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Richard Smith

August 13, 1939 — December 12, 2023

Richard Smith, age 84, passed away Tuesday morning, December 12, 2023 at the Holly Springs Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

A graveside service for Richard will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville, MS. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home prior to the service. 

Richard was born on August 13, 1939 to the late Lloyd R. Smith and Willa Mina Mathew Smith in Sacramento, CA. He worked as a Chief Engineer of the M/V Dixie Avenger for Dixie Carriers, INC. out of Harvey, LA, with his last riverboat adventure being to Anchorage, Alaska and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Batesville. He was a dedicated member of the Batesville Civitian club and served as president for the 2008-2009 year. Richard enjoyed hunting and traveling, but his true joy came from keeping up with his grandchildren, whom brought him so much happiness. 

The family left behind to cherish his memory include his two daughters, Susan Smith Berryhill (Andy) of Batesville, MS, and Dorothy Carol Rowzee (Jeff) of Florence, MS; and two grandchildren children, Andrea Glynn Berryhill and Clayton Matthew Sibley (Amanda), and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Sutton Smith; and a daughter, Kathy Strickland.









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Thursday, December 14, 2023

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Magnolia Cemetery

U.S. 51, Batesville, MS

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