In Memory

Cindy Geels (Bagby)

Cynthia Geels Bagby, 56, of Fort Smith, passed away Wednesday morning, April 10th, 2013 after a lengthy illness.  She was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Harold and Josephine Geels.   Cindy is survived by her husband of 20 years, Howard Bagby, and her son, Benjamin H. Bagby. 
She graduated from Southside High School and then graduated from The University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Business Administration.  While at UCA, she was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Cindy helped her husband, Howard, build their oil and gas firm, Providence Exploration & Production, Inc.  and led the way for the business in contracts, administration and more.
Cindy was an avid community supporter extending her helpful hand and resources to The First Tee of Fort Smith ( as its President, Treasurer, Secretary ), The Fort Smith Boys Shelter ( active supporter ) , Second Street Live ( founder and fundraising chairman) and The Blues Fest (board member, treasurer and on-going advocate).  Cindy actively supported Union Christian Academy and was proud to have served on The University of Arkansas/Fort Smith Foundation Board.  She was consequential in the development of the University’s Academy of the Arts.
Cindy’s most recent community outreach mission highlighted a belief that she has held dear for her entire life….Healthy eating, nutrition and physical fitness.  Her nonprofit Wellness Throughout/Campaign for Nutrition and Vitality emphasizes healthy eating and staying physically fit. Her mission has spread throughout this city in the area schools, churches and more.  For her tenacity and courage in this project she was selected for The Noble Cause Award.  Her celebration for this honor is forthcoming.  There are countless other area projects to help the community that she masterminded.  She played a huge role in the creation of Christmas Honors.
She was a member of The Shepherd’s Chapel Church in Gravette, Arkansas.  She was very active in her study of The Bible and loved her church very much. 
The memorial service for Cindy will be this Saturday, April  13th, at 10am.  The service will occur at The Central Christian Church at 400 North Waldron Road in Fort Smith.  Immediately following the memorial service there will be a food and beverage reception.
Survivors in addition to her husband, Howard, and son, Ben,  include her parents, Harold and Josephine , her brother and his wife, Jim and Angel  Geels of Fort Smith, her other brother and his wife, Mike and Annette Geels of Jackson, Tennessee.  Cindy had several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.  There are a host of cousins that will share in her loss.
Memorial donations may be made to The First Tee of Fort Smith, 5800 Geren Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916, or The Fort Smith Boys Shelter, 5904 South Zero St., Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916, or The Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind Ave., Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903. 

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10/31/14 12:01 PM #1    

Kent Noyes

Oh my gosh. I just went into the "in memory" section of this to see about Mike Gately that passed earlier this year. I'm so sorry to hear of Cindy's passing and very sorry that I was so out of touch to just find out. 

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