Frank P. Dyke

August 12, 1953May 9, 2019

Frank P. Dyke, 65, of Muldrow, passed from this life May 9, 2019 in Fort Smith. He was born August 12, 1953 in Fort Smith to Frank P. Dyke, Sr. and Ann Vise Dyke. Frank was a graduate of St. Anne’s Academy and furthered his education through John Brown University, Indiana Wesleyan University, as well as the University of Cincinnati. Frank was the Assistant Area Manager, Area 5 for the Arkansas Community Correction. He also taught Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

Aside from being a man of many achievements and talents, Frank always had a huge heart for family and friends. He would tell stories of his beloved Basset Hound, Pearl, the ferocious guard dog. He enjoyed sharing his Grill Master cooking skills with everyone, be it rain snow or blistering heat. Always the handyman, he never feared a project big or small, nor the dangers of losing a digit. The man we will remember put a smile on our faces with his witty jokes and endless puns.

Frank is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Vicky Dyke of Mountainburg; his daughter and her fiancé, Jodie Kennedy and Danny Barnes of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Alexis Kennedy and Danaya and Charley Barnes; his mother, Ann White of California; sister, Diane Williams of California; as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Michi Dyke of Muskogee, Oklahoma.



  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019


  • Visitation to Follow Service


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Jodie Kennedy

May 17, 2019

I am so greatful I had 40 years to have my dad in my life. He has always been there for me any time I've ever needed him and given me endless storys and great memories to cherish. He taught me to be a strong, independent woman and I hope I will always make him proud in the choices I make in life. His approach to life with a sense of humor and living doing the things he loved is just a small part that made my dad so great. I will miss our talks on our way home from work and late-night reminders, he was always the one I would go to first to either ask for advice or just share my day. I am grateful I got to have time with him while he was sick not realizing I was actually spending my last moments with my dad. Dad was always teasing all of us and acting silly and good at dragging me into his mischief which sometimes got me in trouble. He would tell me often that I was his favorite daughter (I'm his only daughter) which sometimes I could flip and use in my favor. I will miss him so much and my heart breaks to not have had more time.

Your Favorite Daughter

Steve Dyke

May 16, 2019

To my big brother ,

Frank you were a Great fellow, always looking for the lighter side of life. Im very proud of you and all you accomplished in your time.

When we were pee wee football players l was one of the smallest and you were the largest. All the other players never wanted to go up against you cause you Smashed them. Great memories.

You gave me good advice all of my life ! You even saved my life a couple of times.
Im sure you were a straight shooter, cause lots of people loved you and thought of you as a true friend.

The night before you passed away l was able to tell you that lwas praying for you and that l loved you. Im very glad that l got that last chance to tell you that. Sorry you had to go so early.

Miss you Brother , love Steve.

Ricky Hogg

May 16, 2019

Frank was a go to guy and was always willing to assist. He was a team player and not a territorial person. He may have worked in Area 5 but he served Arkansas. He cared about his staff and took pride in his job. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Melanie (Wood) Reed

May 16, 2019

I remember Frankie always loving the outdoors. He loved the farm on Rye Hill so much. He worked with our Uncle "Ghosty" (his grandpa) with the farm chores which included cattle and chickens. One funny memory was when he took us (his "city cousins") out in the field to look at his prized bull. He was "showing us the ropes", but made a small mistake and turned his back toward the bull. In a blink o f an eye, the bull ran up, knocked Frankie down and held him there under its front hoofs. Frankie was screaming bloody murder and had to be rescued by his grandpa. Afterwards, we all had a good laugh over the episode. I will always remember his big smile. Love you Frankie!! Your Cousin Melanie.

Carrie Williams

May 15, 2019

Frank welcomed me to Area 5 with open arms and no expectations of how things might change. He taught me the culture of Area 5 and told me the personality and strengths of all the staff. He loved and appreciated everyone he worked with. I know he will be missed.
Thank you Frank for your service to others

Carol McFerran

May 15, 2019

Frank interviewed me for my job. Hes was always a gentleman and so funny. He had me laughing about something everyday. I loved his bong collection in his office. He will be missed. God be with you all.

Robin Covey

May 15, 2019

I remember the first day of work and I met Frank...super awesome person who became a good friend