O’Wanda Ruth Adams, 89, of Fort Smith passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Methodist Health and Rehab in Fort Smith. She retired as an assembly line worker at Whirlpool Corp. in Fort Smith. She was a member of the Cavanaugh Freewill Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest P. Chambers and Lena L. (Janoe) Chambers. When O’Wanda was 5 years old, she went to live with her aunt and uncle Roy and Gladys McGaughy, who raised her. They also preceded her in death along with two brothers. the Rev. Roy Junior McGaughy and James Edward McGaughy.
She is survived her husband of 65 years, Barney Adams of the home; three daughters, Linda Rouse and husband Mike of Bethel Heights, Ark., Charlene Munsch of Sapulpa, Okla., and Charlotte Walker and husband Jim of Lowell; two sons, Stephen Adams and wife Elizabeth of Santa Ana, Calif., and Kenneth Adams and wife Sandy of Fort Smith; a sister Billie Harris of Branson, Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Jan. 23 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Michael Rouse Jr., Matthew Adams, Justin Walker, Jamie Walker, Jacob Walker and Joel Walker.
Honorary pallbearer will be Robert Rouse.
We would like to thank the staff at Methodist Health and Rehab, her caregiver Aleta Sewell and staff at Peachtree hospice.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.