Billy Ray Smith (87) of New Home, Texas was born on October 10, 1933 in Anton, Texas in the family home of Thad and Mabel Smith. He passed peacefully from his Earthly home on March 24, 2021.
Bill was a farmer for 20 years in Lynn County and then, was a dirt contractor who built terraces and performed other dirt moving needs as required for the next 20 years.
He was a faithful member of New Home Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. He enjoyed discussing scripture and telling others what the Lord meant to him. His service to the church was also seen by people near and far who visited the church and were able to view the manicured grounds Billy Ray provided.
His community service to the school and the children of the New Home Community, was fulfilled by being a member of the New Home School Board.
He also enjoyed riding his bike, trapshooting, and was an avid bowler, shooting very close to that 300 mark on several occasions.
Billy Ray was a loving son, and husband to Norma Evans Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, C. W. Smith, his sister, Betty Anders, his grandson Michael Smith, and his beautiful, loving wife, Norma Lee Evans Smith.
He is survived by his son, Andy Smith & wife, Mary Jane of Lubbock; Brad Smith & his wife, Donna of New Home; and his daughter, Kelly Smith of New Home.
Also surviving are brother, Bobby Joe Smith of Cisco and Jimmy Wayne (Peanut) Smith of Stephenville. Other family members remaining are granddaughter, D’dee Fowler and husband, Glen of Allen; grandson Ryan and wife, Lori of Meadow; granddaughter, Kassie Smith of Lubbock, grandsons, Travis Smith and wife, Jodie of New Home and Trey Smith of Lubbock.
His GREAT grandchildren provided great joy to Billy Ray and they are as follows:
Tanner Fowler, Kynli Fowler, Bryden Smith, Kate Smith, Ceelee Smith, Carley Smith, Presley Smith, Brylee Smith and Daxton Garcia.
The Master replied, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
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