Dr. William Wayne Smith M.D.

February 16, 1935October 5, 2013

William Wayne “Bill” Smith, M.D., 78, passed away on October 5, 2013. A resident of Houston, Texas, he is preceded in death by his parents, William Oliver and Maudie Rae Smith of Freeport Texas, and sister Joyce Yoder.

After graduating from Brazosport High School, Bill attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in zoology. He later earned his MD at Baylor College of Medicine. Bill completed his medical studies with the U.S. Navy, where he specialized in general surgery. He served two tours of duty in the Navy on the USS Sanctuary and USS America during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged as a Lt. Commander in 1971.

Bill practiced medicine throughout the state of Texas as a general surgeon, industrial, and emergency medicine specialist, and until October 4 as an Impairment Determination Physician for the Workers Compensation Board.

A constant throughout Bill’s life was music. He loved classical music from an early age, usually turning his nose up at any music not written during the baroque, classical, or romantic periods. A gifted singer, Bill was blessed with a big, rich baritone voice that filled any church. He was often the obvious choice for a soloist at Easter and Christmas programs. Later in life he shifted his attention from Beethoven to German “beer drinking” songs.

Bill was particularly proud of his German heritage. He loved anything German – the language, dark beer, sausage and sauerkraut, and of course the Volkswagen, which he always pronounced “folks vahgen.” Having studied the German language in high school and college, Bill relished every opportunity to converse with native German speakers.

Bill was also an avid reader. His favorite topics were history (especially WWII), religion, politics, and airplanes. He rarely passed on an opportunity to discuss those topics with anyone willing to engage. His political beliefs never changed during his lifetime. Always conservative, and sometimes a bit to the right of modern Tea Party activists, the mere utterance of the word “Democrat” made him shudder.

He also enjoyed fishing and bird hunting, something he did quite often with his buddies during his youth in Freeport. Throughout his life, Bill’s hobbies were his creative outlets. His early creations included a sailboat, the airframe of a homebuilt airplane, and several pieces of home furniture designed to withstand a nuclear war. As he got older, he focused on smaller items, including muzzleloader guns and leather clothing which proved to be something of an acquired taste.

A devout Christian and student of the Bible, Bill was a member of St. Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church. Bill is with Christ our Lord now, singing in his beautiful baritone voice, talking right-wing politics, and fishing with his buddies.

He leaves behind his wife, Trinh, sons and their wives, Bill and Shinta Smith, Tim Smith and Jeffri Botkin; daughters and their husbands Toni and Eric Johnson, Amy and Jim McPeak, Julie Smith and spouse, Sarah and John Dickens; stepsons Dennis Nguyen and Charlie Nguyen; grandchildren Meagan, Brad, Nico, Kyle, Andres, Brandon, Madason, Ananda, Andrew, Connar, Kent, Dawson, Meredith, Madellyn, Heston, Joshua, Keira; brother L. Scott Smith and wife Lynn, and sister Shirley Hervey.

Friends are invited to a visitation with family from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, Friday, October 11, 2013, at American Heritage Funeral Home (10710 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston 77038), followed by a memorial service at 11:30 am.


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Carolyn Kelley

January 12, 2014

I have lit a candle for you, I told you I would. You were a good friend and you will be missed for years to come.

My God comfort your family they meant so much to you.

Joe and Denise Harper

October 13, 2013

Toni, we were so saddened to hear about your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. In Faith, Joe and Denise Harper

Chad, Dai, Brigitt, Aundrea Young

October 11, 2013

Dr. Smith is a great man.
We called him Uncle Bill who had lived and honored my Aunt Trinh and his stepsons with care.
He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are you.

Kara Gillean

October 11, 2013

Dr. Smith was a fine man and a gentleman. He will be missed dearly.
The thoughts of many are with all of you during this time of sorrow.

Chad, Dai, Brigitt, Aundrea Young

October 11, 2013

Dr. Smith is a great man. He had lived and honored my Aunt Trinh and the two stepsons with care.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Uncle Bill. You will be missed.

October 11, 2013

Dr. Smith is a humble and respectful uncle in law. He had lived with my Aunt Trinh Nguyen, honored her and his two stepsons with care.
We send sincere condolences to his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dr Smith.
Chad, Dai, Brigitt, and Aundrea Young

Granva Allen

October 10, 2013

So sorry to hear about Billy Wayne, as I always remember him. What a brilliant Dr. he was and we all loved his sense of humor. Will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Cousin, Granva Ann Allen

Susan Kolar

October 9, 2013

Toni (and family), sincere condolences on the death of your father. You spoke so proudly and lovingly of him that I almost feel I knew him. May the love and support of friends and family, as well as your faith, bring you through this difficult time.

Marilyn Harris

October 9, 2013

If this is the right dr. Smith that practiced medicine off t.c.jester my son was a patient oh his from the day he was born until he was 16 and could not have asked for a better dr. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Marilyn and chris harris

Melanie Walker

October 9, 2013

I know you loved your Daddy very much and I have heard so many stories about him through the years. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.