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

John "Harvey" Sterling

Wednesday, September 15th, 1937 - Monday, January 18th, 2021
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John “Harvey” Sterling, 83, of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 in his home. He was born on September 15, 1937 in Greenwood, Arkansas to John Dee and Frances (Page) Sterling Brickey. He was a retired freight rate administrator at Arkansas Best Freight Trucking Company. He was an Air Force Veteran and also served in the 188th Air National Guard. He formerly was on the board of directors of the Fort Smith Senior Center and was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Fort Smith. He was preceded in death by his father John Sterling and his mother and step father Frances and Guy Brickey.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Betty of the home; a daughter, Debbie Verucchi and her husband Mike of Springdale, AR; two sons, Mark Sterling and his wife Rozanne of Greenwood, AR and Butch Sterling and his wife Teresa of Fort Smith; a sister, Janet Perry of Fort Smith; three brothers, Therral Sterling and Phil and Roger Brickey all of Fort Smith; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A private family graveside with honors will be held at the U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Mr. Sterling may be viewed from 1-5PM on Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fort Smith Senior Center; SRCA P.O. Box 181030 Fort Smith, AR 72918.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, January 21st, 2021 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Ocker Putman Funeral Home
    4500 Jenny Lind
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Mr. Sterling may be viewed from 1-5PM on Thursday at the funeral home.
  • Interment

    U.S. National Cemetery
    6th and Garland
    FORT SMITH, AR AR 72901
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    Internment will be private.


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Frank and Timi Ray

Posted at 04:08pm
Thinking of your family. Mr.Sterling was such a kind gentleman.

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Jerry N. Brickey

Posted at 01:48pm
I want to offer my condolences to the families and friends of Harvey Sterling. I remember Harvey as a personable and friendly man who had an easy smile and an easy going nature. My siblings and I will always remember how accommodating Harvey and Betty Sue were shortly after our parents died in a car crash near Ft. Smith in 1978.
May Harvey rest in peace,
Jerry Brickey
Rockford, Il

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