Charles Walter Smith, 87, of Heber Springs, AR, formerly of Russellville, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at McClellan VA Hospital in Little Rock. The son of Theodore and Nola (Jones) Smith, he was born November 16, 1933, in Dover. He married Hope (Billingsley) Smith, on June 15, 2016, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Charles was a four-year veteran of the United States Navy. His duty assignment was aboard the USS LST-532 during the Korean War period. During World War II, the ship was assigned to the European theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Following the war, she operated with the Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet during which time Charles served, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Following his military career, Charles worked a number of different jobs which included farming in Yell County and spent a great deal of his working years in the timber industry. He was a mason and worshipped in the Baptist faith. His passionate happy place was deep-sea fishing, although he also enjoyed crappie fishing and being in the great outdoors. Charles was acclaimed by his family and friends as an outstanding cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his late wife of 61 years, Juanita Smith. He is survived by his wife, Hope; a son Mike Smith (Ana) of Farmington, AR; a daughter, Terri Beck of Dover; six grandchildren: Michelle Valencia (Brandon), Matthew Smith (Lauren), Tyler Beck, Alex Smith, Brittany Smith and Morgan Beck; and a great grandson, Bronson Smith.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center. No visitation or memorial service is being planned. Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 2222 Cottondale Drive, Suite 310, Little Rock, AR 72202; or Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E Parkway Drive #3, Russellville, AR 72802. Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at ww.humphreyfuneral.com.