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September 19, 2018

Phyllis Smithwick Thomas

This article was published September 10, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

Please note the date for the reception was corrected to 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at First Assembly of God before the service for anyone who wishes to attend.

Phyllis Smithwick Thomas, 79, went to be with her Savior on Sept. 6, 2018, after battling cancer.

She was born Nov. 24, 1938, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Clyde H. Smithwick and Inez Abernathy Smithwick.

She attended First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, for many years and was a faithful member of First Assembly of God, Pine Bluff. She attended First Baptist Church in Hot Springs after retiring in 2016. She read her Bible daily and particularly enjoyed the book of Psalms. This exemplifies Phyllis' love of God, family and friends.

She attended school in Pine Bluff and North Little Rock, where she graduated from Ole Main High School in 1956. She was a 1960 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

On July 25, 1964, Phyllis married Donny Thomas at First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Her real estate career began early when she sold her first house at the age of 16. She became vice president of Smithwick Incorporated in 1960 and was treasurer of Rawick Manufacturing Company, both family-owned businesses. She served as president of the Pine Bluff Realtors Association and was state director and district vice president of the Arkansas Real Estate Association.

Phyllis and Donny were owners of Key Company and Fly Ash Products in Pine Bluff. She served as secretary and treasurer of both companies. In 1996, they built Harbor Oaks Golf Club, which is on the Natural State Golf Trail and one of the top 10 public courses in the state. They managed the golf course and restaurant until it sold in 2016.

She was the first woman volunteer president of Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce and was director of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce 1987-1989. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County from 1995-2002, Board of Directors for Jefferson County Industrial Foundation, Jefferson Hospital Association, Fifty for the Future, Pines Technical College, The Jefferson County Literacy Council Advisory Board, and the Clean and Beautiful Commission.

She was a director of Simmons First Bank Board from 1984-2009, serving on the Executive Committee, CRA Committee, and Senior Loan Committee. She was on the Bank Advisory Board from 2009 until 2013.

An avid golfer, Phyllis was an active member of the ASGA and AWGA. The AWGA named a trophy in her honor. She also enjoyed playing tennis, water skiing, reading, and especially spending time with family and friends. She was a selfless and devoted wife, mother, sister and friend.

Her parents, Inez V. Smithwick and Clyde H. Smithwick, and her sister, Beverly Smithwick Morrisey, all of Pine Bluff, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Donald A. Thomas, of Hot Springs; brothers, Richard Smithwick (June), of Catoosa, Okla., and Bill Smithwick (Cecile), of Pine Bluff; two children, Greg Thomas (Lisa), of Fayetteville, and Brad Thomas (Jamie), of White Hall; three grandchildren, Daniel, Rachel and Hayze; brother-in-law, George Morrisey Sr.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a reception from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at First Assembly of God before the service for anyone who wishes to attend.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in the Sanctuary of First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff with Gary Bell (First Assembly) and John McCallum (First Baptist, Hot Springs) officiating.

Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son.

Online registry at http:// www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.

The family requests memorials take the form of contributions to First Assembly of God, Pine Bluff (Christian Education Fund) or First Baptist Church, Hot Springs (Building Fund).

Obits on 09/10/2018
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