John S. Smith
funeral director and owner, Smith Family Funeral Homes, North Little Rock, Arkansas, died October 28, 2021, at age 78.
Smith attended Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and took over as president of the North Little Rock firm at age 23. For the next 45 years, he and his wife, Kay, worked to build the funeral home and serve the community. Together, they were elected Arkansas Funeral Directors of the Year, the only co-recipients to have received this prestigious award. In 2010, John retired and sold the funeral home to his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Leslie Smith.
Smith served as past president of Preferred Funeral Directors International, the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the Little Rock Executive Association. He was an active member of NFDA, Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the North Little Rock Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow recipient), and a board member at the Wolfe Street Center’s Recovery Community Association.
He is survived by wife Kay, sons Jeff and Stephen, six grandchildren, sister Anne and his extended family at Smith Family Funeral Homes