The owners of A Natural State Funeral Service
The staff of A Natural State Funeral Service takes the concept of life and death seriously – a funeral is a time to honor the life of the deceased and celebrate the heritage of their family. We strive to make each funeral a respectful, fulfilling experience that meets the unique needs of each family.
We wish to extend to you our condolences and prayers as you deal with a delicate time of grief over the loss of your loved one. It is our mission to handle your funeral needs with the utmost care and respect.
Please contact us with any questions that you have, as every question and concern is as important to us, as it is to you.
John Curtis Alexander Smith
Managing Funeral Director / Embalmer.
Alex has over nine years of experience serving Central Arkansas families. He graduated from Henderson State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and earned an associate’s degree in mortuary science and a certificate in funeral directing from the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope.
Funeral Director / Pre-Need Counselor
Jill has lived in Jacksonville since 1975. She graduated from Des Arc High School, in 1968, and has been a licensed Funeral Director since 2012. She is also a pre-need counselor and helps families plan ahead for their funeral needs.
Jill is a member of Marshall Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She has two children, Ashley and Leighann Drake of Bay, AR, and Greg and Dana Rozenski of Jacksonville. She is ‘Nana’ to her grandson, T. J.
Dr. William “Buster” Lackey
Funeral Director / Counselor
Buster started his Funeral career in 1992 at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home, while attending Union University in Jackson,TN. Buster served the last 12 years as Funeral Director/Chaplain at Huson Funeral Homes until its recent closing. He then joined the “A Natural State Funeral Service” family, in 2016.
Buster holds degrees in Counseling and Psychology and a Certificate in Thanatology.
With his education, Buster leads grief support groups around the state and has lectured on Death and Dying issues across the nation.
Buster is a lifelong resident of Pulaski County, and currently resides in North Little Rock. He is a graduate of Central Arkansas Christian School High School. Buster attends First Assembly of God, in North Little Rock, where he serves as connections class teacher.
Buster, and his wife, Crystal, have three daughters, Elizabeth 18, Emma 16, and Annalise 9. Buster and his daughters can be found training their German Shepherds on most weekends. He and is an avid skeet/trap shooter, and he loves to hike the beautiful, Arkansas countryside. Buster is serving his second term as elected Constable for North Pulaski County, Hill Township.