Donald R. Hart

May 12, 1942May 9, 2019
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Donald Ray Hart left this world May 9, 2019 in the comfort of his own home, in his favorite recliner, just three days short of his 77th birthday. He was born in Fort Smith to Henry Bernard Hart and his wife Arngie Lee Brewer Hart on May 12, 1942. His humble upbringing was on a family farm in the area of Fort Smith known as “Southtown”. His large close knit family was raised on hard work, strong discipline, a love for each other and most importantly, a love for God.

After Don graduated from Fort Smith High School in 1960, he served in the Air Force Reserves. In the years after, he worked various jobs to support his wife and daughter, but the occupation he took the most pride in was serving as a firefighter for the City of Fort Smith. He started as a pipeman, but worked his way up the ranks to the position of Captain, before retiring after 29 years of service. In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing guitar and singing, studying his Bible and spending time with his family and friends.

Don was proceeded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Maxie Beth Hood Hart. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Lucille; his daughter, Beth Sorrells and husband Jamie of Russellville; his grandchildren, Vandy Moore and husband Keith, Melanie Cooke and husband David, and Jackson Ray Sorrells; two great-granddaughters, Nellie and Lindy Moore and a namesake to arrive in September, Ray Cooke; step children, Diana Rosagllio, Billy Ray Smith, Robert E. Smith, Dottie Taylor and Mary Stefano; siblings, Norma Shaffer and husband Bill, Berna Dean Inklebarger and husband Bill, Gail Burnett, Larry Hart and wife Seleta, Randy Hart and wife Susan; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, May 13, 2019 at Temple Baptist Church officiated by Reverend David Moon and Reverend Paul Walker. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are David Cooke, Ken Inklebarger, Jeffrey Millican, Keith Moore, Jackson Sorrells, Jamie Sorrells and Adam Spicer. Honorary Pallbearers are Members of the Fort Smith Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation at P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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Lucille Hart

May 15, 2019

I will always love you
Your loving wife Lucille

Jackie Tate Shamblin

May 14, 2019

So sorry to hear of Donald's passing. I didn't know him but I do know the family. I know mother (Sue Stacey) lived by all of you for many years and spoke of you often. Prayers for you all.