Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR


Mary Sue McClain

December 2, 1951January 31, 2020

Mary Sue Bentley McClain, 68, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 in Fort Smith. She was born December 2, 1951 in Okmulgee, OK to the late John and Nellie Bentley. She was retired from the Justice Department for the State of Arkansas. Her dedication to her position as an American Disability Specialist was remarkable. She was the Chairperson for a committee that designed and implemented disability laws, many of which are still in effect today. She was not only a champion of her community, but also a champion for disabled people around the country. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jackie McClain; a son, Kendall McClain; two sisters, Gertie Taylor, and Carolyn Loaskie; and a brother Calvin Dowty.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Nauman and husband David of Van Buren, and Nanette McClain of Ozark; a son, Richard McClain and wife Tammy of Ozark; two sisters, Peggy Davis and Alta Mullins, both of Van Buren; three brothers, Leon Bentley of Arkansas, John Bentley of Arkoma, and Bobby Bentley and wife Karen of Mountainburg; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Gill Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Pallbearers will be David Nauman, Zackary McClain, Hunter Nauman, Holli Nauman, Jason Nauman, Howard Fey, Travis Anderson, and Jake Bentley.

The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2020


Mary Sue McClain

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Tanya Keys

February 7, 2020

No words can explain how Mrs. Mary, meant to me. She had the most beautiful personality of anyone I ever meet. She treated me with so much love. She always had a smile no matter what. I hope your flying high with the angels.


Amanda Bruce

February 5, 2020

I use to go to Mary's house alot growing up. Her mom and my grandma were cousins. She was always a joy to be around. I will miss you cousin!

Alison Shelton

February 4, 2020

I will always remember all of the hours we spent talking and sharing stories and memories. I loved the times we crafted together and most of all, I loved you. I know you’re running all over heaven on your new legs. I love you Aunt Mary.