Thursday, February 23, 2006

John J. Smith, 96, of Van Buren, Ark., passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. He was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, a resident of Alma, Ark., formerly of Antlers and McAlester, Okla., and a veteran of WWII.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Alma, Ark., under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren, Ark.

Survivors include: two daughters, Beth Hempler, of Ft. Smith, Ark., and Ida Grace Neth, of Cassville; one sister, Dema Jewel Smith, of Antlers, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jeff Hempler, of Alma, Karen Voots, of Branson, Larry and Carol Ann Neth, both of Wichita, Kan., and Linda Atkinson, of Washburn; eight great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.