Brenda Kay Hackelton Smith


Brenda Kay Hackelton Smith, 70, of Carlisle, AR passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda was born on July 11, 1950, to William(Bill) and Gladys Voumard Hackelton in Stuttgart, AR. Brenda was a 1968 graduate of Stuttgart High School. After high school Brenda began her banking career that spanned over 30 years and numerous financial institutions.  Brenda retired from First State Bank in Lonoke, Arkansas in 2014.  After retirement Brenda enjoyed spending time with her family and loved working in her yard, she called it her therapy.  Brenda was a member of First Baptist Church in Carlisle, Ar. She was a Sunday School teacher and AWANA teacher there.  She loved the Lord with all her heart and leaned on Him everyday. 

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Gladys Hackelton and her previous husband, John Branan.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 19 years, Ray Smith; three sons, Chad Cooper (Elizabeth) of Maumelle, Arkansas, Johnny Branan of Jacksonville and John Ed Branan of the home.  She also is survived by her brother, Ronnie (Paula) Hackelton of Hazen, and two step-sons, Kevin (Kim) Smith of Ward, and Brad (Monica) Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two step-daughters, Melanie (Bo) Gross of Brighton, Tn., and Leslie Branan of Carlisle.  Brenda is also survived by her 14 grandchildren that she dearly loved, Kayla Alsbrook, Carter Cooper, Katelyn Smith, Gabriella Smith, Gracen Cooper, Noah Smith, Lydia Alsbrook, Johnny Ray Smith, Dalton Alsbrook, Ava Smith, Collin Cooper, Luke Smith, Rhett and Zeke Smith. Special sister-in-law; Peggy Holmes and many special friends and two loving nieces, Christi (Kevin) Rounsavall and Wendi (Charles) Stock.

Funeral services will be 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle. Visitation will be from 1:30 – 2:30 prior to the service. Burial will be in the CarlisleCemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to FirstBaptist Church in Carlisle.

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12 thoughts on “Brenda Kay Hackelton Smith”

  1. Billy and Gail Booth

    As a remarkable lady in many ways, Brenda left a legacy that will be cherished by all those who knew her. Her example of faith remains an inspiration to others. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide comfort, strength, assurance, and peace to her family and many friends.

  2. Jeanne Percefull

    Brenda was such a sweet person. She told me stories about my mom, Marie Cunningham, visiting her at the bank.My mom was probably lonely after dad died,so the visit to the ladies at the bank was special. Brenda and I would run into each other at the recycling site and catch up on what was happening in our lives.She loved her family and her town.My condolences to all the family.

  3. Cheri D Henderson

    I am so sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. I met her when she was working at First State Bank and we would chat every day at the drive through. She was a very sweet lady and she will be missed by all that knew her.

  4. Brenda will truly truly be missed, she was a kind hearthed caring person, Brenda Loved God, her family, she loved people. May God continue bless each one of her family members and friends during this transition.

  5. If the definition of “sweet” had a picture beside it it would be a picture of Brenda. Loved her.

  6. My condolences to the family! You all are in my prayers! Brenda was the sweetest lady! I worked with Brenda at First State Bank and she was a blessing to all who came in contact with her!

  7. Brenda was a wonderful person. She loved the Lord! And she was so supportive to those who needed her. I will miss her many kind words of encouragement she gave me since raising my grandsons. We knew each other’s sorrows over our like children. She truly was a servant for the Lord. I know when she said she prayed for me that she prayed.
    I am so sorry for your loss Ray and family I know she will be missed by many but more by you. I will keep y’all in my prayers.

  8. veronica lawson (Bonnie)

    To Brenda’s Family:

    Brenda was loved so much by all her friends and family. She was a friend that could always be counted on. The world will be a little darker without Brenda in it, but we all still have our memories. I know she is with our Lord and Savior after leaving this worldly life. We had been best friends for a long time, our lives took a different direction, we both moved, our kids grew up and we lost touch for a while. When we did see each other it was like no time had passed. I loved my friend Brenda and I will miss her. Prayers for all.

  9. Anita and Bronson Castleberry

    Brenda was a precious person here on earth and served our Father and Lord well. I will remember her in that bank drive through leaning over smiling and giving me a warm hello. Bronson will too. He thought Brenda was the best and didn’t want anyone but her to help him. Our love and sympathy goes out to Ray, Ronnie, Paula, Christy, Wendy and all the extended family.

  10. I have so many wonderful memories with Brenda while she was here living on the Bayou.
    We laughed, we cried, we spent lots of time together. She was my best friend. When John died, Brenda moved and our kids took priority over both our lives so we lost touch. But Brenda always has a special place in my heart.
    I’ll always remember her sweetness and I’ll never forget our good times together.
    Rest In Peace …. I’ll see you again.
    Love. Susan.

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