Opal Jewell Wasson, 103, a most recent resident of Walnut Ridge and Fort Smith, and former longtime resident of Harrison, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Walnut Ridge.

She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Tonkawa, Okla., to the late William and Mae Henderson Henson. Opal was a seamstress and bookkeeper during her life. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and attended First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge and Fort Smith. Family relationships were the most important part of Opal’s life. After she retired, she shared her love for travel with her family, and took every grandchild on a vacation to the destination of their choice.

In addition to her parents, Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Arlus A. Wasson; daughter, Cheryl Wasson; and five siblings.

She is survived by her children, Ken Wasson (Shelley) of Barling, Dick Wasson (Linda) of Little Rock, and Linda Teel (Tony) of Walnut Ridge; eight grandchildren, Mechelle Teel, Natalie Teel, Heath Teel, John Wasson, Kimberly Hoelzeman, Faith Beeman, Joy Wasson and Cyle Harris; 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life in honor of Opal was held Friday, June 11, at 1 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison with Jimmy Dunlap officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Honored to serve as pallbearers were Jeremy Howard, Cody Howard, Jordan Howard, Trevor Teel, Josiah Wasson and John Wasson. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Hoelzeman and Heath Teel.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.

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