- September 13, 1947 - February 9, 2013
- Benton, Arkansas
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“Wendell, you will truly be missed......Our last conversation was how you kept someone from breaking into my house with your shotgun, of course it...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Roger Winfield - Benton, AR
“It pains me to learn of Mr. Smith's passing. I have bought two Australian Shepherds from him. I did not know him well, but I always enjoyed stopping...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Jacob Wooley - Vilonia, AR
“So sorry to hear if the smith lose..prayers r with u all.
3 of 31 | Posted by: jeannie - benton, AR
“I went to school with Wendell. As many others have said, Wendell was a friend to everyone he met. My parents were friends with his back when we were...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Suzie Richardson Ridgley - AR
“We are very sorry for your loss. We went to school with Wendell. His easy-going ways and wide smiles will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Pat and...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Pat Moser - Maumelle, AR - friend
OUR HEARTS ARE SO SADDENED TO HEAR OF WENDELL'S PASSING. I KNOW THIS HAS LEFT A HUGE HOLE IN YOUR HEART. HE WAS A DEAR SOUL AND...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: AUDREY & RICKEY BEGGS - SIMS, AR
“Wendall was a friend to all! I don't think I've ever known anyone that had touched so many people's lives in one way or another.There were no age...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Cheryl Lewter Cook - Benton, AR
“Carrie, sorry for your familys loss. Wendell was a great guy and fun to be around, even when he would come by from getting his treatments he always...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Gunter - Benton, AR
“Wendall, will be missed. We enjoyed visiting with him. always had a good story to tell. He Love his dogs, & Horses.
9 of 31 | Posted by: madeline (smith) Flewelling - KS
“My prayers go out to the Smith family. I will miss Wendell as I have missed his brother Mike. May God help you in this time. Mo.
10 of 31 | Posted by: Maurice Gilmore - Conway, AR
“He was a one of a kind guy!! Always joking and laughing, I'm so sorry for your loss and this worlds loss. He will be missed.
11 of 31 | Posted by: Danny griffith - Little rock, AR
“Iam saddened to hear of the loss of wendell, he was a good friend and mentor. I worked with him at ups for about 26 years and there was only one...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Lynn Williams - enola, AR
“I knew Wendell since 1973 working at UPS.
First time i seen him outside a UPS uniform he was
wearing a western shirt, cowboy boots and jeans.
I...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: David Stiefel - Sheridan, AR
“We are so sorry to hear about Wendell. We both went to School at Fuller with him. He was a great guy. He will truly be missed. Our Prayers are with...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Bobby & Barbara Mosely - AR
“Prayers for peace and comfort for all of Wendell's family. Worked with "Marlboro Man" at UPS and He had the heart the size of Texas. God isnt...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Beth Moore - Lonoke County, AR
“You will be missed by many.
16 of 31 | Posted by: Cayce and Lindie Landers - Benton, AR
“Our sweet Wendall he was so much fun in high school and at class reunions. Sorry to hear of his passing remembering his family in our prayers
Maryann...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Ann Stephens Johnson - AR
“So sorry to hear about Wendell. I worked with him at UPS.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
18 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon Patterson - Little Rock, AR
“I enjoyed being friends with you all thru the years. You will be surely missed.
19 of 31 | Posted by: Rogie Garrett - Benton, AR
“Sure will miss seeing you on Sundays. RIP good buddy!
20 of 31 | Posted by: Donnie Wilson - Benton, AR
“My husband and I really thought a lot of Wendell. He was a very special guy. I first got to know him through writing his insurance, but soon became...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Paula Robertson - Benton, AR
“Wendell will be greatly missed by all of us. He was a wonderful person.
22 of 31 | Posted by: Russell & Julie Statler - Benton, AR
“Sorry for the loss. I worked with Wendall 24 years at UPS. He was a nice guy.
23 of 31 | Posted by: Gary Wilson - Greenbriar, AR
“Wendell was a great guy. I met him several years ago. When he called to ask me to make horse halter covers for him. He was always upbeat and talking...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Renee & Jim Breckling - Benton, AR
“you will be greatly missed but your memories will live on forever in our hearts
25 of 31 | Posted by: J.J. - Benton, AR - Friend
“Carrie, you know just how special Wendell was to all of us Lumpkins kids... especially Stacy. He was there for our grandparents when others couldn't...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Monica Davis - Benton, AR - "cuz"
“I will always remember that sweet smile and Wendell's sweet personality. He had a way to light up every room he walked in to. In the last year,...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Brenda Wright - Mayflower, AR
“Smith family, so sorry to hear about Wendell, I worked with him in the early UPS days and he was a mentor to me. He trained me on the Quitman run and...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Eddie Smith - Bryant, AR
“My prayers are with you. Your dad was a wonderful friend to me and my son (Robby). he will be missed. There was know one like the Marlboro Man.
29 of 31 | Posted by: Kathy Taylor - Haskell, AR
“Wendell will be greatly missed and was loved by me and my whole family. All our love, David Marshall and family
30 of 31 | Posted by: David Marshall - Tull, AR
“Wendell will be remembered forever. I have so many good, fun memories of him from when I lived in Traskwood. He was at all the get-to-gethers &...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Deborah Trimble (used to be House) - AR
James Wendell Smith, age 65, rode off to heaven Saturday, February 9, 2013. Wendell died at home surrounded by his loving family and friends and his dog, Four. Wendell was born September 13, 1947 at the Saline County community of Kentucky, the son of the late Homer E. Smith and Jewel Gates Smith.
Wendell is survived by his daughter; Carrie Ellen Smith Blanford, her husband Doug, and their children; Maxx, Mary Kathryn and Rachel Blanford of Sardis, Ark., Carrie's mother; Judy Farmer Sellers, nieces Laura Smith of Boston, Mass. and Tara Smith of Little Rock, his devoted and special "long tall drink of water" Phyllis Scott and her children and family, sister-in-law, Becky Smith of Romance, AR, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, especially longtime friend , Mary Kling, who also served as one of his caretakers during his last days. Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Michael Don Smith, and his cousin, Tommy Earnest Wilson.
Wendell was a 1967 graduate of Fuller High School in Little Rock where he played football. He was a SeaBee in the United States Navy and served in Vietnam. Wendell was a long time employee of United Parcel Service in Little Rock. He was one of the first employees of UPS when the company opened an operation in Little Rock. Wendell retired in 2004. Wendell's lifelong love and passion was horses. Since he was a teenager, Wendell always had a horse. Over the years, he participated in rodeo events, including saddle bronc riding and team roping. He also enjoyed chuck wagon racing. His latest endeavor was Smith Farm and Racing. Shake em Lady was his winning horse at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla. He was a member of AQHA. Wendell was loved by everyone who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Pallbearers will be Maxx Blanford, Swade Scott, Brian Hardin, Brad House, Jeff Walters, and Tyler Clanton. For more information call 501-778-7100.
Visit the online tribute created in memory of Wendell by his grandson Maxx at www.youtube.com/user/MWTBProductions.