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Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX

OBITUARY

Shirley Lisenbe Smith

January 2, 1933September 14, 2020
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Shirley Marguerite Guyton Lisenbe Smith was born January 2, 1933 in Bryan, Texas, and went to be with Jesus on September 14, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Henry Guyton and Margaret Guyton Smith, her loving husband, James Lisenbe, brothers Maurice and Robert Guyton, and sisters Wanda Fisk and Delores Milford, and daughter-in-love, Roxanne Lisenbe.

Shirley is survived by her husband Bill Smith of Conroe, sister, Barbara Pendley Owens of New Waverly, sister, Peggy Seelbach of Burleson, TX, daughters Anita Smith and husband Terry of Dallas, Valerie Stults and husband Robert of Rowlett, son James Lisenbe and wife Toni of Conroe, Steve Lisenbe and wife Mariann of Willis, Bruce Lisenbe and wife Terri of Conroe, Kimberly Babcock and husband Bert of Montgomery, 12 grandkids, 19 great-grandkids, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley loved her family and the Lord more than anything, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her!

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church, 10087 League Line Rd, Conroe, TX 77304. Interment will take place following the service at 2:00 p.m. at Restever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service and Interment

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

Memories

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Deborah Burns

September 20, 2020

Some of my best childhood memories was coming to see my Mother’s family! Even though Shirley was a cousin she seemed more like my Aunt. All of her sister’s as well! Even Aunt Margaret was more like a grandmother to me! Full of love and acceptance, laughter and The Holy Spirit! I could remember all the fun games we would play & the family reunions and other gatherings that the door would be open for all to come and enjoy the food and fellowship! One in particular was the Lake Whitney family reunion! We all had a blast! Cooking, jet ski’s games and family laughter and hugs! And the game Wahoo, I don’t know if anyone remembers playing this game but it was always one of my memories! We need to carry on this love with family and get together very soon! I love you all! God Bless! We know where Shirley is! And we will see her again! Praise The Lord and Hallelujah!

Deborah Alldaffer

September 18, 2020

As a young adult, I remember Shirley's beautiful voice shaking the rafters at Eastside Assembly of God .

Debra Lisenbe

September 17, 2020

Aunt Shirley was one of a kind. Her beautiful voice and her passion for God. Being around her always made you feel special. She blessed so many through her faith. She is missed. When my dad Bradford Lisenbe passed she said “honey just know if you miss him. Feel it in your heart and he IS there ❤️“ I have not forgotten those words and her love and understanding. I pray and pass these words to all my cousins. James , Steve,Bruce and Kim 😄

Barbara Pendley

September 17, 2020

Shirley, my beautiful sister. I loved you so. I will miss you so much. You are in heaven now and I know you have no pain. To all my family I will be seeing you all more and stay strong.

Cheryl Vickery

September 17, 2020

I bet she’s singing with her mama and sisters. I can hear her happy contagious laugh. I remember the warm welcoming she gave to the out-of-town family. Her place was home away from home. She lived and loved life. We will continue on by her example. No one spread more love for The Lord and family than Aunt Shirley.

Carla Smith

September 16, 2020

I will miss my “granny” Very thankful for having met her.

Jo Sutton

September 16, 2020

Many wonderful times spent at Eastside assembly of God.
She has prayed for me layed hands on me and cried and blessed me. I will always hear her sweet voice singing praise to Jesus. House prayer meeting and great cooking too.
I know your new address shirley and I will see you in just a while. Who knows that trumpet could sound anytime now.
Love you,
Jo Lynn Sutton

John and Merline Riggs

September 16, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve and family at this time.

Paul and Sharon Leonard

September 16, 2020

Shirley was such a precious loving Christian to all she ever came in contact with. Anytime we ever saw her she was smiling and thanking God and always ready to share her faith. What a legacy she leaves behind.

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Biography

In the early 1930’s a handsome, hardworking widower by the name of Henry Guyton, married a shy, 15 year old “woman”, Margaret Ercanbrack. Together, with his two handsome sons, the three began their legacy.
On January 2, 1933, Margaret gave birth to their first beautiful baby girl, Miss Shirley Marguerite Guyton. Little did they know that 87 years later, this tiny, little angel would have been responsible for touching countless lives in such profound and unique measures.

Fast forwarding approximately 16 years, the Guyton family’s neighbors went by the name Obie Franklin and Sula Jean Lisenbe. Their oldest son, James Lisenbe, whose nickname was Boy, was quite smitten by Shirley’s beautiful raven hair and, as he said, “her pretty legs”. Shirley, on the other hand, thought Boy was quite annoying, and did her best to avoid being around him. She often told the story of Boy coming over one day while she was ironing. Although she did her best to hide behind the clothes because she was wearing a pair of shorts, he knew that she was raised to be cordial and welcoming, and in using that to his advantage, asked for a glass of water. Shirley often laughed about how embarrassed and aggravated she was that she had to get him that water. “He wasn’t the least bit thirsty”, she would say, “he just wanted to see me in those white shorts”. Eventually, Boy’s persistence paid off, because one day, Shirley agreed to go on a date with him. Although Boy knew she would one day be his bride, Shirley was just on the rebound from her boyfriend, and going out with the annoying neighbor was better than sitting at home, so she said.

It didn’t take long for Shirley to see Boy in an entirely new light, and suddenly, he wasn’t so annoying. He was a tall, handsome man with beautiful black hair, gorgeous, brown eyes, and eyelashes for days. They married on New Years Eve, two days before she turned 17. It wasn’t long before they had their first baby boy, James. Daddy, as I will now refer to him, said he was the “prettiest boy baby he had ever seen.” Mama embraced motherhood as though it was her life’s calling. In a sense it was, because she became a mother figure to countless others over the years. Within the next few years, they had two more boys, Steve and Bruce. Mother could not have been prouder of her boys, and from what I heard, they should have all been gold medal olympians, super bowl champions, and oh yes, grammy award winners for their music! In our mother’s mind they were all of these and more, and she was not afraid to tell you. Eventually, I came along, and oh how the ruffles flowed! Although she loved her three strapping and always muddy little boys, her little girl was going to be a lady.

Besides being an incredible wife and mother, Mom was also a talented singer and musician. She played both the piano and guitar, and had a deep, beautiful, boisterous tone which resonated into the soul of all who listened. She was more recently known for her rendition of “Consider the Lilies”, but long before that, she sang in church with her sisters, and even much earlier than that, would sit with her guitar and sing many of the older gospel and country hits. Many times I heard that Mother’s talent could have taken her far in this life. However, Mother would not have wanted anything different. Perhaps, in our modern times, it’s a foreign concept, but Mother’s family was truly her entire world! And, oh what a wonderful world she made it for all who had the privilege of participating with her.

Eventually all four of Mother and Daddy’s children were married and had children of their own. If she thought motherhood was wonderful, GRANDMOTHERHOOD was just the creamy whipped icing with the sprinkles and cherries on top! Mom absolutely adored her grandbabies, all twelve of them, as well as her 19 great grandbabies! But the truth was, there was one person who held her heart firm, our Dad, her loving, not so annoying husband. Therefore, part of our mother died the day we lost our father, and we would never see that joy and spark in her again… So we thought.

God, in his infinite wisdom had another plan. Mother and Daddy once had sweet neighbors, Bill and Mary Lou Smith, and the two couples and their families were the best of friends. Shortly before Mother lost our dad, Bill lost his sweet Mary Lou. At the time, I was singing in various talent competitions and such, and Mom invited Bill to come hear me. As the cliche goes, “and the rest is history.”

Bill filled that empty part of Mom’s heart and brought a new joy and fire to her life. The two of them eventually became parents and grandparents to fifty-five children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mother often said that my dad and Mary Lou put her and Bill together so that they wouldn’t be alone. Regardless of how it happened, there is no doubt that Mother had two great loves in her life. Bill, or Paw Paw, as I call him, has always given of himself unconditionally to my mother. The two of them had a unique and precious bond that could only come out of true commitment, patience, and unconditional love.

Shirley Marguerite Guyton was a daughter, wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and overall woman of God. Her greatest wish was that all her family would know the Lord as she knew Him. Some of her last words spoken were “I love you, and go to church!”

It’s difficult to know what to include in a writing of this sort. How does one sum up such an extraordinary life in just a few words. I could talk about the twenty pies Mom made every holiday, the way she would try to bribe her kids to sing by telling us our dad wanted to hear us, or how she had to talk to her sister Barbara every day, just to hear her voice. I could write about the fact that she gave almost everyone she came across a Jesus Calling book. Oh the memories…

On January 2, 1933, Shirley Guyton Lisenbe Smith was born… This world will forever be a better place.

Written By: Kimberly Lisenbe Babcock

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