JONESBORO – Kon F. Smithee, 84, of Jonesboro passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born Jan. 15, 1937, in Strawberry to the late Ray and Lida Watson Smithee. Kon was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was a member of the Paragould Country Club. Kon was an avid golfer, card player, reader of The Jonesboro Sun and True Story magazine.

He was a cowboy and he was known statewide for his skills operating a backhoe.

In addition to his parents, Kon was preceded in death by his son, Allan Smithee, brothers, Kenneth Smithee and Herschel Smithee, and sisters, Oretha Wilson and Asbrene Milligan.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Victoria “Vickie” Davis Martin Smithee of the home; daughter, LA-Konya (Rick) Kitchen of Jonesboro; stepson, Rob (Dana) Martin of Jonesboro; stepdaughter, Lori (David) Hodge of Marion; brother, Harold Gene Smithee of Cave City; nine grandchildren, Jonathan (Tracy) Smithee, Clint Smithee, Alex (Kennedy Respalie) Kitchen, Konner Kitchen, Lilly Kitchen, Lauren Kitchen, Sheradin (Vaden Palmer) Martin, Emalee Gillean and Izzie Hodge; and two great-grandchildren, Zoey Smithee and Dean Kitchen.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Emerson Funeral Home. The graveside service will be private with J.R. Lamberth officiating.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock 72202, or Rett Syndrome, rettsyndrome.org/donate.