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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
James Otwell

James William Otwell

Thursday, February 1st, 1940 - Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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James William Otwell, Jr., 79, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born on February 1, 1940 in Fort Smith to James W. and Hattie (Canada) Otwell. He was a retired U.S. Air Force Veteran serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. James was of the Christian faith. He was preceded in death by his wife Doreen May Otwell, a son, James Stanley Otwell, four sisters, Patricia Smith, Margaret, Ola Juanita and Carolyn Elaine Otwell and a Baby Brother. James hobbies were fishing singing and dancing and loved all three.
Funeral service is 10:00AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home Chapel with cremation to follow the service. Burial will be at a later date in Dawson Cemetery.
The family will visit with friends from 5-7PM on Tuesday, March 19th at the funeral home.
He is survived by three daughters, Margaret McKinney of Vancouver, WA, Bernadette Plymale of Fort Smith, AR and Charlotte Cabrera of Van Buren, AR; three sisters, Gloria Boyster of Hackett, AR, Negretta Dye and her husband William of Greenwood, AR and Charlotte Boyster and her husband Henry of Fort Smith, AR; one brother, John Otwell and his wife Betty of Fort Smith, AR; nine grandchildren, Ashley Harris, Rachel and Bronte McKinney, James White, Austin, Brittany and Jordan Plymale, Meghan Wise and Nicholas Chandler; twelve great grandchildren, Sarah, Dustie, Ashlyn and Tramen Harris, Aaron and his wife Hope Harris, Tristian and Joslin Petree; Cash, Caid and Payne Plymale, Autumn Wise and Michael Chandler and four great great grandchildren, Tyson, Laiklyn, Easton and Jacelyn.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Ann, Eva, Jennifer, Betty, Patty and Heart of Hospice for their wonderful care.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 | 8:00am - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 8:00am - 7:00pm
    Ocker Putman Funeral Home
    4500 Jenny Lind
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family will visit with friends from 5-7PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Ocker Putman Funeral Home
    4500 Jenny Lind
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Dan Williams


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Margaret Mckinney

Posted at 08:18pm
I would like to convey my sympathies to all who knew and loved my father. He will always be remembered for his generosity to others. As well as his love of hunting, fishing, and of his family. He was also known for his never ending work ethic that began as a young man. He was a very intelligent person and had a talent for creating things such as ships in bottles, leather crafts, carved gun stocks, fishing nets as well as arranging flowers on driftwood. I always enjoyed watching him work. I hope with time the pain from his loss is replaced with warm memories of him. A special thanks to both of my sisters for being there to care for his needs as he aged. I love you both. Love and condolences to all who knew and loved him, Margaret

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