Clifford Keith Smith
December 10, 1962 – March 10, 2019
Keith Smith, 56, of Iola, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Iola. A public service honoring his life will be held at a later date. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
Keith was a graduate of Spring High School in 1980; after which, he joined the College Station Police Department (CSPD). His 18-year tenure in law enforcement included assignments in Narcotics Investigation, Uniformed Patrol, Professional Standards, Special Services, SWAT, and Accreditation Compliance. He later founded Keith Smith Enterprises, where he served as its Owner/President until his passing.
Keith possessed a lifelong dedication to learning, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education and both Masters and Doctors of Philosophy degrees in Educational Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University.
Keith later married Rene Seitler-Smith on April 25, 2015 in Iola, TX. An avid outdoorsman, Keith shared his extensive love for hunting with his wife, often spending entire afternoons and weekends bonding with her over the sport. As a pastime, he enjoyed fishing with his father and shared a passion for photography with his son.
His devotion to scholarship and the outdoors is exceeded only by his dedication as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and son. Keith is predeceased by his father, Clifford Virgil Smith. He is survived by his mother, Mary Smith; wife, Rene Smith; son, Taylor Smith; sister, Melissa (James) Appleton; nephew, Trace Hamlin; uncle, David Wilson; and step-daughter, Jocelyn (Jerry) Mendez.
Keith will be fondly remembered as a dedicated former policeman, business owner, sportsman, family member, and friend.
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