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Galen E. Black

April 16, 1941September 19, 2021
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After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Galen Black, 80, passed away peacefully with his children by his side on September 19, 2021.

Following his birth near Lucas, AR to Era Mae and Horace Black, Galen lived a very rich life. He was married to the love of his life, Wilma Black, for 57 years. Together they raised two children and had three grandchildren. In addition to his residential painting business, he loved working with livestock and gardening. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his dogs and adventures with his hunting buddies. He had the ability to fix or build anything with his hands.

Galen loved the Lord and was a dedicated Christian. He raised his family and managed his business with Christian principles. For several decades, he served as a deacon and as a Sunday school teacher, making a positive impact on those he met. He taught his children a strong work ethic, and he demonstrated a never quit attitude in all aspects of his life. He was always looking out for those less fortunate and gave freely of his time and belongings to help others.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Black, and his parents. Galen is survived by a son, Sherman Black and his wife, Lynnette, their children, Harrison and his wife, Megan, Colton and Faith, all of Minneapolis; daughter LeAnn Lee and her husband Robert Lee of Fort Smith; a brother, Dwayne Black of Greenwood; and two sisters, Sheila Burns of Hartford and Debbie West of Greenwood.

His family is so grateful for the care team at Methodist Village, and especially wish to recognize the extraordinary and compassionate efforts of his CNAs, Angela and Rochelle.

A celebration of Galen’s life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at his church, Rye Hill Baptist, followed by a private burial. A visitation will also be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, to view the online guestbook, please go to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, October 1, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

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OLLIE HOLLOWELL

September 22, 2021

GALEN WAS A GOOD FRIEND IN SCHOOL AND ENJOYED SEEING HIM AND WILMA WHEN WE WENT OUT TO EAT WITH THE CLASSMATES.

GOD BLESS YOU AT THIS TIME.

Danelle Carpenter

September 22, 2021

You are in our prayers and on our hearts. May the nearness of God and the love of your family and friends bring you comfort at this time. It was a privilege and an honor to know Galen. He set an example for all of us to follow. He and Wilma are precious to us.

Danelle Carpenter
Class of 1959-Springdale, Arkansas

Mike Oliver

September 22, 2021

What a great man and role model for young Christians! I am honored to have known and went to church with him! Prayers for the family!

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