Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


William H Edwards

6 August, 193926 July, 2020

William “Bill” Edwards, 80, passed away Sunday, July 26th 2020 in Fort Smith. He was born August 6th, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to William Henry Edwards and Josephine Rose Marie Giordano Edwards. Bill is survived by his daughter Kristine (Kris) Yancy and husband Col. (ret) Scott of Montgomery, AL, son David Edwards and wife Stacie of Tulsa, OK, and grandchildren Caroline Yancy, Andrew Yancy, Camden Edwards and Camille Edwards. He was preceded in death by his wife Gayle. He graduated from Illinois Valley Community College in 1961 and the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1963. He majored in computer technology. Bill married Gayle Laatsch in November of 1963, and began his career working for Johnson Controls at the South Bend, IN branch. In 1970, He was transferred to the Johnson Controls Poteau, OK facility where he remained for the rest of his career. He retired in 2002 after 39 years at Johnson Controls. He enjoyed retirement by traveling the world with his wife Gayle. His other hobbies included sailing, restoring cars, working on clocks and snow skiing. Bill was a longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church where he was very active and served in many roles including Church Council President. He was in the Rotary, served on Governor Bellman’s commission on Jobs for Oklahoma’s Future and served as the Director of the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence. He was also appointed by Governor Keating to the Oklahoma Workforce Investment board. Bill was on the board of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce and served as President, served as Chairman of the local area Manufacturing Council, served on the executive board of the Poteau Area Economic Expansion Foundation and served on the executive committee as Chairman of the Manufacture’s Council of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bill was also recently on the board at Methodist Village. Due to the Coronavirus, a memorial for both Bill and Gayle will be held at a later date.


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William H Edwards

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Sarah Folks

4 August 2020

Kris and Family,
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Brandon and I are thinking of you during this extremely difficult time. We are praying for God to give you peace and faith. I know your dad is so proud of you and the wonderful person you are. Sending love to your whole family.
Sarah and Brandon Folks and Family

Virginia Larson

31 July 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Bill's passing.
I pray for peace in the hearts off all his family knowing that Bill has been reunited with Gayle, who He loved so deeply.
I will miss both Bill and Gayle who were such positive and lovely people and a joy to be with.
Lots of love from,
Ginie Larson


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