OBITUARY

Grady McGee Smith

March 31, 1932February 16, 2021

Grady McGee Smith was born to Nicholas Grady Smith and Margery McGee Smith on March 31, 1932, in Daingerfield, Texas. Grady Smith, who obtained a degree in general business in 1953 from Lamar University's first four-year graduating class and was a long-time employee of Gulf States Utilities. Grady is survived by his wife of 14 years, Betty (May) Smith, his beloved daughter, Glenda Ferguson, and her husband Jerry; Step-children: Terry and Sandra Ling, Timothy and Stephanie Ling, Tammy and Toby Davis; Grandchildren: Haylee Wheeler, Andre' Frame and Macey Estridge, Kristian Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Andrea Johnson, Karlii Shankle, Katherine and husband, Dwight Landor, Brittany Ling, Casey Ling, Tyler Ling, Hunter Ling, Janie Davis, Jeffrey Davis, Jordan Davis; Great-grandchildren: Sofia Perez, Maverik Wheeler, Averleigh Frame, Alivia Landor, and another due in August. Grady is preceded in death by his first wife Nelda Faye (Baxley) Smith, sons, Grady Lynn Smith and Stephen Kyle Smith, and his grandsons, Jeremy and Justin Ferguson. Grady was a devoted deacon at North End Baptist Church and served as music director for several local Baptist churches. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Services

  • The Family Will Receive Friends

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Memories

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Linda Bridges

March 2, 2021

I too worked at GSU and encountered Grady from time to time when he would bring things to be printed in the print shop. Wherever Grady was, there were smiles. He always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting to anyone he met. My sympathies to his family for your loss of such a very nice man. I pray that God will comfort you as you grieve for your loss. Grady is singing in God's choir now. Thanks for the memories Grady..

Roger Gillespie

February 22, 2021

I remember Grady from both GSU and our time at North End from 1986 to 1994. He was a sweet man with a smooth voice.

Sandy (Allen) Johnson

February 22, 2021

I remember Grady from Gulf States Utilities. We didn't work in the same department, but we both sang together with the Infamous Reddy Rhythms!!! It was so fun back then. Also, my mom told me that they had gone to Beaumont High together and were also in the Royal Purple Band. I lost her almost 28 years ago. His family was blessed to have shared so much time with him. He was a kind man. Now he is with Jesus. God bless his family in this time of sorrow.

Matthew Goolsby

February 21, 2021

My earliest memory of Mr. Grady was him teaching my 1st or 2nd grade Sunday School Class. But the best memories were while I was filling in as worship leader at NEBC. We always made time to talk about songs. He was always encouraging me and always had a kind word. He was a good friend and person to look up to. I will miss him a lot, and look forward to seeing him again in glory.

Richard James

February 21, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Grady in accounting services at Gulf States Utilities. He had a great work ethic and a good sense of humor. Rest in Peace, Grady, and we know you are now seeing the Great Glory of heaven. And may the Peace of Christ be with the Smith family.

Philip Brooks

February 20, 2021

I’ve known Grady since 1982 when we joined North End Baptist. He was a faithful music man and I loved serving with him in our music ministry. Wanda and I got to travel with Grady and Betty several times to the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. What a joy it was for us!!

Most Sunday mornings as I entered the Worship Center for early music practice, Grady and Betty would already be there. I would call out very loudly, “Good Morning, Grad- eye“! And he would call back,”Good Morning, Phillipe !”, always knowing it was me calling to him.

Rest In Peace, my friend! Enjoy your place in the Heavenly Choir!!

Jim Moss

February 20, 2021

Grady was a positive, happy, uplifting man. He was a great person to work with.

Joe & Lucy Conner

February 19, 2021

many good memories of bro. Grady, I remember right after meeting him we were at a Gather gathering and he was sitting behind us, I remember turning around & speaking to him ,His reply was Hello Bro. Joe.His memory was accurate & even though He could not see , if you spoke to him & told him your name, He had you in his memory bank. Glad I got to know him & sing with him a few times. He will be missed by all. Praise God I'll have a new body.

Linda Suddath

February 19, 2021

Grady hired me on July 5, 1966....he was a great boss and I enjoyed working for and with him many years..may he rest in peace....a life well lived....sending deepest sympathy.

Paul Anawaty

February 19, 2021

To all of the Smith family,

I'm so very sorry to learn of Grady's recent death. I have many
fond memories of him from GSU and First Baptist Church days.

And Mrs. Smith (even though I'm 73 yrs old, it's still not proper
to address you by your first name), I also have even more fond
memories of you ... from the 1956-57 school year at Bingman.
My most vivid one involves our weekly Friday spelling test. 20
words. Every Friday. And 35 out of the 36 tests, I scored 100.
On one test in the 3rd nine weeks, I misspelled one word: the
word was "roll"; I wrote down "rool". So for that 9 weeks, my
average was 99. My final repot card for Spelling showed three
100's and one 99. Which wouldn't have been so bad, except that
Mike Doiron (now Dr. Mike Doiron, Radiologist, in Beaumont)
had four 100's in spelling. Ergo, it's unforgettable.

There wouldn't be any reason you would remember that incident;
you would've taught many, many students in your career. But just
as I remember your marriage that year, and how we had to say Mrs.
Ling, not Miss May, you had an unforgettable impact on my life.

My prayer for you and all your family, is that your memories of
Grady, along with knowing Who he knew, will sustain your in the
days ahead.

Most sincerely,

Paul Anawaty
North Platte, NE
Bingman Elementary, 1955-1960
MacArthur Junior High,1961-1963
South Park High School, 1964-1966
Lamar State College of Technology, 1967-1970

FROM THE FAMILY