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Thomas Fite

Thomas Luther Fite, 91, of Van Buren died Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Paris, Ark., widower of Reba Fite and Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines and Hawaii. He was the former owner of Zesto Restaurant, later called Dairy Zest, and Beverly’s Drive-in in Fort Smith. He developed Beverly Hills Estates and River Overlook, organized Cedarville Water Users Association and served as the first board chairman. He was a member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by a son, Tom Fite of Van Buren; two daughters, Beverly Jaggers of Fort Smith and Debbie Wintory of Van Buren; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Goddard Methodist Church in Fort Smith. Burial with military honors will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Family will visit with relatives and friends Sunday, April 13 from 2-4 p.m. at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson Street in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Blake Wintory, Ryan Jaggers and Joseph Barnes and sons-in-law Sam Jaggers and Ken Wintory.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memroial contributions may be made to the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association, 2408 S. 51st Court, Suite F, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or Arkansas Heart Association, 900 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 82201.

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