Theodore Carlyle “Ted” Smith, 86, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away, Thursday January 16th at 11:45pm. He was born April 28, 1933 in Bellaire, Michigan to King O. Smith and Nora Wilson Smith.
He proudly served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for 5 years. Then, over 16 years, he started as agent, then up to General Agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance in Memphis, TN, and then became an attorney for four decades. Along the way he excelled at academics, tests and most anything he put his mind to. He loved to build and design things like the “solar envelope house” in Tontitown, the Church in Colorado, and rejuvenating the Johnson Mill. Coming from his roots in northern Michigan as a very poor farm boy tending sheep and goats starting at 3 years old, becoming “chief cowboy” (actually cowbaby) at 4 years old and then having to take charge of the entire family Farm by about age 16, he has done pretty well. He loved his “work stuff”, but now on to what was most important to him.
A key principal for him was: “BE HONEST, SEEK TRUTH AND FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE!!”.
Ted was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was truly interested in those around him and encouraged them to be their best. This included not only family and friends, but also waiters, waitresses, house-keepers, employees, clients, etc. who often became friends or even close friends. He loves Jesus and his family and rejoices that he has left the pains of this life to be with our Lord.
He was one of the most positive and fun people you will ever meet. He loved to participate with his family and friends in things like camping, world travels, shows/theater, movies, boating, white water rafting (in his 70’s), reading, deep discussions, singing, playing harmonica, dancing, walking on stilts, rolling metal hoops, jeeping, skiing, mini-biking, ATV’ing, go-carts, family re-unions, playing with and teaching grandkids, etc, etc. I don’t think climbing Everest was ever on his “bucket list”, so we don’t know that he missed out on anything.
He would not want you to feel bad about his passing. After battling tractor accident, cancer, heart-attacks, stints, dialysis, type-2 diabetes and other things, he is probably laughing and doing cart-wheels right now. He was laughing and dancing “the floss” while on Hospice, 4 days before he passed … just think of how much he is enjoying his new glorified body! I know he wants people to fall in love with Jesus, so he can see them again, in Heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Gene, Doug, Elton and Bill Smith, and one sister, Barb Koutnik.
Ted is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Francis Smith; four children, Holly Allen and husband, Jeff of Rogers, Cathy Norwood and husband, Doug of Rogers, Randy Smith and wife, Mary of Rogers, and Susan Wilkins and husband, Tom of Hot Springs, five siblings, King Smith and wife, Martha Jean of The Villages, Florida, Rosie Pippin and husband, Mike of Traverse City, Michigan, Connie Hughey of Bellaire, Michigan, Caroline Pfund of Traverse City, Michigan, Marilyn Ziegler of Memphis Tennessee, and sister-in-law, Maggie Smith; also his friend and mother of 3 of his children, his first wife Doris Jane Gilbrech. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Shannon Sulzen and husband Christopher, Miles Martin, Grace Billups and husband Shelby, Mark Smith, Joshua Smith and wife Jordan, Heidi Rouner and husband Jesse, Leslie Jo Tucker and husband Trey, and Katie Dotson and husband Jad. And finally, the bonus of 14 great grandkids.
Funeral services will be Saturday January 25th 1:00pm at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens Chapel in Rogers with Pastor Mickey Rapier officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be from Noon that Saturday until service time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be expressed at stockdale-moodyfs.com
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