Opal Shirlene (Whittenburg) Smith, age 72, died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark. 

She was born June 27, 1950, in Harrison, Ark., to John Elgin and Mary Estaleen (Hayes) Whittenburg.

She had a long career and retired from Springdale Public Schools. She enjoyed playing card games and dominos with her family. In her spare time, she also liked reading and making puzzles.

She was preceded in death by both parents; brothers Louis Ray Tennison, Roy Dean Whittenburg, David Arthur Whittenburg; and sister, Sandra Loretta Whittenburg Hawk.

She is survived by her son, Clyde Perkins of Caldwell, Kan.; daughter, Audra Smith of Fayetteville, Ark.; brothers, Donnie Whittenburg of Goshen, Ark., Randy Whittenburg of Fayetteville, Ark.; sisters, Betty Hayes of Huntsville, Ark., Helen Sharp of Mayfield, Ark., Janice Pritchett of Stillwell, Okla., Nina and husband, Leeroy Hittson, of Fayetteville, Ark., Joann and husband, Randall Smith, of Elkins, Ark.; grandson, Logan Lynn Smith of Garfield, Ark.; and a host of extended family.

Pallbearers: Jeremy Whittenburg, Jeff Whittenburg, Eric Hittson, Daniel Smith, Coy Smith, Toby Whittenburg, Cody Whittenburg and Logan Lynn Smith.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at Friendship Cemetery of Springdale, Ark.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Heritage Funeral Home.