Wayne Bartlett Smith was born in Clarksville, Texas on November 18, 1932 and went home to his Heavenly Father Friday, January 19, 2018. He graduated from Clarksville High School, then from Austin College in Sherman with his B.A. and his M.Ed. from East Texas State College at Commerce. Wayne also served Active Duty in the United States Army followed by reserve duty. He coached and taught for 18 years then made a career change to the insurance and financial services with The Franklin.
He is survived by his wife of 62.5 years; Mary Gail Smith, son; Brian and Linda Smith of Huntsville, daughter; Julie and Pat Allee of Henderson, son; Brent and Darlene Smith of Longview, son; Gary and Brenda Smith of Longview. Also his grandchildren; Jordan O'Brien and husband Jake of Shrevport, Louisiana, Morgan Molinaro of White Bluff, Tennessee, Riley Smith of Huntsville, Katelyn Yzquierdo and husband Ricardo of Conroe, Matthew Smith of Longview, Texas and Seward, Alaska, Murphy Smith of Huntsville, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona and Dalton Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Preceded in death by his parents; Lawrence Proctor, Sr. and Beulah Bartlett smith, his brother; Lawrence Smith, Jr., his sister; Emily Ware, sister in law; Elizabeth Katherine "Pat" Smith and brothers in law; Joe and Tom Schmid and his son; Barry Smith.
A Celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Longview Christian Church, located at 2400 McCann Rd., Longivew, Texas. A visitation will follow the service at the church. The Smith family encourages wearing Hawaiian shirts or other vacation type wear or your favorite sport teams shirt, jersey or caps.
The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers, or other remembrances, that Wayne would be most honored by a gift made to your local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter: https://my.fca.org/ OR to Austin College, https://www.austincollege.edu/support/givingpage/
Published on February 6, 2018