Obituary - Oct. 8, 2016

Brad McKown, 55, of Fort Smith went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday Oct. 6, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. It was through his unwavering faith and trust in God that Brad was able to fight a courageous 10-year battle with cancer. Harold Bradley McKown was born Aug. 27, 1961, in Fort Smith to Harold and Barbara (Smith) McKown. Brad was a member of Butterfield Assembly of God in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Nettie Smith; and paternal grandmother, Frankie McKown.

A graduate of Van Buren High School, he went on to further his education graduating with a bachelor of science at the University of the Ozarks, where Brad was magna cum laude, majoring in accounting and received his CPA certification in 1990. His impressive professional career spanned literally from coast-to-coast from corporate accounting officer at the Bank of Oklahoma in Tulsa, to 13 years of dedication as vice president of acquisition strategies at Beverly Enterprises Inc. in Fort Smith, to vice president portfolio management at NHP in Newport Beach, Calif., to his most recent role as development officer at Capital Source Inc. in Chevy Chase, Md.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Karen of the home; his devoted sons, Matt and fiancee Rachel Fortner and Austin and fiancee Tamara Bull; his loving parents, Harold and Barbara McKown; a special aunt, Helen Hodo and husband Richard; in-laws, Dwight and Virginia Morland; sister-in-law, Terry Schoeppe and husband Harl; brother-in-law, Charles Morland and wife Susan; as well as a niece, three nephews and a host of friends.

Arrangements will be under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Tony Flippin and staff, Dr. John Swicegood and staff and Dr. David Hunton for their compassion and dedication throughout Brad’s journey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y., at giving.mskcc.org/giving-pages, click on “Find and Donate to a Giving Page”

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