Nancy Annette Smith Dorton

Monday, November 16, 2020

Nancy Annette Smith Dorton of Trumann died Nov. 11, 2020, of natural causes at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 13 days. Nancy was born Wednesday, May 29, 1935, to Raymond and Virginia Rushing Smith at Tulot Plantation south of Trumann, where her father ran the mercantile store for the Cash family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold Dorton, her sister, Ramona Steadman, and brother, Eddie Smith.

She is survived by her children, Denise Dorton of Little Rock, Lora Dorton-Cheney (Jim) of Indianapolis and Kevin Dorton of Trumann; three grandchildren, Sara, Hanna and Hayden; and two nephews. Not to be omitted are her beloved Bible study ladies, her “sisters in Christ,” especially Violet and Pat. Also her special friend, Ron Davis, who brought her much joy in her last year.

Nancy worked with her husband in his photography business for many years prior to his death in 1997. She then made her children very proud by learning computer skills and acquiring various clerical jobs until her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she joyfully sang in the choir until poor health sidelined her. “Miss Nancy” also loved birds, flowers, nice perfume and reading books, which were her transport to the world.

Graveside service was Nov. 13 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro with Josh Odom officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church, Trumann Public Library or an animal rescue group.

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