Jean Smith

Jean Smith

February 21, 1944 - May 13, 2020
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Jean Smith, 76, of Pine Bluff, was released from her earthly pain and suffering Wednesday night and went to Heaven. She was surrounded in love by her family at her home.

Jean was born on February 21, 1944, to the late George and Lura Brown in Pine Bluff.

She grew up in Pine Bluff and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1962.

She married H.E. Smith on December 15, 1966.

Before her marriage, she graduated from secretarial school and was a secretary. She was a homemaker during much of her marriage, but as her children became older she went to work at Olive Street Baptist Church’s day care. She later worked at the Pine Bluff School District as a teacher’s aide and as a cafeteria worker.

After her husband’s death in 1997, she joined the Jack Jones Juvenile Detention Center, working in the kitchen. Besides food, she dished out love and firm guidance to the children who came through its doors. She called them “my little darlings.”

She retired from full-time work in May 2015. However, she missed the children and her beloved co-workers. Jean returned to work part-time in 2016 and 2017. Due to health reasons, she retired permanently December 31, 2017.

She was a member of The Bridge Church, after being a long-time active member at Hazel Street Baptist Church and Olive Street Baptist Church.

Jean’s deepest and strongest love was for her children. She was a fierce advocate and champion for her family.

Jean loved to travel with her family, including trips to Disney World, Boston, and Branson, and going antiquing. She was happy sitting in her recliner reading a book with her two cats beside her. After retirement, she enjoyed going to the Strachota Senior Center where she made new friends and enjoyed the activities there.

Jean never met a stranger, quickly telling people that she was a hugger and enveloping them in a warm, sincere hug.

As one dear friend said, “She was a bright light in dark places for everyone around her.” She brought joy and kindness to those who knew her and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, DeAnn and Jeff Stead of Independence, Missouri, and son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Jamie Smith of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, granddaughter, Bree Smith, her in-laws and many friends.

The family appreciates the care and support that Jean received from those who tended her with love at UAMS, JRMC, The Greenhouse Cottages of Southern Hills and Hospice Angels.

A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery with Brother Mike Manning and Pastor Philip Ethridge officiating. Jean will be in state Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Robinson’s. All current state covid-19 guidelines will apply. The service will be recorded and online within 24 hours.

Honorary pallbearers are Lamont Middleton, Garrison Martin, Larry Gragg, Jonathan Davis, Gaylon Harris and John Smith.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Angels, 3801 Camden Road, Chapel Village 1, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603 or Jefferson County Humane Society, PO Box 2233, Pine Bluff, AR 71613.

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    Monday, May 18, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, May 18, 2020 2:00pm
    Memorial Park Cemetery
    6707 Dollarway Road
    Pine Bluff, AR 71602
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James Dornbrook

Posted at 06:55pm
I wear my Hofbrau shirt from Las Vegas with pride. Glad to have shared that memory with you...

Skip Pearson

Posted at 10:06pm
Your Mom was a sweet, sweet lady. You always knew where you stood, she spoke her mind! So sorry for your loss.

Laurie Fikes

Posted at 10:42am
So very sorry to hear about Ms. Jean. She was such a joy to be around.
I had many years of calling on her when I was a food broker. I loved her contagious spirit and laughter. She had such great compassion for people.
God speed Ms. Jean🙏🌷
Prayers for the family.
You had a wonderful mom.
Buck and Laurie Fikes

Shelba Tuck Payom

Posted at 11:26pm
Praying for you all, we were close friends for several years, we loved Granny as we all knew her, very special Shelba Tuck Payton

Jeffrey Venoy Stewart

Posted at 12:09pm
I did not know Miss Jean but I do know her son Greg.
Greg praised his mother and that can only mean she was praise worthy.
Losing a loved one is devastating, I know. She is not dead she has been reborn before the Almighty.
This is a homecoming no words can describe.
GOD Bless you Greg and the family.

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