Born Dec. 26, 1928, in Kennett, son of the late Truman Therman and Beula Florance Cooper Smith, he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War, where he was a prisoner of war. He was a gas station attendant and a member of the POW Association.
On June 2, 1956, in Hernando, Miss., he married Maudie Lorine Burton, who preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 1987. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn Kelley and Debbie Kelley; one son, Jerry Smith; one sister, Gertrude French, and two granddaughters, Michelle Lee Owens and Angela Denise Burrow.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie Smith, of Kennett and James Smith, of Rector, Ark.; five daughters, Norma McCollum, of Paragould, Ark., Teresa Burrow, of Rector, Barbara Green and Sheila Lack, both of Piggott, and Rhonda Mansfield, of Campbell; one brother, Jimmy Smith, of Illinois; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, May 5, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nathan Prim officiating.
Burial with military rites will follow in the Horner Cemetery at Hornersville, Mo.
Pallbearers are Donald Edwards, Jr., Bradley Smith, Blake Smith, Dustin Smith, Jerry Stokes, Chris Burke, Justin Bogard and Allen Mansfield.