Elmer R. Beshears

February 16, 1916June 4, 2010

Elmer R. Beshears, 94, of Greenwood died Friday, June 4, 2010 in Greenwood. He was born February 16, 1916 in Ione, Scott County, Arkansas and married Tura Elna (Wood) on February 20, 1937 in Berryville, AR. He was a retired businessman, founder and CEO of Greenwood Fixture, local civic leader, Westark Board of Trustees (now UAFS), Greenwood School Board Member, local Chamber of Commerce member, homebuilder and member of the Greenwood Church of Christ, where he was an Elder for many years. He suggested the name “Westark” when the former Fort Smith Junior College became a county wide institution. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Robert and Parnie Mae (Metcalf) Beshears; his son, Billy Elmer Beshears of Tulsa, OK; two sisters, Edith Hogue of California and Margaret Bush of Barling, AR; six brothers, Arville, Allen, Archie, Otis, Calvin and Billy Beshears.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at the Greenwood Church of Christ with burial at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Jeff Christmas and Dennis Gage will be officiating. Viewing will be Monday from 1 – 9 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, Tura; a daughter, Shirley Hanry and husband, Lenoir of Greenwood; daughter-in-law, Faye Beshears of Tulsa, OK; three sons, Jim and wife, Martha of Greenwood, Don and wife, Edna of Greenwood and Roger and wife, Lavetta of Fort Smith; one sister, Marcell Clopton and husband, Lloyd of Locust Grove, OK; 20 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Billy, Chris, Ronald, Allen, Keith, Ewan, Rick and Larin Beshears and Bryan Hanry. Honorary pallbearers will be Max Wood, Lloyd Clopton, Clarence LaFleur, J.T. Coleman, Winton Carson, Raymond Beshears and a host of nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mexico Mission Fund, P.O. Box 995, Greenwood, AR 72936. For information, visit

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  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 8, 2010
  • Burial Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Amanda Hanry Stephens

June 8, 2010

My Dearest Grandpa, I love & miss you so much already!! You were always there for me, for all of us and I want to say Thank You!!! You were the most precious gift and I am so lucky to have been one of your granddaughters, one of your "baby dolls". Please save a place for me, it wont be very long til this short life will end. And because this world is not our home, we're just a passing thru...I LOVE YOU GRANDPA, Mandy

Jennifer Beasley

June 7, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and pray for your comfort while dealing with your loss. Shirley I have enjoyed the times you have told me stories of your Dad, his business, his duties and works with the church, his work with missions but most of all the love that your parents have for each other and their lifelong commitment and dedication to each other and to God, thank you so much for sharing a few of your memories. May God bless you all and be with you in this time of need.

June 7, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm too far away to attend the services, but know we are thinking of you. Love, Marty Beshears, Chad,and Amy

Janet Cote (Beshears)

June 6, 2010

Dear Tura and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm too far away to attend the services, but know I'm thinking of you. Love, Janet Cote (Beshears)

Lavetta Beshears

June 6, 2010

Dear "Dad"
I want to thank you for always treating me like a "real" member of your family. You never made me feel different or excluded. Thank you for always asking after my kids and my mother. Most of all thank you for the example you provided that made Roger the man he is. I know you taught him tolerance, kindness, perseverance and acceptance. You taught him how to truly love everyone and my children and I have been the beneficiaries of that teaching. I will miss you more than anyone knows, but I am so happy that you are now with our Lord and your world is bright again. I love you. Lavetta