Robert Maier Smith, 91, of McGehee, died April 14, 2014.
He was born on February 7, 1923, at McGehee and was the son of Jennie Lee Maier Smith and James Moses Smith.
Mr. Smith’s grandparents, America Jane and Fred Maier were original settlers of McGehee. He was a lawyer for 49 years during which he practiced law with his father and brother. He was McGehee Municipal Judge for 16 years. He was a World War II veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He served in the US Army 44th Division in 1944-45 as a combat infantryman in Alsace-Lorraine, France, where he received a field promotion to sergeant.
Robert “Fly” Smith was a 1941 graduate of McGehee High School where he was a running back for the Owls. He attended Ouachita Baptist College, playing running back for the Tigers, prior to being drafted. After serving his country he received his law degree from Little Rock University School of Law.
He served as McGehee City Attorney for 20 years, was president of Arkansas Municipal Judges’ League from 1966-68, and was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association. He served two terms on the McGehee City Council and was president of the McGehee School Board. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, and the McGehee Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Smith was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of McGehee. He was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 42 for six years, an avid tennis player, a pilot, and enjoyed the outdoors.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Freddy J. Smith; brother-in-law, Richard K. Clem, and a granddaughter, Andrea M. Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Nomel Carolyn Faulkner Smith; children, Steven M. Smith and wife Anita of Little Rock, Kenneth M. Smith and wife Sandy of Watson, and Joseph L. Smith and wife Pam of El Paso, Texas; a brother, James Neill Smith and wife Barbara of McGehee; a sister, Margaret Jane Clem of Hot Springs; sister-in-law, Delma Smith Thompson of Pittsburg, Kansas; three step-daughters, Nancy K. Moore and husband Pat of Omaha, Nebraska, Carolyn Jane Stein and husband Brad of Omaha, and Bette K. Proffitt of McGehee, and a stepson Rob Proffitt of Lake Worth, Florida. Grandchildren include, Amelia J. Smith, Loryn Smith Forbes and husband Kenny, Rachel Smith, Aaron Smith, and five step grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held April 21 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of McGehee with Rev. Kenny Shaw of First Presbyterian Church of McGehee as officiant, assisted by Rev. Joe Head of First United Methodist Church. Rather than visitation, there will be a reception at the church following services.
Burial will be April 22 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church Courtyard Columbarium in Little Rock. Deacon John Hall of Holy Souls and Rev. Kenny Shaw of First Presbyterian Church will preside.
Memorials may be made to the:
Andrea Maier Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Mount St. Mary’s Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72205
301 Markham Center
Little Rock, AR 72205