Gwendolyn Smith

October 1, 1931March 26, 2019

Ella Gwendolyn (Gwen) Smith, 87, of Forney, TX, passed away May 26, 2019, at her home. She attended the Forney Independent School system and graduated in 1950. She married Billy Smith on September 1, 1950 and they were married for 60 years. She and Billy were farmers, growing cotton, wheat, and corn as well as having fruit trees and a garden. She was known for her homemade jelly, cakes and pies. She was a life-long resident of the Forney area where she attended the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed socializing at the Forney Senior Center. Her favorite thing to do there was playing and calling their bingo games. She was a Past Matron of the Forney chapter of the Eastern Star and in the past few years attended the Mesquite Chapter. She recently received her 50 year membership pin. She was preceded by her husband of 60 years, Billy Smith. Surviving Gwen is her son, Ret. Col. Bobby Smith and wife Nancy of Helotes, TX, daughter, Sally Walters and her husband Steve of Morehead City, NC, and son Ricky Smith of Forney, TX; grandchildren; Chief Master Sargent David Smith and wife Kasandra of San Antonio, Lt. Col. Brian Smith and wife Alisa of Helotes, TX, Brandon Walters and wife Heather of Chapel Hill, NC, Stephanie Matthews and husband Dustin of O’Fallon, MO, and 5 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 10:00am – 11:00am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the First Baptist Church Chapel, 1003 College St., Forney, TX 75126. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the First Baptist Church Chapel, 1300 College St., Forney, TX 75126; with the Reverend Jerry D. Griffin officiating and Dr. Jimmy D. Pritchard assisting. Burial will be in the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery, Forney, TX 75126 Arrangements by Anderson Clayton Funeral Home, 301 West Nash St., Terrell TX 75160. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist church, PO Box 97, Forney, TX 75126


  • David Smith
  • Brian Smith
  • Brandon Walters
  • Dustin Matthews


  • Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 30, 2019

Gwendolyn Smith

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Kaylene Salas

March 27, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. Gwen was a wonderful lady always happy and never saw me that she didn't stop and give me a hug and ask how the family was doing. She will be missed by many friends here in Forney. RIP Gwen