Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


James "Jim" L. Woodward

February 12, 1936September 27, 2019

James L. “Jim” Woodward, 83, of Fort Smith passed form this life September 27, 2019. Jim was born February 12, 1936, in Miami, Florida, to the late Dufford Meyer and Mary Stennis Woodward.

After graduating high school, Jim attended, and later graduated from the University of Alabama School of Engineering. While there, Jim played football for Coach Bear Bryant. Following his time at Alabama, Jim enlisted in the United States Army. It was during this time that he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Davidson. Jim’s professional career began with General Electric, and ended with the company he started in 1980, Woodcraft, Incorporated. He was an avid golfer, playing as often as possible until Fianna Hills Country Club closed their doors. Jim was a member at Goddard United Methodist Church since 1973, teaching Sunday school and active on many boards and committees.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Woodward; his daughters, Angie Baker and her husband Tim of Bentonville and Janet Parks and her husband Donnie of Greenwood; a sister, Betty Taylor and her husband Tom of Raleigh, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Abby and Alec Neighbors and Kyle Parks; two nephews, Scott Taylor of Las Vegas, Nevada and Steve Taylor of Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as several great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kevin Woodward; as well as a niece, Susie Taylor.

A memorial service will be at 1:00pm Friday, October 4, 2019 at Goddard United Methodist Church. The family will visit with friends following the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Adventurers Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Goddard United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1922 Dodson Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

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  • Adventurers Sunday School Class, Honorary

  • Goddard United Methodist Church Food Pantry



  • Memorial Service Friday, October 4, 2019


  • Family will visit with friends after the service


James "Jim" L. Woodward

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Ken Hart

October 2, 2019

Jim was a trusted supplier of millwork for our company for many years.
We all enjoyed working with him and will miss him. All of us at SSi send our condolences to his family.