Patrick Terrence "Terry" Lynch

September 6, 1937May 20, 2018
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Patrick Terrence "Terry" Lynch was born on September 6, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and passed away on May 20, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas


  • St. Scholastica Monastery


  • Visitation Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 24, 2018

Patrick Terrence "Terry" Lynch

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Johnny Wilkins

June 18, 2018

Terry& I grew up together about a block apart. We went through grade school & highschool together. We were very close @ best friends . We gathered at his home during tean age years. His dad played the piano and several boys and I would sing along . We would have a good times.
Of course we never got in trouble..? He will be dearly missed
Johnny W

Alicia Scamardo

June 11, 2018

I didn't know Terry (Grandpa) very long but when I knew him he was always smiling and was very kind person. I will miss him very much he made memories with me I wouldn't take back ever. I know he is with God looking down on everyone he knows especially his family. I might have not know him for very long but I love him and thankful I meet him and I might think of the times we did spend together and be sad but at the end I know I would be smiling looking up thinking of him with God smiling down.

Lara Hightower

May 23, 2018

Terry was one of the sweetest, kindest people I ever met -- and so funny, and fun to be around. He was always so genuinely interested in finding out how folks were doing after he hadn't seen them for a while -- that always struck me, that sense that he was truly invested in how you were, and not just the surface kind of politely asking that a lot of people do. I was always so happy to see he and Elaine at any family gathering. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I will miss him greatly. Sending love y'all's way.

Hazel Kirchman

May 23, 2018

My late husband, David Kirchman was best friends with Terry and Joe Ed Smith during Jr High and High School. They were together all the time, lived really close together. David said they played cards with Terry's Dad any time the weather was bad. If the sun was shining they were out riding bikes. Later when they had cars they were cruising. Terry's family had a car just like David's family. I was to meet David after school by the choir room. It was pouring rain and I flew into David's car. At that point I hadn't met David's Dad or Terry's Dad. Yep, wrong car. Mr Lynch and I finally figured it out. I loved Terry. He was so handsome and had that great voice, both speaking and singing. He came to David's Service 3 years ago and I didn't recognize him at first but when he spoke, I knew that beautiful voice. Please know he was dearly loved. Wish I could be with you. RIP Terry.

Charles gunderman

May 22, 2018

I am sorry to hear of the lose of your loved one. You and all your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God will bless you all and give you strength to move on in your life.
I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the services, but I will be praying for you all.

Charles Gunderman



Patrick Terrence Lynch, 80, of Fort Smith, was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on September 6, 1937 to the late William E. Lynch and Pauline V. (Hartgraves) Lynch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers William and Jim. He died on May 20th, 2018 in Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elaine, and three children: Kathleen Teague (Billy), son Terry, of Prescott, Arizona, and Jennifer Branstner (James). He is also survived by his brothers: Arthur (Gayle) of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Paul Edward, of Fayetteville; grandchildren: Christina Glenn, William Branstner, Sean Branstner, James Teague (Amanda), Josh Teague (Shawna), and great-grandchildren: Bridget, Ashlyn, Caleb, Carley, Cain, Ella, and Hadley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Terry, also known to many friends as Pat, graduated from Van Buren High School in 1955. He was an avid musician, as was his father, and he sang under the tutelage of Clarence Williams in high school. After high school, he joined the Navy where he served for four years as a trumpet player and a member of the choir. In the Navy he traveled throughout Europe and sang in the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Canterbury Cathedral in England.
After discharge from the Navy he attended Fort Smith Junior College, Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and then the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
After graduating with a degree in political science, and further graduate studies, he went to work for the State of Missouri in Jefferson City. His work included projects related to Lake of the Ozarks restoration and preservation. He later joined the Union Pacific Railroad and returned to Fort Smith as an engineer in 1979. He retired from the railroad in 2011. Terry had a great interest in union activities. He served as the legislative representative and chairman of the local 507 engineers and firemen. He also enjoyed Sebastian County Democratic politics and social volunteer work, including his work for the Literacy Council of Western Arkansas.
Visitation will be 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with the Memorial service beginning at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Scholastica Monastery P.O. Box 3489 Ft. Smith, AR 72913.