Obituary- Melvin Smith (1937-2020)


Melvin Smith of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, February 13th, 2020, in Waldron, Arkansas with his loving family by his side. Melvin was born May 9th, 1937 in Barber, Arkansas to Felix Smith and Mary Mima (Taylor) Smith. He was 82 years old.

Melvin was liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He was a hard worker and a devoted Christian and family man. He was a man of few words and he loved gardening, coon hunting, livestock and the simple things in life. He especially loved Betty, his wife of 63 years. Melvin always took exceptional care of her and one of his greatest concerns was always making sure “Bet” was taken care of and comfortable. Melvin left a legacy of integrity, strength and wisdom to his family. He was like an old oak tree, strong and steady. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and father in law.

Melvin leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Debbie Byford and husband David of Waldron, Arkansas; one son, Rick Smith and wife Mandy of Fort Smith, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Melvin is also survived by his sisters: Doria Harrison, Francis Judy and Margaret McCafferty. Melvin will be missed by all who knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his son James, his granddaughter Terry, his parents, his sisters: Evie Smith, Dovie Williams, Roxie Essman, Iola Essman and his brothers: Ardell, Jess and Lester.

Melvin’s life celebration will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2020, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Pastor George Crump officiating. Interment will follow in Duncan Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Melvin’s pallbearers will be Rick Smith, Zak Smith, Jastin Smith, David Byford, Brad Byford, Travis Tabor and Alvin Carnahan.

Melvin’s visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2020 from 9:00-10:00 am at Heritage Memorial Chapel.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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