Robert Allen Smith, age 79, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Thursday, February 18, 1943 to Frankie Smith and Lillie Edwards in Lexington, South Carolina. Robert was a very straight forward man that didn't have any patience for nonsense. But, at the same time, he had a heart of gold. He would often help people in need anytime he was able. Robert served proudly in the United States Air Force. He was a jack of all trades, but for many years worked as a carpenter and later retired from a successful truck driving career. He enjoyed thrift shopping, fishing, listening to old country music like Conway Twitty and Hank Williams, and reading Louis L'amour novels. Most of all, he enjoyed gardening in his free time. Robert loved his family, and spending time with his great grandchildren, and could often be seen being goofy and funny, especially with Destiny and Serenity who lived next door. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Smith, Henry Smith, and Frank Smith; and one sister, Eva Smith.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Nelda Smith of Mena; two sons, Christopher Smith of Cove, and Barry Smith of Lexington, Alabama; six grandchildren, Jenny Hogan, Crystal Perales, Amber Williams, Tyler Smith, Brandon Riddle, and Brianna Smith; fifteen great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas with Brother Phillip Hatley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.
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