Tara Elizabeth McCutchen

May 17, 1969March 3, 2017
Obituary of Tara Elizabeth McCutchen


Edwards Funeral Home

Tara Elizabeth McCutchen of Fort Smith passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. She was born in Little Rock on May 17, 1969 to Terry Don and Carolyn Ann Vines. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jeff Vines. She is survived by her husband, Joey, her two daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria, and by her parents, Terry and Carolyn Vines. She graduated from Southside High School, where she was the Captain of the Southside Dixie Belles. After graduating from high school, she attended Kilgore College where she was a member of the Kilgore Rangerettes. She also attended Arkansas Tech University. She was a loving and devoted mother, wife, and daughter. She loved her family with all her heart. She was taken at a young age but her legacy will live forever. She was a very talented and creative volunteer dance coach at both Trinity Junior High and Southside High School, who inspired her team to perform to a level of perfection. She taught her students that hard work would pay off in life and she molded confidence in young people. She spent countless hours volunteering to help young people as a coach and mentor, but most importantly as a friend. She saw potential in others when they didn’t see it in themselves. She was a role model for her students, who taught them respect and dignity in all situations. Tara had a wonderful smile. She was vibrant and hilarious and could get a whole room of students laughing in a matter of seconds. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Funeral services will be performed at Community Bible Church, 9201 Dallas Street, Fort Smith on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. She will be buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Abbott, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be Wayne Beadles, Hank Needham, Jared Needham, Mike McAlister, Michael Whitson, and Chip Sexton. The Tara McCutchen Memorial Dance Scholarship Fund has been set up honoring Tara's love of dance and to the lives she enriched with dance. Charitable donations should be payable and mailed to: Tara McCutchen Dance Scholarship Fund, LLC, 1622 North B Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901 A receipt will be mailed to the address you provide. I'm sure Tara is smiling from above with all the wonderful comments that have been made. Thank you. Online tributes can be made at

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