Leo V. Marks, age 98, of Fort Smith, AR died Tuesday, December 29, 2009.

Services were at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2010, at Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.  A private burial was held Tuesday.

Born September 27, 1911, in Marks to Henry H. and Virginia Denton Marks of Marks and Memphis, TN, he attended Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, and Memphis University School.  He was retired from the Southwest Times Record and Arkansas-Oklahoma Gas Company.  Mr. Marks was the editor of several small town newspapers, wrote poetry, spent much of his life trying to write the next Great American Novel, and, above all, was passionate about the humane treatment of animals.  He was a resident of Fort Smith for 68 years, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 60 years, a volunteer at St. Edward Hospital, and a Merchant Marine.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his dear wife of 56 years, Zola Folsom Marks; and a beloved brother, Louis Denton Marks.

Surviving him are two daughters, Judy Brown of Fort Smith and Marlena Marks Grunewald and her husband, Ken Grunewald, of Little Rock; a granddaughter, Jennifer Harris (Billy) of Fort Smith; grandsons, Patrick Brown of Fort Smith and Nick Marks Grunewald of Little Rock; and great-grandchildren, Peter, Bayley, Emlyn and Ammah Grace Harris, all of Fort Smith.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Fraser Marks of Memphis; a nephew, Louis Denton Marks (Tessa) of Milwaukee, WI; and a niece, Linda Marks of Memphis.

Memorials may be made to the Sebastian County Humane Society, 3800 Kelley Highway, Fort Smith, AR 72904.

Quitman County Democrat, January 7, 2010

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