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Deborah Ranee Smithson
July 14, 1960 - October 15, 2022

Deborah “Debbie” Ranee Smithson, of Trumann, AR departed this life Saturday, October 15, 2022 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR at the age of 62 years, 3 months, and 1 day. She was born Thursday, July 14, 1960 in Jonesboro, AR. Debbie was a lifetime resident of Trumann and a 1978 graduate of Trumann High School.  She was a member of First Baptist in Bay, AR. She retired from CRDC Head Start where she taught generations of Trumann residents, she was also a substitute teacher with the Trumann School District and a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Debbie’s great joy was to support her grandchildren and all their activities. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber McClaughlin; her niece, Melanie Cox; and her parents, J. W. and Janiece Abbott Smithson. She is survived by her significant other, Randy Richards, of the home; one son, Derick (Brittany) Smithson of Trumann; one son-in-law, Brandon McClaughlin of Trumann; one brother, Michael (Shannon) Smithson, of Austin, AR; one sister, Dana Ferguson of Bay, AR; and five  grandchildren, Hannah and Brayden McClaughlin, Danielle Coin, Garen and Devin Smithson; six nieces, Jerra Taylor, Jordan and Katie Ferguson, Malorie Reaves, Melissa Smithson, and Mareena Gilbert; and many cousins and friends.       The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann, AR.  A Celebration of life will be Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery, Jonesboro, AR. Active pallbearers will be, Gary Richey, Brandon McClaughlin, Allen Linton, Blake Linton, Larry Linton, and Joey Abbott; honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, Wade Brown and Griffin Harness.       Family request lasting memorials be made to the Amber McClaughlin Memorial Scholarship at the Unico Bank, Trumann, AR.      In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is optional.      Online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net

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October 18, 2022
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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October 19, 2022
03:00 PM

Thompson Funeral Home
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Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Pam moss, Jonesboro says

    Debbie you was a great friend of mine. You was there for me when I was ready to give up and I love you and will miss you so much. You and momma can visit each other in heaven now all the time. I will be with y'all again one day.

  2. Debra(Sherrill) Cook, Trumnas says

    Deb you will be missed by many. What a day to rejoice with Amber.

  3. Debra(Sherrill) Cook, Trumann says

    Deb was a sweet friend. Now you will have a new body and rejoice with Amber. You will be missed.

  4. Randy Richards, Trumann ar says

    You were my heart and soul. When you left to being the arms of Jesus, my heart was broken. Although there.is.great sorrow, you have to suffer no more. You will be missed forever and always love.your.significant.other Randy

  5. Randy Richards, Trumann ar says

    You were my heart and soul.when you left this earth and went to be with Jesus, I was heart broken. I was so proud if you for the decision s you made it was on your terms. Although there is sorrow you have to suffer no more. You will be missed always and forever your significant other Randy

  6. April Russell, TRUMANN says

    Debbie, you were so kind and like a mother to me. We had a lot of good times. I love you and I will miss you. Prayers for you all. May God comfort you and bring you comfort during this time of grieving.

  7. Myles Evans and Patsy, Damascus Arkansas says

    Sorry to the family for your loss we will be praying for you.

  8. Margie Moon, Bay, Ar. says

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  9. Pam Knapp-Carver, Blytheville says

    May peace be with you all!

  10. George & Beth Nunnally, Bentonville, AR says

    Sending our love and prayers. ??

  11. April Russell, TRUMANN says

    Prayers to the family. I love you Momma Debbie and will miss you.

  12. Betty McLeod, Sheridan says

    Michael & family. Love & prayers in the loss of your sister. May you find comfort in God’s Grace and your precious memories of her.

  13. Margaret Martin , Jonesboro Ar says

    So Sorry to hear about Debbie. We graduated together from high school and then my nephew married her daughter. You all are in my prayers.

  14. Christina Courtney, Bay, AR says

    Debbie you will be forever in my heart. I love you like a second mom, and I think you knew that. I had a dream about you the other night. Maybe that was Gods way of preparing me for this. I will be forever grateful all you had done for my family. I know you are pain free, whole again with our Lord and Saviour. I know you and mom are playing catch up! Thank you for being there for me when mom, dad, evelyn and Jonathan went before us. Love you always and when I wear my Happy perfume, you will always be in my heart and memory. Love you, Christina Courtney

  15. Jody Ussery, Waxahachie, TX says

    Derrick, Michael, and Dana my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.

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