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Lela Smyers of Conway, Ark.


Lela Mildred (Payne) Smyers, 103, of Conway, Ark., passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at the Riverside Cemetery in Byers with Rev. Ken Johanan officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Smyers was born May 15, 1911 in Fannin County to Joe and Ludie (Williamson) Payne. She Married Lee Carroll Smyers on June 24, 1934 at the First Baptist Church of Byers. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Conway, Ark., and had been an interior designer in Austin.

Mrs. Smyers is preceded in death by her husband; one son, Michael Smyers; and five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Rogers of Bonham; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made the First Baptist Church of Byers, or a charity of choice.


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