J. R. Smith, 85, of Marvell passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. 


J. R. Smith, 85, of Marvell passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.  J. R. was born to Oliver Smith and Mary F. Wilson Smith May 11, 1926 in Monroe County, Arkansas.

J. R. leaves two sons, Eugene Smith (Cathy) of Lexa and Lonnie L. Smith (Glenda Whitson) of Marvell; 9 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a great great grandchild; 2 sisters, Louise Thomas of Marvell and Shirley Howell of Hazen; and a brother, Hubert Smith of Marvell.

J. R. was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Louise Wolfe Smith, 2 sisters, Cora Lee Taylor and Gladys Kersey, 4 brothers, Louis Smith, Robert Smith, Carl Smith and Clarence Smith, 2 sons, Jerry Lynn Smith (Sid) and Willis Ray Smith, and A grandson, Willis Ray Smith. 

Pallbearers are Michael Smith, Ray Lynn Smith, Jason Smith, Danny Ray Smith, Jeffery Cothren, Taylor Cothren, Michael W. Smith, Jerry Lynn Smith, Jonathan Smith and Shawn Smith.

Chapel services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Roller-Citizens with private burial to follow in Smalley Cemetery. Brother Harold Crisp will officiate. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 also at Roller-Citizens.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Helena-West Helena, will direct services.  The Online guest book is at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.