January 25, 1936 – May 1, 2021
Toka Greigory Beall, 85, of Fort Smith passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Fort Smith. She was born January 25, 1936 in Van Buren to Lewis Calvin and Ruby Minor Greigory. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 1954 and began a career in banking at Citizens Bank and Peoples Bank in Van Buren and then City National/BancorpSouth in Fort Smith until retirement. For several years after retirement when she went out to eat, whether in Fort Smith, Barling or Sallisaw, people would come up to her and tell her "I miss you at the bank. You were my favorite teller." She loved God, her church, family, and America. She was a kind and generous person. She never wanted to pass by a panhandler and would say, "One of them may actually need the money." She has been an active member of Fort Smith First United Methodist Church for 65 years. She was a member of The Discussion Sunday School Class and Rebekah Circle; worked on the Evangelism Committee; former member of the Salvation Army Woman's Auxiliary Pilot Club; board member of the Fort Smith Boys Home; member of Project Compassion; and the Arkansas Audubon Society.
Alzheimer's won the first round against her, when it took her short-term memory, but she was victorious in the end.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Jerry Ray Weaver and Grady Secrest; two sisters, Juanita Wooten and husband Paul, and Wanda Snow and husband Bill; a brother-in-law, Clifford Davis; and a nephew, Lance Manus.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Beall of the home; a sister, Ruth Davis and niece, Brenda Manus, both of Fort Smith; a nephew, David Wooten and wife Carol and daughter Gracie of Piedmont, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Martha Sturgeon of California; two stepdaughters, Carol Beall and husband Steven Judd, and Paula Beall and husband Trey Hicks; three grandsons, Ethan Judd, Zachary Coulson and wife Kristen, and Dylan Hicks; and great-grandchildren Josiah and Finley Ann Coulson.
Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. A private burial will be at Forest Park Cemetery prior to the service, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith, AR.
The family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fort Smith Boys Home, 5904 South Zero, Fort Smith, 72903; the Alzheimer's Association, 4300 Rogers Avenue, Ste 24, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903; or First United Methodist Church, 200 North 15th, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Fort Smith Boys Home
5904 South Zero St., Fort Smith, AR 72903
4300 Rogers Ave. Ste. 24 , Fort Smith, AR
First United Methodist Church
200 North 15 St., Fort Smith, AR 72901
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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May 11, 2021
I loved Toka, who didn't! Many, many found memories of her over many years. Our time @ City National were wonderful and she was such a big part of that. She was one of a kind and will truly be missed. Prayers for the family.
May 4, 2021
I worked at City National with Toka for many years. I considered her a good friend. She always had a kind word for everyone. She will be missed.
May 4, 2021
Toka was the smile and cheer of the day. She always was the friendliest person in the room. Her conversations always turned away from her to focus on you and your life. Steady as a rock and with an outreaches hand she was there for anyone in need. The world will be a smaller place with the loss of Toka. Memories of Toka will continue to enrich my life. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill in his loss of a true soul mate.