Carl Lane Smith

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Carl Lane Smith, 83, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He was born on February 1, 1930, in Vidor, Texas, to Vestal McConathy and John Henry Smith. Carl Lane graduated from Vidor High School in 1947, where he held a track running record for many years. A year later, he met the love of his life, Phyllis Janet Neal. Carl Lane received his Bachelor of Science in 1950 from Sam Houston State University. In 1951, Carl Lane received his Masters of Education from the University of Houston. Carl Lane was an educator for thirty-one years. He taught at various South Park schools including Bingman, Pietzsch, and Spindletop. Carl Lane served as principal at Bingman and Pietzsch. He retired from Beaumont Independent School District for the second time in 1985. At a young age, Carl Lane became very involved in Boy Scouts of America. He received his Eagle Scout in 1945. In college, he worked as an assistant for a Cub Scout unit in Huntsville. In 1950, he started his first troop in Vidor, Texas. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1967 and the Vigil Award in 1971. Carl Lane participated in the Wood Badge course and attended 4 National Jamborees. During his summers off, Carl Lane was Camp Director at Camp Bill Stark and Camp Urland, Horse Shoe Bend Director at El Rancho Cima, and served as Program Director at Camp Metigoshe in North Dakota. Philmont Scout Ranch always held a special place in his heart. In 1951, Carl Lane married Phyllis Janet Neal. Together they had three sons. The family enjoyed scouting, hunting, and traveling together. Carl Lane led a family of never ending love and support. The door has always been open and everyone is always welcome. Carl Lane was very active and an ardent participant in the lives of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carl Lane was an active member in his faith and the church family at Wesley United Methodist Church. Carl Lane is survived by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Phyllis Smith; sons, Howard N. Smith and his wife, Sandra and Dr. Joel Lane Smith, all of Beaumont; and Kirby T. Smith of San Antonio; grandchildren, Amanda Bielamowicz and her husband, Brian, of Pearland; Garrett Smith and his wife, Christin, of Humble; Kristin Smith of Beaumont; Christopher Forster and his wife, Lorena, of Beaumont; Travis Smith of Eugene, Oregon; Emily Forster of Beaumont; Kylie Smith of College Station; and Austin Smith of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Kaci Hathaway, Addison Bielamowicz, and in a few weeks, Sterling Lane Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Gerolene Young and her husband, Walter, of Frisco, Texas, and their children, Sherry and Joe. A gathering of Mr. Smith's family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2013, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with Reverend Robert Besser officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713. Complete and updated information may be found www.broussards1889.com

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Broussard's Mortuary
1605 N Major Dr
Beaumont, TX 77713
(409) 866-3838
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 6, 2013
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