Cortess “Buddy” Smith, 78, of Van Buren passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Paris to the late Dick and Gracie Smith. He retired from Riverside Furniture after 41 years of being a plant manager.

He is survived by his daughter, Valorie Freeman and husband Daniel of Russellville; son, Stephen Smith and his wife Lisa of Alma; two sisters, Genelda Smith Dickerson of Sherwood and Lacretica Smith Harris and husband Don of Sherwood; one brother, James Earl Smith and wife Karen of Van Buren; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral service was Dec. 5 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Morrison Cemetery near Rudy under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Stephen Smith Jr., Ben Harris, Stacy Dickerson, Jay Dickerson, Danny Gray and Chester Koprovic. Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell Freeman, Regan Freeman, Abigail Smith, Joshua Smith, Caleb Work, Dillon Work, Parker Work and Aimee Smith.

Memorial may be made to Paris Logan County Coal Miners Memorial, 804 S. Elm St., Paris, AR 72855, or

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