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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Fred C. Kirkpatrick

October 27, 1919September 2, 2019
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Fred C. Kirkpatrick was born on October 27, 1919 in Plainview (Yell County) Arkansas to Fred Sr. and Emma Coker Kirkpatrick and passed away on September 2, 2019.

Mr. Kirkpatrick retired after 80 years association with Fort Smith Coca-Cola Bottling Company as Operations Manager, Consultant, and Curator of the Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, which he originated and developed. He also, in the last three years, created the Archives Room containing exhibits depicting the history of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Aldersgate Sunday School Class. He was a World War II veteran, serving with a unit of the 3rd Army in Europe for more than two years and was awarded five Bronze Stars for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns.

Fred was a 1992 recipient of the Social Studies Educators Frontier Achievement Award, member of the American Legion Post 31 and was a Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, as well as a past member of the Noon Lions Club.

In past years, he was active in the Boy Scouts, serving as Cub master at Rogers Elementary School and as Post Advisor of Explorer Post 2 at First Methodist Church and a 1962 recipient of the Scouter’s Key Award. He was also active in the early years of the Church league Baseball program, serving as a coach for several years.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Beth Kirkpatrick; and a brother, Kenneth Kirkpatrick of Longview, Texas. Survivors are two daughters, Beth Janes (Randy) of Fort Smith, Lynn Franquemont (Jim) of Little Rock; and a son, Judge Fred Kirkpatrick (Mary) of Harrison; a sister, Gail Tompkins of Little Rock; seven grandchildren: Greg Kirkpatrick of North Little Rock, Elizabeth Stephens (Wendell) of Harrison, Katie Bell (Adam) of Harrison, Ellen Mufti (Yusuf) of Cranford, New Jersey, Karen Sher of West Hartford, Connecticut, Lindsey Lamb (Ben) of Little Rock, Matthew Vigneault (Alison) of Little Rock; six great-grandchildren: Garrett Kirkpatrick, Alexandra Wilkinson (Ryan), Michael Stephens, Anna Mufti, Mesha Mcaway, Nicole Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Benny Lamb and Madison Lamb.

Visitation with friends and family will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 6th in the Narthex at First United Methodist Church at 200 N. 15th Street with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. in Roebuck Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to The Gregory Kistler Treatment Center for Children, 3304 South M Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or the Fred Kirkpatrick/Coca-Cola Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Beth Kirkpatrick, Wife of 64 years (deceased)
  • Beth Janes and husband Randy, Daughter
  • Lynn Franquemont and husband Jim, Daughter
  • Judge Fred Kirkpatrick and wife Mary, Son
  • Emma Coker Kirkpatrick, Mother (deceased)
  • Fred Kirkpatrick, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Kenneth Kirkpatrick, Brother (deceased)
  • Gail Tompkins, Sister
  • Greg Kirkpatrick, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Stephens and husband Wendell, Grandchild
  • Katie Bell and husband Adam, Grandchild
  • Ellen Mufti and husband Yusuf, Grandchild
  • Karen Sher, Grandchild
  • Lindsey Lamb and husband Ben, Grandchild
  • Matthew Vigneault and wife Alison, Grandchild
  • Garrett Kirkpatrick, Great Grandchild
  • Alexandra Wilkinson and husband Ryan, Great Grandchild
  • Michael Stephens, Great Grandchild
  • Anna Mufti, Great Grandchild
  • Mesha Mcaway, Great Grandchild
  • Nicole Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Great Grandchild
  • Benny Lamb, Great Grandchild
  • Madison Lamb, Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg Kirkpatrick, Active Pallbearer
  • Wendell Stephens, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Vigneault, Active Pallbearer
  • Adam Bell, Active Pallbearer
  • Garrett Kirkpatrick, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Stephens, Active Pallbearer
  • Aldersgate Sunday School Class, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Employees of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • The Gregory Kistler Treatment Center for Children
  • The Fred Kirkpatrick/Coca-Cola Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019

Memories

Fred C. Kirkpatrick

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Vicki (Porta) George

September 6, 2019

My favorite memory of Mr. Kirkpatrick was when Beth (ie) and I as youngsters would walk down to the end of Melrose & Park and wait for him to come home for lunch. He would stop, we would get in the back of his little pickup and ride the rest of the way to his house.
I have the fondest of memories of childhood at the Kirkpatrick house.
A life well lived. What a legacy for the family. Loved the video tribute!

Pam and Randy O'Kelley

September 5, 2019

It was always a blessing when Fred and Mary Beth and Randy and I were at church because we all sat on the same pew. This continued with Fred even after Mary Beth's passing. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. You are all in our prayers.

Wendy Lingo

September 3, 2019

I didn't know Fred long, but the time I was given with him was a blessing. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face and hearing his magnificent stories. Out of everything we talked about, he was most proud of his family and always praised them. I was blessed to be a part, even if it was brief, of his life.

FROM THE FAMILY

Fred C. Kirkpatrick

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In the beginning - July 1920

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With brother, Kenneth - 1925

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High School - 1937

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In the Army now - 1942

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Somewhere in France - 1944

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Home is a pup tent - France

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Fred C. Kirkpatrick

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In the beginning - July 1920

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With brother, Kenneth - 1925

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High School - 1937

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In the Army now - 1942

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Somewhere in France - 1944

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Home is a pup tent - France

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Getting older

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And...older

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All dressed up

Biography

Fred C. Kirkpatrick was born on October 27, 1919 in Plainview (Yell County) Arkansas to Fred Sr. and Emma Coker Kirkpatrick and passed away on September 2, 2019.

Mr. Kirkpatrick retired after 80 years association with Fort Smith Coca-Cola Bottling Company as Operations Manager, Consultant, and Curator of the Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, which he originated and developed. He also, in the last three years, created the Archives Room containing exhibits depicting the history of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Aldersgate Sunday School Class. He was a World War II veteran, serving with a unit of the 3rd Army in Europe for more than two years and was awarded five Bronze Stars for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns.

Fred was a 1992 recipient of the Social Studies Educators Frontier Achievement Award, member of the American Legion Post 31 and was a Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, as well as a past member of the Noon Lions Club.

In past years, he was active in the Boy Scouts, serving as Cub master at Rogers Elementary School and as Post Advisor of Explorer Post 2 at First Methodist Church and a 1962 recipient of the Scouter’s Key Award. He was also active in the early years of the Church league Baseball program, serving as a coach for several years.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Beth Kirkpatrick; and a brother, Kenneth Kirkpatrick of Longview, Texas.
Survivors are two daughters, Beth Janes (Randy) of Fort Smith, Lynn Franquemont (Jim) of Little Rock; and a son, Judge Fred Kirkpatrick (Mary) of Harrison; a sister, Gail Tompkins of Little Rock; seven grandchildren: Greg Kirkpatrick of North Little Rock, Elizabeth Stephens (Wendell) of Harrison, Katie Bell (Adam) of Harrison, Ellen Mufti (Yusuf) of Cranford, New Jersey, Karen Sher of West Hartford, Connecticut, Lindsey Lamb (Ben) of Little Rock, Matthew Vigneault (Alison) of Little Rock; six great-grandchildren: Garrett Kirkpatrick, Alexandra Wilkinson (Ryan), Michael Stephens, Anna Mufti, Mesha Mcaway, Nicole Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Benny Lamb and Madison Lamb.

Visitation with friends and family will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 6th in the Narthex at First United Methodist Church at 200 N. 15th Street with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. in Roebuck Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to The Gregory Kistler Treatment Center for Children, 3304 South M Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or the Fred Kirkpatrick/Coca-Cola Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

To leave an online memory, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com