Community Remembers Local Volunteer, Fort Smith Ruff Ryder’s State Representative

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FORT SMITH (KFSM)—A local motorcycle club is mourning the death of their state representative.

Cedric Marable, who was also very active in the community, died in an accident just before the weekend. He was just 41.

“He was wonderful. He loved the lord. He loved people. He never met a stranger,” said Elizabeth Jones-Gross, Marable's fiancée.

The two met in 2011 while out on the town in Tulsa.

“He asked me to dance and ever since then until now, he's been in my life,” Jones-Gross said.

Marable was also a part of many other lives. He coached little league football for the Boys and Girls Club and was the president of the Fort Smith Ruff Ryder’s.

“We actually met through his passion and my passion both, and that is riding motorcycles,” Cleveland Pugh said.

But on Friday (Oct. 14), Marable died doing what he loved.

“It was kind of one of those things where he laid his life down to save somebody else,” Pugh said.

His family and friends said he was on his Harley and swerved trying to avoid hitting someone on a moped.

“He pretty much took care of anybody he came in contact with,” said Brittney Marable, his sister. “He showed great love to Fort Smith as you can see. He meant a lot to everyone.”

A tree on Spradling and 46th near the crash site is now a makeshift memorial. Almost everything is green.

“He loved green,” his fiancée said. “Green was his favorite color and he looked wonderful in it.”

Marable also leaves behind three children. His fiancée said they were his whole world.

“October the 14th 2016, my life has changed,” Jones-Gross said. “It will never be the same, and I will never ever forget you or let you go, Cedric. I love you.”

Funeral services for Marable will be held on Saturday (Oct. 22) at noon at Harvest Time Tabernacle Church on Briarcliff Avenue in Fort Smith.

Viewing services will be held Friday (Oct. 21) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Funeral Chape at 4817 Kelley Highway. Flowers can be sent to that location as well.