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Obituary: Larry Owen Smith

Larry Owen Smith
of Newark, AR

November 8, 1942 – November 1, 2020

Larry Owen Smith departed this world Sunday, Nov. 1 at his home in Newark.

He was born Nov. 8 1942 to Herbert Sampson Brown Smith and Mary Ola Smith (Summerford) in Bald Knob, Ark.

Larry attended school at Bald Knob until he graduated in 1960. After high school, he served six years in the United States Air Force Intelligence Division. Upon his honorable discharge in 1967, he became employed by Fones Brothers Hardware for 21 years, being the top salesperson for multiple years. Later, he worked for Southern Hardware out of West Helena, Ark., where he retired from in 2015.

Larry was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents and three sisters, Marjorie Ernestine, Ruth Mae, and Bettie Lou.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ella Jane of Newark; one brother, Herbert Brown ”Bud” Smith Junior of Madera, Cal.; five step-children, Donna Smith and husband, Donald ”Tink” of Magness; Don Austin and wife, Wanda of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Laura Anderson of Newark; Terry Gipson and wife, Meshell of Newark; and Trent Gipson and wife, Tonya of Newark, as well as several grand and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Independence County Humane Society #5 Environmental Drive. Batesville, AR. 72501 or to The Children’s Home 5515 Walcott Road. Paragould, AR. 72450.

Funeral arrangements by Roller Crouch Funeral Home.

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