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Shirkey Adair Smith

of Little Rock , AR, 1934 - 2019

Shirley Adair Smith, of Little Rock, Ark., moved on to her next place September 6, 2019. She went on her own terms surrounded by her family in the home she and her husband shared for twenty years.
She was born October 5, 1934, in Antlers, Okla., to Helen Catherine Talley and Lewell Siedell "Jack" Adair. As a young girl, Shirley moved with her parents to Fort Smith, Ark. She later attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she met the love of her life, Fletcher Bodky Smith, of Camden, Ark. They were married August 18, 1956, after her college graduation.
Shirley and Fletcher raised their sons in Pine Bluff and Crossett, Ark., and in Zachary, La. She has missed Fletch desperately since his death in 2013, and not just because he did all the cooking. They shared a happy sense of humor and a love of dancing, but most importantly they enjoyed truly special relationships with a tight-knit group of lifelong friends. By middle-age, they and several others among their Crossett Supper Club had moved to Little Rock where they continued to nourish their close ties. Many of Shirley's most beloved friends have been in her life for well over fifty years. Skip, Matt, Jack, and Anne are grateful for their generous help and emotional support during Shirley's final days.
Shirley adored both of her sons and doted on her only grandchild. She also loved the children and grandchildren of her friends, proudly displaying their photos in her home. She was the best mother-in-law a person could hope to have. She was exceptionally kind and thoughtful. Shirley always dressed beautifully. She read voraciously.
Her son, Fletcher B. "Skip" Smith, Jr., and Jane Sexton Planchon of Little Rock, and Matthew A. Smith of Taipei, Taiwan, already miss her terribly, as does her adored and adoring grandson, Fletcher B. "Jack" Smith III. Her former daughter-in-law and special friend, Anne Orsi of Little Rock, and daughter-in-law Yang Su Feng of Taipei, and her dear companion Alma Dennis, deeply grieve her loss.
Services details are pending and will be announced shortly.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark's or to the donor's favorite charity. Those who knew and loved her are encouraged to raise a glass of chilled white wine in her honor. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Published September 15, 2019

Ruebel Funeral Home
6313 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-666-0123