OBITUARY

Larry Smith

April 22, 1952June 25, 2018
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Larry Smith, 66, of Houston, Texas, died Monday June 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife Julie Smith and his three children: Christina (Eric) Holmes, Brandie (Freddy) Breshears, and Eric O’Brien. As well as by his four grandchildren: Ashley Breshears, Carissa Holmes, Austin Holmes and Calvin Breshears. He is also survived by his brother Hermann (Sherian) Smith and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Larry was born April 22, 1952 to Francis and Sallie Smith in Oklahoma. He led a very full life and had many interests.

At the top of his list of interests was his family. He was the best father, husband, friend and person you will ever meet. Larry was a lifelong hunter and nature lover. He especially enjoyed hunting with his father, brothers, and friends. His love of nature extended to gardening, beekeeping, raising pigeons, blackberry and pecan picking. All of which he did, of course, with family and friends.

Larry was also a great dancer who never sat out on an opportunity to be on the dance floor. Countless hours were spent teaching his children to dance when they were younger. Later in life, dancing also led to his discovery of the love of his life when they met on the dance floor. They then danced through the next 25 years of their lives.

Larry was a man with a big heart. He and his wife spent many hours volunteering at Edenbrook Senior Care with weekly game night of dominos and bridge with his dad and others. His interest in helping others and making their lives better even extended beyond his own life by being an organ donor of his kidney's and liver. His life mattered.

Although his family and friends were always his top priority he managed a long and rewarding career. Of course, many of his coworkers eventually also turned into close friends that he continued to keep in touch with even after his retirement from IAH in 2015.

Larry will be tremendously missed by his surviving family and friends. Others will be overjoyed to see him again as he enters heaven. He will be greeted by his parents and two brothers Kenny and Sherman Smith who will be waiting to welcome him.

Family and friends will gather to share memories during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, where funeral services, led by Deacon Frank Davis, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. Graveside services will be 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine in Houston, 77055.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry is survived by his wife Julie Smith and his three children: Christina (Eric) Holmes, Brandie (Freddy) Breshears, and Eric O’Brien; as well as by his four grandchildren: Ashley Breshears, Carissa Holmes, Austin Holmes and Calvin Breshears. He is also survived by his brother Hermann (Sherian) Smith, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Sallie Smith; brothers, Kenny Smith and Sherman Smith.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Cody Smith
  • Kyle Smith
  • Carl Gibson
  • German Canizales
  • Cesar Juarez
  • Jason Harley

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Larry Smith

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Joseph Wattigney

June 28, 2018

Larry was a great man it saddens me that I couldn’t spend more time with him. We met shortly after I began dating his grandaughter Ashley, Larry and Julie treated me like family from the very beginning. Family was always the most important thing to Larry and anyone who met him knew that right away. I’m honored to have been welcomed into a family with such strong values and kind hearts. The last time I spoke with him was just a few weeks ago when Julie and Larry called me to sing happy birthday it was nice to know they were thinking of me. I will never forget Larry and if I’m able to grant him a great grandchild someday they’ll hear about our times seeing the sequoias, panning for gold, sitting around a fire in Oregon telling stories, the Christmas stack, pulling over to pick strawberries in California, and figs back home in Texas, and I’ll always remember to open the door for Ashley on date night and any other time I get the chance. I hope he looks down on us with pride until we are reunited in the next life.

Roxanne Wilhelm

June 28, 2018

Julie and family,
I am Roxanne the daughter of Claudia Jean who was the middle child of the Smith clan. I am so stunned and saddened by the news of my beloved cousin Larry. It has been many years since I have been with Larry in person though we had some chances he last few years. Regrets...
As children we used to see each other at Grandma and Grandpa's farm in Newcastle every year and we had so much fun. Of course Larry and his brothers would go hunting all the time. I remember they would catch bull frogs clean them and have my mother cook them up. They would still be moving in the skillet!!! Yuck! Of course they thought it was hilarious...
I have cherished the recent phone calls we have had in the last few months and was so happy to have had the opportunity to reconnect with him. He was such a beautiful blessed man. I will always cherish his memories. My prayer for you and you family is Peace that surpasses all understanding

Jolene and Gary Booker

June 27, 2018

Thinking of you Julie. Prayers to you and your family. Love you Julie
From Your Mccl family

Paula Murray

June 27, 2018

Dear Julie and family, I am so sorry dear Larry has left us so early. He leaves us with the most loving and warm thoughts and memories of him. I think back to when we were together just a short time ago at Aunt Emma's funeral and how we all shared we needed to start making plans to see each other under different circumstances. Now, how I wish we would have acted on those plans sooner. I will always remember dearly how Larry chauffeured us around Newcastle Oklahoma sharing fond memories of Grandma and Grandpa's farm. His recounting of what the farm and surrounding properties were like when we were young was heartwarming and nothing can top those little vignettes of the antics that took place there. I will be forever grateful for all the research, advice and counsel Larry shared for all of the family involved in the mineral rights issues. I know we should all find comfort that Larry is in a better place joining so many other loved ones, and he does leave us with joy filled memories, but I wish we call could have shared more time here with him. All my love to you......... Cousin Paula

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Biography

Larry Dale Smith was born in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday, April 22, 1952 to Francis Talmage Smith and Sallie Marie (Powell) Smith.

Larry led a very full life and had many interests. He was a lifelong hunter and nature lover. He especially enjoyed hunting with his father, brothers, and friends. His love of nature extended to gardening, beekeeping, raising pigeons, blackberry and pecan picking. All of which he did, of course, with family and friends.

Larry was also a great dancer who never sat out on an opportunity to be on the dance floor. Countless hours were spent teaching his children to dance when they were younger. Later in life, dancing also led to his discovery of the love of his life when they met on the dance floor. They then danced through the next 25 years of their lives.

Larry was a man with a big heart. He and his wife spent many hours volunteering at Edenbrook Senior Care with weekly game night of dominos and bridge with his dad and others. His interest in helping others and making their lives better even extended beyond his own life by being an organ donor of his kidney's and liver. His life mattered.

Although his family and friends were always his top priority he managed a long and rewarding career. Of course, many of his coworkers eventually also turned into close friends that he continued to keep in touch with even after his retirement from IAH in 2015.

On Monday, June 25, 2018, Larry passed away in Houston Texas at the age of 66. He was the best father, husband, friend and person you will ever meet. Larry will be tremendously missed by his wife Julie Smith and his three children: Christina (Eric) Holmes, Brandie (Freddy) Breshears, and Eric O’Brien; as well as by his four grandchildren: Ashley Breshears, Carissa Holmes, Austin Holmes and Calvin Breshears; his brother, Hermann (Sherian) Smith, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Others, such as his parents and two brothers Kenny and Sherman Smith, will be overjoyed to see him again as he enters heaven.