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Willie Ray 'Beav' Smith, Jr.
Oct 15, 1943 – Jan 29, 2021 (Age 77)
Willie Ray "Beav" Smith, Jr., 77, of Beaumont, Texas passed away Friday, January 29th, 2021, at Houston Methodist Hospital.
He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on October 15th, 1943, to Georgia Oretha Curl Smith and Coach Willie Ray Smith, Sr.
Willie Ray was raised in Beaumont and played football at Charlton Pollard High School coached by his father, and alongside his brothers, Lawrence "Tody" Smith and Charles "Bubba" Smith.
A standout in high school, Willie Ray later attended the University of Iowa on a full scholarship before transferring to the University of Kansas.
Willie Ray lived in Los Angeles, California, working in the entertainment industry with his brother, Bubba, before joining the US Forest Service.
Willie Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in Beaumont.
Willie Ray is survived by his two children Sekou Smith and Jamila Smith-Loud and eight grandchildren Sabrina, Trayveon, Semira, Eli, SirRay, Cole, Austin, Kali-Nisa, his former wife Paula Smith Minor, and countless dear friends and family.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father Willie Ray Smith Sr. and Georgia Smith and his brothers Charles "Bubba" Smith and Lawrence "Tody" Smith.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Willie Ray Smith Jr. Memorial Fund.
Services will be live-streamed at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021:
Celebration of Life Service Info
Monday, February 8, 2021
Beaumont Botanical Gardens
6088 Babe Zaharias Dr,
Social Distancing & Mask Wearing will be strictly enforced
*Per CDC/State of Texas/City of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas regulations,everyone is always required to wear face masks in the buildings.
*Seating will be limited to 50% capacity of the chapel, church, or place of the funeral service.
*6 - FEET SOCIAL DISTANCING for attendees seating and every other row & at the cemeteries.
*Condolences may be expressed atwww.comeauxchapel.com
*Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Comeaux Community Funeral Chapel (409.838.6597) 624 Irma St., Beaumont, Texas.