AnnaBelle Knight Feeney Smith

AnnaBelle Knight Feeney Smith

AnnaBelle Knight Feeney Smith, 90, of Hot Springs passed away on July 19, 2015 at Garrett Manor in Hot Springs.

She was born in Lincoln County on May 16, 1925 and was the youngest child of the late Cornelia Lavender Knight and John Thomas Knight.

She was a graduate of Draughon’s School of Business in Little Rock and the MedauGymnastik Institute of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1972, she bought the Gardner Nursing Home in Star City which she ultimately co-owned and operated with her daughter, Deborah Shannon from 1972-2008.

She loved her patients and employees and was proud to have been appointed in 1991 by then-governor Bill Clinton to the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease. God put her exactly where she could best use her exceptional people skills to the benefit of so many.

She was an avid Razorback fan who was prone to calling the hogs at the drop of a hat, and surely will be calling the hogs in heaven. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs, as well as the much loved Saints and Sinners Sunday School Class. She brightened any room she entered with her vitality, ever present smile and ready laugh.

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Shannon (John) of Hot Springs and Judge Rebecca Doherty of Lafayette, Louisiana; her grandchildren, George Jason Doherty “Jake” (Andrea) of Ohlstadt, Germany, Anna Kathryn Shannon Dupuis (Greg) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Melanie Margaret Shannon Craft (Teddy) of Rogers, AR; and six great-grandchildren, Lily Kathryn Dupuis, AnnaBelle Doherty, Alexander Shannon Dupuis, John Fischer Spieth, Kathryn Elizabeth Craft and Miriam Doherty.

In her final years, AnnaBelle was the appointed matriarch of a large and much loved family of nieces and nephews, many from the Roebuck family, and was especially close to her niece and dearly loved friend, Lynda Roebuck White.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Galinda Kay Feeney.

A graveside service will be held at on July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Drake Cemetery in Star City. A memorial service will be held on July 27 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs with Revs. Michael Mattox and John Miles officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71901.