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Obituary – Joyce Kalley Leslie (1936- 2019)


Joyce Kalley Leslie of Fort Smith, AR went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Fort Smith with her children by her side. Joyce was born November 3, 1936 in Parks, Arkansas to John H. McLain and Dorothy Mae (Davis) McLain. She was 82 years old.

Joyce was a lady of many hobbies. She enjoyed dancing and singing, decorating and crocheting, but she was always up to throw a line in where the fish were biting. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family and friends.

Joyce leaves behind to cherish her memory, one daughter, Cindi Akins and husband Donald of Anderson, Missouri, one son, Dave Allen Baker of Lavaca, Arkansas and her grandchildren: Chad Akins and Racheal Akins of Anderson, Missouri, Kayla Cothren of Greenbrier, Arkansas and Jessica Ashley of Van Buren, Arkansas as well as her great grandchildren: Dylan, Britney, Kadence, Laci, Jette Akins and Briggs Cothren.. Joyce will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dorothy McLain, three sister and two brothers.

Joyce’s celebration of life service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Parks Baptist Church in Parks, Arkansas with Rev. Billy Harwell officiating. Interment will follow in the Hawkins Cemetery in Parks, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Joyce’s pallbearers will be Dylan Akiuns, Derek Cothren, Jeff Bonds, Landen Williams, Mark McLain, and Bill Mayfield.. Honorary pallbearers will be Jette Akins, and Briggs Cothren.

Joyce’s visitation will be Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

You may leave words of remembrance for Joyce’s family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.

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