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Smith Benton Funeral Home


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 & Vice President

Jeff Smith joined the staff in June 2006 as a funeral director. In 2010 Jeff and his wife 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 an MBA. He is proud to carry on the Smith family tradition of funeral service. He and Leslie are the proud parents of three children, Hayden, Kaylee, and Sawyer. As Vice President, Leslie adds her motherly touch to the Smith Family.


Jeri Lynn Davenport

Jeri Lynn Davenport

Manager & Funeral Director

Jeri Lynn Davenport has been a part of the Smith Family for eight years.  She serves as the manager of Smith-Benton Funeral Home and Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Her heart is serving families during their time of greatest need.  Being a part of Smith-Benton Funeral Home is not a job to Jeri Lynn, but rather, an opportunity to serve others. 

She and her husband, Brent, have been married for 34 years.  They have two children, Nathan Davenport and his wife Kaitlyn; and Sheralyn Beck and her husband Jason; and triplet grandchildren (known as "the Becklets"):  Nolan, Gracelynn, and Nataleigh.  Jeri Lynn enjoys spending time boating on Lake Ouachita with her family.  Priorities in Jeri Lynn's life are God, family, and friends.    


Rhonda Rushing

Rhonda Rushing

Funeral Director

Rhonda Rushing was born and raised in Little Rock and graduated from McClellan High School. Rhonda started with the Smith Family in 2009 in an administrative role, but found her true love and passion as a funeral director. The compassion Rhonda exhibits when helping families carries through beyond the funeral. She genuinely embraces each family as they were her own. 


Richard McChain

Richard McChain

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Richard, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, joined our firm in 2003.

Richards's wife Sally and he are the proud parents of seven children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are members of Center Point Church in Benton. Richard has been in the funeral industry since 1970.


David Fogarty

David Fogarty

Prearrangement Consultant

David moved to Arkansas from Texas with his wife Kathy in 2012 to be near their children and grandchildren. That is when he began his career in the funeral business after 3 decades in church ministry. When the opportunity became available for him to come to work at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home in February of 2015, he “jumped at the chance to work for the best funeral home in Arkansas.” He loves the fact they the employees are encouraged to love and even pray with each other and our customers. David is a licensed prearrangement consultant and has helped dozens of people with their preplanning. He enjoys the opportunity to serve people. 


Emory Martin III, CFSP

Emory Martin III, CFSP

Care Center & Cremation Center Manager

Emory, a licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director, joined our firm in 2011. He is the Manager of Smith Family Care Center along with our Cremation Centers in Little Rock & North Little Rock.  Emory is a CANA certified crematory operator, an honor graduate of ASU – Mountain Home with a degree in Mortuary Science, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Emory received scholarships to attend ICCFA University in 2019 & 2021, and he is the 2020 recipient of the Clifford Smith Award. 

Emory has one adult daughter, Erica, and is a very proud uncle to Nicholas & Peyton. He and his spoiled dachshunds, Doxie & Frankie, live in Shannon Hills, Arkansas. Emory is a member of the Central Arkansas Perinatal Loss Coalition and serves as Board President of Nichols Cemetery Association in Marked Tree, Arkansas. When not at work, Emory serves as a Lieutenant with Northeast Saline County Fire Department and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. 



Rafael Navarrete

Rafael Navarrete

Smith Rosemont Cemetery maintenance



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 funeral director. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 1982 after serving his apprenticeship. He then went to Mortuary School in Dallas and was licensed as an embalmer in 1983.

He was Manager of Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home from 2005 to 2015, and is now General Manager of Operations of all Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Clay and his wife Audrey have two children, Adam and Holly, and is "PaPa" to his five grandchildren, Clayton, Harleigh, Kennedy, Beau, and Hollyn.  

Clay and his wife are members of Immanual Baptist Church in Sheridan. When not at work, Clay raises horses, long horn cows, chickens and he likes to hunt and fish. 


The Late John S. Smith & Kay Smith

The Late John S. Smith & Kay Smith

Former Owners of Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home

John Stephen Smith took over as President of North Little Rock Funeral Home in 1972 when he was 23 years old.  John's father, Clifford, founded the funeral home on Valentine's Day, 1955. 

John had worked in the funeral home in some capacity since its inception when Clifford and Frances Smith moved their family into the upper level of the funeral home. 

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.

In 2010, John retired and sold the funeral home to his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Leslie Smith. 


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