PINE BLUFF, Ark — In the very place Terry Smith dedicated his life, that devotion is remembered.
“He wanted to give them the best that he had. Poured out to them every day,” Robbie Williams, a Pine Bluff Schools Administrator said.
Williams was also one of the principals Mr. Smith worked under. He even taught her two sons.
“No nonsense. They did have any special favors,” Williams said.
Teaching was serious business for Mr. Smith.
“His whole purpose was to make the kids better than they were before they came to him,” she said.
And he fulfilled that purpose — as evident by the dozens of former colleagues, students and community members who wanted to pay their respects to the man who was killed simply driving down a street.
“Just the mere fact that lasting impact, that legacy here in the district, we wanted to make sure we honored such a great educator,” Superintendent Jeremy Woh said.
“People who are great listeners are also sharp thinkers,” a former student said at the balloon release Tuesday.
“He wanted nothing more than for his students to grow up and live life to their fullest potential,” Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said.
Just as Mr. Smith brought out the best in his students, the community is begging for the same.
“We’ve got to come together to see what’s going on and try to come up with strategies and solutions that will calm the violence down, because it can be done,” Williams said.
The homicide case remains unsolved.
Anyone who knows or saw anything on Friday March 29th near Howard Dr. and Tulip St. are encouraged to call police.