Jim Wade Smith Sr., age 68, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2023 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born on Monday, June 23, 1954, to Elvis Oscar Smith and Omega Lorraine Gentry Smith in Durant, Oklahoma.\n\nWade is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carrie Smith. Together, they built a strong and loving family, sharing a life filled with fond memories and steadfast devotion. Their marriage, beginning in 1979, stood as a testament to the beauty of true partnership and commitment. With a passion for The Animals' classic "House of the Rising Sun," Wade's love for music was just one facet of his vibrant personality. Wade took great pleasure in many recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing pool, the latter of which earned him numerous trophies. He was also an avid fan of classic fast cars, particularly Camaros and Challengers, which brought adventure and excitement to his days. His strong work ethic was evident in everything he tackled. Wade took pride in his work as a carpenter, logger, and heavy equipment operator before retiring. From the age of 8, he learned the value of hard work while helping his dad in the family construction business. This dedication extended to his children and grandchildren, who were among his proudest accomplishments. A testament to his devotion, Wade lovingly built various wood projects for his wife, Carrie, and never wavered in his support of family members. He lived an old-school life, constantly reminding his loved ones of his affection and appreciation. His legacy as a hardworking and dedicated family man will remain alive in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Wade was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. \n\nHe is preceded in death by his parents; and one uncle, James "Rooster" Gentry. \n\nWade is survived by his loving wife, Carrie Smith of Cove, Arkansas; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Jim Smith Jr. and wife Sara of Mena, Arkansas and James Smith and wife Tracy of Hatton, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Self and husband David of Wickes, Arkansas; four sisters, Jennifer Kesterson, Netlla Cureton, Elizabeth Davis and Regina Foster; eight grandchildren, Levi Self and wife Lexy, Jesse Self, Ciara Self, Brian Smith, Abigail Smith, Bo Smith, Corey Smith and Christie Smith; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and dear friends.\n\nA memorial service will be announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.