Carl Tinder

May 30, 1927July 2, 2013
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Carl Tinder, 86, passed away July 2, 2013 at Methodist Health and Rehabilitation. He was born May 30, 1927 in Fort Smith to Pete and Marjorie Tinder. Carl was a Licensed Funeral Director and was employed by Edwards Funeral Home for 60 years with the exception of being stationed in Germany, while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He also owned and operated Tinder Conoco at 21st and Dodson. He was a member of the Fort Smith Antique Auto Club, American Legion, U.C.T., Belle Point Lodge #20, and he was also a member of Spradling Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Wilma Moses and Kathleen Tinder. Carl is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth; nephews, Buster Sharp and his wife Karen, and Gary Moses; special niece and nephew, Susan Billingsley and her husband Ken; his adopted family, Bill and Karen Hollenbeck and their children, Claire, Grace, and Matt. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Lola. Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Friday, July 5, 2013, in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ron Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Fort Smith National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Kaelin, Joe Caldarera, Larry Porter, Steve Holmes, Leroy Casalman, and Jim Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Edwards, Fentress, and Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Homes, and members of the Fort Smith Antique Auto Club. Visitation will Thursday, July 4, 2013, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Sebastian County Humane Society, 3800 Kelley Hwy, Fort Smith, AR 72904. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Thursday, July 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 5, 2013

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July 10, 2013

We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Carl, his life is your legacy, his love was his gift...and the memories of him are the comfort you'll keep in your heart forever. We will miss Carl, and it was our pleasure to have known him.
Jerry & Carole Barnes (FSAAC)

Barbara Lewis

July 5, 2013

In loving memory of Carl. He touchso many lives.

Kim Holmes

July 5, 2013

Ruth I am so sorry for your loss. Carl was such a great man and I always enjoyed the first of the month knowing he would be coming in to pay your guys bill. He is going to truely be lossed. May God keep his hands around you during the next few days and months to come. Know that your Guard Tronic family is here if you need anything. Love you Kim Holmes

July 4, 2013

We will miss Carl, he was such a fun person and loved his sense of humor. Always pleasant. He and Ruth have been dear freinds for many year. Edwards will never be the same without him. Love and prayers. Richard & Frances

Jim & Jane Perry

July 4, 2013

We thought so much of Carl and we had so many good times together. We will miss him very much.

Jean Williams

July 4, 2013

I am the better for counting you and Ruth as Friends == R I P [The Old Stained Glass Man]

Candace Cowett

July 4, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.