Stephen L. Smith
1948 - 2021
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Stephen L. Smith

Abilene - Stephen Louis Smith, of Abilene, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 18, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving wife and children.

A celebration of the Lord, and Steve's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21st at First Baptist Church in Abilene with his son, Jerimiah Smith, and Dr. Phil Christopher officiating. The service will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend at Please follow current COVID-19 safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and social distancing. The family will host a gathering at their home following the service.

Steve was born on December 18th, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas to H. Lee and Mabel Smith. The Smith family moved to Abilene in the early 1950's and Steve graduated from Cooper High School in 1967. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1971.

Steve worked as a CPA for the past 50 years, but those who knew him know his work did not stop there. He was extremely passionate about helping others and spent much of his time generously supporting a number of various ministries around town and beyond, such as Love and Care Ministries, ManUP, FCA, the Emmaus Community and countless others. Many people could say they owe their love of music to Steve. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing and has even been known to write a song or two as he loved entertaining others with his musical gifts. He was a loyal and active member of First Baptist Church and frequently attended University Baptist Church in Fort Worth where his son is the pastor. Nothing made him happier than his precious children and grandchildren. You could often find him traveling to various sporting events and activities to show his support of them. Steve's love for the Lord was apparent in all he did and the countless lives he touched. His love and generosity knew no bounds. His family and friends would say they were "blessed beyond measure" to have known him.

Steve was a loving husband, devoted father, and supportive brother and friend. He is survived by his wife Dana; his children, Stephanie and Cory Locke, Jerimiah and Jennifer Smith, Jason and Lauren Long, and Jennifer and Charlie Clarke; his siblings, Dolly Gremminger, Debby and Larry Krpec, Sandi Davis, Doug and Jamie Smith, and Sheri Smith; his grandchildren, Christopher and Lucy Locke, James, Annabelle, and David Wu Smith, Isla and Ava Long, and Davis Clarke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Lee and Mabel Smith and his sister Susan Chapman.

Memorials may be sent to University Baptist Church Fort Worth, P.O. Box 101074 Fort Worth, Texas 76185 or First Baptist Church Abilene, 1333 North 3rd, Abilene Texas, 79601.

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Published in Abilene Reporter News from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2021.
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January 28, 2021
Stephen has gone from labor to reward. May his soul rest in peace.
January 28, 2021
Although I did I not know Mr. Smith, I am so thankful for his co-founding Encountering Peace. I receive the emails daily & have the app. Praying to our Lord Jesus for his family & friends strength, comfort & peace.
Stephanie Corley
January 28, 2021
I don’t know him but I listen to the Encounter daily and am forever grateful for his striving heart and being led by Jesus. The fruit is eternal.
Carrie Theobald Buell
January 28, 2021
I do not.know him directly, but thank you for the vision you had in statting the Encounter podcast. It has changed the way I know God. What a profound blessing it has been! Thank you. Praying for the family. In Christ we live forever! Amen. Your sister in Christ...
January 22, 2021
Although I was a graduate of Abilene High Class of 1967, My wide Linda and I hosted the Abilene freshman class at Texas Tech and Steve was intergral part of all of our lives. I remember we often shared spaghetti using the Mialno receipe provided by Vince Milano. He was a great person to be around and often lifted our spirits. He is greatly missed
Terry D Knight
January 21, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jim Davis
January 21, 2021
He was such a blessing to our family. We Love you!
This is the time of year he and I would visit and email back and forth. I will miss him.
Tammy Thurman
January 21, 2021
Dana, know that you and your family are in my prayers in the days to come. Eternal Rest, grant him O Lord, and let light perpetual shine on him, and give him peace.
Randy Stevens
January 20, 2021
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