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Edwards Funeral Home has served the families of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and surrounding communities with compassionate funeral care and professional service for 3 generations. We understand that losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and we are here for you every step of the way. 

Committed to serving Fort Smith

We are a non-denominational funeral home, welcoming families of all faiths, backgrounds and religions. For families who have relocated to the Fort Smith area and wish to have their loved one's service elsewhere, we can also help to arrange for transportation.

As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, all our services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. 

We celebrate life

At Edwards Funeral Home, we believe that every tribute should be as unique as the person it honors, and thus, make it our mission to help families create personalized funerals and memorials. Whether it's a traditional funeral service or a customized Life Well Celebrated® memorialization, we work with you one-on-one to ensure your needs, wishes and budget are met.

We can find inspiration almost anywhere. Was he an avid angler? We can help you create a video slideshow of his best catches and display his prized fishing rods in our chapel. We could even have a catered dinner with all of his favorite seafood.

Did she play bridge every week? Let's create a bridge tournament and distribute personalized playing cards to guests as a keepsake. With a little imagination, we can plan a memorial like no other that reflects the passions and personality of your loved one.

Cremation services

Not everyone knows that there are many cremation options. If you are interested in cremation, our funeral home team can explain the process and discuss your different options. From a direct cremation without a memorial service or a witness cremation to a full funeral service before or after the cremation and more, we help you understand this increasingly common choice—and handle all of the cremation arrangements. 

Planning in advance

At Edwards Funeral Home, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can be overwhelming. In addition to assisting during your immediate time of need, we specialize in working with families to plan final arrangements in advance. By preparing these details ahead of time, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort to your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met. We are here to discuss your options should you wish to do so in advance. 

Here to serve you

Chapel at Edwards Funeral Home Thank you for considering Edwards Funeral Home for your funeral needs. Please contact us if you need immediate assistance or would like more information about our services. Or, you can stop by our funeral home on North 12th Street to meet our staff or take a tour of our facility.

History

Delmar D. Edwards and his wife, Hazel, founded Edwards Funeral Home in 1933. With the help of his nephew, J.D. Edwards, Delmar moved to a new facility at 12th and B Streets in 1936. In 1939, a fire destroyed the home and a new facility was built in 1940.

Growth and expansion

In the 70s, the family expanded their care in Crawford County with the addition of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren and the purchase of nearby Fentress Mortuary. Today, Delmar "Butch" Edwards III and his brother, Jim R. Edwards manage Edwards Funeral Home and uphold the tradition of excellent, honest service set forth by their late father Delmar Edwards Jr., their cousin J.D.

At Edwards Funeral Home, we are proud to carry on the proud heritage and high standard of care that began with Delmar Sr.'s vision and leadership.

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At Dignity Memorial, we take our promises seriously. That’s why we offer a 100% service guarantee. We strive to get every detail right the first time, every time. If for some reason we don’t and you’re dissatisfied with any aspect of your service, we will remedy it quickly and fully. Learn about our Dignity Difference benefits.

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Ratings & Reviews

Verified Customer Reviews

Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"We lost mom and dad a little over 11 weeks apart. Edwards was very empathetic to what we were going through."

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October 2020

"The services by Edwards Funeral Home were very good during these difficult times of the coronavirus. Edwards has handled several funerals for my family through the years and the decision to use them for my brother's funeral was an easy one to make."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

October 2020

"Tim and the rest of the staff were caring and professional throughout the whole process. If we hadn't noticed the sheer quantity of funerals being dealt with (the board showing the rooms was overflowing) we would have never noticed, they were so adept at their job. I highly recommend them. Thank you."

jd-power-verified-checkmark Verified Burial & Memorial Service Customer

September 2020

"Edwards provided our family a funeral experience that could not have been more supportive during this difficult time. Our family felt that every need was met quickly and efficiently and that having one staff member handle the communications with the family was very comforting. We could not have asked for a better experience in such a difficult time."

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August 2020

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Meet Our Team

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  • Fort Smith Funeral Home Manager -  Edwards Funeral Home

    Delmar Edwards III

    Manager
  • Fort Smith Funeral Home Manager -  Edwards Funeral Home

    Jim R Edwards

    General Manager
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    Danny E Cross

    Funeral Director
  • Fort Smith Funeral Home Funeral Director -  Edwards Funeral Home

    William T Hess

    Funeral Director
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