Emmett Floyd Smith, III, 65, of Paragould, passed away Thursday, Dec. 24.

Emmett was born Aug. 20, 1955, to Emmett Jr. and Margaret Emmaline “Emma” (Geer) Smith in Paragould. He graduated from Crowley’s Ridge Academy in 1973, Crowley’s Ridge College in 1975, and Arkansas

State University in 1988. On Aug. 18, 1979, he married the former Jeanina

Rene’ Yearry in Paragould.

Emmett began his career as an electrical engineer and later became a self-employed professional land surveyor. He also preached for the Mountain Home Church of Christ in Paragould for more than 30 years. He was a beloved member of the Emmaus community, where he was known for his wisdom, gentleness and love for Jesus and others. He was also active in 12-Step recovery circles for the past 11 years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family (especially playing with his grandchildren), playing pitch, thoughtful conversations, reading, listening to all kinds of music, and rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals.

Emmett is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanina; his three daughters, Emily Chaffin (Michael), Katie Vaught (Greg), and Claire Smith

(Chris Simpson); six grandchildren, Olivia, Brody, Maddox, Cadence, Jude and Owen; his mother-in-law, Betty Yearry; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Jr. and Emma; and his sister, Emma Lou Danner.

An outdoor service will be held at Crowley’s Ridge College on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required due to COVID-19.

Please send memorial donations to John 3:17 Ministry, Crowley’s Ridge Academy, Crowley’s Ridge College, Children’s Homes, Inc., or the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.mitchell funeralhomes.com.

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