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McConnell Funeral Home

137 North Main Street, Greenwood, AR

OBITUARY

Bobbie Smith

January 1, 1931May 18, 2020
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Bobbie Ruth Jenkins Smith was born January 1, 1931 to Millard and Juanita Jenkins in Greenwood, Arkansas. She passed from life Monday, May 18, 2020 in Greenwood, Arkansas. She was 89 years old.

Bobbie was a beautiful and vivacious woman. She was close to all her family, but especially her oldest sister, Joy. Bobbie graduated from Greenwood High School and Mellie’s Beauty School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She managed and owned beauty shops in St Louis for many years. After her husband’s death, she decided to return to Greenwood to spend her final years. She had dreamed of returning to Greenwood for many years. She always referred to Greenwood as “home”. Bobbie lived with her beloved and devoted daughter Debbie. She worshipped at Greenwood Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith; son, Jimmy; her parents; two sisters, Joy Smith and Elizabeth Miller; four brothers, Billy, Tillman (Dude), John Clifton and Jerry Jenkins. She is survived by two daughters, Dana and husband, Sam Griffith of Greenwood and Debbie Smith of the home; two grandchildren, Sam and wife, Celeste Griffith and James and wife, Ashley Griffith; four great- grandchildren; Brianna, Ty, Houston and Victoria Griffith; six sisters, Judy Horan, Wanda DuCharme-Lloyd, Denna Bond, Miria Griffith, Sandra Turner, and Patricia Knight.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Friday, May 22 at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Viewing will be Thursday from 2 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  • Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Dana and husband, Sam Griffith of Greenwood and Debbie Smith of the home; two grandchildren, Sam and wife, Celeste Griffith and James and wife, Ashley Griffith; four great- grandchildren; Brianna, Ty, Houston and Victoria Griffith; six sisters, Judy Horan, Wanda DuCharme-Lloyd, Denna Bond, Miria Griffith, Sandra Turner, and Patricia Knight. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith; son, Jimmy; her parents, Millard and Juanita Jenkins; two sisters, Joy Smith and Elizabeth Miller; four brothers, Billy, Tillman (Dude), John Clifton and Jerry Jenkins.

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Services

  • Viewing

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

Memories

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Tanya Wright

May 21, 2020

We have such happy memories of our visits with Aunt Bobbie when our family would drive down from Michigan. As little girls, Aunt Bobbie would give us perms and fix our hair - we felt so beautiful!
In later years, we were so thrilled when she and our cousins, Dana and Debbie came to visit us on the West Coast - even braving the “wilds” of Winnemucca , NV!
We love you so much Aunt Bobbie. You are forever in our hearts.
Your loving nieces,
Deborah and Tanya

Dawn Messer

May 20, 2020

Memories can last a lifetime . Here I am a 55 year old woman and can still remember one vivid memory with Aunt Bobbie. I was a very young girl and our family was visiting Arkansas as we would do most every year. There was a big family gathering at our Grandma Jenkins home. With all the people and hustle and bustle I could not find my mother. I ran outside and saw my Dad talking to my Mother I knew it was her because of the color of her blouse. When I got up to them I said, “Mom, Mom”, and Aunt Bobbie turned around and looked at me with that incredible smile that looked just like my Mom’s and said “I am not your Mother”. Unbeknownst to me the two woman had actually switched blouses that day. As you can see by the picture that I have posted and the one shared by the family which were taken on the same day how a small child could become confused with this whole situation. Thank you, Aunt Bobbie for always being kind, generous, and loving towards your many nieces and nephews even the ones from California. You will always be in our hearts. Sending love and comfort to the family. With all my love, Dawn

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Biography

Bobbie Ruth Jenkins Smith was born January 1, 1931 to Millard and Juanita Jenkins in Greenwood, Arkansas. She passed from life Monday, May 18, 2020 in Greenwood, Arkansas. She was 89 years old.

Bobbie was a beautiful and vivacious woman. She was close to all her family, but especially her oldest sister, Joy. Bobbie graduated from Greenwood High School and Mellie’s Beauty School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She managed and owned beauty shops in St Louis for many years. After her husband’s death, she decided to return to Greenwood to spend her final years. She had dreamed of returning to Greenwood for many years. She always referred to Greenwood as “home”. Bobbie lived with her beloved and devoted daughter Debbie. She worshipped at Greenwood Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith; son, Jimmy; her parents; two sisters, Joy Smith and Elizabeth Miller; four brothers, Billy, Tillman (Dude), John Clifton and Jerry Jenkins. She is survived by two daughters, Dana and husband, Sam Griffith of Greenwood and Debbie Smith of the home; two grandchildren, Sam and wife, Celeste Griffith and James and wife, Ashley Griffith; four great- grandchildren; Brianna, Ty, Houston and Victoria Griffith; six sisters, Judy Horan, Wanda DuCharme-Lloyd, Denna Bond, Miria Griffith, Sandra Turner, and Patricia Knight.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Friday, May 22 at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Viewing will be Thursday from 2 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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