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Don Bedford, 83, of Muldrow, Ok and Alamo, TX passed away April 14, 2017 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born February 2, 1934, in Depew, OK.
He was the epitome of a cowboy; hard working, brave, loved his family, honest with impeccable integrity with a boundless faith in God. In his younger years he pursued rodeo in the calf roping event. In the 1960's he and his brothers, Dean and Cotton, formed Bedford Brothers Ranch Co running cattle in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Later owning a feedlot and farm in Kress, Texas, ranch in Danville, Arkansas and a farm in Muldrow, Oklahoma. In later years he enjoyed being a "winter Texan", playing golf and cards with his new friends.
He is survived by his wife Jean Corbin Bedford of the home; three daughters, Donna & Eddie Green of Mountainburg, Carole Bedford-DeWitt of Danville, Dianne Shewmaker of Maumelle; two sons, Keith & Dayna Bedford of Muldrow, OK and Lee & Carol Bedford, of Muldrow, OK; one step-daughter, Debbie & Rollins Hoge of Fort Smith; one step-son, Johnny Corbin of Muldrow, OK; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Billie Lou Steele. According to Don they raised "five of the greatest kids anywhere!".
Visitation will be held Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 4 to 6pm followed by a Rosary at Edwards Funeral Home, 201 N 12th St, Fort Smith, AR. Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10am at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 North 13th St, Fort Smith, AR followed by burial at 2pm at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, OK.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
To sign an online guestbook visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com
Published on April 15, 2017
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