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4500 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR | 72901
700 Jefferson St.
Van Buren, AR | 72956
William Ketchum VI

William Lee Ketchum VI

Wednesday, May 10th, 1961 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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William Lee Ketchum, VI, 59 of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020. He was a carpenter at a cabinet shop and a member of Heritage Church in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by his father William Lee Ketchum V.

He is survived by his mother Barbara Ketchum of the home; one daughter Andrea Hernandez and husband Manuel of Van Buren; three sons William Lee Ketchum VII and his wife Robin of Van Buren, Chad Lee Ketchum of Claremore, Oklahoma and Joshua Ketchum-Pittman of Florida; three sisters Darlene “Dar” Craft and her husband Earle and Debra “Debbie” Franklin all of Van Buren, Donna “Donna Sue” Ford of Wister, Oklahoma; one brother Kenneth Ray Franklin Ketchum and wife Carrie of Cedarville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10AM, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Gracelawn Cemetery Arbor in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Manuel Hernandez, Jr., Abraham Hernandez, Andrew Hernandez, Matt Franklin, William Ketchum VII, and Bobby King.

Family will visit with relatives and friends, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 6-8 PM at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson Street.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Gracelawn Arbor
    3003 Oak Lane
    VAN BUREN, AR 72956
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    Chaplain Earle Craft
  • Interment

    Gracelawn Cemetery
    3003 Oak Lane
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Shannon Huff

Posted at 04:24pm
Billy and I used to work together everyday for years installing cabinets. He loved to pick at me and I him. We used to get arguing and giving each other a hard time till one day our boss pulled us in the office and asked why we mad at each other. I said we wasn't and what made him think we was. Bob told us that he went on the job site the day before and heard us going on with each other and thought we was really upset. Billy and I got a big laugh out of it and we jumped in the box truck and headed to the next job site to install cabinets .Later on when I was going threw withdraws from trying to quit smoking he was supportive in so many ways. He always was a compassionate, caring, and giving man. Billy moved off to another state and we lost track of each other for a bit, but when he came back i found my friend again. The last project we got to work on together was a swing set for my grandkids at my house. Billy's face would light up every time I showed him photo's of the kids swinging and sliding on it. Thank you Billy for the time I got to spend with you. I'll miss you my friend.
P.S. Years ago when ever Billy and I would go out to install, Billy would always start each trip off by saying " We're off like a heard of turtles". .... I still say that every time I get into the box truck... Shannon

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