Jimmie M. Smith, 71, passed away May 7, 2013. Jimmie was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Texarkana to parents Bonnie McCoy and Carlotta Smith.
Jimmie attended First Pentecostals of Benton. He retired from UALR, where he was an IT specialist. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a civil engineer and a Microsoft engineer with certifications in C++ and Cisco.
He enjoyed sky-diving, car racing and the Richard Petty Driving Experience which he had participated in several times. He was an avid photographer and had a darkroom where he developed his own film. He loved boating, reading Sci-Fi and restoring antique automobiles, particularly AMC Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his father; his son, Bryan David Smith; and his brother, Phillip Ray Smith.
Jimmie is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carolyn Smith of Mabelvale; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Watkins and husband Ken of Portland, Tenn., and Dawn Weber of Pennsylvania; a son-in-law, Bill Weber of Pennsylvania; two sons, Bradley Dean Sherr of Florida and Benjamin P. Sherr II and wife Michelle of Virginia; her mother, Carlotta Smith of Lake Village; two sisters, Dot Lynn Hackett and husband John of Prescott and Bonnie Margaret Mazzanti and husband Richard of Lake Village; two brothers, Phillip Dean Smith of Longview, Texas, and Bruce Allen Smith and wife Lisa of Lake Village; four grandchildren, Michael Raywood and wife Jamie, Andrew Parrish Sherr, Bryan Mitchell Sherr and Christian Joseph Sherr; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many family and friends, all of whom loved him dearly and will miss him always.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Smith Family Funeral Home, Benton Chapel, 322 N. Market, Benton. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, at at Williamson Cemetery in Sales, La.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, prior to the funeral service. For more information, call 501-778-7100.
Online guestbook: www.smithfamilycares.com .