SMOOT, Sr., Billy "Bill" Raymond|
Services for Billy "Bill" Raymond Smoot, Sr., 80, of Tyler, will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Stewart Family Funeral Home with Rev. Pike Wisner officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Bill passed away peacefully on the morning of July 29 at Emeritus Senior Living surrounded by all four of his children. He was 80 years old and had been living with Alzheimer's for some time. Billy Raymond Smoot was born on January 20, 1934 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Raymond McGee and Ruth Wilkins Smoot. He was the first born of four children and was pre-deceased by his sister Betty Miller and brother Jim Smoot. He is survived by his brother Bob Smoot and children Billy Smoot Jr., Stephen Smoot, David Smoot and Laura Neal. He was the proud and loving grandfather to Alex, Caroline, Emily, Noah, Bridget and Jamie.
Bill was the son of a Baptist preacher, who was also an Army Chaplain. This meant that the family moved quite a bit. While Bill didn't have fond memories of having to move around so much, it turned him into a person that never met a stranger. He was very easy to talk to and confide in. Many of his life-long friends were neighbors. He loved to do for others and frequently put other's needs before his own. During retirement he started a hobby of baking dozens of loaves of cinnamon bread at a time, which he shared with family and friends.
Bill was a firm believer in education and truly cared for children. He earned his PhD in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. From 1968 to 1973 Bill taught at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. But his primary love was public education. He was Director of Secondary Education for the Austin ISD from 1973-1979, principal of McCallum High School (1979-1988), and principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, TX, where he retired.
Bill had a very strong work ethic and his retirement didn't slow him down a bit. He had an intense interest in genealogy and did years and years of research tracing his ancestry back to 1596. He was always the family photographer and videographer. In his retirement years, he would make multiple copies of all the pictures he took, write detailed descriptions on the back and share them with the family. He took great pride in his yard and could be seen outside mowing, raking and working in the flower beds most days.
Bill will be greatly missed by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester, Tyler, TX 75701 or PATH, 402 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014