SMITH (VETERAN), PAUL HUGH "BIX" - Lawrence County, Arkansas | PAUL HUGH "BIX" SMITH (VETERAN) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Paul Hugh "Bix" SMITH (VETERAN)

Old Bethel Cemetery
Lawrence County,
Arkansas

US Air Force (obituary)
July 15, 1938 - February 28, 2009

Son of Emmanuel Muth Smith and Jewel Esther Campbell Smith (Moore)

Paul "Bix" Smith
Paul "Bix" Smith, 70, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 28, 2009, at his home.

Born July 15, 1938, in Blytheville, he was an artist, musician and art professor.

He lived his early life in Imboden and attended grade school at Sloan-Hendrix until his family moved to Pierceton, Ind., when he was 12 years old. A 1956 graduate of Pierceton High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965.

After his service, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University. He worked as a writer, photographer and photo editor for the Indianapolis Star for 11 years. He returned to Arkansas in 1973 and worked as the art director for KAIT-TV in Jonesboro. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis and was a professor of art at Arkansas State University's Newell campus for several years. His professional art included painting, sketches, graphic design and photography. His artwork has been displayed regionally and in other areas he has lived.

As a musician, he played guitar and bass guitar for a variety of groups in Indianapolis, Chicago, California, Jonesboro and Chateauroux, France. He also acted in community theater productions.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel Smith and Jewell Campbell Smith Moore.

Survivors include a son, Sam Brown, Nappanee, Ind.; two sisters, Shirley Eye and husband Pete, Lenexa, Kan., and Debbie Soucy and husband Yves, Memphis; and a brother, Stanley Smith, Austin, Texas.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Joe Loghry officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery, near Black Rock, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Bix Smith Scholarship Fund, in care of Jonesboro Public Schools, 870-933-5800 or to St. Jude's.

Obituary provided courtesy of The Times Dispatch Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County, Arkansas posted 04 Mar 2009.

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Contributed on 4/22/09 by denise.bratcher63
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