Fort Smith High School
Jodie Haralson

There were thirteen kids in my family and we lived in the 4600 block of Wheeler Avenue back there, back then. We nearly filled up Mill Creek Grade School all by ourselves.

Upon completion of the 9th grade at Ramsey, I entered the Air Force and served for six years, part of which was in Goose Bay, Labrador. Labrador was a different world. There was a woman behind every tree, but guess what? (No TREES!)

After I got out of the service, I held various jobs; carpentry, worked for Tucker Duck and Rubber, then started driving a truck, first for Eagle Picher Company, then Red Ball Freight, and retired from Yellow Freight in 1997 after driving for them thirty years.

Driving trucks was not ALL I did. I married Wanda Cox (Class of í59) in 1961 and we have three children, Deborah Lynn, Jodie Wade, Jr. and Dale Edward, all born in the early sixties. We were married for forty years.

Our children all live in the Fort Smith area. Deborah works at Whirlpool, Jodie, Jr. is in the Air National Guard and Dale drives for J & B Supply.

Since retirement, I like to say that Iím doiní nothiní and I donít start that until noon. In truth, I stay pretty busy. I love to fish and camp out at Shoal Bay and hang out at the Eagles with my friends, Carl Brown, Susan Townley and Dickie Cowan.

Jodie Haralson - 2003