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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Jeff & Leslie Smith

Jeff & Leslie Smith

President & VP

Jeff, John and Kay's son, joined the staff at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home in June 2006 as a funeral director. In 2010 Jeff and Leslie stepped into the role of leading the funeral homes. They plan to continue the legacy of the funeral home. Jeff graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Small Business Management and the University of Memphis with a MBA. He is proud to carry on the Smith family tradition of funeral service and the proud father of three children, Hayden, Kaylee, and Sawyer. As Vice President Leslie adds her creative touch to our Smith Family.


John & Kay Smith

John & Kay Smith

Former Owners

Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home was founded February 14, 1955 by Clifford Smith, father of John, who has worked there in some capacity since its inception. John took over management of the funeral home in 1972. Kay, John's wife, has worked at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home since 1977. Kay oversees the clerical work and helps on services as needed.


Clay Smith

Clay Smith

General Manager of Operations, Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Clay came to work at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home in 1979 as an apprentice. He became a Funeral Director in 1983 after serving his apprenticeship and going to Mortuary School in Dallas. He was Manager of Smith North Funeral Home from 2005 to 2015. He is now the General Manager of Operations for all Smith Family Funeral Homes locations. Clay and his wife Audrey have two children and four grandchildren.



Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Manager/Funeral Director & Embalmer

Craig, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has been with Smith family since 2010.  He is the manager of Smith Sherwood Funeral Home and on the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce Board.


Hannah Chambers

Hannah Chambers

Secretary/Accounting

Hannah assists with secretary and accounting duties, and is also an apprentice funeral director.  She has been with Smith Family since 2018.



Danny Rice

Danny Rice

Prearrangement Counselor

Danny is a licensed prearrangement counselor who has earned multiple awards.  He has been with Smith Family and American Home Life Insurance Company since 2015.



Emory Martin, III

Emory Martin, III

Care Center Manager

Emory, a licensed embalmer and funeral director, joined our firm in 2011. He is the manager of Smith Family Care Center & Crematory and a CANA certified crematory operator. He is an honor graduate of ASU – Mountain Home with a degree in Mortuary Science and a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Emory has one daughter, Erica, and is a very proud uncle to Caden, Blayklen, Nicholas & Peyton. He and his spoiled dachshund, Doxie, live in Benton, Arkansas. Emory is a member of the Central Arkansas Perinatal Loss Coalition, serves on the Association for Death Education & Counseling Credentialing Council, and serves as Board President of Nichols Cemetery Association in Marked Tree, Arkansas. In his free time, he enjoys cruises, road trips, camping and spending time with his family and friends.



Bruce Hawley

Bruce Hawley

Senior Embalmer

Bruce, a licensed funeral director and our senior embalmer, joined the firm in 2001. He and his wife Lisa have four boys and he is a grandpa to four grandkids. Bruce is a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church. He graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1976, and is a certified crematory operator.



Ernnie Flowers

Ernnie Flowers

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Ernnie is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who has been with Smith Family since 2016, when Huson Funeral Home became Smith Sherwood Funeral Home. Ernnie graduated from the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope with a funeral service degree and has also earned her embalming license. She is married to Rev. Dr. D.L. Flowers, a pastor of Faithway Baptist Church and a more than 30-year employee of the Arkansas State Police. The couple lives in Little Rock and has two daughters; Marcie, a UAPB graduate, and Kaydee, a senior at UAPB.



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