William Arthur Smith
October 11, 1926 – October 27, 2019
William Arthur Smith, 93, of Gardendale, TX, passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Bill was born on October 11, 1926, in Moberly, Missouri. Bill was a proud U. S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After he married the love of his life, Vera Meyer, on October 9, 1948 they moved to Midland, Texas, and have made Midland/Odessa their home since. After retiring from Rexene Polymers in Odessa in 1983, he and Vera became full time RVers and were blessed to have traveled across the country and made many friends and memories from coast to coast. Bill was a talented craftsman, never met a man he didn’t like, and had a story to tell for any situation you might imagine. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, a brother and sister, and grandson, Traver Grant Smith. He leaves behind his loving wife of 71 years, Vera, daughter Brenda Smith and husband Radford of Fort Worth, TX, son Bill Smith and wife Janine of Camas, WA, grandson Colin Smith and wife Stefani of Euless, TX, granddaughter Sara Smith of Beaumont, CA, and great-grandchildren Madison and Dylan of Euless, TX, and numerous other family members. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Midland, TX, on Friday, November 8, at 1:00pm. There will be visitation at the church from 12:00pm-1:00pm immediately prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests condolences may be made in Bill’s memory to Catholic Charities or Helping Hands, Midland, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors of Odessa, TX. Online condolences may be made at www.frankwwilson.com .
- Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 8, 2019
William Arthur Smith
October 29, 2019
I met Brenda’s father only once but felt like I knew him well from hearing all the happy stories of their adventures together shared with me by her husband and my friend Radford. My condolences to all the Smith family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.