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Carolyn Efurd

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Carolyn Sue Graham Efurd, 81, was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on March 8, 1936 to Theodore Roosevelt Graham and Pearl Mae King Graham. She was a graduate of Fort Smith High School and earned a Bachelor of Education from Ouachita Baptist University in 1958.

Carolyn taught reading, 2nd grade, and 4th grade for 26 years in the Greenwood School District. She was a charter member of the educational sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, Beta Tau Chapter, and a member of Arkansas Education Association and the National Teachers Association.

Carolyn loved to play bridge and never missed an opportunity to play with her friends at Vache Grasse Country Club and the Fort Smith Bridge Club. She especially enjoyed playing progressive rummy with her best friends Mildred, Maxine, Rena, and Mary. She also loved music and enjoyed singing beginning with the mixed chorus at Fort Smith High School then the OBU choir and continuing as an adult in church choirs.

Carolyn married B. Charles Efurd at the First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 2, 1957. After working in Texas for many years, they returned to Arkansas in 1972 making their home in Greenwood. Together they organized and led youth and children groups at several Southern Baptist Churches for over fifty years. They also provided a safe and loving environment for over sixty children who had been placed in foster care.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Greenwood, AR with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Viewing will be Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m. at Chateau on the Greens, 10560 So. Hwy. 96, where the family will visit with friends from 6 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the South Sebastian County Historical Society Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 523, Greenwood, AR 72936.

Pallbearers will be Charles Spann, Cameron Efurd, Kaleb Jerry, Anthony Spann, Garrett Efurd, and Gavin Efurd.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Efurd; four children Carrah Efurd of Greenwood, Celeste Williams and husband, Bill, of Greenwood, Carlton Efurd and wife, Becky, of Rogers, and Conlan Efurd of Siloam Springs; twelve grandchildren whom she dearly loved Charles Spann of Fort Bragg, NC, Kathleen Jerry of New York, NY, Cheree Spann of El Dorado, AR Courtney and Powell Bryant of Rogers, AR Cameron and Dominique Efurd of Fayetteville, AR Kaleb Jerry of Fayetteville, AR Kendra Spann of Greenwood, AR Anthony Spann of Fort Bragg, NC, Garrett Efurd of Siloam Springs, AR Gavin Efurd of Siloam Springs, AR Emily Efurd of Rogers, AR and Quincy Efurd of Siloam Springs, AR; two great grandchildren Raina Spann and Alyza Spann.

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