About

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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Honor the memory of your loved one with cemetery flower placement. You choose the flowers. You choose the months. We do the rest.

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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.

"Matt was compassionate and understanding throughout the process. Many changes happened between day 1 and the service, yet he helped and made it easy and seamless. We had not pre-planned. It was a shock to be planning a service, but he made it as easy as it could be in the circumstances."

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October 2021

"Great service. Trustworthy and helpful"

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September 2021

"Tim Chilcott at Edwards is a superb funeral director who is attentive to the needs of the family while also being impressive behind the scenes making everything come together in a way which is comforting to the family."

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September 2021

"Before my mother passed she purchased a funeral package for a loved one. I didn't not realize the benefit of having this package till I was faced with the unexpected loss. It relieved an extremely amount of stress."

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September 2021

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