Merrill D. Tabor, 98, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Fort Smith. He was born on March 24, 1922 in Berwin, Colorado to Clynt and Mable C. (Records) Tabor. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran; he served and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa. Merrill worked at several locations for the Civil Service and retired at Fort Chaffee. The Sebastian County Veterans Treatment Program was founded in part to honor his service. He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine and two sisters. Merrill loved God, his family, fishing, gardening and his St. Louis Cardinals, he will be greatly missed.
Graveside service with military honors is 10:00AM, Monday, November 23, 2020 at the U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Coots and her husband David of Barling, AR; three sons, Larry Tabor and his wife Charlcie of Mountain Home, AR, Ronnie Tabor and his wife Sally of Fort Smith and Stephen Tabor and his wife Becky of Fort Smith; two brothers, Ferrill and Melvin Tabor both of Spiro; a sister, Louise Krovas of Dallas, TX; six grandchildren, Heather Poole, Eric, Benjamin and Stephen Andrew Tabor, Kristin Duncan and Sarah Vandermeer and nine great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made the Cavanaugh Church, 2825 Grinnell Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72908.
Mr. Tabor’s guestbook may be signed from 11-3pm pm Sunday at the funeral home.