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Surrounded by her family, Marcell Everdean Smith Henderson, 86, of Little Rock, went home to be with
Our Lord on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Dean, as she was commonly called, was the youngest of ten
children born to the late O. T. and Mamie Smith of North Little Rock.
Marcell was a Licensed Practical Nurse, and later attended Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in
Dallas, Texas. She returned to Arkansas to finish her education and received her Master’s Degree in
Education from Ouachita Baptist University. Her shift to education led to a career in Special Education.
She was a longtime teacher in the Forrest City, Lonoke, and Little Rock School Districts. Her passion was
always working with special needs children, and she was greatly loved by all of her students. She was a
nurturer who had a love for people and enjoyed cooking for the elderly. She was a single mother who
raised three children who strive to honor her legacy. She grew up in Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church in North
Little Rock and later joined Conner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Little Rock.
She is preceded in death by her siblings: James, Herman, O.T. Jr., Eloyce, Oswald, Lawrence, Pha, and
Eugenia; as well as her son-in-law, James P. Massie, Sr.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Jauan Massie, Reginald Henderson, Kim Evans and her
husband, Harold Evans, all of Little Rock. She also leaves ten grandchildren and nine great-
grandchildren. In addition to a host of other relatives and friends, she also leaves one brother, Wendell Smith and his wife Dorothy, of Little Rock.
Viewing will be Friday from 12 noon until 4 p.m. at the O.T. Smith Memorial Chapel (KELLY SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES), 8424 Kanis Road, Mrs. Henderson will lie in state on Saturday, June 23rd from 10 a. m. to 11:00 a.m., the funeral will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. both services will be at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 217 N. Hazel Street in North Little Rock, Ark. Kelly Smith Funeral & Cremation Services, (8424 Kanis Road Little Road 501-612-5607) will be serving the Smith Henderson families. For more information, to sign online guest register, send flowers/condolences, upload photos and light an "In Loving Memory Of" candle www.kellysmithfunerals.com.
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