Chan Holcombe

July 14, 1939October 13, 2011

Chan Holcombe, 72 of Fort Smith passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011. He was born July 14, 1939 in a Log Cabin in Bates, AR to the late Ralph and Inez Holcombe and was circumcised with his Dad’s pocketknife. He loved to fish and caught a lot of crappie. He was an Air Force Veteran, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and an Entrepreneur.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday, October 17th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his daughter: Charity McCartney of Fayetteville, three sons: Jim Holcombe of Costa Rica, Doug Melkovitz of Little Rock, and John Greiffendorf of Lutz, FL. He is also survived by four grandchildren: China Holcombe, Kainoah Holcombe, Meg McCartney and Alyse Jeffrey as well as three great grandchildren.

Family will visit 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sunday, October 16th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 6000 Zero Street Ft. Smith, AR 72903.


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 17, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Barbara McDaniel

November 30, 2011

Family and Friends of Chan, I just learned of his death and wish to convey my deepest sympathy to you. Chan and my husband were friends, loved bargains, fishing and hunting (not necessarily in that order) and in years past always met for coffee and a bisquit. Now they will be meeting again. Rest in peace, Friend.
Barbara McDaniel Fort Smith, Arkansas

Monica Miller

November 17, 2011

Chan was an exceptionally generous person and friend. I once came home to find a new clear storm door on my house because I'd mention to him that I needed one but couldn't afford it. He got a used one from another friend and installed it while I was at work to surprise me. Just the kinda man he was. When the new pecan crop was in he'd call and offer to bring some to me if I'd make him a pecan pie. He did love them so. He was so very proud of his family and his country roots.

Cynthia & Darrel Lee

November 6, 2011

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

D. Hunt

October 17, 2011

You will be missed from both the VA and the Eagles. You always had a story for me. May God bless your family and loved ones.

Robert (Bucky) Castillo

October 17, 2011

A friend for many years, he always had a answer for any problem a dear friend who I fished with many times, I will miss him dearly.

Tammy Hamilton

October 17, 2011

Chan was one of a kind. I loved when he would come into the VA clinic and tell his tales. He will be missed.

Ed Auprey

October 17, 2011

Chan and I became friends about 10 years ago. I met him through Tony Smith and he told me Chan had a peice of property on Kinkaed that I might be interested in so Chan and I met and he owner financed it to me, so I bought it. We went to Mexico on a hunting trip and had a blast. We were going fishing next week he had a honey hole for the crappie. He was always coming into my pawnshop on dodson to shoot the crap and I really enjoyed those times. Chan was a great guy and I will miss him dearly. Just want ya'll to know that he talked highly of his family and was proud of you all. Just thought you would like to hear that. My prayers are with you all. Ed Auprey.

Susan Foster

October 17, 2011

Chan has been my friend since junior high days. He had a great zest for life and lived it to the fullest. I miss him already!

Anita Gibson

October 16, 2011

For some reason you entered my life for a short time. I will miss your morning and evening phone calls and spending time with you. Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed.

Nancy Scamardo Gibson

October 16, 2011

I will miss his laugh and good nature. His friendship with me was special and even though we hadn't seen each other in a long time, I will treasure our time together. Our morning coffee conversations will be long remembered. My thoughts, and prayers are with his family. And yes, time is short...don't let time get away before you say..I miss you.