Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Joseph "Bob" R. Hatfield

January 10, 1934March 24, 2020

Joseph Robert (Bob) Hatfield, 86, unexpectedly crossed over on March 24, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. He was born January 10, 1934 in Fort Smith to James Monroe and Nora Belle (Riley) Hatfield. Bob graduated from Fort Smith High School (Northside) in 1952 and joined the Navy. He was stationed in San Diego, CA. Due to the coronavirus situation, a memorial service will be held at a later date at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Bob and Helen Joyce Vincent were married on January 1, 1955 and were blessed with six children. He spent 10 years on the San Diego Fire Department before returning to Fort Smith where Bob joined the Fort Smith Police Department. He was a detective the last fourteen years before being medically retired in 1984. Then he and Helen moved to Arizona. After Helen’s death in 2003, Bob returned to Holiday Palms RV Park in Quartzsite, AZ. On March 12, 2007 Bob and Marcie Ellis were united in marriage at Holiday Palms RV Park. Marcie survives him as do his daughters, Linda Valesquez, Valerie Sanford (Kevin), Sandy Spoon (Rob), Barbara Hatfield, and his older sister, Norean Hardin. He also leaves six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as Marcie’s four sons and their families. His daughter Eleanor, son Joe, Jr., sister Ora Lee Spencer, and brothers Ancel and James preceded him in death. Bob was an active member of American Legion Post 31, Crimestoppers, Q&A, and the retired policemen Thursday lunch bunch. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.


  • A Memorial Service will be at a later date.


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Frank Glidewell

March 30, 2020

Bob will be greatly missed especially by his Monday morning A L. Bob was enjoyable and friendly to all. His family will be in my prayers.

Debbie Underwood

March 28, 2020

Had the opportunity to work Boston Store security with Bob back in the 80's. Wonderful man ... During that time, Bob took the time to teach me a few things and to also look for (or out for) while working store security. He spoke about his kids often and it was obvious his love and pride in them. Many years later I would have the opportunity to meet one of his kids (Sandy). So very much like her daddy. The picture of him provided, that is how I will always remember Bob. I wish I had had an opportunity to see him again before life would change for both of us, but ~ I know he is at peace & healthy. God Bless you Bob ~ RIP and we'll meet again.

Beverly Richardson

March 28, 2020

Marcie and family, I'm so very sorry! Marcie has been my dearest and beloved friend for many, many years. May God surround you in His loving arms and breathe peace on you in this very difficult time. Be blessed by the memories of your time together as family.

Jerry Davis

March 27, 2020

I remember vsiting with Bob at his Fort Smith residence on 13th St many years ago. He was an imposing man to me...
I also remeber seeing him and Norean at grandma Hatield's home
on No 27th, I think, just off Midland Blvd. Happy days spending time with Bobby and Ancel Jean while there.
So sorry to read of his passing.....

John Hendrick

March 27, 2020

Bob was a respected member of The American Legion Ellig-Stoufer Post 31 in Fort Smith and his smiling face will be missed at all of our meetings and functions.
John Hendrick
The American Legion
Ellig-Stoufer Post 31
Fort Smith AR 72904

Carmen Heidler

March 27, 2020

What a sweet man he was. He seemed like a gentle giant to me. We never got to spend much time together but we always enjoyed seeing each other when they came to visit in South Dakota. God bless him and his family.


March 27, 2020

Bob Hatfield was a good man and a great friend. Bob and I served together in the American Legion Post #31 of Fort Smith, Arkansas and as Board Members of the Fort Smith and Van Buren Crime Stoppers Unit #108. Bob was a regular member of the Fort Smith Q&A Public Awareness Forum that met each month. Bob's presence and humor will be missed by many. Keith Greene

Jeff Larsen

March 27, 2020

I’m so happy that you and Bob found each other in the Arizona desert, Mom. He always had a smile on his face, in no small part because he had you in his life.

Katie Przybysz

March 26, 2020

Marcie, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I am so honored to have met both you and Bob, and get to be a small part of his care. I will never forget his sweet sweet spirit. He was so full of life, energy, and positivity every time I saw him. He always made sure I knew that he appreciated me, and ALWAYS made me laugh!! Know that I will never forget the two of you, and feel incredibly blessed to have met you both! Love and prayers, Katie (from Endo)!!