Honor Lee Smith, of Orange, went to be with Jesus, at the age of 91 on Sunday, July 15, 2012, with her family by her side. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 2:00 in the afternoon, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Honor Lee's minister, Reverend Herb Thompson, Pastor of First Baptist of West Orange Church. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park. Visitation will began at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, at the Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Honor Lee was born in Ruston, Louisiana, on May 29, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Henry Houston Harper and Minnie Ola (Sanders) Harper. She married her husband, Reece Smith, in Pitkin, Louisiana, before moving to Orange, where she raised her family. She was kind and loving and had a sense of humor that was adored by all who knew her. She loved to read her bible, work in her yard, and attended First Baptist of West Orange Church, where she sang in the choir and was a Sunday school teacher for Pre-K. Above all her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, who will all miss her dearly. Honor Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Reece Smith; her son, Terry Smith; her son-in- law, Richard Gallas; her great-grandson, Kory Smith; her brother, Dwayne Harper; and her sister, Opal Weldon. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Smith of Orange; Joan Gallas of Bullard; Judy Sneed and husband, Clyde of Mont Belvieu; and her sons, Edward Smith and wife, Juanita of Orange; Robert Smith and wife, Cherry of Buna; Harold Smith and wife, Penny of Tuscon, Arizona; Lynn Smith and wife, Renee of Orange; Rusty Smith and wife, Pam of Bridge City; and Mike Smith and wife, Vickie of Orange; her brother, Robert Harper of Pitkin, Louisiana; her sister Wilma Sue Goetzman and husband, LeRoy of Scott, Louisiana; eighteen grandchildren; thirty-four great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Our family would like to thank the staff of The Meadows, with a special thanks to her favorite aide Jennifer. We would also like to thank Chris and Kristi of Odyssey Hospice Services. Honor Lee's sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 17, 2012