Sterling Raymond Hay, 82, of Fort Smith, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. He was born on September 9, 1939 in Cotton Plant, AR to the late Carl and Edrie Hay. He was a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters; Lois Fraze, Mabel Decker and Barbara Carter; three brothers, Charles, Gerald and Larry Hay and two grandchildren, Barbie Barker and Lauren Canard.
Sterling was raised on a farm in Eastern Arkansas. At age 16 he and his family moved to Fort Smith and he worked at Hardscrabble Country Club as a caddie. At age 18 he met Jerry, who became his wife after just two weeks of dating.
Sterling was a hard worker, he was employed by Ward's Furniture, Modern Fence and Plunkett Music Company for over 40 years.
Sterling was a man of faith and strong convictions from God's Word. He loved attending church, serving the Lord, his Savior Jesus Christ. Most of all, Sterling was a family man. He had a great love for his wife, girls, their husbands, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always cherished any time that he was able to spend with them.
He is survived by his wife Jerry, of the home; three daughters, Connie Hart (Chris) of Alma, Cindy Barker (Ronnie) of Fort Smith and Vicki Canard (Ron) of Cave City, AR; a sister, Deloris Odom of Fort Smith; four grandchildren, Jason Hart, Amanda Ogle, Paige Akins and Blake Canard; six great grandchildren, Deven Ogle, Aurora Hart, Jonathan Hart, Steven Ogle, Cash Bell and Joelene Akins.
Pallbearers will be Blake Canard, Jason Hart, Jonathan Hart, Deven Ogle, Jordan Akins and Steven Ogle.
Published by Edwards Funeral Home on Oct. 14, 2021.