Dean Smith

April 6, 1948November 10, 2021

Dean Smith, 73, of Alma, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Van Buren. He was born April 6, 1948 in Fort Smith to the late Raymond and Mamie Lovegrove Smith. He was a retired self-employed homebuilder, and a Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Elizabeth Ann Arnold, and brothers Cleo Smith and Sonny Smith.

He is survived by two daughters Julie Wright and her husband David of Alma, Courtney Wright and her husband Kevin of Fort Smith, five sisters Edith Harvey of Fayetteville, Brenda Reed of Alma, Barbara Patton of Hot Springs, Wanda Meadors of Mulberry, Shirlene Carter of Van Buren, two brothers Jimmy Don Smith and Clyde Raymond Smith both of Alma, and four grandchildren; Emily, Jackson, Clayton, and Easton Wright.

Funeral service will be 10:30 am Monday, November 15, 2021 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel, with private interment to follow at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. Honorary pallbearers will be Jamie Smith, Randy and Jared Arnold, Jackson, Clayton, and Easton Wright.

The family will visit with friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith family.


  • Raymond Willie Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Mamie Inez Lovegrove Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Julie Wright (David), Daughter
  • Courtney Wright (Kevin), Daughter
  • Elizabeth Ann Arnold, Sister (deceased)
  • Edith Harvey, Sister
  • Brenda Reed, Sister
  • Barbara Patton, Sister
  • Wanda Meadors, Sister
  • Shirlene Carter, Sister
  • Cleo Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Sonny Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Jimmy Don Smith, Brother
  • Clyde Raymond Smith, Brother
  • Emily Wright, Grandchild
  • Jackson Wright, Grandchild
  • Clayton Wright, Grandchild
  • Easton Wright, Grandchild

  • Jamie Smith
  • Randy Arnold
  • Jared Arnold
  • Jackson Wright
  • Clayton Wright
  • Easton Wright


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021


Dean Smith

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Randall Carson

November 15, 2021

Dean built me a beautiful home. We became friends. I have fond memories of a fishing trip to Canada that he went on with me and others. We survived a golf ball sized hail storm and big waves on the lake. What an adventure!

Fran Orrick

November 12, 2021

Gerald Dean will always hold a very special place in my heart❤️ I seen him a couple of years ago at his granddaughter Emily and my granddaughter Rane at a dance recital in alma and I got to talk to him and he was the same as I remember him in high school Im sure his family will miss his 🙏🏻❤️

Janet Sewell

November 11, 2021

Dean will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m going to miss you “hardhead”. Love you always ❤️

Larry & Shelia Tapp

November 11, 2021

We have many fond memories with your family. Skiing, horseback trips, a lovely home Dean built for us in Dean Springs. Dear family, "May the Lord bless you & keep you and cause His face to shine upon you".💖