Grover Blackford, 77, of Fort Smith passed away Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born April 15, 1940, in Fort Smith to the late Hercule and Elnora Blackford. He was a retired maintenance worker for Shipley Baking Company in Fort Smith and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, June; and a grandson, Jason Likens.

He is survived by four daughters, Margo Belt of Van Buren, Gail Likens of Van Buren, Pam Bivins of Hackett and Kyla Blackford of Fort Smith; a son, James Blackford of Lavaca; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Gill Cemetery pavilion in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.