Joe Poindexter, 76, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

He was born Dec. 18, 1939 in Meeker, Okla., to Lyle and Eva Mae (Loffland) Poindexter. Joe attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in natural science, chemistry, physics and biology. He later earned a master’s degree in school administration and counseling from Oklahoma Northeastern State University.

After retiring and moving to Arkansas he completed his history degree in 1994. During his 43 years in education he was a teacher, counselor, coach, administrator and adjunct professor.

Joe was a starting guard on the University of Central Oklahoma’s Camilla Bowl and National Champion football team. In 2015 he was inducted into UCO’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Joe was the founder and president of the Hot Springs Village Civil War Roundtable and has spoken at several clubs, organizations and schools. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Barcelona Road Baptist Church and a chaplain with Samaritan Ministries in Hot Springs.

He was also an officer in Poindexter Descendants Association (first descendant arrived in Jamestown in 1641).  His hobbies included reading, church work, golfing, exercising and yard work. Joe was also an author whose works include “A Divided State”, “Blue,” “The Darkest Night,” all about the Civil War, and “The Roman Shepherd,” due out in June or July.

He is survived by his wife Rose (Rouse) Poindexter; children Scott Poindexter, Kelley Moore and Sherry Fronterhouse; bonus children Kimberly Vajdos and Heather Jobe; siblings, Dennis Poindexter and Hayes Poindexter and Pauletta Butler; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Barcelona Road Baptist Church with Pastors John Stubblefield, Willard Zeiser and Elton Gray officiating.

Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.