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Our team provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-870-246-4551 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

Jeff & Leslie Smith

Jeff & Leslie Smith

President & Vice President

Jeff, John and Kay's son, joined the staff in June 2006 as a funeral director. In 2010 Jeff and Leslie stepped into the role of leading the funeral homes. They plan to continue the legacy of the funeral home. Jeff graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Small Business Management and the University of Memphis with a MBA. He is proud to carry on the Smith family tradition of funeral service and the proud father of three children, Hayden, Kaylee, and Sawyer. As Vice President, Leslie adds her motherly touch to our Smith Family.


Tim Wright

Tim Wright

Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer

Tim came to us in August 1979 directly from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, TX. He is the Manager of Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home, a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and is married to Sharon, who is also on staff. They have two children, Neil in Elkins, AR and Tara in Fayetteville, AR.  Tara is married to Aaron Hughes, and they have three sons, Brayden Allen, Aylor Audric and Callen Aven. Tim and Sharon are members of Arkadelphia Church of Christ, where he serves as a Deacon. In 2018, he was named the Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year by the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association.


Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Assistant Manager/Funeral Director

Douglas Wilson is a Funeral Director with 10 years of experience in the funeral industry.  He started working as maintenance and part-time Funeral Assistant in Russellville, while attending Arkansas Tech University.  Douglas received his Bachelor of Professional Studies with a minor in Sociology in December 2012.  He then started and finished his Funeral Director apprenticeship and became licensed in 2014.  Douglas then moved to central Arkansas and served the families there for five years.  He moved to Arkadelphia in May 2020 to serve the families of Clark county with Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home.

Douglas has a heart of a servant and has been fulfilling his calling of ministering to families ever since meeting his first family.


Mike Wilcox

Mike Wilcox

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Mike joined the staff in February of 1971 as a funeral director and embalmer. In 1980 Billy and Ramona sold interest to Mike and their son Murry. Mike and his wife, Rebecca, have four adult children; Lynli (Little Rock); Michael (Eureka Springs); Michelle (Rogers); and Megan (San Jose, CA).


Rebecca Wilcox

Rebecca Wilcox

Bookkeeper

Rebecca helps with our bookkeeping and is married to Mike Wilcox.


David Blackwell

David Blackwell

Funeral Director & Embalmer

David started in the funeral business in 1986. He graduated from the Northwest Mississippi Community College Mortuary Science program in 1990. David is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He married his wife Cheryl in 1990. They have three children, Melissa, Michael and John, and six grandchildren.


Dennis Rothfus

Dennis Rothfus

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Dennis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who joined Smith Family in 2018.


Ellis Jones

Ellis Jones

Funeral Assistant

Ellis is a funeral assistant who helps with services.


Sharon Wright CPC

Sharon Wright CPC

Certified Planning Consultant

Sharon is married to Tim Wright, Manager of Ruggles-Wilcox. She is doing a great job with our advanced planning marketing and sales.  In addition to advance planning, she also provides insurance options and handles custom monuments. She and her husband are both passionate about helping people in time of need. 


Tobey Pentecost

Tobey Pentecost

Cemetery Supervisor

Tobey has done an outstanding job mastering all of the details that are involved in the portion of our work that deals with the cemetery. He is married to Shasta Turner Pentecost and they have two sons, Turner and Wynn.


Clark Keeling

Clark Keeling

Cemetery Maintenance Assistant

Clark assists with Rest Haven Memorial Gardens and has been with us since 2018.


Emory Martin III, CFSP

Emory Martin III, CFSP

Care Center & Cremation Center Manager

Emory, a licensed embalmer and funeral director, joined our firm in 2011. He is the manager of Smith Family Care Center along with our Cremation Centers in Little Rock & North Little Rock.  Emory is a CANA certified crematory operator, an honor graduate of ASU – Mountain Home with a degree in Mortuary Science, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Emory has one daughter, Erica, and is a very proud uncle to Caden, Blayklen, Nicholas & Peyton. He and his spoiled dachshund, Doxie, live in Alexander, Arkansas. Emory is a member of the Central Arkansas Perinatal Loss Coalition, serves on the Association for Death Education & Counseling Credentialing Council, and serves as Board President of Nichols Cemetery Association in Marked Tree, Arkansas. In his free time, he enjoys cruises, road trips, camping and spending time with his family and friends.


Linda Jones

Linda Jones

Hostess

Linda, who is married to Ellis, is a visitation attendant.


Nancy Freeman

Nancy Freeman

Hostess

Nancy is a visitation assistant who has been with us since 2018.


Flossie Mitchell

Flossie Mitchell

Housekeeping Supervisor

Flossie has been our housekeeping supervisor for many years.


Clay Smith

Clay Smith

General Manager of Operations, Smith Family Funeral Homes

Clay came to work at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home in 1979 as an apprentice funeral director. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 1982 after serving his apprenticeship. He then went to Mortuary School in Dallas and was licensed as an embalmer in 1983.

He was Manager of Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home from 2005 to 2015, and is now General Manager of Operations of all Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Clay and his wife Audrey have two children, Adam and Holly, and is "PaPa" to his five grandchildren, Clayton, Harleigh, Kennedy, Beau, and Hollyn.  

Clay and his wife are members of Immanual Baptist Church in Sheridan. When not at work, Clay raises horses, long horn cows, chickens and he likes to hunt and fish. 


The late John S. Smith & Kay Smith

The late John S. Smith & Kay Smith

Former Owners of Smith Family Funeral Homes

John Stephen Smith took over as President of North Little Rock Funeral Home in 1972 when he was 23 years old.  John's father, Clifford, founded the funeral home on Valentine's Day, 1955. 

John had worked in the funeral home in some capacity since its inception when Clifford and Frances Smith moved their family into the upper level of the funeral home. 

Kay, John's wife, has worked at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home since 1977. Kay oversees the clerical work and helps on services as needed.

In 2010, John retired and sold the funeral home to his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Leslie Smith. 


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