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Sam V. Smith Jr.


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Sam V. Smith Jr. Obituary
Sam V. Smith, Jr. 88, passed away on May 13, 2016, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas after battling cancer.
Born in Tom Green County near San Angelo, Texas, in 1928, Mr. Smith was the son of Sam V. Smith, Sr. and Grace Smith, and attended school in Hobbs and Roby, Texas, spending most of his life in Sweetwater, Texas.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was part of the occupying forces in Okinawa, Philippines, at the conclusion of World War II. He attained the rank of Sergeant and served a total of six years, including two years' active duty, two years in the Army Reserve, and two years in the Texas National Guard.
Mr. Smith was a Master Electrician and worked for U.S. Gypsum and Bullock Electric in Sweetwater before starting his own business, Sam Smith Electric, in 1969. He and his wife successfully grew their business for more than 21 years.
His faith in God was a cornerstone of his life, being baptized at the Sweetwater First Evangelical Methodist Church in 1956 where he continued his stewardship for the remainder of his life. He was also an active leader and volunteer for Gideons International for many years, traveling to area churches on behalf of the Gideons and providing Bibles for hundreds of school children.
He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Polly (Murphy) Smith; his brother Lewis Smith; his sister Mohee Barnes; his daughters Deborah LeCompte, Lydia Richmond, and Rebecca Marmaduke; his grandchildren Amie Squires, John Parsons, Jared Parsons, Meredith Parsons, Elizabeth Brass, Jeana Griffith, Jessica Ashley; and step-grandchildren Brian LeCompte, Becky Burroughs, Jacy Marmaduke, and Genevieve Marmaduke. He was also blessed with 14 great grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sisters Jaqueline Grimes, Marion Lincoln, Geneva Dunlop, and Eugenia Smith.
He will be remembered as a loyal servant of God, a loving husband, a kind and generous father, and an ever-present and nurturing grandfather and great grandfather.
Services will be 2 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, with Ronnie Newton officiating and Military Graveside Rites at Sweetwater Cemetery.
Visitation will be at McCoy Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Randy LeCompte, Randy Richardson, Ben Marmaduke, John Parsons, Jared Parsons, Tristen Patterson, Gene Parsons and John Squires.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on May 17, 2016
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