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James L. Smith, Sr. “Deadeye”

James L. Smith, Sr. “Deadeye”, age 73, of Marshall, Texas formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Marshall.

He was born May 28, 1947 in Beech, Oklahoma to the late Burla Snow Beggs. James was a truck driver by profession. He enjoyed fishing, camping, deer hunting and driving his log trucks. He also enjoyed telling life stories. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Smith; brothers, Terry Beggs and Gary Snow; sisters, Janie Barker, Sandra Kay Beggs and Robbie Leona Beggs. He is survived by his son, James Smith, Jr. of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Dusty Singleton and husband Perry of Marshall, Texas, Gidget White and husband Bryan of Nevada, Texas, and Martha Ragugini and husband Kevin of Marshall, Texas; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Jaquita, Justina, Ashley, James Smith, III, James Smith IV, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, Cody and Faith George, and Avery White; a host of great grandchildren; brothers, Roger Beggs and Jerry Snow; sisters, Linda Ferguson and Kathy Hoover.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Weeks officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Cecil Fairless, Floyd Fairless, Clifford Fairless, Marty Fairless, Pete Fairless, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, and Cody George.

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