Obituary – Charles Joe Thomas (1943 – 2021)


Charles Joe Thomas went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in his home May 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was a faithful member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville. Joe was born June 4, 1943, in Waldron to Graden and Ida (Duncan) Thomas. He was 77 years old.

Joe served his country and community in many ways. He was an Army National Guard Veteran and was a retired Fort Smith Police Sergeant. He was owner of Ft Smith Structural Inc. and a cattle farmer. Joe was happy talking about cattle or on a piece of equipment improving land. He dearly loved his family and was always available to give good advice or lend a helping hand.

Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Billye Jean, daughters: Christy (Bryant) Patterson of Fort Smith, Angie (Jacob) Graves of Mansfield, son Jeff (Jamie) Ridenhour of Mansfield two brothers: Harold (Raye) Thomas of Waldron and Harley (Dorcus) Thomas of Fort Smith, two sisters: Shirley Goodman of Manteca, California and Anna Johnson of Bourbon, Missouri: grandchildren; Deborah Thomas, Levi Patterson, Coby, Landon and Janson Graves, Jaren, Levi and Luke Ridenhour, Brandi Ridenhour, and Keaton Brown; great-grandchildren: Emmett Degnan, Zayden King, Ashton Nevills, Kacee Sims, and James Ridenhour. Sister-in-law Leah Williams

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Graden and Ida (Duncan) Thomas, his stepmother Ina Mae Thomas, his first wife Jan, his sister Clara Moore and his son Leslie Ridenhour.

Joe’s life celebration will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with Bro. Paul Walker and Rev. Gary Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Sehorn Cemetery in Waldron. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Joe’s pallbearers will be his Grandsons.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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