U.S. National Cemetery Pavilion with burial to follow. Cremation and Memorial service...
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Floyd Nichols Mikesell

January 4, 1956 - September 3, 2017

Floyd Nichols Mikesell, 61, of Fort Smith, died September 2, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born January 4, 1956 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Richard and Patricia Mikesell. He attended the Nina Harris School in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1962 to 1967 and the Oakland Training Institute in Pontiac, Michigan from 1967 to 1975. Floyd first entered Bost in 1975 and was a student at the school until 1980. ...
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Bonnie Faye West Lawson

March 7, 1928 - September 2, 2017

Bonnie Faye West Lawson, 89, of Fort Smith, passed from this life, and now is with her Lord and Savior, September 2, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born, in Greenwood, to the late John Arthur and Ona Thornton Jones. She owned and operated, along with her late husband Glenn, West Riding Academy and Western Land Company. She was a member of Greenwood First Baptist Church since 1968. Bonnie was a...
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Billy Duke Mansell

December 16, 1927 - August 31, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR.
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Duke Duke Mansell

December 16, 1927 - August 31, 2017

Billy Duke Mansell, of Fort Smith, passed away August 31, 2017. He was 89 years old. He was born December 16, 1927 in Fort Smith. He was the middle son born to Floyd Marcus and Rosie Kouri Mansell. A lifelong resident of Fort Smith, he attended Fort Smith High School, now known as Northside. His Navy service began shortly after the age of 17. Duke played a part in a round of nuclear testing...
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Ronald Raymond Prince

April 23, 1963 - August 30, 2017

Ronald Raymond Prince, 54, of Fort Smith, died August 30, 2017 in Lucedale, Mississippi. He was born April 23, 1963 in Shirley, MA to Bobby Ray and Catherine Mary Osborne Prince. He was an owner/operator driver for ART Trucking. He served as a coach for the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club and the Arkansas Girls Softball League. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He is survived...
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Sandra Kay Carter

November 15, 1961 - August 27, 2017

Sandra Kay Carter, 56, of Idabel, OK, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Texarkana, TX. She was born November 15, 1961 in Fort Smith, AR.Memorial service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday at Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel, 4211 State Line Road, Fort Smith, AR. Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Funeral in Fort Smith, AR.She is survived by her daughter, Michele Young of Roland, OK; son,...
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