Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Wendell Wiley Stem

October 10, 1962June 12, 2019
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Wendell W. Stem, 56, of Fort Smith passed away the night of Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He was born Oct. 10, 1962, to the late Luther N. Stem, Jr. and Betty Jo Stem of Fort Smith. Wendell graduated from Southside High School in 1982 and worked for Luther Stem Pools & Spas the majority of his life. When he wasn't working, Wendell could be found enjoying time on the golf course with his friends, riding around in his Jeep or his RZR in the woods and spending time with his beloved daughters.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther N. Stem, Jr.; and his mother, Betty Jo Stem. He is survived by his daughters, Morgan Stem and Madison Stem, both of Fort Smith.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

Honorary pallbearers are Kenny Stallings, David Frye, Greg Wilson, Shawn Lamastus, Glen Ray, Baron Rice, Andrew Korkames, Dusty Smith, Bill Hansen and Jeff Redden.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2019


Wendell Wiley Stem

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James Kimbrough

June 25, 2019

To the Stem Family,

I have very fond memories of growing up with Wendell in Fort Smith, and am saddened to learn of his passing. While our paths did not cross regularly as adults, when I moved from the area, I knew and remember Wendell as a friend of great character, compassion and generosity, who truly cared about and for others. He will be missed. Please accept our condolences, thoughts and prayers during this trying time. I regret that we will be out of the country and unable to attend Wendell's celebration service on Saturday. We will, however, be there in spirit and wish everyone our best.


James and Patti Kimbrough