Obituary - Sept. 7, 2016

Wesley Lee Warnock, 82, of Alma went to be with his precious lord and savior Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 13, 1934, in Picher, Okla., to the late Mirl and Lillie Warnock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Warnock; and his brother, George.

He is survived by his five children, Jan Bowlin and husband Mark of Orlando, Fla., Clay Warnock and wife Becky of Alma, Clif Warnock and wife Jayne of Fort Smith, Monica Rhoades and husband Shane of Springdale and Cilinda Giezentanner and husband Greg of Fayetteville; one sister, Elizabeth McMahen and husband James of Alma; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Wesley loved his hometown of Alma. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and faithfully led the Senior Men’s Sunday school class for many years. He also served on the Alma Public School Board. Wesley had a passion for serving others and was heavily involved in numerous church ministries. He was always looking to help those in need, whether a part of his church family or elsewhere. Wesley especially enjoyed visiting people in nursing homes and hospitals and helping with Christmas food drives.

Professionally, Wesley was known statewide as a real estate broker and developer. He owned and operated Arkansas Land Agency for several decades. He was appointed multiple terms to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, where he also served as chairman for a term.

Funeral service was Sept. 6 at First Baptist Church in Alma with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Chris Warnock, Joshua Warnock, Dustin Bowlin, Brent Rhoades, Colby Rhoades and Andrew Giezentanner. Honorary pallbearers were the men of his Sunday School class.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Union Christian Academy, 4201 Windsor Drive, Fort Smith, AR 72904, or Christmas for Caring, c/o Alma First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 819, Alma, AR 72921.

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