Leroy Melvin Smith, 71, El Dorado Springs, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, May 15, 2022, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Melvin was born Oct. 10, 1950, to Leroy and Daisy (Stroer) Smith. He married his high school sweetheart, Yolanda (Yo) Mizner. He and Yolanda graduated in 1968 from El Dorado Springs High School. To their union four children were born: one son, Lee, and three daughters, Neshawn, Michelle, and Stacy.
Melvin was saved at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on Aug. 19, 1963.
He worked at Barrington Manufacturing for 33 years. He enjoyed talking on the CB Radio to all of his buddies and hunting and fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and making things for his family. Melvin never knew a stranger and was well known for his orneriness.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Leroy and Daisy Smith; in-laws, John and Irene Mizner; and great-grandson, Noah Jon Donahue.
Melvin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Yolanda; son, Lee Smith; daughters: Neshawn Crowley and husband, Richard, Michelle Smith, and Stacy Baldwin and husband, Jerrod; sister, Margie Barger and husband, Sam; sister-in-law, Delene and husband, Larry Clark; brother-in-law, Gale Mizner and wife, Wanda; and sister-in-law, Kim Matthews; and brothers-in-law, Darrell Matthews and Jay Mizner. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many other family members and countless friends. Melvin will be missed by everyone.
Services for Melvin Smith were held Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Interment followed at Lebeck Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: T.J. Smith, Lee Smith, Levy Smith, Richard Crowley, Jerrod Baldwin and Jon Donahue. Honorary pallbearers were: Buell Cochran, Danny Fugate, Doug Dobbs, Danny Berning, Garrett Smith, J.R. Deckard and Dan Cunningham.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.