Edwards Funeral Home


Earle Maxwell III

January 25, 1941October 6, 2020

Earle Douglas Maxwell lll of Fort Smith passed away Tuesday, October 6 at a local hospital. He was born January 25, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois to Earle D. Maxwell Jr. and Alvira Hargis Maxwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, David Maxwell.

Earle is survived by his wife of 33 Years, Barbara Culp Maxwell; one daughter Trisha Jergensen ; two stepsons, Larry Woodard, Jr., and Dr. Lance Woodard, One Nephew and two nieces.

After graduating in 1960 from Bronson High School in Bronson, Michigan, Earle enlisted in the air force and served for 20 years in air traffic control. In 1980 he retired as a MSGT from 1980-1985 he lived in Saudi Arabia working for the Bendix Corp as an air traffic control instructor. He left the Middle East in 1985 for Fort Smith, Arkansas where his mother and brother had moved, starting a college education at Westark Community College and completing it with a BS degree from Arkansas Tech in 1989. Earle Taught 5th Grade math and Science in Marianna, Arkansas in Lee County at Anna Strong Elementary, retiring in 2005. After one week of retirement, Earle took a job as computer support tech for Lee County Schools then retiring and moving back in 2010 to Fort Smith, where gardening and belonging to the River Valley Master Gardeners Association was so enjoyable.

Private burial will at U S National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.


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Celeste Wheeler

October 19, 2020

Thinking of you Barbara -our sincerest condolences. Earle was such a bright light in our lives for years. So many wonderful memories in the garden and the circle. Love, John and Celeste

Ebba Jarvis

October 19, 2020

It was a pleasure to work with Earle in the Master Gardeners - at the Convention Center project and the Lawn and Garden Show for several years. He was a hard worker and very dedicated to these projects.

Dee Wilcox

October 15, 2020

I met Earle in 2013 when he became a Master Gardener with the River Valley Master Gardener group. He was already a gardener and interested in learning everything he could. After working at the Fort Smith Convention Center for awhile, he Co-Chaired one of the weeks that we worked; lining out the tasks and the workers. We all worked together and had a good time talking, laughing & completing the job. After a couple years he took on the added responsibility of the yearly Lawn and Garden Show. He did that for several years in his quiet unassuming way. He was so nice one couldn't help wanting to work with him and help in any way. He was one of my favorite people & he'll be missed.

Sandy McKeown

October 15, 2020

So sorry about Earl’s loss. He was a very nice gentleman I met as a Master Gardener in Fort Smith. I’d go to the Fort Smith Civic Center a number of times and he would be there as an encourager dedicated to the maintaining the grounds.
He’ll be missed and my condolences to his family.

Patti Smith

October 15, 2020

I so enjoyed working with Earle on Master Gardening. He was so kind and encouraging. Prayers for God's Comfort for the family.


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