Ellen Lorene Deanie Edwards, 86, of Van Buren passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018, at a local hospital. She was a retired cook at Cedarville Elementary School in Cedarville. She was a lifelong resident of Crawford County and a member of the Shamrock Community Church in Cove City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carthel Edwards; both parents, John Emmett and Rena Marie (Crabtree) Bryant; and one son, Roger Edwards.

She is survived by one daughter, Pat Edwards of Chester; four sons, Jeff Edwards of Chester, John Dale Edwards of Van Buren, Gary Edwards of Fort Smith and Tommy Edwards of Van Buren; one sister, Shirley Stovall of Yuba City, Calif.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was April 23 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Kimbler Cemetery north of Cedarville under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Myers, Josh Workman, Steve Moses, Danny Eversole, Keith Willet and Randy Grayson.

Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Shade, Chris Marion, Tommy Wells, James Brown and Jimmy Atwell.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.