Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Joe A. Ceniceros, Sr.

22 September, 194125 July, 2020

Joe A. Ceniceros, Sr., 78, of Paris, AR passed away on July 25, 2020. He was born September 22, 1941 in Big Spring, Texas to Aurelio Ceniceros and Herlinda Castillo Ceniceros. He was preceded in death by his parents. Joe was a retired Marine Vietnam Veteran receiving three purple hearts and one bronze star with valor within a three-month period. He was a lifetime member of the Military Order of The Purple Heart, DAV, VFW post #8845 and Veterans of Vietnam.

Joe enjoyed woodworking and spending as much times as possible with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife, Alice White Ceniceros of Paris; three sons, Joe Ceniceros & wife Tonya of Paris, Esteban Ceniceros & wife Stephanie of Prairie Grove, Andy Ceniceros & wife Robin of Camden; two sisters, Mary Feeney and Gloria J. Flynn, both of El Paso, TX; two brothers, Humberto Ceniceros of El Paso, TX and Alonzo Ceniceros of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, Alicia Norris, Natalie Ceniceros, Cole Ceniceros, Brooks Ceniceros and Noah Ceniceros; three step-grandchildren, Kelby Chambers, Kelsey Greenfield and Sierra Vines; two great step-grandchildren, Zachary and Caroline Chambers; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Graveside service with full military honors will be 11 AM, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home. To place online condolences, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com


  • Alice White Ceniceros, Loving wife
  • Joe Ceniceros & wife Tonya, Son
  • Esteban Ceniceros & wife Stephanie, Son
  • Andy Ceniceros & wife Robin, Son
  • Herlinda Castillo Ceniceros, Mother (deceased)
  • Aurelio Ceniceros, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Feeney, Sister
  • Gloria J. Flynn, Sister
  • Humberto Ceniceros, Brother
  • Alonzo Ceniceros, Brother
  • Alicia Norris, Grandchild
  • Natalie Ceniceros, Grandchild
  • Cole Ceniceros, Grandchild
  • Brooks Ceniceros, Grandchild
  • Noah Ceniceros, Grandchild
  • Kelby Chambers, Step Grandchild
  • Kelsey Greenfield, Step Grandchild
  • Sierra Vines, Step Grandchild
  • Survivors include his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, 29 July , 2020


Joe A. Ceniceros, Sr.

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Yolanda (Yollie) Nelson

29 July 2020

My family and I are very sadden by the loss of our cousin Joe. We send our deepest condolences to his boys Joe, Jr., Steven and Andy and their family. Also Mary, Bert , Gloria and Jr. and their family in El Paso, Tx. I was fortunate to get to see Joe that last time he came to El Paso to see Wendy. He looked good .
May you be at peace cousin Joe, God bless you. You will
be in our hearts and memories always, as well as your boys and all the Ceniceros family.
All our love and prayers from your cousins.
Fred and Yollie (Nelson) Flores

Sandie Meza Largent

29 July 2020

My deepest condolences to cousin Joe's family. Loved growing up in El Paso around all of the Ceniceros family. Our gatherings were always big, fun and seemed neverending. My love to his wife and family, his boys and their families, and Paula. May God Bless you all and may his memories in your heart bring you comfort always.

Cindy Rodriguez

28 July 2020

Smiling and full of big, bear hugs, I will forever remember my Uncle Joe as strong, kind, gentle and generous. Usually bearing meaningful gifts, he was the kind of person who thought about how other people felt and genuinely cared about people. He and Aunt Ali always went out of their way to make my daughters and I feel loved and appreciated. Through life’s good and bad times, he was there for me when it counted, I hope he knew how much we cared and thought of him. He will be missed and forever held in high esteem, he was truly a good man.

Paula Ceniceros

28 July 2020

I have known Joe since I was 19 and I’m 75 now. We shared three wonderful sons and eight grandchildren and two great grands. I was in the Marine Corps as he was. I was there during his two Vietnam Nam tours and his honour medals. We all will miss him and our memories of him will comfort his family.

Robert Gaskill

27 July 2020

Joe Ceniceros was the best Marine I ever served with. Sgt. C. was my Platoon Commander in Vietnam. We served together in Fox Company 2/7, 1st Marine Division, during the bloody combat of 1968. He was brave and honest, and always looked out for his Marines. He set the very best example of how to be a leader. You will be missed Sgt. C. Semper Fi. Marine. Bob and Judi Gaskill.

Sgt. C wearing a helmet in photo.

Jan Faulkner

27 July 2020

Joe and I volunteered together on Relay for Life events in Paris. He gave me a bible with the sweetest inscription written in it. He was a great guy and always friendly. Joe, Andy and family, my prayers are with you during this difficult time. 🙏

John Decker

27 July 2020

Joe was my platoon commander when I arrived in Vietnam. He kept a lot of us safe by staying on top of the situation at all times. We loved him.

Connis Daws

27 July 2020

Dear Alice and family, I’m so sorry to hear about “ Sgt C”. He was my platoon Sgt when we fought alongside each other in Nam, June -August 1968. I was wounded and sent home August 21 so we were together only a few months but the respect and admiration for Sgt C has lasted 52 years and will be with me the rest of my life. I saw him for the last time in Branson, Missouri at our reunion and I cherish those memories. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Connis Daws

sarah summerall

27 July 2020

he had the sweetest smile, a great guy


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