On February 8, 1921, a son was born to Harry and Katherine Smith. They named him Lionel Smith. He grew up in
Brookshire Community where he attended public schools. He confessed his life at an early age at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. As a faithful member of Mt.
Zion he served as a deacon and trustee for over 20 years.
For many years Mr. Smith worked construction, building high-rise buildings many of which you can still see today
in Downtown Houston and Greenway Plaza. His special hobbies were, raising horses and cattle, and growing his own crops.
Mr. Smith was united in holy matrimony to Dorothy Anita Abanathy on January 24, 1959. Thy recently celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary in February of 2009.
As the sun set on December 17, 2009, he was welcomed home by his parents, 11 brothers and sister, and 3
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 50 years, Dorothy Smith 3 children - Thurman Smith (Lovie) of Missouri City,
Texas, Janice Thompson (Kenneth) of Katy, Texas and Engreg Smith of Brookshire, Texas; 2 stepchildren - Linda Phelps (Preston) of Alief, Texas and Yulonda Richard
of San Felipe, Texas; 15 grand children; 12 great grandchildren; 20 great great grandchildren; 1 nephew; 1 niece; 1 great niece;1 God daughter and son - Relencia
Allen and Avonte Nunn; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11:00 am at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Brookshire,
Texas with Rev. Jimmy Glover officiating.
Active Pallbearers are Thurman Smith Jr., Kenneth Thompson, West Randle, Milton Sampson, Patrick Thibodeaux,
Timothy Thibodeaux, Robby Robinson, Charles Oliver, and Craig Stamps.
Honorary Pallbearers are Delwin Smith, Carsula Abanathy, Clifford Richard, Jr., Cedric Smith, Kendal Thompson,
Thurman Smith, Terry Stamps Jr., and Mt. Zion Deacons.
Interment followed at Clemons Cemetery in Pattison Texas.
Final Arrangements Entrusted To:
Miller-Josey Mortuary, LLC.
Posted by Joy Neely