Obituary for Fomba Wood

POTEAU--Fomba L.B. Wood, 89, of Poteau was born Nov. 25, 1929 in Mena, Arkansas to Elzy and Mae (Lunsford) Wood and passed away April 11, 2019, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Funeral service is Monday at 2 p.m. at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with Bro. Jerry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Reichert Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Fomba was a 1948 graduate of Mena High School in Mena, Arkansas, where he was active in the FFA Livestock Judging Contest and won his class in Kansas City. He left Mena in 1953 and moved to Dallas, Texas where he began employment with Campbell Manufacturing Company. In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 2 years in which 18 months of the 2 years he spent in Japan. He returned to Dallas in 1956 and resumed working for Campbell Manufacturing Company as a Factory Superintendent until 1983. Fomba married his wife, Helen who was from the Reichert Community in 1958. In 1983, Fomba and Helen went into business for themselves, which they operated and owned Woody’s Custom Canvas until 1997. In May 1997, they sold the business and retired. In 2004, they moved to Poteau to be closer to family.

Surviving family members are his wife of 61 years, Helen Wood; two brothers-in-law Lonnie R. Williams and wife Bonnie, and Wendell Williams and wife Sheri; two sisters-in-law Lenora Williams and Verda Wood; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, cousins and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elzy and Mae Wood; one infant daughter; and three brothers Blake, Aaron and Bobby Dean Wood.

Pallbearers are Lonnie W. Williams, Jody Williams, Cecil Williams, Wesley Williams, Arnold Wood and Barry Williams.

Viewing is Saturday from noon until 6 p.m., Sunday from noon until 6 p.m., and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

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