Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jim is owner of Smith Family and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. After graduating from Green Forest High School he went on to graduate from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 52 years. They have 3 children and 11 grandchildren. Jim has truly lived a life committed to service, including: serving in the Army, his church, kids sporting events and the community. He is a member of Berryville Church On The Hill and the Gideon's. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, wood-working, golfing, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Jim says, "This opportunity that Kathy and I have been given of owning our family business is a dream come true. It has enabled us to serve families and make them feel they are receiving the personal attention that is required in personalizing each funeral"
Licensed Funeral Director
Kathy graduated from Alpena High School in 1967. After becoming a nurse she worked as an LPN for 27 years before becoming a licensed funeral director. Kathy is a member of Church On The Hill, Berryville, AR, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and the Gideon's. She loves spending time with her family, interior design work, reading and taking long walks. As a terminal care nurse for many years Kathy became well trained in dealing with grief and her focus is always on the needs of the people she serves. "Helping families during their time of enormous sadness is truly a ministry. I feel honored and privileged to comfort and support," she says.
Funeral Director Apprentice
Rick moved to Green Forest from Illinois where he has served as a pastor, hospice chaplain and fire department chaplain. He has served as a pastor for over 26 years in Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois. He and his wife Tiffany have 3 children. His hobbies include family time, hunting, and fishing. He is an avid Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals fan and looks forward to any game he can attend.
Assistant Funeral Director
Tony moved from Mississippi, where he served as a pastor, funeral director assistant and hospice chaplain. He and his wife Sheila have 2 children and they are former pastors of Christ Tabernacle Church in Blue Eye, Missouri. His hobbies include golfing, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family. He has worked at the funeral home for the past 12 years as assistant funeral director and hosted their grief support groups. Tony states, "A quiet and caring touch is needed when meeting families who have just lost a loved one, compassion and understanding of this kind is what Smith Family Funeral Home is about".
Steve has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 30 years, working for one of the leading funeral homes in the state of Arkansas in his career. He is the oldest son of Jim and Kathy and he and his wife Regina are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children. His hobbies include fishing, golf and relaxing with his family.
Tiffany and her husband Rick returned to Northwest Arkansas in 2021 to work with their family at Smith Family Funeral Home. She is a licensed high school math teacher and works at Berryville High School. She received a B.S. in mathematics from Henderson State University. She assists the funeral home with office management and works with visitations and funerals. Her hobbies include craft projects, crochet, cooking and being with her family every chance she gets.
Sheila and her family have worked with Smith Family Funeral Home since the day we began. She plays a vital role in office management, website design, and managing social media accounts. Her husband Casey works for Wal-Mart Headquarters in Bentonville and they are the proud parents of 3 boys.
Linda was born in Texas and has lived in Boone County for the past several years. She had four children before her marriage to Kenneth Booth in 2011. Together they enjoy 5 children and a number of grandchildren. Linda previously worked as a secretary and a Direct Care Staff for people with Special Needs, including her daughter. Her hobbies include crocheting, working on her computer and spending time with family. She enjoys working along, beside Kenneth, in every area of his ministry. "There is no better feeling in the world than being there for someone who is hurting — it is my passion" says Linda.
Kenneth has been working at Smith Family Funeral Home since 2010. He is a lifelong resident of Alpena. After graduating from High School he married Judy Fraley and they had one daughter. Judy died in 2011 and he later met and married Linda Bailey who also works at the funeral home. For 31 years he worked for the AR Highway Department until his health forced him to retire. Kenneth is a licensed ordained minister with the Free Will Baptist association. His hobbies include fishing, traveling and taking pictures. He and Linda enjoy spending time with their 5 children and a number of grandchildren. Kenneth says he is thankful to have the opportunity to share his ministry with people that are hurting and to work with the compassionate staff at Smith Family.