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

Joseph Schneider

Friday, February 3rd, 1950 - Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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Joseph “Joey” Stephen Schneider died at his Fort Smith home on November 25, 2020. He was born on February 3, 1950 to Leonard Anthony and Sue Carol (McClellan) Schneider. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Smith, attended schools at Immaculate Conception, St. Anne’s Academy, Southside High School, and Westark Community College. He served in the Arkansas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era. Joe established and ran his own business, Schneider Construction, for many years.

Joey is survived by his nephew, Stephen Cory Karnes of Fort Smith, his stepmother, Wanda Schneider of Paris, numerous cousins in the Fort Smith area, and a slew of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kathy Karnes.

Joey was known for his kindness and his ability to help friends in need of a job or a couch to sleep on. You could depend on Joey to pick you up if you were stranded or just needed a ride. He was a constant friend to so many. Being a lifelong bachelor, his home was always a rallying point. On any given Saturday or Sunday afternoon, when he was in town, as many as 50 people would come through his back door. He possessed that kind of generous spirit.

Known to many as ‘The Captain’ he orchestrated many hunting and fishing trips as well numerous music festivals and concert adventures over the years. He will long be remembered for his grand Christmas parties.

Cremation was unthe the direction of Ocker-Putnam Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made to River Valley Regional Food Bank, 1617 South O Street,
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
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Jim Watts

Posted at 03:13pm
I loved Joey Schneider. Our families had ties going back more than eighty years. My grandparents, who lived at the end of Louisville, bought the property from Joey's uncle (Doc McClellan) in 1953. My grandfather (Jim Smallwood) worked in construction for many years with both Jiggs and Doc.
I was born in Fort Smith but my mother and father moved to California in 1954 for better economic opportunities - but I retained close ties with my family in Arkansas. I used to fly out to visit my grandparents every summer until I graduated from high school in 1962. Joey's parents, Leonard & Sue, lived just a few houses from my grandparents. I first met Joey when he was 4 years old and we remained life-long friends.
As his obituary indicated, Joey had a heart of gold and was beloved by his many friends. He worked every day of his life until he became physically incapacitated. Joey loved animals and always dreamed of owning a cattle ranch. The last time I was in Fort Smith (2018) I drove him up to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to visit his namesake, Mr. Schneider, the world-famous breeding bull. Joey was delighted - although I think we left Mr. Schneider unimpressed!
I was just reminded by my cousin in Little Rock that no one could make my aunt laugh like Joey Schneider. His zest for life was infectious and, like Will Rogers, I never met a person who didn't like Joey Schneider.
Joey, you will always be in my thoughts. Thanks for all the great memories. I will definitely be thinking of you when my wife and I attend the Eagles concert at the Forum in 2021. You always took life to the limit.
You know what I mean? Just say YES!
RIP Joey
J. Watts
Gardena, California


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