Royce Smith

February 1, 1940October 9, 2013

Royce Carroll Smith, 73, passed into the loving arms of his Savior on October 9, 2013.

Born on February 1, 1940, near Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, Royce spent the majority of his childhood in Springfield, Ohio. The middle son of Robert "Reece" and Willie Smith, Royce moved to Abilene in 1958 to attend what is now Abilene Christian University.

On New Year's Eve, 1960, Royce met Karla Griffin. He married her on August 24, 1961, and truly loved her -- through good times and bad -- for 52 years. They moved to San Angelo in 1966. They had four children, Dean Allen (who died in infancy), Kent Royce, Karlisa Jo, and Jana Delene.

Royce was a wise man who spoke when necessary, chose his words carefully, and gave advice graciously. More than facts about his life, he would like you to know above all that Jesus loves you and offers forgiveness to you, no matter what you have done in your past."God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us"

Royce loved and was loved by many people throughout his life. As a member of the San Angelo community and an employee of the San Angelo Independent School District for 28 years and as a member of Johnson Street Church of Christ (where he served as an elder for 30 consecutive years), Royce made many friends. Besides his wife and children, among those who will miss Royce most are his children's families (Joan, Clayton, Brynn, and Paul Smith; Dave, Karlyn, and Kayla Shultz; Rick, Colt, and Makenna Fox), his two brothers (Donald and David Smith) and their families, Karla's siblings (Gary and Jo Griffin) and family, and the staff members and fellow elders at Johnson Street Church of Christ, particularly his long-time friend Ed Huston.

Visitation will be held at Johnson’s Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013. Graveside services will be at Lawnhaven at 10:30 on Saturday, October 12, 2013 with a celebration of Royce’s life at 2:00 that afternoon at Johnson Street Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Rust Street Ministries or Johnson Street Missions.

Family and friends may sign the online register book at


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 12, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Sheri Yates

October 15, 2013

Love to you, my friend, Karla. The faithful servant is home. He will be dearly missed.

Ann Chapple

October 13, 2013

Dear Karla,
Alfred and I send our love to you and your sweet family. What great memories we have of good times in San Angelo and you were a special part of that. Royce will be missed by so many who were privileged to witness his kind and gentle spirit. We pray for your comfort and peace.
Ann Chapple

Sheran Minton Prather

October 12, 2013

Sweet blessings, Karla and family as you mourn the passing of Royce. He was a fine man.

Robert Warren Goodfellow

October 12, 2013

Robert Goodfellow: What a great loose to you and the family . He was consider a close friend in school. He lived a very rewarding according to his obit. he loved family for when last seen him he would talk about the children and the grand-children. I know that you miss him tremendously are though and prayer go to the family daily and classmates. We missed him at the last class reunion this is the reason that I sent the group picture to him I hope that he enjoyed see everyone.

Mary Allen

October 12, 2013

What a great loss for everyone. There are many times over the years that I can recall my brother talking about Royce and the many jokes that Royce and the youth group played on each other. He was a great inspiration to my brother, and to us all. Surely there will be laughter in heaven as the group gets together. Your entire family has been an inspiration for all of us. We are sad with you, but we hope the loving care of your many church family supporters will provide comfort and warmth during these days that may feel a bit empty and chilly. We hold you in our hearts, our prayers and our arms. The Allen Family~ Mary, Martha, and Amelia

Tim Archer

October 12, 2013

Our hearts and prayers are with the dear Smith family. So many pleasant memories around Royce and all of you. He was such a wise, gentle servant, a pleasure to be around.

Susie Johnson

October 12, 2013

Royce was my high school counselor. Later, I became a counselor because of the examples he and others in that office set for me. We remained friends all those years and I respected his advice. Know that there are many of us that were led by his example. God bless your family.

Jo Allison

October 12, 2013

Sweet spreading his infectious smile and gentle ways among the Lord's angels. So many lives he touched with his wisdom, always going about doing the Lord's work everywhere he went. My heart goes out to you and your sweet family, Carla. Continued prayers. Love y'all!

Rick Premo

October 12, 2013

Royce will be missed by many. He was an inspiration to me on so many occasions. Peace and comfort to all.

Ted Hooper

October 12, 2013

A great Christian Brother in the Lord