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Horace Franklin "Hoss" Smith
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1937
Death: Jan. 25, 2006

Horace 'Hoss' F. Smith, 68
Horace "Hoss" Franklin Smith of West Monroe, a road superintendent, died Sunday. Services are 10 a.m. today at Mulhearn Funeral Home, West Monroe. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is proceeded in death by his half-sister: Martha "Jo" Barfield Knox

Horace is survived by his wife susan, loving step-son: Tim McGraw, daughters: Stacey, sandy, Alex and Aimee, grandchildren: Matthew, Dakin, Darrin, Dusty, Gracie, Maggie, Jace, Audrey and Timothy.

Tim McGraw's stepfather, Horace "Hoss" Smith, passed away this Sunday in West Monroe, Louisiana. Smith reportedly had been in failing health for a while.

Smith was the first father figure Tim had growing up until his parents divorced when Tim was around 10-years-old. Tim was known as Tim Smith in school and carried that name until he discovered, at age 12, that his birth father was Tug McGraw.

Tim has always credited Horace Smith with instilling in him the love of country music.

Tim told us, "My stepdad was a trucker and when I was five or six years old, he used to take me on long runs with him to Texas. He loved country music and played it all the time in the truck. I'd sit there in the seat with him singing along with those country songs at the top of my lungs," McGraw recalls.

"My favorite song at that age I remember singing was 'Snakes Crawl At Night,' by Charley Pride. I used to sing that all the time but that whole Charley Pride, and Charlie Rich and Merle Haggard albums and I remember those specifically because I played those a lot."

In recent years, Tim says his stepfather had taken care of his horses on a farm in Louisiana. The McGraw family appreciates "everyone's prayers in this very personal moment.


Mulhearn Funeral Home - West Monroe, LA

Service for Mr. Horace Franklin Smith, affectionately known as "Hoss", 68, of West Monroe, LA will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 25, 2006 in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home West Monroe with Rev. Billy Taylor and Mr. Kirby "Buddy" Wade officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Smith died at his residence on January 22, 2006 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Hoss was retired from the road construction business. He was very active in cowboy activities, through Charity Benefits, Trail Rides, and he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Wade Smith; son, Tim McGraw and wife Faith; two daughters, Tracey Jewell and Sandy Howard and husband Keith; grandchildren, Matthew, Gracie, Maggie, Jace, Audrey, and Timothy; stepchildren, Alex Bell and wife, Sarah, and Aimee "Sissy" Harmon and husband, Lance; step grandchildren, Dakin, Darin, Dustin and Seven; four sisters, Barbara Smalling and husband, Elmer, Rowena Williamson and husband Dean, Wilma Hales and husband, Billy, and Charlotte Bergeron and husband, Charles and brother, Curtis, "Tubby" Smith.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Hargrave, Buddy Martinez, Buddy Frost, Sonny Day, Jim Comans, Donald Duncan, Roger Berry, and Randy Branch.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Mann, Jerry Emory, Ricky McFarland, John Dauzat, and Rickey Salisbury.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM Tuesday at Mulhearn Funeral Home in West Monroe, LA.

"In honor of Hoss, his wishes were for all his friends to wear western attire for the services and leave your hats on."

Family links: 
  Isom Smith (1906 - 1973)
  Estelle Free Barefield (1916 - 1995)
  Horace Franklin Smith (1937 - 2006)
  Rowena Smith Williamson (1939 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery
West Monroe
Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Karen Klemm Pinckard
Record added: Dec 05, 2008
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Horace Franklin Hoss Smith
Added by: Karen Klemm Pinckard
Horace Franklin Hoss Smith
Added by: Karen Klemm Pinckard
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- Ron Manley
 Added: Mar. 12, 2013
In memory of Hoss.
- Lora Peppers
 Added: Jun. 20, 2012
I enjoyed meeting you Hoss. Thanks for taking care of my son at the auction barn in West Monroe. I'm sure you and Marcus are taking care of the horses in heaven. My grandson is named after you and Marcus. See you soon.
- Karen Rocklage
 Added: Oct. 23, 2011
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