Dr. Thomas Joseph Smith of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas peacefully passed away from his earthly home to his eternal home in heaven on Thursday, September 14.
He was born to Dr. William Morris and Mary O. Smith on May 21st, 1934 in Liberal, Kansas while spending his childhood in Guymon, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sue Smith Heltzel. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Diana, along with his five children and his grandchildren: Susan and her husband, John Miles of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Greg Smith, Sr., Glenn Smith and his wife, Candy, Mary Carol Taylor, and Cindi Smith, all of Little Rock, Arkansas. He also loved and is survived by Diana’s family.
He is also survived by his brother, Dr. William Robert, and his wife, JoAnn and family.
Affectionately known as “TJ”, he graduated from Wentworth Military Academy, Oklahoma University who beat “The Ohio State” recently, and Oklahoma University Medical School.
He completed his residency at UAMS and then practiced gastroenterology in Little Rock for 29 years where he co-founded Gastroenterology Associates. He was a clinical instructor at UAMS for over 10 years and served as the medical director and consultant on criteria for gastroenterology. He was a member of numerous national medical associations, serving president of one state association chapter.
The scope of his philanthropic interests spanned the gamut from being a 32nd degree Mason, serving in the National Guard, to serving in on multiple committees from which so many benefitted. Two of the most notable were the Arkansas Prison System Medical Review Board and the Hot Spring Village library committee for expansion.
TJ and Diana literally travelled the world, visiting all 7 continents enjoying the wildlife the most.
From penguins in Antarctica to the animal safaris in Africa, TJ loved it all, but he was just as content with the beautiful view from his deck or the beauty of Lake Ouachita.
TJ loved to dance. Country western dance was a favorite of TJ and Diana’s, but they enjoyed all types of dance, teaching classes, and loving it for over 15 years. They thoroughly enjoyed boot scootin’ on their home’s custom dance floor.
TJ was dearly loved by his family, his friends, his patients, and his hospice and medical teams. Even people he’d never met were drawn to his infectious smile and generous spirit. He was a delightful fun-loving man.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. at TJ’s home church, Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church, in HSV. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Dierksen Hospice in Hot Springs Village or Hot Springs Village Library.
Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale – The Hot Springs Village Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
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Dear Diana and family,
Your TJ was one in a million. What a fun loving, kind hearted gentle man.
We both loved the times we got to spend with you guys.
Diana, you made his world go round. I have never seen a more devoted love.
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
deb and harold
Diana and family, we were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of our Oakie friend. We had many good times, doing things that probably don't need to be mentioned, nobody would believe them anyway. We will be out of town this week and will not be able to attend the service but will be with you in spirit. May God be with you, comfort and hold you in his loving arms as he is doing with our Tommy Joe.
T.J. was beloved by many; both those who knew him well and those of us who only knew him from afar. I regret that this is the only way I can express my condolence to Diana and the rest of his family since I am unable to attend the service.
Diane I am sorry for Dr. Smith as o like to call him. May he Rest In Peace. I know that it has been a long had row for you but you know that he is not in pain any longer. I know what you have been through and we both will make it. May God keep his arms around you in this time of need
Sheree and I were saddened to here of T.J.'s passing. We had heard of his failing health, and am sure hospice was a blessing to the end. We are sorry we can't be there for the service, Diana, but are thoughts are with you. May the peace of our Lord give you comfort through this ordeal.