Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR


Willadeen Elkins Taylor

November 14, 1924August 29, 2019

Willadeen Elkins Taylor, 94 of Ft. Smith passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Barling. She was born November 14, 1924 in the Old Union Community of Magazine, AR to the late Reverend Robert Ray Elkins and Willie Agnes Winders Elkins. She was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 43 years. She was a homemaker and was a talented pianist and vocalist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Melvin B. Taylor, her brother Reverend Harold Elkins, sister Dorothy Tucker and first husband 2nd Lt. John C. Burton, killed in action in Italy in WWll.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by two sons, Gaylon and Glen Taylor, two Granddaughters, Krista and Kara and Great Granddaughter Adrianne, two brothers Roy and Ramon Elkins. She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 11:00am Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with a family visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Carolan Cemetery on Hwy 23 Southwest of Booneville. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Jim Elkins, Bubba Arnold, Damon Elkins, Andrew Elkins, Jacob Hampton, and Rachel Hampton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Matt Hampton, R.J. Elkins, Jerry Wood, Jared Arnold, Dallas Elkins, Robby Elkins, Alex Elkins, Paul Elkins, and Tim Elkins.

Memorials may be sent to Old Union Cemetery Fund c/o Lee Strickland, P.O. Box 477, Magazine, AR 72943. Old Union Church, c/o Sharon Richardson, P.O. Box 766, Magazine, AR 72943. First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 605 N. 47th, Fort. Smith, AR 72903.


  • Old Union Cemetery Fund
  • Old Union Church
  • First Cumberland Presbyterian Church


  • Family Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Willadeen Elkins Taylor

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Sue Satterfield Poor

September 2, 2019

My mother, Margie Faye Osborne Satterfield, loved Willadeen so very much. They were fast friends, born only 5 weeks apart in the same small community. They went to Old Union Church together, sang in the choir, and sang in the girls' quartet innumerable times. My mother spoke often of Willadeen and her family with the greatest love and admiration. Now all the "girls" can sing in glory and Logan Green can be their pianist -- what a wondrous sound they will make. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.

Stephanie Lindley

August 31, 2019

Willa Dean was so precious, and I know that the past few years have been so hard for her. I am so glad she is in heaven rejoicing and reunited with all those who have gone on before. I know she is singing with the angels with Dorothy now like I remember them at Old Union. Though my heart is saddened by this, my heart is rejoicing for her❤️

Oleta Goodner Lewis

August 31, 2019

Gaylon, I am so sorry to read of the death of your Mother. She was a lovely lady. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of her family.