Gladys Pauline Smitherman

January 14, 1923August 5, 2018
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Gladys Pauline McBride Smitherman, born January 14, 1923, died Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the age of 95. She was the first child of Elbert Mitchell McBride and Nora Mae Becktold, born in Franklin, Texas. She graduated in 1940 from Franklin High School. Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Jake Cleveland Smitherman of Franklin, sister Margret Jo Hastings, son Jake Randall Smitherman. Gladys and Jake were married on April 23, 1942 and were married for 69 years. She was a devoted housewife and served her Lord and Savior. Gladys and Jake moved to Baytown in the 40’s where he worked for Baytown Exxon. Upon retiring, returned to Franklin, Texas. While in Baytown they were devoted members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Baytown in which they were charter members. They went abroad to Okinawa, Japan for a short term with Esso. Gladys loved cooking, sewing, crocheting, UMW, and helping on the farm and garden after they retired. In her later years she enjoyed traveling and taking cruises. Gladys was also a member of Franklin United Methodist, New Baden Baptist, and Franklin Worship Center. Gladys is survived by her son David Mitchell Smitherman of Franklin/Baytown, Texas, daughters Dianne and Jerry Harris of La Porte, Texas and Janelle and Robert Fears of Plano, Texas, sister Winnie Hillin of Baytown, TX, grandson Travis Harris of La Porte, Texas, granddaughters Laura Harris of Seabrook, Texas, Suzanne and Graham Hagood of Carrolton, TX, and Robyn and Dr. Ken Moore of Carmel, IN, along with numerous other nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren. Many thanks to all the nurses, doctors, and caregivers that made her last days wonderful. Her experience of life has been a true celebration filled with joy, happiness, and zeal for each day. Family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 3-5pm at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home. A funeral service with Curt Williams officiating will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10am at the Earthman Baytown Funeral Home Chapel, 3919 Garth Rd. Baytown, TX 77521. Serving as pallbearers is David Smitherman, Travis Harris, James Hillin, Pete Coté, Jerry Harris, and Cameron Coté. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 8624 Garth Rd. Baytown, TX 77521. A memorial service will be held on August 16, 2018 at 6pm, with Pastor Rodney Box officiating at the Franklin Worship Center, 231 Cooks Ln, Franklin, TX 77856.


  • David Smitherman
  • Travis Harris
  • James Hillin
  • Pete Cote
  • Jerry Harris
  • Cameron Cote


  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Burial Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service (Franklin, TX) Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Scott Brownfield

August 21, 2018

Mrs. Smitherman was a wonderful, strong, Christian woman, wife and mother. She was always welcoming in her home and she was always smiling. She was a wonderful generous cook. My fondest memory was when my best friend Randy and I brought home to her our catch of speckled trout we caught at St Luis Pass and she fried them up for us as if it wasn't an inconvenience. She will be missed by many though she will join her husband and Randy for eternity.

Hazel Kuzel

August 17, 2018



Jeff Plemons

August 13, 2018

The Smithermans and my family were neighbors for a number of years in Baytown. Gladys was always a loving, caring lady. I knew her in my early years and friends with David as I grew older. I know she is missed tremendously and my wife Cyndi and I send our love and prayers to the Smitherman family.

Karen Jeske

August 13, 2018

I met Ms Gladys at the Franklin Worship Center probably about 7 or 8 years ago.
We worshiped there together with David for several years. She loved being in the house of God and being with the people of God.
One of my favorite memories with Ms Gladys was the when I on my way to the Tuesday morning ladies bible study at the church. I saw her and David at the Franklin supermarket. I went over to say hello and told her where I was going and asked if she’d like to go with me. She quickly said yes and “jumped” out of her car and into mine and we were on our way to bible study. She was so excited to go with me. From then on, I was her “best friend!” What an honor!!
I became one of her caregivers as the need arose and continued to spend time with her in her home over the last several years.
We spent time sharing the Word of God and praying together.
We would read from her book intitled Letters from God by Ivan Tait. She loved it! And so did I.
She was such a blessing and encouragement to me and my family. I am so grateful and honored to have spent these precious years with her.
I will miss you greatly here on this earth, but looking forward to the day when we will worship together again and forevermore!
I love you Ms Gladys!!
See you soon!
♥️Karen Jeske

Jerri Hiatt

August 12, 2018

Many happy memories of mr.and mrs. Smitherman....asweet couple who allowed my children and i to Share a few holiday meals at their home when i first Moved to FranklinMr Jake always had cattle wisdom for me and his wonderful wife who had The most beautiful smile.Never forgotten always in my heart!yall raised a Godly son who kept his word to take care of y’all to the very end.i am honored to call him friend!

Sandra Burke

August 12, 2018

Through the years that I have worked in the nurses aide field, Gladys touch my life with her warm,beautiful, kind, Christian values, you showed everyone your Christian beliefs, even when you where ready to go home,God wasn't ready yet, now that you returned home to God and Jake may you shine upon us with your guiding hands
Love you

Kim Powell

August 12, 2018

Gladys was like a second mother to me. The Smitherman's were my second family.
I share your loss and wish I could be there with you now. I miss all of you.


Frank Shafer

August 10, 2018

We are very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Smitherman was a very fine lady. Frank and Philip Shafer, Calvert Livestock, Inc., Calvert, Texas.

Cne' Pittman

August 10, 2018

I truly treasure the years I spent caring for the Smitherman family. Gladys was an absolute peach and I learned a lot about love and devotion watching her fight to stay, when she yearned to go, as David painstakingly cared for both Mr. and Mrs. in their last days. I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Gladys Smitherman.


August 10, 2018

Gladys was so very special to me. She always was so free to share what the Lord had done in her life or what he was doing currently. She exemplified what a servant was and was very giving. When Jake was sick she was always trying to cook him something he might like and always shared with anyone that stopped by. Gladys, thank you for always sharing. Once she told me I was one of her best friends and I told her the feeling was mutual. We had so many laughs and giggles together even though we were supposed to be working. I will so miss you dearly sweet friend. I know you are enjoying the most awesome cruise there in Heaven and I will see you soon.