Bobby Ray Smith, 78, of Black Rock, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

He was born Nov. 18, 1941, to William Sherman and Sarah Eleen Fuller Smith in Norwood, Mo. He was a truck driver and a volunteer firefighter for the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years. Bobby was of the Christian belief. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Kenneth Alan Smith; brother, Donnie Lee Smith; infant sister, Francis; and great-granddaughter, Jasmine Paige Pope.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vesta Smith, of the home; children, Connie Sue Smith Pope of Florida, Terry Scott Smith (Jennifer) of Jonesboro, William Sherman “Bobby” Smith (Melanie) of Nebraska, and Mark Steven Smith of Conway; sister, Ann Clark of Illinois; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation was Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock, with the funeral following at 1 p.m. with Chad Burton officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfh walnutridge.com.

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