Frances Ann Atkins, 73, of Lavaca Arkansas went to be with the Lord on April 3rd 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 23, 1943 to Thomas Henry (T.H.) Brown and Frances Laverne Berkshire Brown. She was married to Gerald Atkins for 55 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, and great-grandson, Evan Atkins.


Frances is survived by her Husband, Gerald Wade and four loving sons: Dan (Diane) of Conway; Jim (Charla) of Greenwood; Matt (Stacy) of Lavaca and Tom (Angie) of Fort Smith. Seven Grandchildren: Jeremy (Sarah) Atkins and Sarah Atkins of Conway; Shelby and Maycee Atkins of Greenwood; Joshua (Megan) Atkins of VanBuren; Jordan Atkins of Lavaca and Tyler Atkins of Fort Smith. One great-grandchild Cassie Atkins of VanBuren. Frances is also survived by one loving brother, Tommy Dan Brown (Judy) of Greenwood, AR and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Central City.


She was a Sunday School teacher for many years in Lavaca and in California. Frances was a 1961 graduate of Trona High School in Trona California.


Frances was a life-long homemaker . For all who knew her, you know she was happiest when her home was filled with family and friends. She found great joy cooking and camping with her friends and family. She loved playing games, especially marbles, with her grandchildren.


There will be a visitation Friday, April 7th from 6-8 p.m. at First Southern Baptist in Central City. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 8th at 10 a.m. at First Southern in Central City, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home, with burial at Lavaca cemetery immediately following. Brother Russ Tyler will officiate the services.


Pallbearers are Jeremy Atkins, Joshua Atkins, Tyler Atkins, Robin Cameron, Mike Ray, Darren Brown, Charles Parish, Michael Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers are Dewayne Glidewell, Frankie Glidewell, Johnny Glidewell, Kenny Hobbs, Leon Meyer, Dennis Odom and Arnold Sexton.


Lasting memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Children’s Ministries.


The family would like to express special thanks to Peachtree Hospice, especially Brandi and Cookie; Dr Flippin, Kathy, and staff and Mercy Oncology/Chemotherapy team.


A very special thanks to the friends and family for the love, meals, and support given to our family over the last months. Your kindness will always be remembered.