Kenneth Lee Smyth, age 85 of Marshall, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at North Arkansas Regional Hospital in Harrison, Arkansas surrounded by his family. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on February 7th, 1932 to Robert Garland Smyth and Florence (Greenhaw) Smyth. He was the youngest of seven children.
Kenneth graduated in 1949 from Marshall High School and attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville for two years. He was an Arkansas Democrat Gazette distributor for 40 years. He also worked as a postal clerk in Marshall from 1949 until 1965. In 1965, he acquired the selective service position until the draft ended. When the new Federal Building was completed, Kenneth became the caretaker under the General Service Administration until he retired after 25 years of civil service. Kenneth and Dean owned Smyth’s Store for 22 years where Kenneth was a shoe repairman. He was a partner in Smyth Brothers Farms raising Hereford cattle and thoroughbred horses.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dean (Marshall) Smyth of Marshall, Arkansas; son, Randy Smyth and wife Brenda of Marshall, Arkansas; daughter, Marian Parks and husband Jim of Harrison, Arkansas; granddaughters, Amanda Smyth of Springfield, Missouri, Melissa Smyth of Marshall, Arkansas and Erin Wood and husband Michael of Booneville, Arkansas; great-granddaughter, Rayya Smyth; and one great-grandson on the way.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Troy Don Smyth, Glee Smyth and wife Calestia, Robert Smyth and S.C. Smyth and wife Lula; sisters, Bernell Smith and husband Newt, Mardell Armstrong and husband Otis; and one infant granddaughter.
Funeral services for Kenneth will be 2:00 PM Thursday, December 28th, 2017 at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. James Horton and Bro. Kenny McDaniel officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Marshall Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Johnny Hinchey, Craig Coffey, Mike Cash, Todd Dearing, Tommy Harris and Marvin Switzer. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. G.C. Blair, R.C. Rea, Dr. James Ragland, Johnny Neel and Jeremy Killion. In lieu of flowers at the family’s request please make donations to Hospice of the Hills, 501 E. Sherman, Harrison, Arkansas 72601.