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Stanley Smith

Stanley Curtis Smith of Branch, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., after a battle with lung cancer. Mr. Smith was a Roman Catholic and attended Saint Anthony Church in Ratcliff; he was an Army veteran and served as a Sergeant and Medic during Desert Storm. Mr. Smith also worked as a lab tech at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and Booneville and worked as a truck driver. Stan Smith was born March 10, 1954 in Heidelberg, Germany to Cornelius R. Smith and Billie Jean (Simmons) Smith. He was 59 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius R. Smith.

Vigil service was held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 15th, at St. Anthony Church in Ratcliff.

Memorial Mass service was held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at St. Anthony Church in Ratcliff, with Father Josh Stengel and Deacon Kenny Stengel officiating. Burial of cremains was held at 12:00 p.m. at Fort Smith National Cemetery, with military honors, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston.

He is survived by his mother, Billie Jean Smith of Branch; his son, Stephen Smith and wife Jennifer of Fort Lewis, Washington; three sisters, Phyllis Oldridge of Branch, Pat Stengel and husband Kenny of Ratcliff, and Jeanne Ramsey and husband Terry of Rudy; two brothers, James Smith and wife Donna of Barling and Donald Smith and wife Julie of Peter Pender; four granddaughters, Madison, Kelsie, Gwendolynn, and Raven. He aslo has 14 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were his nephews, Ryan Oldridge, Sean Smith, Carl Stengel, Matthew Stengel, Adam Stengel, Jonathan Smith, Nicholas Ramsey, and Jordan Ramsey.

Mr. Smith had a soft-spot in his heart for child victims of abuse, so memorial contributions may be sent to CASA of the Tri-Peaks, Logan County Courthouse, #22, Booneville, AR 72927 or to Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 17000, Fort Smith, AR 72917 whose caring staff provided his care.

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