Eldridge P. Smith

March 5, 1915March 19, 2013

Eldridge P. Smith, 98, of Victoria passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He was born March 5, 1915, in Nixon to the late W. E. (Billy) and Barbara Ann Dees Smith. He served his country in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He worked as a petrochemical operator for Coastal States for many years. He was a member of MidTown Church of Christ.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Jones and husband, Gene of St. Louis, Missouri, and Cindy Lafferty and husband, Jay of Katy; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-six years, Lavelle Smith.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Friday, March 22, 2013, at MidTown Church of Christ, Mr. Dave Rogers officiating. Interment with full military honors under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Randle, Richard Tisue, Jim Hutt, Marty Galow, Dean Atkinson and Steve Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Hornstein, John Whittington, Tom Pitchford, Allen Clifton, Bill Key and the staff of Twin Pines.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, March 22, 2013

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DuAnn Beck-Tew

March 22, 2013

Mary Nell and Cindy, my prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Nancie Alkek

March 22, 2013

Mary Nell and Family. My prayers are with you, May God Bless you and ease the pain of laying a loved one to rest. It is always difficult to have a parent depart their earthly bodies. We know that the eternal life that lies ahead is so awesome. Remember all the great things in this life.

Gary Smith

March 22, 2013

What a great man! Always had alot of stories to tell me. He always had a positive attitude. He and Lavelle's passing seems like an end of an era for me. I will miss them both. I know they were both devout Christians and are rejoicing with the Lord today. Gary Smith

Elton Muzny

March 21, 2013

My sympathy to the family. While I did not "know" him or he me, I must say he was a bright spot there at Twin Pines when I would visit my mom. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye and was just one of the nicest people and kindest souls you could ever hope to meet. God Bless.

Betty Jenkin

March 21, 2013

Goodby to my sweet Uncle Eldridge. You will be missed by all that knew you.Love and sympathy to your girls and their