Joseph Keith Smith, 85, of Crossett, passed away on January 11, 2018 at Stonegate Villa Nursing Home in Crossett.
He was born in Union County on December 14, 1932 to William Leonard and Ruby Erma White Smith.
Following high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country honorably for eight years. He was employed in the construction and metal fabrication business and was a long term member of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith union. After moving to Crossett from Oklahoma in 2013, he was watched over by two loving caretakers, sister, Dianne Major and nephew, Charles Smith.
Mr. Smith was married first to Freda Mae Lewis of Fort Smith and with her had two children, Scheryl Ann Smith Dopson (Randy) and Douglas Keith Smith. His second marriage was to his great love, Rosemary Lloyd of Liberal, Kansas on Valentines Day 1976.
Preceding him in death were four of his siblings, his parents and both spouses. His desire was to be cremated and his ashes interred at the Sweet Home Family Cemetery in Union County near his parents and his youngest sister Ruby Dianne Major.
He is survived by two of his siblings, Rev. Donald Ray Smith (Pat) of Strong and Clara Emogene Cope (Travis) of Hamburg; both of his children; three grandsons, Jason Rogers of Sallisaw Oklahoma, William Smith, and Matthew Smith of Alma; one great grandson, Nathan Rogers of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends left to celebrate his life and to mourn his passing. He was an avid woodworker, fisherman, hunter, accomplished welder and loyal friend. He was quick to laugh and never failed to forgive. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Stonegate Villa nursing home for their loving care of a great man.
He was of the Episcopalian faith. His brother Rev. Donald Smith will conduct a memorial service at the Union Methodist Protestant Church on Hwy 129 between Strong and Huttig in the near future.