Paul Arden McCollom, Sr., 88, of Fort Smith, passed on to heaven Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was born September 18, 1925 in Fort Smith to Kenneth Bat McCollom and Cleo Mildred (McBride) McCollom. He was married to Dona Jo (Lough) McCollom for 65 wonderful years.
Paul was drafted into the Army in 1944 but was released due to blindness in one eye. He volunteered, anyway. He served his country in 3 different branches: U.S. Army, Air Force Reserve and Naval Reserve. He was honorably discharged from each of these services.
Paul was retired from government service and spent the last 5 years of his career as a letter carrier for the US Post Office. Paul was a member of Southside Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, coached Little League, was a deacon. He also served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. He was a doodler and loved to work in his yard. His greatest loves were God, his wife, his kids, his grand kids and great-grand daughter. Paul enjoyed fishing and hunting, but he mostly loved just being outdoors. He never met a stranger.
Paul is survived by his wife of 65 years Dona Jo (Lough), his two sons, Paul A. McCollom II and his wife Pamela (Clark) McCollom and Keith L. McCollom, all of Fort Smith. One sister Virginia Reece of Fairfield Bay, AR, sister-in-law Myrna Sue Lough, three grandchildren; Malea Hendrickson and husband Wade Hendrickson, Matt McCollom and Emmi McCollom, one great-granddaughter Rylin Reece Hendrickson, two nephews Gary Don Reece and wife Susan of Springfield, MO and Rev. Ken and Pat Reece of Fairfield Bay, AR and their families.
Funeral Services was at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honors under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were grandsons Matt McCollom and Wade Hendrickson, cousins Ronnie, Danny and Eddie McBride, and friend Bill Ginger.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Paul’s name be made to the Alzheimers Assoication. Online condolences may be made at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.