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Diana Sue Gatlin

May 13, 1945 — January 21, 2023

Traskwood

Diana Sue Gatlin, age 77, of Traskwood, Arkansas passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, January 21, 2023. She was born May the 13th of 1945 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to William Vaughn Needham and Willie Agnes (Moore) Needham.


Diana was a devoted daughter, wife, and mother. Diana married her longtime friend and love, John “Darrell” Gatlin in September of 1983, who preceded her in death in 2020. Diana was a loving mother of two children William “Bill” Oppelt and Twana Gatlin.


Besides spending time with her family and friends, Diana enjoyed singing, flower gardens, and cooking while watching her red birds and blue birds out of her kitchen window. Diana loved the Lord and read her Bible daily, she will be remembered by her beautiful voice and her love for the Lord.


Preceded by her husband, Darrell; her parents; as well as her brothers and sisters, Bill Needham, Louise Vincent, Locilla Walton, Mary Jane Steal, Eugene Needham, Jerry Needham, And Betty Berryhill.


She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Bill Oppelt and his wife Kim of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her daughter, Twana Gatlin (Travis Nofzinger) of Hunter, Arkansas; grandchildren: Billy “Bubba” Oppelt, Danielle Oppelt (Brandon Lamere), Kyle Fox (Haileigh Cruse), Ryan Fox (Bryanna Hurst); and her great- grandchildren, Drake, Brentley, Ethan, Kagen, Brycen, Elsie, Hayden, Tiffany, and Thomas ;And her two best friends, her aunt in-law Theda Gatlin of Traskwood, and the greatest sister in-law Moya Needham, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and numerous others who will forever love and cherish her memory.

Visitation will be held 11:00 AM-Noon, Thursday, January 26, followed by funeral service, officiated by Bro. Larry Davis, at Noon at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street in Benton, Arkansas.   Burial following at Traskwood Cemetery.  

Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home.   Online guestbook:  www.SmithFamilyCares.com.  

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, January 26, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Funeral Service

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Burial

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

Traskwood Cemetery

Traskwood, AR 72167

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