History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

On August 1, 2012 the two firms partnered to form Smith - Benton Funeral Home.  This partnership will be positive for the families of Saline County by bringing one of the state's largest and oldest funeral establishments to Benton. Smith - North Little Rock Funeral Home handles more services than any other funeral home in central Arkansas.  

Smith-Benton Funeral Home has their own state-of-the-art Cremation Center at our other location in North Little Rock.  We have complete control and oversight of the cremation. All other funeral homes in Saline County out-source their cremations to commercial crematories.

Smith Funeral Homes have proudly served the community with compassion and dignity since 1955. For over 50 years now, we have understood that funerals are for the living; they are a celebration and a remembrance of a life. With that understanding, we take the utmost care to ensure that every service is meaningful and special.

We have always prided ourselves on the professional and caring service that we offer to you and your family. You can be confident knowing that our staff provides guidance and assistance to every family, regardless of when our services are needed.

Our funeral home provides a full range of funeral service options, from the traditional religious service to simple cremation. Each family is provided with the opportunity to learn about and discuss the wide variety of funeral service options available to them.

Our Valued Staff

  • Jeff and Leslie Smith

    Jeff and Leslie Smith, President and 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 motherly touch to our Smith Family.

  • Clay Smith

    Clay Smith, General Manager of Operations, Smith Family Funeral Homes

    Clay came to work at the 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 the Smith - North Funeral Home from 2005 to 2015, now General Manager of Operations of all Smith Family Funeral Homes locations. Clay and his wife Audrey have two children.

  • Jeri Lynn Davenport

    Jeri Lynn Davenport, Office Manager and Funeral Director

  • Dana Goshien

    Dana Goshien, Cemetery Administrator

  • Richard McChain

    Richard McChain, Funeral Director

    Richard, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, joined our firm in 2003.
    Wife Sally, proud father of seven children and three grandkids and two great-grandkids. Member of Center Point Church in Benton. Richard has been in the funeral service since 1970.

  • Linda Honeycutt

    Linda Honeycutt, Family Service Counselor

    Linda Honeycutt is proud to be partnered with Smith – Benton Funeral Home. She is a professional in the death care industry; serving as a family service counselor for over 10 years. Linda helps families at the time of death and with their prearrangement needs for both funeral and cemetery decisions. Linda has been a resident in Saline County for over 45 years. When she isn’t working, she loves to work in her vegetable garden and to go scuba diving and spear fishing with her youngest son at Lake Ouachita.

  • Mary Jo Goshien

    Mary Jo Goshien, hostess

  • Rafael Navarrete

    Rafael Navarrete, Smith-Rosemont Cemetery maintenance

  • Emory  Martin III

    Emory Martin III, Care Center Manager

  • Bruce Hawley

    Bruce Hawley, Senior Embalmer, Smith Family Funeral Homes

  • Brent M Hill

    Brent M Hill, Funeral Director

  • Rhonda Rushing

    Rhonda Rushing, Hostess & Funeral Director