January 29, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 5

L.R. 'Smitty' Smith Jr.

L.R. "Smitty" Smith Jr. died on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont. from pneumonia complications.

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He was born on Jan. 15, 1947, in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Lemuel and Carolyn (Finlayson) Smith. He grew up and attended schools in North Carolina. Following school, he entered the United States Army in January 1964, and was honorably discharged in December 1969. After his discharge he returned to Russell, Ark.

While living between North Carolina and Arkansas, he held several different jobs. He was a mayor, preacher, judge, worked on the pipeline, and was a...

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