Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Hugh Atwood

February 25, 1925November 30, 2019

Hugh Atwood, 94, died November 30, 2019 in Fort Smith. He was a veteran of World War II and retired in 1978 from Southwestern Bell Telephone after 36 years of service. Following his retirement, he became active in banking and served on the Board of Midsouth Bank in Jonesboro. His civic activities included: Past President on many boards, The Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Downtown Lions Club, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. He served on the boards of John T. Gray School, Jonesboro Church Health Center, Jonesboro Interfaith Food Center, and Arkansas Seniors Golf Association.

Hugh was a member of the Craighead County Quorum Court for 14 years and served as their member of the Jonesboro Industrial Committee. A former teacher and member of the Mrs. Harry Hill Sunday School Class, he held most major governing offices of the First United Methodist Church and was a past Chairman of their Administrative Board and Trustee Committee.

He was preceded in death by two children, Janie and Allen Atwood.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jane Cotton Atwood; daughter, Susan McFerran and her husband Mike of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Allen McFerran and his wife Malarie, Jane Jackson and her husband Steve, and Ann McFerran; three great-grandchildren, Emerson, Maggie Jane, and Hayes McFerran; two nephews, Jim Dunn and his wife Suzie and Don Dunn and his wife Cathy; and wonderful caregivers, Tarra Boecher, Ashlyn Minor, and Laura Ledbeter.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Roebuck Chapel at First United Methodist Church. Service and cremation are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home. Visitation will be in the church Narthex, following the service.

Memorials may be sent to Kitties and Kanines, 4900 Rogers Avenue, Ste. 100A, Fort Smith, AR 72903, or to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com


  • Jane Cotton Atwood, Wife of 69 years
  • Janie Atwood, Daughter (deceased)
  • Susan McFerran and husband Mike, Daughter
  • Allen Atwood, Son (deceased)
  • Allen McFerran and wife Malarie, Grandchild
  • Jane Jackson and husband Steve, Grandchild
  • Ann McFerran, Grandchild
  • Emerson McFerran, Great Grandchild
  • Maggie Jane McFerran, Great Grandchild
  • Hayes McFerran, Great Grandchild
  • Jim Dunn and wife Suzie, Nephew
  • Don Dunn and wife Cathy, Nephew
  • Tarra Boecher, Wonderful caregivers
  • Ashlyn Minor, Wonderful caregivers
  • Laura Ledbeter, Wonderful caregivers
  • Kitties and Kanines, 4900 Rogers Avenue, Ste. 100A, Fort Smith, AR 72903, or to the Charity of your choice

  • Kitties and Kanines
  • Charity of your choice


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Visitation following service Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Hugh Atwood

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Linnette Pryor

December 3, 2019

My husband and I have always had great respect and admiration for Mr Hugh. He was always a gentle and caring man, strong in his beliefs and loving his family while serving his community. He was dedicated leader and was greatly missed when he left Jonesboro. Peace to the family.

Lynn Lovett

December 3, 2019

Jane and Susan,
We were so sorry to read of Hugh's passing. He was such a sweet man, always warm and friendly. He holds a special place in our hearts. We are thinking of you, and praying you will feel God's presence and comfort.
Lynn and Glenn Lovett

Becky Bailey

December 1, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Hugh. I was blessed to be a friend of his and Jane. Hugh was such a gentleman and a good man. His presents on earth will always be remembered by me and how lucky I was to call him a friend. The world was a better place with him here.

Kathy Limpach

December 1, 2019

Dear Jane & Susan
There are so many good things I would have to say about Hugh.
He will be sorely missed. I missed him when he moved from Jonesboro.
Hugh was a GOOD man!!!
He was a mentor to a lot of us at the Bank.
He gave us so much wisdom, good advice,
And so much encouragement. He was like a Father to me. Your Family are in our prayers. Love & Friendship. Kathy Limpach

Joyce L BRpwn

December 1, 2019

Oh, Jane, so sorry.
Remembering Hugh's and your kindnesses to others, I hope this goes gently with you.
With Love