October 2, 1951 – June 25, 2018
Kim Gilbert Smith age 66 of Mineola, TX formerly of Bedford, Tx. passed away, June 25, 2018. He was born on October 2, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Jack and Shirley Smith. He proudly served 8 years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Major on April 3rd, 1988. Kim graduated from SMU University on May 20th, 1973. He then attended University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas graduating with a Doctorate of Medicine on June 4th 1977. Kim completed a 3 yr Residency in Pediatrics at University of South Florida in June of 1980. He was elected a fellow of Pediatrics in 1984, and then became further specialized as a board certified Neonatologist in October of 1985. He practiced Neonatology until his retirement in 2016. He spent his career as a very successful and respected neonatologist at Pediatrix Medical Group from 10/26/2087 until 9/4/2015. Per quote of his Medical Director Mike Stevener, “He was a well respected and distinguished neonatal colleague serving in the pediatric community of Fort Worth over several decades”. Kim had a passion for trees, ships, his Grandson Trenton, and Corvettes. In 2015 he fulfilled his lifetime dream by owning each of the 7 Corvette body styles. He would be proud for you to view his first and last Corvettes which are displayed in the front of the Foust funeral home. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 23 years, Michelle Smith; children, Andrew and Erin Smith; stepchildren, Dustin and Kacie Woodward; Grandson, Trenton Smith; mother, Shirley Smith; and numerous extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Kirk Smith and his father Jack Smith. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Foust and Son Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Kim and his family request donations to Parkinson’s research at the Mayo Brain Support Network. Contributions in Kim’s memory can be sent to Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, California 94026 or online at brainsupportnetwork.org.
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July 24, 2018
Dr. Smith was our daughters primary physician during the hardest time of our lives and he gave us glimmers of hope at each turn. He was the guiding force of a NICU team that carefully treated both of our preemie twin girls. After the passing of one of our girls at a neighboring hospital, Dr. Smith was the anchor that gave us sanity and hopefulness when days in the NICU were grim for our surviving twin Reagan. For 2.5 months he was our rock and relentlessly fought to help her heal enough to graduate from the NICU and be home even days before her due date.
We owe so much of our family to his caring heart, critical thinking, and medical expertise. Although he had to be a certain demeanor as a physician, when he called every morning with a report, and when we saw him in the NICU nearly every day, it was clear that he cared for the babies and their families.
We are saddened and heart broken by this loss and pray for his family and others that will miss him dearly.