J.W. “Pete” Smart, 88, of West Helena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Southaven, Mississippi. Mr. Smart was born February 29, 1924 at Marvell, Arkansas to the late Jacob Dewey Smart and the late Bertha Lillian Bradley Smart. He worked for twenty years as an auto mechanic for West Hornor Motor Company before retiring. He was a member of American Legion Post #41 and the West Helena United Methodist Church, where he served as past president of the United Methodist Men and usher. He also donated his time to the Administrative Board and as a Trustee for the Relation Board and worked for the staff/parrish. Pete also served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lucille Turner Smart; a son, James Larry Smart (Lou) of West Helena; seven grandchildren, Terri Hancock, Jay Cox, Christian Johnson, Ashley Warren, Billy Sutterfield, Tommy Sutterfield and Kelli Sampson; sixteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Smart (Jerselene) of McRae, Arkansas and Alfred “Buddy” Smart (Dolly) of Helena; and four nieces and one nephew.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Lewis Smart; a daughter, Patsy Cox; great-granddaughter, Sarah James Warren; sister, Jessie Mae Darnell; and a brother, Oscar Smart.
Services for Pete Smart will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 at West Helena United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena. Reverend Everett Isom, Reverend Monty Bell and Reverend Jay Cox will officiate.
Pallbearers are Ramey Stiles, Eddie Schieffler, John Hartsell, Arnie Fraze, Ken Elliott, Charlie Buchanan, Werner Schaffhauser and Wendell Brister.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Helena United Methodist Church, 109 North Sixth Street, West Helena, Arkansas 72390.
Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571.