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Charles Dart

Charles “Charlie” Dart, 72, of Van Buren died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Fort Smith. He was born Nov. 30, 1941, and was an over-the-road truck driver, owner of Taft Trucking Services, truck driver instructor at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and had formally worked at NASA as a communications specialist. He served in the Marine Corps, was a Coast Guard Reserve petty officer, attended First Baptist Church in Fort Smith and St. Luke Lutheran Church and was a member of the River Valley Det. 1248 Marine Corps League.

He is survived by his wife, Nyla; three sons, David Dart of Austin, Texas, Ronald Dart of Alvin, Texas, and Bronson Dart of Seabrook, Texas; two daughters, Robyn Sonnenberg of St. Cloud, Minn., and Holly Woodland of Fort Smith; three sisters, Linda Goodgion and Nancy Cruse, both of Oklahoma City, and Cathy Ludlow of Ada, Okla.; two brothers, James H. Dart of Van Buren and Steve Carico of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke Lutheran Church with burial at 1 p.m. at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Scott and Chris Woodland, Darren Sonnenberg, Roy Duncan, Rodney Center and Dylan Dart.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

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