Our Obituaries

Charles Douglas Hicks

May 16, 1966 - January 27, 2018

Charles Douglas Hicks, 51, of Fort Smith, passed away Saturday January 27, 2018. He was born May 16, 1966 in Fort Smith to Roy and Linda Hicks.Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.He is survived by his daughter Amanda Espy of Rio Rancho, NM, sons Charles Hicks, Jr. of Sallisaw, OK, Venson Hicks of Van Buren, AR and Charles Burris of Fort Smith, AR, parents Roy...
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Randy Burress

May 28, 1957 - January 27, 2018


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Lloyd Eugene Riggs

January 8, 1956 - January 26, 2018

Lloyd Riggs died peacefully on the morning of Friday, January 26, 2018, surrounded by and in the arms of his loving family, at the end of hard-fought battle with lung cancer. He was 62 years old.He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rose Marie Riggs; children, Stephen Michael, Caitlin Elizabeth and David Matthew Riggs; daughter-in-law, Erica Riggs; and four beloved grandchildren, Kiley, Makala...
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Jimmy Lessley

March 30, 1934 - January 25, 2018

Jimmy Willard Lessley, 83, of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018. He was born March 30, 1934 in Franklin Count, AR to the late William Burt Lessley and Dorothy W. (Rudledge) Lessley. He retired from Rheem Manufacturing after 29 years of service. He was a member of Spradling Baptist Church. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His parents and his brothers Tony,...
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Frances Bourns

July 25, 1950 - January 24, 2018

Frances O. Bourns, 67, of Mulberry, AR, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in a local hospital. She was born July 25, 1950 in Hannibal, MO to the late Ebert and Louise Dunn. She loved her grandkids and kids very much. She was retired from Rheem. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Olan Bourns; and two brothers, David Dunn and Glenn Dunn.Graveside service will...
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Marilyn J. Burdick

April 17, 1926 - January 24, 2018

Marilyn Wiggins Burdick, 91, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Marilyn was born in 1926 in Alhambra, California. Her father, Louis J. Wiggins, was Chief of the El Monte Fire Department. Her mother, Margaret Fanning Wiggins, was a homemaker. Marilyn had one sibling, Charles E. Wiggins, who had a career as a Republican congressman and federal judge.Marilyn...
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Judith Ann Cagle

May 16, 1945 - January 23, 2018

Judith Ann Cagle, 72, of Fort Smith Arkansas, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. She was the daughter of Bill and Lena Smith, born on May 16, 1945 in Miami Florida. She was preceded in death by her mother and father.She is survived by her two sons, Ricky Cagle and his wife Jennifer, of Fort Smith, and Tony Cagle of Fort Smith; one grandson, Zachary Cagle; three brothers, Terry Bolton and...
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Joyce Ann McKenzie

February 24, 1939 - January 22, 2018

Joyce Ann McKenzie, 78, of Pocola passed from this life January 22, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born February 24, 1939 to the late John and Donnie Belle Bradshaw. Joyce was a 1957 graduate of Pocola High School. She was a charter member of Christian Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Pocola where she was a Sunday school teacher and song leader. Joyce worked for and retired from Whirlpool, having...
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Bobbi Kring

May 11, 1959 - January 22, 2018

Bobbi J. Allen-Kring of Pocola, OK was 58 years young when departing for her celestial journey January 21, 2018. She was born May 11, 1959 in Long Beach, California to parents Everett R. and Ramona J. Barlow-Allen. She was a deeply caring soul, saw beauty in everyone, shared her infectious kindness and had a wonderful sense of humor. She spent many years of her life caring for the ill as a very...
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Donald R. Azbell

July 3, 1946 - January 17, 2018

Donald Ray Azbell, 71, of Fort Smith, passed from this life January 17, 2018 in Fort Smith. He was born July 3, 1946, in Osceola, Arkansas, to the late Arnold and Vallie Jeffries Azbell. Don owned and operated several vending companies and was a veteran of the United States Army. Growing up, Don boxed for the Fort Smith Boys Club and went on to coach boxing and was involved with the National...
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Michael Frank Operhall

August 20, 1923 - January 17, 2018

Michael F. Operhall, age 94, of Fort Smith died on January 17, 2018. He was born August 20, 1923, in Fallston, Pennsylvania to Ellis Island immigrants Andrew and Pauline Operchal. Mike grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from high school. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II as an aircraft mechanic. He subsequently was selected for the aviation cadet program and...
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Wayne Treadway

July 23, 1923 - January 17, 2018

Wayne Treadway, 94, of Fort Smith died Wednesday morning in his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born July 23, 1923 in Flippin, Arkansas, to William Winfred Treadway and Tabitha Baker Treadway. Wayne grew up in Flippin where he worked for his father in the saw mill business. They later moved to Booneville where he graduated from High School and met the love of his life, Norma. He moved to...
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Eva Louise Whitmer

February 13, 1937 - January 17, 2018

Eva Louise Whitmer, 80, of Muldrow, OK died January 17, 2018 in Fort Smith, AR. She was born February 13, 1937 in Camden, AR to Webster Edison and Dossie Mae Lemons Wilson. She was a retired employee of Southwest Times Record and a member of the First Baptist Church of Muldrow.She is survived by her husband Clem Whitmer of Muldrow; two daughters, Rebecca Louise McKinney of Hector, AR and...
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James William Seay

April 8, 1922 - January 17, 2018

James William Seay, 95, of Fort Smith, passed away January 17, 2018 in Fort Smith. He was born April 8, 1922 in Calico Rock, AR to Tommie Marion and Ila Lillian McClellan Seay. He was a retired equipment supervisor for the Arkansas State Highway Department. He was a member of Oak Cliff Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason with the Blocher #247 in Booneville, and he was a veteran of U.S. Army.He...
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William Roy Pendleton

November 26, 1922 - January 16, 2018

William R. Pendleton, of Little Rock, passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018. He was born November 26, 1922 to the late William Roy Pendleton, Sr. and Rebecca Vinsant Pendleton in Fort Smith, Arkansas.Bill was a graduate of Arkansas Tech University. He had a career in finance, retiring from the First Arkansas Bank. He was a US Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.He is survived by his daughter,...
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Juanita M. Moore

April 17, 1924 - January 16, 2018

Juanita Marie Moore, 93, of Van Buren, passed away January 16, 2018 in Mena, AR. She was born April 17, 1924 in Mena, Arkansas to William Oscar and Lydia Eltus McGee Lackey. She was a homemaker, bookkeeper for the Moore Redi-Mix Company, and member of Northside United Pentecostal Church.She is survived by two sons, Anthony Moore of Conway, AR and Michael Moore of Van Buren, AR; and several...
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Jo Boyd Hines

March 3, 1936 - January 14, 2018

Jo Boyd Hines, lovingly known as Boo, enjoyed a full and beautiful life, March 3, 1936 - January 14, 2018. She grew up in Vernon, Texas, the only child of Lester and Verna Mae Boyd. Jo was preceded in death by Charles Hines, her husband of 59 years and the love of her life. Boo is survived by four children, Greg Hines of Greer's Ferry, Lesley (Billy) Clark, JJ May, and Tracy (Darin) Person,...
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Leah Dobbins

December 8, 1971 - January 13, 2018

Leah Dobbins, 46, of Fort Smith, passed from this life January 13, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born, in Fort Smith, December 8, 1971 to Robert and Marilyn Ross Dobbins. Leah's life was consumed with her kids, grandson and family. She was a homemaker.She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Elam and Emilie Armstrong; her son, Tyler Dobbins; her grandson, JC Armstrong; her parents, Bob and Marilyn...
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Margerett R. Dillon

June 7, 1933 - January 11, 2018

Margerett Rebecca Dillon, 84, of Liberty, OK, passed away Thursday January 11, 2018. She was born June 7, 1933 in Fort Smith to the late Arch Joseph Wear and Elizabeth Jane (Martin) Wear. She was a member of Haven Heights Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Her parents; her husband, William D. Dillon; and a brother, Billy Bruce Wear, preceded her in death.Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday at...
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Robert Lewis Falkner

August 17, 1950 - January 10, 2018

Facebook lost a loyal customer on January 10, 2018. Robert L. Falkner died in his home in Fort Smith doing what he loved best. His other favorite pastimes included sightseeing throughout the Pacific Northwest, making people laugh, and instilling in the others a healthy distrust of government.A frequent purveyor of life advice, perhaps his best tidbit might be "Never drive any farther that you...
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Carolyn Sue Smith

September 30, 1933 - January 10, 2018

Susie Fullerton Smith, 84, of Fort Smith passed away January 10, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born September 30, 1933 in Wilburton, OK to Thomas Edward and Eloise Mankin Fullerton. Susie is survived by one daughter, Allison L. Smith of Fort Smith; one sister, Cynthia and husband Lester Bushmann of Jefferson City Missouri; two grandsons, Joseph B. Harper and wife Lindsey and Michael Craig Harper...
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Gerlinde Dibble

January 16, 1936 - January 10, 2018

Gerlinde H. Dibble, 81, of Fort Smith, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born January 16, 1936 in Amstetten, Austria to the late Heinrich and Friederike Kienbacher. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren and a member of the German Club. Her husband James F. Dibble preceded her in death.Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday at Heritage...
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David Elder

September 7, 1967 - January 9, 2018

David Paul Elder, 50, of Spiro, OK, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was born September 7, 1967 in Amarillo, TX to Wesley and Donna Jo Elder. He was the owner of Kitchen Specialist Appliance Repair. He was a member of Grace Community Church. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery both under the direction of...
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William Nelson Moreland

November 2, 1945 - January 8, 2018

William "Bill" Nelson Moreland, 72, of Fort Smith, passed from this life Jan 8, 2018 in Fort Smith. He was born, November 2, 1945, in Texarkana, Texas to the late Earl Wesley and Lula Chambliss Moreland.He is survived by two daughters, Leslie Purcell and her husband Shon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Shannon Carroll and her husband Jason of Springdale, Arkansas; one brother, John Wesley Moreland...
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Thomas Harold Hooper

December 10, 1920 - January 8, 2018

Thomas Harold Hooper passed away January 8, 2018 in Fort Smith. He was born December 10, 1920 in Booneville, Arkansas to Alvin E. and Myrtle Wooten Hooper. Thomas graduated Booneville High School and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Sullivan Lake, Idaho. After the CCC, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, as a radio technician, and was a veteran of World War II, having been...
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Reginald C. Ryles

May 26, 1934 - January 7, 2018

Reginald C. Ryles passed away peacefully January 7, 2018. He was born April 26, 1934 to Fannie Manus Ryles and Clarence Ryles in Booneville, Arkansas. He lived a full and active life traveling around the world with family and while serving in the United States Army Medical Corps. As a young man he prided himself for accomplishing a coveted seat on the "A" row while attending Booneville Schools...
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Verla May Crisp

January 8, 1924 - January 4, 2018

Verla M. Crisp (née Holcomb), 93, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, in Fort Smith. She was born January 8, 1924, in Pueblo, Colorado, and married Hugh Crisp in 1945 in Amarillo, Texas. Because of Hugh's Air Force career, they lived in many locations around the world, including Japan, Newfoundland, and Germany. Verla was known for her warm, vivacious character, passion for knitting, and deep love...
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Barbara Jane Hathcock

January 7, 1935 - January 4, 2018

Barbara Jane Spicer Hathcock, passed away January 4, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born January 7, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio to William Jacob and Marion Virginia Shelton Spicer. Barbara is survived by one son, Stephen Allen Hathcock, MD; one daughter, Lisa Ann Hathcock Klusmeier; four grandsons, Samuel Huddleston Hathcock and Calum MacRae Hathcock, Andrew Walter Klusmeier and William Jacob...
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Jerry Wayne Sharp

December 7, 1946 - January 4, 2018

Jerry Wayne Sharp, 71, of Bonanza, AR went to be with the Lord, January 4, 2018. He was born December 7, 1946 in Coolidge, AZ to Joe Tom and Eleanor Phillips Sharp. Jerry was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church. He was the family chef and got great pleasure from sharing his food with others.He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Sharp of the home; three daughters, Melinda...
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D. P. William Seaton

January 16, 1954 - January 3, 2018

D.P. William "Bill" Seaton, Jr., 63, of Springdale, formerly of Van Buren, passed from this life January 3, 2018 in Springdale. He was born January 16, 1954, in Fort Smith, to D.P. William and Mary Hagan Seaton. Bill was a Supply Chain Manager for Simmons Foods in Van Buren and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, also in Van Buren. Bill is survived by his wife Marsha Medley Seaton; two...
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Rose Tole

July 1, 1951 - December 31, 2017

Rose M. Tole, 66, of Fort Smith, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, in Little Rock. She was born July 1, 1951 in Memphis, TN to the late Jessie and Leona Johnson. She was a Hair Stylist. She was a member of Rye Hill Baptist Church, the Red Hat Club and Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. Her son, Brandon Quick, preceded her in death.Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday at Edwards...
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Clara Imogene Broyles

January 23, 1930 - December 31, 2017

Clara Imogene Broyles, 87, of Muldrow, OK, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born January 23, 1930 in Sequoyah County, OK to the late Albert and Lela McAlister. She was retired from J. C. Penney Coffee Shop. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roland, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Velma "Doll" McAlister; and three brothers,...
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Sharon Ann Flory

January 21, 1945 - December 29, 2017

Sharon Ann Flory, 72, of Fort Smith, passed away Friday December 29, 2017. She was born January 21, 1945 in Little Rock, AR to the late Harold and Catherine Schutter. She was retired from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Motor Vehicle and a member of Goddard United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents.Memorial service will be 10:00 AM Thursday,...
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Sandra Lee Swofford

September 21, 1942 - December 28, 2017

Sandra Lee Swofford, 75, of Fort Smith, died December 28, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born September 21, 1942 in Van Buren, Arkansas to Ray Brooksure and Catherine Moore Brunk. She was a retired employee of Arkansas Best Freight, a member of Sparks Regional Medical Center Guild, a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Fort Smith where she taught Sunday school for 40 years.She is survived by...
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Virginia Ann Gould

June 17, 1943 - December 28, 2017

Virginia Ann Gould, 74, of Fort Smith, passed away on December 28, 2017 in Fort Smith. Ann was born in Konawa, Oklahoma, to George and Samantha Shaw Ingram on June 17, 1943. She graduated high school in Chouteau, Oklahoma and joined the Marine Corps where she honorably served. While in the Marine Corps, Ann met Chester Gould. They decided not to re-enlist and started a new life in marriage on...
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Mae Belle Jones

March 23, 1923 - December 28, 2017

Mae Belle Jones, age 94, of Fort Smith, AR passed this life on Thursday December 28, 2017. She was born in Charleston, AR to the late Frank and Oma (Phillips) Purdom on March 17, 1923. She was a graduate of Charleston High School. She was a homemaker and loved to work outside in her garden and flowers. Her husband of 69 years S. E. Jones, her parents and her brother John F. Purdom of Pebble...
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Khaleesi Eden Zaragoza

December 7, 2017 - December 25, 2017

Khaleesi Eden Zaragoza passed peacefully with her parents by her side, December 25, 2017, at just 18 days old. She was the daughter of Daniel and Kayla Zaragoza. Khaleesi is also survived by her sister, Emilee Garcia; and two brothers, Roman and Major Zaragoza; her paternal grandparents, Michael and Natalie Zaragoza; her maternal grandparents, Renee Garcia and her husband Salvador; uncles,...
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Lavern Johnson

November 30, 1946 - December 23, 2017

Lavern was born November 30, 1946 to Robert Johnson and Carrie Alston-Johnson in Fort Smith. She departed this life Saturday 23, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.In her early years, she attended St. John's Catholic School, Howard Elementary School, graduated from Lincoln High School Class of 1966, and also attended West Ark Community College in Fort Smith. On May 29, 1969, Lavern married...
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Joseph Wilson Procell

August 15, 1933 - December 22, 2017

Joseph Wilson Procell, 84, of Fort Smith, died December 22, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 15, 1933 in Zwolle, LA to Joseph and Victoria Sepulvado Procell. He was retired from the U.S. Army with 24 years of service receiving many medals including a Bronze Star. He later retired from Rheem Manufacturing and was a member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.He is survived by his wife,...
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Clara Claudine Huggins

May 19, 1931 - December 20, 2017

Clara Claudine "CC" Huggins, 86, of Fort Smith passed from this life December 20, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born May 19, 1931 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Claude and Maudie Powell. She loved Jesus and served Him daily; she believed in the power of prayer. Family, who loving called her "CC", brought her the most joy. Claudine was a homemaker and was a long time member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church...
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Cuc Hua Dai

March 1, 1930 - December 19, 2017

Surrounded by her loving family, Cuc Hua Dai of Fort Smith, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on December 19, 2017. She was born on March 1, 1930 in Ben Tre, Vietnam. Cuc was preceded in death by her daughter, Lynn Dai Thach of Fort Smith, her parents Nhon Hua and Hon Thi Bui of Ben Tre, Vietnam, and her brothers Long Hon Hua of San Francisco, California, Minh Hon Hua of Fort Smith, Vinh Hon Hua...
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David Hardin

December 6, 1955 - December 18, 2017

William David Hardin, 62, passed away on December 18, 2017 at his mother and stepfather's home lovingly surrounded by family and friends. He fought a brief and courageous battle with bile duct cancer. David was born in Fort Smith, AR to P.H. "Hugh" Hardin and Nadine Strang Hardin. He was a graduate of Southside High School in Fort Smith, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and The...
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William L. BARTON

June 16, 1933 - December 17, 2017

William Lowell "Bill" Barton, 84, of Fort Smith, died Sunday December 17, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born June 16, 1933 in Dayton, AR to Ruben R. and Nancy Ethel Presson Barton. Bill was an extraordinary man who enjoyed helping everyone he met. He was an avid gardener, constantly donating produce to his friends and family, a skilled beekeeper, producing for his community and an all around...
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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

June 12, 1947 - December 15, 2017

Boyd Ray (BR) Gipson, 70, of Greenwood, passed away December 15, 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 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the Edwards Chapel with interment...
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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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Beverly Carter

February 12, 1951 - December 12, 2017

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