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Lawrence Clinton Smith

Posted By Marci Ramirez On June 13, 2019 @ 9:51 am In Obituary | 16 Comments

May 5, 1927 – June 13, 2019

Lawrence “Larry” Clinton Smith, 92, of College Station, went into Jesus’ waiting arms on Thursday, June 13, 2019. A private memorial service will be held for him. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Larry was born May 3, 1927 in Haxton, Colorado. His parents, A.B. Smith, Sr. and Lela Marie Galloway Smith soon moved to Aurora, Colorado. They stayed in Aurora with their 14 children. Larry worked at a young age shining shoes and had a paper route. He was a good looking and popular guy. He was Captain of the Football and Basketball teams. He met his first wife, Clara Rock Smith in second grade. They were together through school. In 1945, they were married and had a daughter, Linda Cheryl. He also joined the Navy because of WWII. Like others, his Mom accepted his High School Diploma. He was on his way to Japan when the war ended. His ship was rerouted to Hawaii where he spent the rest of his service. When he returned to Aurora, he worked a couple of jobs at a gas station and Mountain Bell. Larry loved telling the story about walking in knee deep snow to get milk for Linda. He was a lineman, putting up telephone poles in the mountains; even in the middle of streams; then an installer. He went back to school at Denver University in 1951 and worked as a dispatcher at the same time. He graduated in 3 years as Summa Cum Laude. He then was promoted to Manager and lived in Broomfield, Aurora, Boulder, NYC with AT&T, and then to El Paso, TX as Vice President and General Manager. He retired in El Paso. While in El Paso, his wife, Clara, passed away at 56 years of age. He was fortunate and found another love of his life, Marilyn Pearson Hayes. They were married 31 years. They moved to College Station, TX. They traveled and enjoyed life together. At the age of 92, he became ill and she took great loving care of him. Her son, George, and his grandson, Clint, also helped. He had 7 dogs and he dearly loved each one of them. He still laughed and joked as best he could until his last days. He will be terribly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Clara; his brothers, A.B. Smith, Jr., Maynard Smith, Pete Smith, Lucky Smith; sisters, Rose Mullins, Donna McReynolds, Barbara Stevens, Sheila Parmalee; and step-son, David Jones.

Larry is survived by his wife, Marilyn Smith; daughter, Linda (David) Pollock; step-son, George Jones; grandchildren, Kathy (Keith) Joeris, and Clint Mclure; great-grandchildren, Kailyn Mclure, Kirstie Joeris, and Klara Joeris; step-grandchildren, Leslie Reed, Carlyn and Justin Jones; brother, Dale (Phyllis) Smith; sisters, Vivian Sisco, Sharon (Bill) Suedkamp, Bonnie Hinton, Deanna (Jerry) Hanson; and other family members.

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Condolence from Bobbi on June 16th, 2019 8:25 am

Mare so sorry for your loss.
Prayers for your family.
May peace surround you.

Condolence from Kim Montgomery on June 16th, 2019 10:15 am

Larry was a sweetheart, with a great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family and his pups dearly. I remember Larry feeding the dogs toast and how they would all sit waiting for theirs. Prayers for comfort Marilyn, George and the entire family.

Condolence from Derek, Crystal, Cade & Dawson Jackson on June 16th, 2019 6:16 pm

We have all of you in our prayers. Certainly will miss Uncle Larry. Sure wish the boys could have met him. Godspeed.

Condolence from Janie on June 17th, 2019 4:16 pm

Marilyn, Linda & Family I am so sorry. I remember Marilyn & Larry opening their home for me when I transferred from Oklahoma to El Paso In 1987. Larry was so kind & yet so funny! I will remember his huge smile & his love for Marilyn. They were Lare & Mare to everyone. I am so blessed to have known him for a short time and will always have a special place in my heart for him. Sending my love & prayers.

Condolence from Susan Parks on June 17th, 2019 6:07 pm

My sympathies to the family. Larry was my GM for several years at Bell and he Interacted with all of us in the business office. He knew everyone’s name and even had us to his home. I know Marilyn was crazy about him and will be lost without him. Linda I know you will miss him terribly as well.

Condolence from Cookie Ruiz on June 17th, 2019 6:57 pm

Marilyn, Linda & family, my deepest condolences for your loss. Sending prayers for support.

Condolence from Carla Kier on June 17th, 2019 7:11 pm

Marilyn and Linda there’s no words to really express our sorrow we enjoyed every minute we spent with Lawrence. Dale will be there Sunday to say his good bye sending our love and prayers
Dale, Phyllis, Larry and Carla

Condolence from Terry McQuaig on June 17th, 2019 7:23 pm

Marilyn, Linda and Family, Ken and I are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Sharon Jensen on June 17th, 2019 8:50 pm

So very sorry to hear of such a big loss. I do remember your father after my family moved to Aurora and we connected. Your mom always reminded me of my mom. May your father Rest In Peace and watch over u and your family. Much love my friend.

Condolence from Karen and Thomas Shell on June 18th, 2019 7:44 am

Thomas and I send our deepest sympathy to all the family of a wonderful and caring man. We loved him, a wonderful uncle and I will have the greatest memories of our time together

Condolence from Jessica on June 18th, 2019 9:44 am

Marilyn, Linda and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was a wonderful person, and I was glad to have known him. You are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Judith Pitman on June 18th, 2019 12:58 pm

Larry’s daughter, Linda, was my best friend in Junior High and High School. Larry, Clara and Linda were like a second family to me. I treasure the memories of our warm, happy times together.

Condolence from Carin Harman on June 19th, 2019 12:07 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Larrys’ passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife Marilyn and step son George and the rest of his family. I will always remember talking with him about sports and feeding the horse next door with him. I will miss his twinkling blue eyes and his sense of humor. I am very sorry I cant be with you Marilyn and George but you are always in my heart.

Condolence from Judy McLean on June 19th, 2019 1:27 pm

What a great tribute the video was, to a really fine man. My sympathy to all the family members and friends.

Condolence from Raye on June 20th, 2019 3:15 pm

Marilyn my sympathy and prayers go out to all the family.

Condolence from BARBARA ANDERSON on June 20th, 2019 6:27 pm

Marilyn, Linda, and family
I am so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us,
but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life.

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