Linda Carol Smith

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Linda Carol Smith, 71, of Black Oak, passed from this life Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Born in Black Oak, she was the daughter of the late B.A. and Nola Morgan Grisham and was a lifelong area resident. Linda was a 1965 graduate of Monette High School and later received her B.S.E. in Elementary Education from Arkansas State University. She was a lifelong educator having served in the Caraway, Monette and Buffalo Island Central school districts before retiring with 33 years of service. Linda was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa organization for women educators and was the current president of the Alpha Nu Chapter of the ADK. Following her retirement, she enjoyed crafting and custom monogramming. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Monette.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bobby Lloyd Grisham, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Grisham.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Lynn Smith of Black Oak; one daughter, Dr. Tara Smith of Jonesboro; two brothers, Bobby Grisham of Black Oak and Jim Grisham of Jonesboro. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the First Baptist Church in Monette with Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. Burial will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Leachville.

Active pallbearers will be Dennis Gathright, Phillip Duffel, Jason Stewart, Blaine Tarver, Franklin Smithee and Brandon McKuin. Honorary pallbearers will include the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Monette High School Class of 1965, the Women's Dorcas Sunday School Class, the Senior Men's Sunday School Class and deacons of the First Baptist Church.

The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 5:30-8:00 at the First Baptist Church in Monette. The family prefers any memorials be sent to the Mt. Zion Association Camp Fund, 2460 Sunny Meadow Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72404.

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