Lilly Smith

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Lilly Smith, 90, was born March 20, 1922, in Abbeville, LA, to Leon and Ella Suire Broussard, and passed away October 16, 2012, in Beaumont, TX. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, at The Gospel Tabernacle, 1225 Glendale, in Beaumont. Interment will immediately follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Smith was a resident of Beaumont since 1937 and a long time member of The Gospel Tabernacle, where she was pastored through life by Rev. R.D. Gibson, Rev. Allen Doyle, Rev. W.J. Treece, Rev. Tony Morrison, and currently pastored by Rev. Michael LaBrie. She is survived by her children: Wesley Smith Jr. and wife, Wanda; Frank Smith and wife, Ida; Joyce Peoples and husband, Wayne; Mark Smith and wife, Jeanette; and Robert Smith and wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Kathy Pitman (Bill), John Smith, Candace Harvil (Frank), Laura Gonzales (Mark), Lisa Brittain (Chris), Christie Hirasaki (Ron), Shane Peoples (Krissy), Angie Peoples, Misty Smith, Dustin Smith (Rachel), Travis Smith, and Cal Fulton; 12 great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Lillian Smith. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Wesley T. Smith Sr.; parents; great-grandson, Joshua Peoples; brothers, Isaac and Rene; and sisters, Rena, Nedia, Nelta, Aleta, and Alete. Lilly B. Smith faithfully loved God, her husband and children, all of her family, and her church. She showed forth the heart and soul of a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a friend to all. That is why to this day, her children, 'arise up and call her blessed'.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 18, 2012
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