Donnie Gene Smith age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas surrounded by his wife and children.

Donnie was born on October 8, 1951 in Mena, Arkansas to the late James Franklin Looney and the late Louise Egger Looney. He was a loving and devoted husband to Regina Rowe Smith for 47 wonderful years. Donnie worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a foreman for Polk County Road Department for many years and retired from Forsgren, Inc. He always loved playing in the dirt! In his early days, he enjoyed working auctions and later in life, enjoyed going to auctions with his wife Regina. He was a devoted family man, that loved his family with all his heart. Those that knew Donnie were aware that providing for his family was his greatest calling and played a large part of guiding his life. Donnie adored his wife and loved sending her flowers and buying her jewelry. He admired beautiful sunsets and the outdoors, but above all he was strong, caring, compassionate and had a big heart for family and friends. He was a loving husband, dad, papa, brother, brother-in-law and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Husband to: Regina Smith of Mena, Arkansas

Dad to: Donita Smith Gardner and wife Lindy of Valley Village, California,  Erika Graves and husband Ronnie of Mena, Arkansas, Emily Schnell and husband James of Mena, Arkansas, and Seth Smith and wife Jessica of Mena, Arkansas

Papa to grandchildren: Ava, Abigail, Max, Molly, Andrew, Libby, Owen, Lucas, and Hailee

Papa to great-grandchildren: Tucker, Marcus, and Sophia

Brother to: Linda Dempsey and husband James of Mena, Arkansas

Brother-in-law to: Cindy Looney of Mena, Arkansas, Dennis Rowe and wife Linda of Mena, Arkansas, Brenda Baldwin and husband Joe of Hatfield, Arkansas, Lavon Rowe of Mena, Arkansas, Brent Rowe and Dave McLeod of Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise Looney and his brother, Ricky Looney.

Funeral service will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Ron Broussard officiating. Interment will follow in the Six- Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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1-30-19 1:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


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