William Martin Eads Jr.

December 19, 1926July 18, 2014

William Martin Eads, Jr., 87, a lifelong resident of Fort Smith, died Friday, July 18 at his home in Fort Smith.vvBorn December 19, 1926, in Fort Smith to William Martin Eads, Sr. and Nancy Cravens Eads, he attended Fort Smith public schools, Culver Military Academy, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After serving in the Marine Corps during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, he returned to Fort Smith and married Margaret Ferrari Eads in 1950. A member of First Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday School there for many years. He was president of the Fort Smith School Board, and served on the boards of Harbor House, Superior Federal Savings, and Sparks Regional Medical Center. He also was an active and loyal supporter of Boy Scouts, United Way, and Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Eads of Denver, William Martin III and Mona Eads of Fort Smith, Michael Cravens Eads of Boston, Massachusetts, and his grandchildren Christopher William Eads, Braden Joseph Eads, and Megan Elizabeth Eads, all of Fort Smith. Memorial service will be Tuesday at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, with a private burial at the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with First Presbyterian Church and the Fort Smith Public Library.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 22, 2014

William Martin Eads Jr.

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July 26, 2014

Bill was an old tennis buddy for many years. One of his favorite lines was to ask, "You want to play this out?" after winning a point. While sitting on the sidelines I pumped him for details about the Razorback football team he played on in the 1940s. He loved his family and kept me posted about his children and grandchildren. Many of us have lost a great friend, and his family has lost someone who can never be replaced. - Taylor Prewitt-- Fort Smith

Sass Family

July 23, 2014

We are sorry for your loss. Our father, Al Sass thought so much of Mr. Eads. They enjoyed many early morning breakfasts together and can continue that with our Heavenly Father.

Don Brewer

July 21, 2014

A large empty place has been left behind as Mr. Eads was called home to his Lord. As one of his friends from his thrice weekly meeting of the Fort Smith Tennis Club, we all give thanks to the Lord for being allowed share him in our lives and his excellent tennis skills speak for themselves! I will miss Bill dearly. God bless the family in this time of loss. --Pastor Don Brewer

Ron Dougan

July 21, 2014

Bill was a very special person I'm going to miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his children and grand children.

Wayne Sharum

July 21, 2014

Some of my fondest Fort Smith memories are with the Eads Family on Wolfe Lane. Mikey - remember the human Gerbil trails? Bill - remember when “The Beatles” played Wolfe Lane and stopped traffic! Great times with a great family.

Your dad was appreciated and will be missed!

The Houston Sharums
Wayne, Sally, and Brianna

Birnie Harper

July 20, 2014

Bill was one of my favorite people. I can't believe he is gone. I assumed he would live as long as his parents. I am proud to be part of his greatest handball victory.

Fern and I send our regrets to all the family.

Birnie Harper