OBITUARY

Joe Durden Jr.

May 24, 1947October 12, 2013
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Joseph Woodrow Durden, Jr. (Joe), of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of Fort Smith, passed away on October 12, 2013, after suffering a massive stroke. He was born May 24, 1947 in Fort Smith to Joseph Woodrow and Georgetta Rowland Durden. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the US Navy, aboard the USS Jason during the Vietnam War. He recently retired as an Electrical Engineer for Peabody Coal in Gillette. He is survived by two children, whom he adored, Reynold Ruppe Durden (Rey) currently attending New Mexico State University, and Georgia Carolyn Durden (Gigi), a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Rowland Durden (Bud) of Arlington, Texas and a sister, Genie Durden Shoffey of Leawood, Kansas. He leaves nephews and nieces, Robert Durden of Califon, NJ, Marilyn Durden Guion, of Houston, Texas, Brandon Durden of Little Rock, Michaelann Durden of Arlington, Texas, Kelly Hicks and Rachel Sims of Fort Smith, Gray Shoffey McBay of Falls Church, Virginia and Amber Shoffey Van Namee of Orlando, Florida along with many cousins whom he held dear. Memorial Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 21, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Private burial of cremains will be prior to the service at Forest Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: The Joseph W. Durden, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 4905 North "O" Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904 .

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Barbara and Wade Turner

December 22, 2013

May Joe's memory be a blessing.

Cindy Barnett

December 21, 2013

To Joe's entire family - praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again. Joe left a footprint on many hearts, one of them my own. He was a good man, and I have many great memories that include him when we were all younger. Boy, could he water ski! We used to drag him all over the lake until the boat would run out of gas - lots of fun Lake Ouachita memories. I so wanted to attend his memorial service, but am unable to be there. My deepest sympathy to the family.

December 21, 2013

deepest sympathy, our prayers are with you and your family. ron & dagmar polster

December 21, 2013

deepest sympathy, our prayers are with you and your family. ron & dagmar polster

December 20, 2013

May your loving memories be long and your sorrows short. Loss is so difficult so I am praying for your peace and comfort. Helen Ann Narisi Naples, Florida

Donna Goodwin

December 19, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Joe was a good man.

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