James “Jack” Hackney, 62, of Fort Smith, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a former Sebastian County EMS Director, and retired Fort Smith EMS Director. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Vietnam War being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals for Heroism, and one Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; three daughters, Nicki Blankenship of Greenwood, Jennifer Cates of Russellville, and Jessica Hackney of Greenwood; one son, Shane Spaulding of Sallisaw; his parents, Luke and Robbie Davis of Greenwood; two brothers, Jim Hackney of Greenwood and Jackie Davis of Greenwood; two sisters, Darlene Hayden of Greenwood and Brenda Brooner of Poway, CA, and six grandchildren, Matthew and Emma Blankenship, McKenzie, Marcus and Danika Spaulding, and Madeline Cates. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmie Davis and Randy Davis, and a granddaughter, Hannah Blankenship.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers will be Ken Kifer, Richard Carlisle, Eddie Beshears, Jack Hood, Sam Hiller, and Rick Canada. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Garbizo, Mike Jones, Larry Miller, and Bob Sadler, in spirit.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or Stepping Stones School, Alma AR.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit http://www.mcconnellfh.com/.