J. L. Swink

December 17, 1923March 4, 2013

J.L. Swink, 89, of Fort Smith went to be with his Lord on March 4, 2013. He was born December 17, 1923 in Pocola, OK to Joe and Sarah Jane Person Swink. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith for more than 27 years, where he served on the Administrative Board and Finance Committee. He also served on the Methodist Nursing Home Board, and was a member of the Southside CBMC and worked many years on the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. In addition he served on the City National Bank Board of Directors and the Loan and Discount Committee. He is survived by one daughter Brenda Mendenhall and son-in-law Robert Mendenhall of Pocola, OK; two grandchildren, Leigh Anne Farmer and husband Kevin of Fayetteville and Brian Richards and wife Kimberly of Fort Smith; four great grandchildren; three sisters, LaRue Soudress and Wanda Vickery of California and Carol Swink of North Carolina; and lastly by his wonderful caregivers. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Swink; his parents; one sister Cille Swink of Stockton, CA and one brother W.L. Swink of Bonanza, OK. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:00 am in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kevin Farmer, Ralph Harmon, Ronnie Hawkins, Greg Magness, Brian Richards, and Joe Ray Richison. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association for Western Arkansas 2408 South 51st Court Fort Smith, AR 72903 To sign an online guestbook visit


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Mindi Blythe

April 3, 2013

Brenda: My condonlances to you and your family on the loss of J.L. He was a very good man and brought a lot of goodness to this world! He was a joy to be around and I know you loved him dearly! He would be very proud of you!

March 28, 2013

To Brenda, Leighann, Brian, and the rest of the family of J.L. Swink -

Gone but not forgotten for all the times you were there for our family. You were a wonderful brother, friend, and loved one. We are all grateful for your support. Rest in Peace and thanks for all you've done in your great journey in this life. We all cared for you deeply.

Love always, LaRue and all the family. Happy Easter to all the family!

March 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss, our prayeras & thoughts are eith your family
Willie Jean Swink-Holman & daughter Tanya Jean

March 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss our prayers & thoughts are with your family.
Willie jean Swink-Holman & daughter Tanya Jean

Carol Swink

March 8, 2013

Thinking of you and your family

March 8, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Danny Oliver.