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Venita Mae Smith

May 2, 1926 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 94)


Venita Mae Smith, 94, passed away on January 7, 2021. She was born on May 2, 1926 in Wister, OK to John Gordon and Sarah Emadine Mcgee (McClain). Venita was a sweet quiet loving godly woman that enjoyed quilting, going to church, word search puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother whose memory will be cherished forever by her friends and family.


Venita is survived by her daughters, Jeri Bennett, Janet Hedden, Debbie Finley, and Patty Middleton; thirteen grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Curtis Smith; sons, Terry Lee Smith and John Edmond Leydecker; daughter, Jeannie Pipides; grandson, Jason Lane; 3 sisters, Edna Wyatt, Retha Mills, and Lois McGee; and 4 brothers, Richard, Leon, Eugene, and John D. McGee.


Pallbearers are Lee Harmon, Randall King, Tahkodah Harmon, Joshua Harmon, Jarrod Grider, and Theresa Briggs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry King and Larry Finley.


A visitation will be held at Willis Funeral Service on Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 6-8 PM. The funeral will be held at 1 PM Sunday, January 10, 2021, at the Finley Creek Baptist Church followed by a burial at the Finley Creek Cemetery with Brother Stephen Stevenson officiating.

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January 9, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Willis Funeral Service
3513 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR 72501

Funeral Service
January 10, 2021

1:00 PM
Finley Creek Cemetery
Sidney, AR 72577

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