Sgt. Major Arliss Daniels

Sgt. Major Arliss Daniels, 81, died Sunday, May 19, 2013. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on July 23, 1931. His parents were Dwight and Gorgia Daniels. He grew up in Booneville, and graduated from Booneville High School in 1950.

His National Guard unit was activated in 1950. He joined the Army after that and had a 30-year career holding every enlisted rank from E1 to E9. His most prestigious assignment was as post sergeant major at Patch Barracks European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. He retired in 1979 and returned to Fort Smith, to live.

He earned an AA degree from Westark College and then worked for Gerber for 10 years. After retirement he worked as a tax aide volunteer for several years. He was also District AARP tax manager for two years. He was a member of the Rose Society for 30 years, and loved growing beautiful roses. He loved gardening in his vegetables as well. He won the Orchid Award for his efforts in a beautiful yard.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda; one son, Dwight Daniels and wife Jing Jing; two daughters Arlissa Simon and husband Richard, and Letitia Hoaas; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, with interment at The U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, with full military honors. Arrangements were under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, AR.

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