|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1941|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2012|
Robert Everett Smith, deceased
Ellie Marie Edgar, deceased
SPOUSE: Sudie "Sue" LaNell Wilson (living)
Son, Shelby Smith
Daughter, Renae Smith Brumbaugh
James Lyndel Smith, 71, of Kempner, Texas passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at his home and surrounded by his family. He died after a long, brave battle with carcinoid cancer.
Known as Lyndel to his family, he was born on February 27, 1941 in a log cabin in Yellowpine, Texas to Robert Everett Smith, a Texas Ranger, and Ellie Marie Edgar Smith. He had two older sisters and one older brother, one younger sister and two younger brothers. He attended Hemphill High School, where he met and fell in love with Sudie LaNell Wilson. After graduating high school in 1959, he joined the U. S. Army. At Christmas the following year, he came home on leave and married his sweetheart, Sudie, on December 23, 1960.
The two made their home in Houstin, Texas, where he joined the Houston Fire Department. Rising to the rank of Capatain, he studied and received his arson certification, and thus became certified as a Houston Police Officer as well. Through the years, he also worked part time jobs in order to make ends meet. He installed windows, directed traffic and built patio additions, among other jobs.
Lyndel was father to one son and one daughter. Though James worked many long, hard hours, he always made time to attend his children's ball games and choir concerts.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he loved Mexican food. Most of all, he loved studying the Bible and sharing the treasurs he found there.
In 1987, James retired from the fire department after twenty-five years, and went to work full time as a police officer for the Houston Independent School District. In 1997 he retired from HISD, and moved to Kempner, Texas. During his retirement years, he enjoyed his five grandchildren, who were the light of his life, and became involved with teh prison ministry and Mexico mission. He made several trips to Mexico to deliver food and supplies to the Arbor of Hope Orphanagae and minister to Mexican prisoners.
James is survied by Sue, his wife of nearly fifty-two years, his son, Shelby Smith, his daugher Renae Brumbaugh, daugher-in-law, Debbie Smith, son-in-law Mark Brumbaugh, and 5 grandchildren: Caitlyn Smith, Charis Brumbaugh, Rachel Smith, Joshua Smith and Foster James Brumbaugh. He also leaves behind two brothers: Glyn Smith and Weldon Smith and two sisters, Joyce Smith and Eyvone Reece, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 24 at New Covenant Church in Lampasas, Texas. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetary in Killeen, Tx. Donations can be made to the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation or the Arbor of Hope Orphanage, care of the New Covenant Church.
James lived well, he loved well, and he finished well.
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7-8
(Obituary in Lampasas Dispatch Record, and Killen newspaper)
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
Created by: Lynda Duncan Miles
Record added: Sep 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97881779