Edwards Funeral Home


Joseph Wilferd Borden

July 11, 1921October 4, 2021

Joseph Wilferd Borden, 100, of Fort Smith passed away on October 4, 2021. He was born on July 11, 1921 in Cordova, AL to Joseph Washington and Martha Thomas Borden. Joseph was a sharp shooter for the U. S. Army for three years during WW II. After the war, he went home to Alabama and went to work in the coalmines. Two years later, he decided to reenlist in the Army and retired after twenty years of faithful service. He then worked for Whirlpool and upon retiring, started his volunteer work at Mercy Hospital. Joseph was a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was preceded in death by parents; loving wife, Willie Estelle Borden; one son, Jeff Borden; one sister, Thelma Dobbins and one brother, J.P. Borden.

Joseph is survived by one daughter, Connie Hixson of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Denny Hixson, John Hixson, Mark Hixson, Sarah Hixson Weaver, Beth Cowen, Brent Borden and there spouses ; nine great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Graveside service will be 11 AM, Friday, October 8, 2021 at Fort Smith National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 PM till 7 PM, Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Edwards Funeral Home. Arrangements are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Friday, October 8, 2021


Joseph Wilferd Borden

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David Phillips

October 12, 2021

What a wonderful guy he was. Forever the heart of a servant. He certainly will be missed. What an inspiration to many of us. Prayers for all the family.

Milda Gogulis

October 9, 2021

To the family of Joe Borden sorry for your loss Joe was a wonderful person to work with at Mercy Hospital I work with Joe at Mercy Hospital at the outpatient desk helping him with the patients he’s was a wonderful person to talk to he was the sweetest man I ever met he will be missed Former volunteer and friend MildaGogulis

Ramona Willis

October 7, 2021

Joe was such a special man. He was always happy and upbeat. He was a smart man and knew what he needed to do. He did push-ups into his 90s! Now that was something to achieve! He loved volunteering at Mercy. Every time we saw him, he was always happy to see us and to visit with us. He will be deeply missed. I have kept him in my prayers for the last few years especially when he could no longer come to church.