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.