Merlene Smith

Friday, February 5, 2016

TYRONZA - Merlene Smith, 88, of Tyronza died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Merlene was a bookkeeper for many years and was a lifelong member of the Tyronza Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ottie Smith; her parents George W. Fisher and Fielda Jane Austin Fisher; as well as four brothers Wilburn Fisher, Loyal Fisher, Hershel Fisher and Eugene Fisher.

Survivors include her daughter, Janie Lawson (Bill) of North Little Rock; three grandchildren Brian Lawson (Kathleen) and Ben Lawson (Amie) both of North Little Rock, and Dr. Brad Lawson (Jordan) of Little Rock; five great-grandchildren Parker Lawson, Peyton Lawson, Madelyn Lawson, Hudson Lawson and Eva Jean Lawson; as well as many other loved ones.

The funeral services were held at The First Baptist Church in Tyronza, on Jan. 29.

Interment was at Tyronza Cemetery in Tyronza.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her honor may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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