Carl Mickel J. Gooder Mars

December 19, 1949July 10, 2013
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Carl Mickel J. Gooder Mars, 63, of Fort Smith died July 10 in Fort Smith. He was born December 19, 1949, in Paris, AR to the late Carl and Mildred Bradley Mars. Carl served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his children, Michael J. and Jim Bob Mars of Mahomett, IL, Tonya Adamson of Hackett, Trish Mars of Fort Smith, Mary Rhyan of Fort Smith and Jason Mars of Fort Smith; his sister, Lisa Godbey and her husband Robert of Fort Smith; his brothers Larry Mars and his wife Pat, Billy Mars and his wife Hilda, Gary Mars and his wife Rosa and Kevin Mars and his wife Brenda, all of Fort Smith; a sister-in-law Donna Mars; eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, Cliff Mars and a grandson, Kody Mars.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 15 at 12:30pm in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Vic Neve and Rev. Tashala Deverow. Burial will follow at Fort Smith National Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00pm Sunday, July 14 at Edwards Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 467.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 467, P.O. Box 10431, Fort Smith, AR 72917.

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  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2013

Carl Mickel J. Gooder Mars

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jason mars

January 4, 2014

dad i need you now more than ever dont let me down i love and and miss you


December 12, 2013


Kayla Truelove

December 4, 2013

I think of you everyday. Its hard knowing that you are gone. But just think.. I will see you soon. I know that you are watching over us. Kenslee will always know who her papa is. We love you so much. I am trying to stay strong for you. But its sometimes hard to get over the fact that you aren't here. You are my favorite papa in the whole world. Love always- The Truelove family


August 19, 2013

To the greatest dad ever. Missing you ever day.Every night when i go outside and look up at the stars, i can feel you looking down on me, watching over me, and missing me as much as i miss you.

David & Sue Johnson

July 31, 2013

Hey big Mike rest in heaven you so well deserve to be at peace with no pain. I know you will keep an eye on your family.

Tonya Adamson

July 21, 2013

Daddy it's been almost two weeks... I miss you everyday! I know your not hurting anymore. I miss your smile. I miss our talks we had. Can't wait to see you again.

Kayla Truelove

July 18, 2013

I love you miss you so much. Thank you for being my papa. I know you are looking down at us and smiling. I think of you every day.

Betty VanValkenberg

July 15, 2013

Betty VanValkenberg

July 15, 2013

Betty VanValkenberg

July 15, 2013