Graveside services for Dean Smith, 63, of Diboll, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Bro. Leonard Robson officiating. Dean was born June 10, 1949 in Angelina County, Texas, the son of the late Dottie (Tull) and James Smith. He passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in a local hospital. Dean was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a welder member of Pipeliners Local Union 798 for 35 years. He was also the owner of Smith Welding & Hard Facing for 18 years until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Smith of Diboll; son and daughter-in-law, William Dean Smith, Jr. and Renee Smith of Diboll; son, Bradley James Smith of Diboll; grandson, Steven Kyle Smith; granddaughter, Sarah Louise Smith; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Louise Smith; mother-in-law, Jessie Conner of Diboll; and a number of other family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Shofner. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.
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Published in The Lufkin Daily News on May 30, 2013