|Birth: ||Sep. 15, 1929|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 2011|
Henry Leon Smothers, 82, of Hallettsville, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2011. He was born September 15, 1929 in Schulenburg, TX to the late Vaughn and Nannie Jane Chapman Smothers.
Leon attended elementary school in Speaks and Ezzell, Texas and graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1947. Leon continued his education at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (Texas State University) in San Marcos, TX. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master's degree in school management, and an administrative degree.
Upon completing his education, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict from 1952-1954. He was a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Haven. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Leon began his teaching career in Bloomington, TX.
In Bloomington, Leon taught school, coached football and basketball and later served as the Junior High principal for many years. He later moved to the Hallettsville area where he served as the Superintendent in Ezzell. He finished his teaching career in Hallettsville teaching social studies at the Junior High.
Leon married Marionell Hemmi on March 31, 1955 in Victoria, TX. To this happy union was born Kenneth Jay, Steven Keith and Sheryl Sue.
Leon was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1986 and was called to serve and pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Ezzell. He served this church for 21 years.
Leon enjoyed many activities such as ranch work, riding horses, roping calves, coaching little league and Men's softball, teaching horsemanship in 4H and singing gospel and country western music with his children, the Smothers Family and the Smothers Brothers Plus One. Leon Sang Barbershop for over 50 years with his longtime friends and Quartet- the Four City Four- which included Ken Woodring, J.P. Hulin and Norman Damerau. He also sang in two Barbershop choruses- the Bay City Coastalaires and the Victoria Toast of the Coast. He participated in civic organizations and served as past president of the Bloomington and Hallettsville Lion's Club and Retired Teacher Association. He was active in the VFW and American Legion where he served as Chaplain. He organized and emceed talent shows to raise scholarship money for the youth. Leon and his wife Marionell enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends during their retirement years. They were also very active square-dancing with the Country Squares in Sheridan, TX and the Mustang Squares in Ganado, TX. They went to Fun Valley Square-Dancing camp in South Fork, Colorado eleven times! Leon never met a stranger with his friendly, outgoing and caring personality. He was a God-fearing man- loyal and devoted to his wife, family and friends.
Leon is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marionell Hemmi Smothers; sons Kenneth Jay and wife Trudy of Columbus, TX and Steven Keith and wife Lesa of Dripping Springs, TX and a daughter, Sheryl Sue Smothers Fabrygel and husband Joe of Edna, TX.
He has nine grandchildren- Jason Smothers, Ryan Smothers, Josh Smothers, Caleb Smothers, Taylor Fabrygel, Bethany Fabrygel, Chris Smothers, Nathan Smothers and Kendra Smothers. Leon also has a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn, daughter of Taylor and Kelly Fabrygel.
The service will be officiated by Rev. Terry Horton of First Baptist Church in Hallettsville, TX on Friday, October 21 at 2 PM. Visitors will be received on Thursday, October 20 from 5-7 PM at the Hallettsville Kubena Funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Smothers, Joshua Smothers, Caleb Smothers, Nathan Smothers, Chris Smothers and Bethany Fabrygel.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Jason Smothers, Taylor Fabrygel, Kendra Smothers, Ken Woodring, Norman Damerau, Bob Smothers, Charlie Pedrotti and James Evans.
Burial with full military honors will be at the Salem Cemetery in Ezzell, Texas immediately following the service.
Kubena Funeral Home
Vaughn Smothers (1907 - 1999)
Nannie Jane Chapman Smothers (1907 - 1994)
Marionell Hemmi Smothers (1932 - 2016)*
Married March 31 1955
Our Children, Kenneth Steven Sheryl
Created by: Joel Farringer
Record added: Nov 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80682546