Dora Mae Smith

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Dora Mae Smith, 68, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville.

Dora was born in Joiner to Dewitt and Essie Woodard Smith and a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Dora attended Harrison High School and received her Associates Degree in Computer Science. Dora moved to Lansing, Mich., in 1971 and chose to go into the medical field where she served as a group home manager for Sherwood Homes before retiring. While working, she enjoyed taking care of her clients and taking them on field trips. Dora was an excellent swimmer and great at math. She enjoyed reading, dancing, sewing and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Father Dewitt Smith; seven sisters, Annie Lee Osborne, Archie Lee Smith, Essie Lee Smith, LeBertha McClair, O’Neal Jordan and Rosena Owens, Elnora Smith; and two brothers-in-law, Hardin McClair and Anthony Owens Sr.; nephew Darren McClair, and special friend Beatrice Allen.

Dora Leaves four children, Rhonda Matthews (Michael) of Lansing, Mich., Frankie Pruitt (Melvin) of Brookhaven, Miss., Cheryl Artis of Lansing, Mich., and Mikel McClurkin of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother, Essie Lee Smith of Blytheville; four brothers, DeeCeasar Smith of Blytheville, Timmy Lee Smith (Tracy) of Blytheville, Alexander Smith (Rosalind) of Decatur, Ala., and Raymond Smith (Christie) of Blytheville; six sisters, Mary Ann Smith of Blytheville, Luella Cooper (Ebb) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Hattie Malone (Robert) of Lebanon, Mo., Sandra Johnson (Steve) of Valdosta, Ga., Sherry Williams of Valdosta, Ga., and Laverne Crawford (Louis) of Blytheville; eight grandchildren, Sir James, Dominique, Precious, Diamond, Roshonda, Prince Charles, Ashanti and LeGeorge; six great-grandchildren, Semaj, Carla, Samaryia, Aaliyah, Nevaeh and Success; and her 13 special friends, Joyce Pleasant, Frances Brown, Norma Howell, Evelyn Woods, Thelma Blocker Webb Valley, Maria Farrior, Beatrice Allen, Cathy Crenshaw, Eva Dillard, Marilyn Genia, Gwen, Anna, and Ann Smith.

A Celebration of Dora’s life will be held Saturday, 12 p.m., March 7, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at