Francis Joedean Smith

Monday, August 23, 2021

Francis Joedean Smith of Berryville, Arkansas was born September 18, 1929, in Rudd, Arkansas to Jess and Virgie Smith. He passed on August 18, 2021, at home with his daughters by his side, one month shy of his 92nd birthday.

Dean was a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church in Berryville. He served his country in the Air Force from February 7, 1950, until February 6, 1954. Dean served as a pastor for 33 years. He also worked for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for 31 years before retiring as a Foreman. Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Worley and husband, F.L., of Berryville and Debbie Woods of Berryville; two grandsons, Heath Worley and wife, Lisa, of Berryville and Shannon Woods and wife, Melissa, of Berryville; one granddaughter, Heather Smith and husband, Josh, of Berryville; seven great-grandchildren, Austin and Lexi Woods, Ashlin, Kamryn, Brady, Bryce and Gabriella Smith; sister Maxine Cary numerous other family and friends.

On November 12, 1950, Dean was united in marriage to Vella Mae (McCollough) Smith who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his parents Jess and Virgie Smith, sisters Eva, Bernie, June, and Ima Jean.

Graveside service will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 23, 2021, at Gobbler Cemetery with Pastor Scott Cox Officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, 10 Remington Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204 Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at