Mr. Earl Alvis LeForce, age 71, was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on July 26, 1941 to Albert Alvis and Julia Ann Maxey LeForce. As a young boy, he went to school in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He honorably served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict as a decorated aircraft engine mechanic and crew chief. His military honors included Air Force Good Conduct Medal during service. He passed into his heavenly fathers hands on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen and he treasured his relationship with the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Dennis Earl LeForce of Broken Bow, Oklahoma two brothers, Ed R. LeForce and his wife, Bonnie J. Willis LeForce of Idabel, Oklahoma, Bob LeForce and his wife, Vida Lou Earnhart LeForce of Oraville, California, two sisters, Martha LeForce Willis and her husband, Roy M. Willis of Eagletown, Oklahoma and Imogene LeForce of Idabel, Oklahoma; one sister-in-law, Joy Bernice Castle LeForce of Brentwood, California, three nieces, Beverly Jo Powers, Aneeka Dawn LeForce and Debra Jean LeForce.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Munn LeForce, his children, James Alvis LeForce of Sacramento, California, Kenny Wayne LeForce of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Tonya Dee Petross and her husband, Cameron of De Queen, Arkansas, his grandchildren, Jayden LeForce of Lockesburg, Arkansas; Lacey Kennedy and her husband, Michael of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Colton Brakeville, of De Queen, Kaleb and Kelsi Petross of Texarkana, Arkansas; one great-granddaughter, Addison Holland of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; his wonderful mother-in-law, Johnnie Elliott of Horatio, his brother-in-law, Rick Munn and his wife, Melinda of Texarkana, Arkansas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends who he loved and treasured.
He is survived by two brothers, C. V. LeForce of Brentwood, California, Carl E. LeForce and his wife, Sue of Idabel, Oklahoma, three sisters, Dorothy LeForce McDaniel and her husband, Cecil of Catoosa, Oklahoma, Sue LeForce Tipton and her husband Dale of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Millie LeForce of Rancho Mirage, California.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He helped raise his younger siblings after the death of his mother in 1949. He loved his family and friends and especially enjoyed family gatherings and reunions, and was an accomplished carpenter and woods craftsman. He loved to use his special talent to build gifts for his family and friends and could always be found stirring a pot of soup in the kitchen, grilling hamburgers on his grill and making homemade peach ice cream. He was very proud of his home and enjoyed working around the place. He will be missed by his family who enjoyed his unconditional love.
Funeral Services for Mr. Earl LeForce will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Arkansas with Clark LeForce, minister officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas. The family will received friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, September 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207, (501)603-5200.
Obit Courtesy Chandler Funeral Home