When you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you can trust Smith Hot Springs Funeral Home to guide you through the process of honoring their life. At Smith Hot Springs Funeral Home, we pride ourselves on serving families in southwest Arkansas with dignity, respect, and compassion. Our staff is experienced in a variety of funeral services and can help you celebrate your loved one no matter your religion, culture, or budget.Everett Smith, who turns 91 next month, “still lives at the funeral home (in Glenwood) in an apartment in the back and is still very active in the business,” Jeff Smith said. “That was a prerequisite that he could work as long as he wants to and is able. Nobody is leaving.”
With the acquisition of the Davis-Smith Funeral Homes, they now have eight locations in central Arkansas, a role Jeff Smith and his team have always taken to heart.Tony Smith said when he and his wife got to the point they were “ready to transition with our age and everything that was going on,” they turned to Jeff Smith for advice.
He said they never had plans to expand but his parents and grandparents “did a great job and had a great reputation and started getting calls from people wanting us to buy their business. That’s how we’ve grown in every case. It just organically came about. In every case, the owner was really ready to retire and reached out to us.”When he finished school, Jeff Smith said his father encouraged him “to go work someplace else, to try other things, and I did” but returned and began working at the funeral home again in 2006. “They don’t want to retire,” Jeff Smith said. “They just want to transition and have a different role in the business. This is a relationship business and having those established relationships continue on means so much to the families. To have that peace of mind knowing that the Smiths are still going to be here and taking care of them.” In 2020, they bought a location in Little Rock that was the largest funeral home in the city, while their North Little Rock location holds the distinction of being the largest funeral home in the state, “serving more families out of that one location than any other funeral home in Arkansas,” Jeff Smith said, noting they average “over 500 funerals a year consistently. So we have the largest funeral homes on both sides of the river.””We can help take some of the headache of ownership off their shoulders but for the families they still get the love that they’ve always received from the Smiths,” Jeff Smith said. “So it really is the two Smith families coming together.”Jeff Smith said his grandfather, Clifford Smith, started the Smith Family Funeral Home in North Little Rock in 1955 and “the first family he served, when the person passed away, Everett went and picked up the deceased for my granddad. So our families have known each other for generations.”
Jeff Smith noted his grandfather, Clifford, had never worked in the funeral business “a day in his life,” when he started their first location after a friend suggested North Little Rock needed a funeral home, but that was the only place his father, John, had ever worked. He said they lived above the funeral home when they started and he worked there “when I was in school and coming up.”Smith Family Funeral Homes has acquired Davis-Smith Funeral Home’s two locations in Hot Springs and Glenwood, combining the legacy of two Smith families that, while not related, share a common commitment to serving the community.