07/04/17  Gannaway Obit


91 year old Aber A. Gannaway of Warren passed away July 1.  He was born and raised and lived his 91 years in Warren. He was a lifelong member of Warren First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for 66 years.

Aber enlisted in the U.S. Army Aircorps in January 1944 and was training to be at B-24 gunner when the war ended. He attained the rank of sergeant and spent the remainder of his military service in Italy during the post-war demobilization and equipment disposal process. Following his discharge in December, 1947, he returned to Warren and worked as service manager at Blankenship Motor Co for 16 years. He then worked as shop and equipment superintendent at Moro Inc. in Warren for 40 years. He was a volunteer fireman for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ora Mae Gavin Gannaway. Visitation will be held at 1 tomorrow afternoon at Frazer's Funeral Home with Funeral services at 2pm. Burial at Oakland Cemetery in Warren. Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren in charge of arrangements.


The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.