Raymond Beshears

September 16, 1926June 17, 2012

Raymond Beshears, 85, of Greenwood, died Sunday, June 17, 2012 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired contractor and builder, member of the Church of Christ, veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II, and a member of Harris-Hannah VFW Post # 6527. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, one daughter, Cheryl Ann Beshears, one grandson and two brothers.

He is survived by four daughters, Janet Cote and husband, John of Priest River, Idaho, Penny Brownfield and husband, Dennis of Greenwood, Rhonda Winford and husband, Scott of Greenwood, and Tracy Van Kooten and husband, Chad of Fort Smith; one son, Marty Beshears of Mountain Home; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Liberty Cemetery. Viewing will be 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Raymond Beshears

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July 5, 2012

Bro Raymond and the entire Beshears family have always held a special place in our hearts. We were warmly welcomed to Greenwood and accepted as family by Raymond and Irene and the kids. Raymond had a kind and generous spirit and was a true man of God. In other words, he practiced what he preached and was a great example us.

Jack & Karla Kindberg

Virginia Niblett

June 19, 2012

May God bless and comfort you as only He can during this time of parting. We have known Raymond and Irene for all of our lives. They were truly a wonderful couple.
God bless all the family
Virginia Niblett
Louise Niblett Hutchins
Reva Niblett Hoff

Jack & Linda Parish

June 19, 2012

Thinking of you today & sending our thoughts & prayers your way. He was a very special man & brother in Christ. We love you!

Tim & Jacki Spain

June 19, 2012

Raymond & Irene have been such an important examples to so many people throughout their lives. Their "ready smiles & strong hugs" let the light & love of the Lord shine through them. God blessed us greatly by allowing us to fellowship together & see Him in them. They live on in each of you; whether in a smile, a quiet unseen gesture, willing hug or one of the stories that Raymond would tell. Remembering how happy they were (and patient with me), as they smiled for the camera so I could get just "one more" picture of them, makes me love them even more. God and family...their first loves.
Our heartfelt thoughts & prayers are sent your way and although we can't be there physically to celebrate Raymond's life, you will all be in our hearts and minds. We love you, as we loved are family.
Tim & Jacki Spain

Jason Beshears

June 18, 2012

Just heard about Uncle Raymond being called home. Though it had been quite a few years since we visited, I will always remember Uncle Raymond being larger than life as we were growing up and all the good times we had out at the farm off Highway 10. I remember him as always at the ready to help anyone in need. During a particular bad time in our life around 1980 or so, he was there to help my family pick up the pieces and it was he along with cousin Marty that helped lead me to the Lord around that same time. Our Pastor at our church spoke on a Father's Legacy last Sunday. I thought of Uncle Raymond and what a legacy he has left. You don't have to look very long around Greenwood to see the wonderful legacy he left. From the homes he has built that are still rock solid and standing today, the coal he helped mine even longer ago, the multitudes he led to the Lord, and to the wonderful family he and Aunt Irene built together, Uncle Raymonds legacy will live on forever and he is one of the reasons I am proud to bear the name Beshears. I've lived in Wichita for the last 25 years or so and I wish my wife and daughters could have got to know him. He was a wonderful man. God Bless all the family.
Jason Beshears and family (Wichita, Ks)

Sean McDougal

June 18, 2012

Raymond was a source of encouragement to me most of my life. He was very supportive and positive as I began to serve at chuch at an early age. He certainly will be missed but not forgetten. We can all rest assured that he is with his beloved Irene in heaven, waiting for the rest of his friends and family.

Rickie Williams

June 18, 2012

May God bless and comfort you as only He can during this time of parting. I have known Raymond and Irene for all of my life. Raymond's lessons from the pulpit were obviously always from the heart. Raymond was a spendid example of a quote I often use: Preach the gospel every day...and if necessary...use words. Examples of a finer servant for Christ will be difficult to find. Rev. 14:13 contains these words of comfort…”Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”


Ramona Harder

June 18, 2012

It seems I have known your father forever; your Dad and Mom were wonderful people. May God bless and comfort you in this sad time.
Ramona Johnson Harder
Tulsa, Oklahoma