Lawrence David Smith, Sr.
September 28, 1935 – October 20, 2015
Lawrence David Smith, Sr., 80, of College Station, passed away on Tuesday, October 20 at the College Station Medical Center. A Life Tribute Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive, College Station. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lawrence was born on September 28, 1935, in Longview, Texas, to James York Smith and Nann Earle Steele Smith. He grew up in Jacksonville, Texas, and graduated high school in 1953. He attended Lon Morris College where he met his life partner, Mary Margaret Garner, of Palestine. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1957 and married Mary Margaret on June 1, 1957. He taught school in West Columbia, Texas, for three years, and then found a home at Milby High School in Houston where he taught for 30 years. He retired from Houston ISD in 1990 and was called to the ministry in the Methodist Church. He became a local pastor and served at Zion UMC in Iola for one year, Cooks Point UMC for seven years and then as an associate pastor at A&M UMC.
Lawrence loved his years of teaching, with many of his former students still in his life. He also found great joy in serving small churches and loving the people he met. He was very blessed to enjoy his retirement with family and friends at the lake, hosting the retired ministers group, church small group, as well as youth and college groups.
Preceding him in death are his brother, James Ross Smith; his sister, Etta Myrle Smith Hutson; brother-in-law, Robert A. Garner; and his parents.
His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Margaret; his son, David, and wife Janice Smith; his son, James; his son, Alan, and wife Lori Smith; grandchildren Amy, Eric, Matthew, Jared and Robert; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Julie Garner; brother-in-law, Bill Hutson and wife Mary Ann; along with several nieces and nephews.
Lawrence’s family would like to thank the medical staffs at the College Station Medical Center, The Isle at Watercrest Rehab, St. Joseph Rehab and Hospital and a special heartfelt thanks to all the kind and caring nurses in the ICU at The Med.
For those desiring, in lieu of flowers contributions can be made in honor of Lawrence to Cooks Point United Methodist Church, 4902 Texas 21, Caldwell, Texas 77836 or A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive, College Station, Texas 77840.Print This Obituary