On Saturday, August 6, 2011 Bobby Ray Smith was welcomed into Heaven by the beautiful Heavenly Choir. He was met there by family and friends that had gone on before including his wife, Carolyn Garrett Smith, his parents, Lawrence and May Bell Smith, his brother, Lee Roy Smith and sisters Estelene Tadlock and Betty Tadlock.
He was born in Hot Springs on May 18, 1937 and grew up in Alamo and Bonnerdale areas. He graduated from Mt. Ida High School where he was a pitcher for his school's baseball team. Bobby never met a stranger. He was a retired sheet metal mechanic, an avid hunter and fisherman, a musician, a story teller that loved telling a good joke and a member of Unity Full Gospel Church.
He is survived by three daughters, Denise and her husband David Ritter, Debbie and her husband Michael Cooley and Diedre Lee; four grandchildren, Caleb Cooley, Jonathan Ritter and Spencer and Erin Lee all of Hot Springs; He has two surviving brothers, Billy and his wife Suzette Smith of Texarkana and David Smith of Hot Springs; one sister, Laura and her husband Roy Foster of Hot Springs and many nieces and nephews
Visitation will be from Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at National Park Assembly of God Church 1910 Malvern Ave. Memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday at Unity Full Gospel Church 631 Crystal Hill Road with Pastor Robert Howell and Bro. Travis Tadlock officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Lee, Don Hodges, Sherlon Wheeler, Buddy Whatley, members of Unity Full Gospel Church, Jesse Bates, Dr. Janette Parchman and staff, Jennifer Smith, Dr. Fred Heinemann and staff, Dr. Nizar Suleman and staff, Alumni of Mt Ida High School and the staff of Arkansas Inpatient Hospice Center.
Arrangements are entrusted to Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services 336 East Grand Ave 501-623-7664