Charles R. Smith, August 19, 1948~May 4, 2024

May 7, 2024

Charles R. Smith, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024 in Fayetteville. He was born August 19, 1948 in Fayetteville, AR to Milas and Geraldine Davis Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Juanita Davis and his parents, Milas and Geraldine Smith.

Charles retired after 51 years from the University of Arkansas as a Computer Systems Analyst. Charles had a servant’s heart. He selflessly gave his time to take care of others. He also enjoyed working with his hands. He was always in his shop building and fixing things.

Most importantly, he was his grandkids biggest encourager and supporter. He never missed any of their school or sporting events. He would even travel the state and other states to cheer them on. He always made sure everyone knew how proud he was of each one of them.

Charles is survived by his wife of 50 years (married September 8, 1973), Charlotte Coston Smith of the home; daughter, Marcia Parrish and husband Darin of Fayetteville; son, Mark Smith and wife Jeana of Springdale; two brothers, James Smith and wife Joyce of Little Rock and Harold Smith and wife Carolyn of Monticello, AR; a sister, Patricia Smith of Fayetteville; and 4 grandchildren, Madison Hunt and husband Gentry, Brett Smith, Megan Parrish, and Kailyn Smith.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Friday, May 10, 2024 at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Jasper Hankins officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or your local youth sports programs.

6 Condolences

  1. Jim and Linda Palmer

    We’re so sorry to hear about Charles. We know you will miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Beverly and Larry Stevenson - St. Charles, MO

    We were saddened to hear of Charles’ death. Your entire family is in our prayers. May God comfort and strengthen you all through the days ahead. Charles is now resting in Heaven with no more pain.

  3. Sydney J

    I met Mr. Charles as I took care of his wife. They were all so nice. They felt like family. Always cheerful and happy when I seen him come to check up on his wife. Mr. Charles you will be missed.

  4. Sue Carter

    My classmate and friend!! 12 years of fond memories as we journeyed thru Elkins School together!!
    Charles always even tempered, ready to smile and laugh!!…
    Know you brought joy to many….you will leave a void!!
    Marilyn Sue Carter

  5. Rebecca Bassi Bloyd

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. He was a wonderful man. I remember how sweet he was when I was younger and know that he was the kind of man who would show his family and friends all the love and support. I can still hear his voice in my head. I’m so sorry for your loss.


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