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Obituary: Deborah Raye Roberts Smith


Deborah Faye Roberts Smith was born March 1, 1952 in De Queen, Ark., to Milford G. and Ernestine (Griffin) Roberts. On Aug. 17, 1968, she married the love of her life Charles L. Smith at Star of the West, Ark. The Newhope, Ark., area has always been their home. Slide Up & Hitch has been their residence since 1974. She was always a hard working woman and worked various jobs until she came home to the farm in 1980. Then she and Charlie started Total Plantation Management, she worked alongside him in the Forestry business until his retirement. Through the years they together have built a cow cattle operation, raised horses and hosted many family and friends at their arena for team ropings  and barrel racings. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988 and she never let it stop her.

She is survived by husband, Charlie, of the home; three daughters, Alidya (Bret) McKiever of Lockesburg, Ark., Amber (Tracy) Gentry of Brownstown, Ark., and Ashley Smith of Newhope, Ark. She was the best Mamaw to Ty Alan Gentry, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever, Blaire Gentry and Luke Springer. She is also survived by two brothers, Butch (Nancy) Roberts of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Bruce Pate of Lockesburg.

Preceded in death were her parents, and siblings Anita Pate and Bobby Roberts.

The family would like to thank Dierks Health and Rehab and Gentiva Hospice for their services these past few months. Your kindness and care will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers feel free to make a donation in her honor at the Multiple Sclerosis Charity of your choice. She always loved flowers and would love it if you planted one in her memory and if you have extras share with friends.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Smith were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Newhope, Ark., with Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Ark.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

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