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Jean Magee Smith, age 81

Jean Magee Smith, 81, of Cabot, AR, passed away on December 14, 2023 due to congestive heart failure and complications from RSV.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. “Fibber” Magee and Mary Juanita Hawkins Magee of Brinkley, AR, and her sister, Libby Magee Cottengim of Nixa, MO.

Jean is survived by her son, Clark E. Etheridge II, (Rebecca) of Lyon, MS, Granddaughters, Louise Carpenter (Collin) of Marion, AR, and Maggie Etheridge of Lyon, MS and precious Great Granddaughter, Josie Lane Carpenter. Jean is also survived by her twin sister, Kaye Magee Osburn of Jacksonville, AR, nephew Trey Osburn (Cathie) of Jacksonville, AR, Jean is also survived best friend for over 40 years Byrdie McSwain of Cabot and two adorable rescue puppies, Sunshine and Stella Lee.

Jean was a longtime member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR.

A celebration and burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery in Brinkley, AR, at a later date.

Donations can be made in Jean’s memory to the Handbell Fund at Oak Forest U M Church, 2414 Fair Park Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72204

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Sandra Johnson Shaban Posted December 16, 2023 8:55 AM

    I have known Jean basically all our liives. Since age 4(?) in Sunday School at First Baptist Church. In Brinkley.
    I still have a little doll that “ the Twins” gave me for my 5th Birthday. She will be greatly missed by Family—Freibds – and anyone who knew her.
    Prayers for her Family !

  • Sandy and Sarilea Posted December 17, 2023 12:41 PM

    We loved her and she will certainly be missed

  • Susan Hanson Posted December 17, 2023 2:20 PM

    Her light shined so bright. She was my friend for almost 40 years and I miss her so. She was just always there and willing to help if needed. A wonderful person who words cannot fully describe.

  • Carolyn Yarbrough Posted December 17, 2023 2:26 PM

    Always full of life, love and humor, the void Jean leaves is huge. The memories are wonderful and also fill a huge space. I miss her so very much.

  • Byrdie McSwain Posted December 18, 2023 1:48 PM

    Jean’s passing brought out dozens, if not hundreds, of heart-felt messages of shock, sorrow, love, and praises for her lifetime of love and goodwill for all who knew her. She literally never met a stranger. In fact, she frequently invited people who were alone to her home for different holiday meals. Every one of her friends whom I have known dearly loved her, and she loved them. She made such a difference in my life. The world is better because she was in it. Jean is in Heaven now.

    • Cousin Julie Brown Posted January 9, 2024 12:48 PM

      Yes she is Byrdie she will truly be missed: I am so sorry from r your liss

  • Marvin Funches (Archild former Case Manager) Posted December 18, 2023 2:40 PM

    My Condolences to Jean Smith Family.
    Jean and I worked together for many years at Archild.
    Jean will be missed. She and I had lunch together a couple of months ago.

  • DONNA CROSSNO Posted December 19, 2023 1:38 PM

    I have many precious memories of Jean. She was a wonderful friend and I enjoyed working with her for many years. She always invited me to church, and I especially enjoyed attending the Ash Wednesday service with her. She had such a funny sense of humor and could keep me laughing. I am very thankful for our visit together a couple of months ago. Prayers for everyone who loved her and will miss her. She touched so many lives.

  • Arlene Green Posted December 21, 2023 11:17 AM

    I met Jean and her twin Kaye through her ex-husband Charles Eddie Smith. When he suggested I meet them, he said “You guys will be lifelong friends” and he was right. The Magee twins have entertained me for years. Some of my fondest memories are with them. Jean was so kind and always so thoughtful. She texted me at Thanksgiving and said I had crossed her thoughts and she wanted to say Hi. She made a lasting impression with everyone she met. I am grateful Charles Eddie shared his twins with me. I am grateful to have known Jean Smith. Enjoy heaven my sweet friend, you have earned it.

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