Sharon Kay Kincheloe Lynn, 75, of Van Buren passed away peacefully on July 20, 2017, in Fort Smith. She leaves her daughters, Paige Baldwin (Eddie) of Garland, Texas, and Margaret Krashes of Freeport, N.Y.; her son, Aaron Lynn (Tereasa) of Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughters, Rachel Vansell (Seth) of McKinney, Texas, and Cadence “Lua” Powell of Fort Worth; sister, Elaine Watkins Bell of Garland, Texas; and 14 very close cousins.
Kay was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years, Larry Lynn; her father, Seth Kincheloe and mother, Hazel Evans Kincheloe Watkins.
Kay was a proud Van Buren High School graduate from the class of 1959 where she was a member of student government. She went on to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. It is easy to say during her high school and college years, Kay began her desire and need to speak out and take action for the rights of equality for all.
While raising her family, Kay was an active member of the Arkansas Democratic Party where she campaigned in Crawford County for politicians such as governors Dale Bumpers, David Pryor and Bill Clinton. She went on to be a licensed social worker in the Fort Smith area with the Western Arkansas Guidance and Counseling Center and retired after more than 20 years as the case manager for the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission. Kay sat on many boards and committees in Little Rock assuring the quality of care to her clients and their families throughout Northwest and Eastern Arkansas. She was admired and loved in her field and known for her tenacity and perseverance. In years past, she was active in the local community with Alcoholics Anonymous, Gateway House, the Van Buren Women’s Literary Club, Fort Smith Little Theater and the King Opera House Players. Kay most recently was interviewed and served as a collaborator for the book, “Blind Rage,” written by Anita Paddock.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren. The family will be receiving condolences at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of those at Peachtree Hospice, Sparks Regional Medical Center for the outstanding care, compassion and dignity they provided for Kay as well as for them.
Donations in memory of Kay may be made to Peachtree Hospice, The Palliative Care Unit, 1001 Towson Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901 or the Cancer Research Institute, www.cancerresearch.org.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.