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Richard T. Smith, age 78

Richard T. Smith, age 78, of Benton, passed away on October 14, 2021. He was born November 14, 1943, in New Haven, Conn. to Ernest Shipman Smith and Marion Turnbull.

Richard was a loving dad, grandfather, and a 28-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department. Richard loved animals, watching wrestling, and listening to the music of Elton John. He was known for his sweet tooth, his great sense of humor, and his love for his adopted home of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Richard is survived by his loving wife Lisa Smith, his daughters Kristin Meneo (Michael) of Guilford, Conn. and Emily Smith of Little Rock, and grandsons David Burr of New Haven, Conn. and Nicholas DeRosa of Guilford, Conn.

A private remembrance will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at

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