Cole Funeral Home


Nathelie Jean Smith

December 25, 1949October 6, 2020

Nathelie Jean Smith (Jeannie) was born on December 25, 1949 to the union of Alton Smith Sr. and Doris Washington Smith in McGregor, Texas.

As a young child, Nathelie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She attended McGregor schools and graduated from McGregor High School in the class of 1966. She then went on to attend North Texas University in Denton, Texas where she was a founding member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and graduated in the class of 1970 with a degree in Business Administration.

After college, Nathelie moved to Oakland, California where she worked and eventually retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Company. When her health declined in 2019, she moved back to Texas to live with her loved ones.

Nathelie departed this life on October 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her father (Alton), her mother (Doris), and her sister (Karen).

She leaves to cherish her memory two sisters, Denise (James) and Stacey; two brothers, Alton Jr. and Sean, all of McGregor, Texas; four nieces, Nathelie (David), Tiana, Hope, and Jherica; four nephews, James, David, Dustin, and Seth; great niece, Sydney; and two great nephews, Luke and Jackson. Also cherishing her memory are aunts Alma, Ann, Lola, Lila, and Betty; uncle, Harry; best friends, Madelyn, Jennifer, and Renee; and a host of other relatives and friends. Honorary pallbearers: James Daniels, Dustin Smith, Seth Love, Damion Washington, Daron Washington, Devin Washington, Anton Mackey, David Ashby, Luke Ashby, and Jackson Ashby.

The family would like to thank Wesley Woods Rehabilitation & Care Center and Bluebonnet Health Services in Hewitt, Texas.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Lewy Body Dementia Association in Nathelie’s honor.


  • James Daniels, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dustin Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Seth Love, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Damion Washington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Daron Washington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Devin Washington, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Anton Mackey, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Ashby, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Luke Ashby, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jackson Ashby, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


Nathelie Jean Smith

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Ruth Baker

October 13, 2020

Nathelie was a one of a kind sorority sister - fun loving, opinionated, confident, smart and witty. She loved life, and was never afraid to speak her mind. I remember her love for loud rock music; she introduced us to "Inagaddadavida", a rock anthem I'd never have experienced without knowing Nathelie. She was one of the most memorable persons I ever met, and never doubted she would go on to make her way in the world. I am thankful for sharing part of my life with her. God bless you, family; may fond memories and pleasant remembrance soften your loss.

Ruth A. Baker, charter member of Zeta Eta chapter,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Andrea Hilburn-Leverett

October 12, 2020

Nathelie Smith was my big sister too in the Amazing Zeta Eta of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We lived together in what was called "The Ramps" on campus. I will miss Nathelie. RIH.

Ella Goode-Johnson

October 10, 2020

Nathelie was my Big Sister when I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., at NTSU. She was a Zeta Eta Charter Member. Her petite frame with her robust message will always be remembered.

Marilyn (Arp) Wallace

October 10, 2020

As a member of the class of 1966, I would like to offer my sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace for the family. I think the class of 1966 was a very special group of people. Many are still close friends. She was a sweet and beautiful person, very accomplished and most of all a born again child of God.

Tina Mitchell

October 9, 2020

My dear sweet Jeannie! I always looked forward to you coming home for the Christmas holidays and to celebrate your birthday! No worries we’ll see each other again tell Jan I miss her every day! ❤️

Stacy Howard

October 8, 2020

Dear Denise and Family of Nathelie Smith,
Our Bluebonnet Family is so sorry about the loss of Ms. Smith. What a blessing she was , and we know you will all miss her deeply.
May God’s peace and comfort carry each of you in the days ahead.
The Owners and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)


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