Ocker Monuments - Van Buren, Arkansas
Normally, I only take pictures of tombstones in cemeteries. Just for a change, I thought it would be neat to photograph brand new "blank slates" before they are inscribed and placed in their permanent homes.

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For over 90 years the Ocker family has provided a rich tradition of community service. Founded in 1916 by W.W. Ocker Sr., today R.W. Ocker along with sons Michael and R.W. II own and manage Ocker-Putman Funeral Home, 4500 Jenny Lind Road, Fort Smith; Ocker Funeral Home 700 Jefferson, Van Buren; and Ocker Funeral Home 917 Highway 64 East, Alma. Ocker Monuments located at 700 Broadway, Van Buren, was established in 1922 and is operated as a service in conjunction with their funeral homes.

Daisy Ocker, widow of founder W.W. Ocker Sr., was one the first female Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Arkansas and served as Crawford County Coroner in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Daisy Ocker’s daughter, Mary Ocker Moore, established the Ocker-Moore Scholarship Fund for area students with five different colleges and universities in Arkansas. Scholarships are awarded annually to area high school seniors.

The tradition of service continues. R.W. Ocker has served as President of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and has served on the Arkansas Burial Association Board.

The Ocker family has lived in Crawford County Arkansas for five generations and hopes to continue serving area families for many generations to come.

For more information, visit their website:
www.ockerfuneralhome.com/home.html
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