Fred Joe Brigance, 87, of Waldron, AR passed away October 9, 2020, peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Joplin MO. Fred was born on January 19, 1933, in Buck Knob, AR to Andrew Jackson (AJ) and Effie (Wagnor) Brigance.
Fred graduated from Waldron High School in 1953. From there, he enlisted in the army, where he served for two years during the Korean War. Once he returned home, he and Jean Cossey were married on October 26, 1957. Fred started Brigance small engine, where he became the first Homelite Chainsaw dealer in the state of Arkansas. He then expanded the business and opened Fred’s Chainsaw supply, where he worked for over 40 years until he retired to spend time with his family. Fred and Jean had one child, Alan, who lives in Baxter Springs, KS.
Fred enjoyed many hobbies throughout the years. Drag racing with his friends, turkey shoots and having coffee with his coffee buddies. Gardening and growing the best and earliest tomatoes was a passion of his. Fred and Jean traveled to many different countries together and Fred always enjoyed his yearly deep sea fishing trips to Destin Florida.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home. Alan Brigance and wife, Joy, of Baxter Springs, KS. Two grandchildren; Jennifer Brigance and Jack Brigance of Webb City, MO. One great grandson, Brantley of Webb City, MO.
Fred is preceded in death by his Mother and Father. His five siblings Omer, Stella, John, Ruby and Virgie.
Fred’s life celebration will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev, Roger Rice officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Fred’s pallbearers will be Jack Brigance, Richard Brigance, Roger Brigance, Mark Brigance, Keith Brigance, Larry Brigance, Eric Brigance and Bryan Bingham.
Fred’s visitation will be Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.
During these trying and difficult times, we must follow the guidelines we have been given to do our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Family and friends that do attend the service must wear a mask and maintain a social distance of 6 feet apart. For those who would like to attend but are more comfortable watching from the comfort of your home or remaining in your vehicle, the funeral service will be live streamed on our website.