Ben Gene Smith, 89, of Crossett, died on January 19, 2020.
He was a member and deacon of Pine Forrest Missionary Baptist Church, a Gideon, and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Smith was born on April 30, 1930 in Warren, to Ben Carey and Gennie Lou Rogers Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Geraldine Gladys Edwards Smith; four brothers, G.D. Stedman, Lathan Stedman, Kenneth Steadman and Barnard Smith; a sister, Pat Ashcraft and a grandson, Joshua Parrish.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Betty F. Mayo Smith; a daughter, Madonna Henson (Gordon) of McGehee; two sons, Tony Bruton (Gale) of Hockley, Texas and Gregory Bruton of Crossett; a sister, Marilyn Ashcraft of Warren; seven grandchildren, Kate Zieske, Sarah Blevins, Alisha Parrish, James Williams, Lindsey McClellan, Alicia Herren and Scotty Bruton; thirteen great grandchildren, David Zieske, Paul Zieske, Katie Rose Henson, Ben Joslin, Lindsey Bliss Henson, Ethan Parrish, Anthony Parrish, Noah Parrish, Bailey McClellan, Jaxon McClellan, Tripp Simmons, Tristen Meredith and Sydnie Meredith and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Friday, January 24 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Lane Baptist Church in North Crossett with Bro. Ken McEachern and Bro. Willie Thornhill officiating.
Pallbearers are Mark Mayo, Neal Zieske, Aaron Blevins, James Williams, Jerry Ashcraft and Mike Ashcraft. Interment will be at Outlaw Cemetery in Hermitage under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.
Visitation is Thursday, January 23, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, Inc.