William Martin Eads, Jr., 87, a lifelong resident of Fort Smith, died Friday, July 18 at his home in Fort Smith.vvBorn December 19, 1926, in Fort Smith to William Martin Eads, Sr. and Nancy Cravens Eads, he attended Fort Smith public schools, Culver Military Academy, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After serving in the Marine Corps during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, he returned to Fort Smith and married Margaret Ferrari Eads in 1950. A member of First Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday School there for many years. He was president of the Fort Smith School Board, and served on the boards of Harbor House, Superior Federal Savings, and Sparks Regional Medical Center. He also was an active and loyal supporter of Boy Scouts, United Way, and Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret. He is survived by his children Elizabeth Eads of Denver, William Martin III and Mona Eads of Fort Smith, Michael Cravens Eads of Boston, Massachusetts, and his grandchildren Christopher William Eads, Braden Joseph Eads, and Megan Elizabeth Eads, all of Fort Smith. Memorial service will be Tuesday at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, with a private burial at the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with First Presbyterian Church and the Fort Smith Public Library.