OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
2616 S. Main St., Searcy, AR
Lucille Smith Harris
Published: November 20, 2012
Lucille Smith Harris, age 91, of Jacksonville was born December 3, 1920 in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas to Arthur D. and Mary Aurilla Pasley Smith. She spent her childhood and young adult years in Searcy, Arkansas where her family was well known for their musical talent.
Meeting her in heaven are her childhood sweetheart and loving husband of 51 years, Robert E. "Bill" Harris; sisters, Martha Jean Shafer and Alma Wilkinson; brothers, Walter Smith, Winfield Smith and Jarrett Dean Smith and one great grandson, Noah Sebastian Harris. She is survived by her sister Adele Long of Colorado and brother, Kenneth Smith of Texas. Mourning her loss are her children, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert E. Harris Jr. (Mary Ann) of Bentonville; Martha Harris Poplin (Jerry) of Cabot and special daughter-in-law Betty Harris of Little Rock. She is also survived by her grandchildren Robert E. "Bobby" Harris III (Sara) of Little Rock; Rebecca Harris Akester (Lee) of Conway; Matthew Hensley (Jennifer) Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Hensley (Teresa); Joseph Yagos (Felecia); Tammy Roberts (Dan) of Jacksonville; Tracy Poplin Ashley (Jason) of British Columbia, Canada; Kristyn Thessing of San Francisco and Patrick Thessing of Bentonville.
She was called "Gigi" by great grandchildren Michael Gray, Drew Michael Hensley and Sutton Jones Hensley; Luke and Lily Yagos; Emily Grace Roberts and Hayden Roberts; Brynna and Natalie Wells; Trey Akester; Lucas and Jackson Harris and Korban and Shalem Ashley.
Lucille attended schools in Searcy, Ark. and Bethany College, Okla. Coming from a musically talented family, she shared the sounds of her beautiful soprano voice and natural abilities at the piano. She offered these talents in the churches she attended throughout her life, including Malvern and Arkadelphia, Ark. and St. Louis, Mo. She and husband, Bill, often sang beautiful duets, which will long be remembered, for family and friends. Lucille retired in 1982 from Sears in St. Louis and Bill retired at the same time from Missouri Pacific Railroad, so they could move to Cabot, Ark. to be close to their grandchildren, whom they loved dearly.
True to her larger than life nature, Lucille was full of faith in God; in life and love and was a true friend to so many throughout her life. She never met a stranger. She was a longtime active member of the United Methodist Church and was, at the time of her death, a member of First Methodist Church in Cabot.
Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church in Cabot, Ark. Pallbearers will be Matthew Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Drew Hensley, Bobby Harris, Bucky Harris and Joey Yagos. Visitation will be Tuesday November 20th from 6-8 p.m. at Searcy McEuen Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 21st at the First Methodist Church in Cabot. With interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy. Condolences may be left at www.SearcyMcEuenFuneralHome.com.