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WC Smith Jr.

WC Smith Jr.
Dec. 11, 1931 – Jan. 25, 2024
WC Smith Jr., 92, of Spicewood, TX, died Jan. 25, 2024. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Tylertown.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Hobbs Smith; his parents, Idell Moak Smith and Willie Cleveland Smith both of Tylertown, as well as his brothers Jimmy Smith and Buddy Smith.
Survivors are his daughter Margaret Smith (Michael) Durham of Spicewood; grandchildren, Christopher (Morgan) Durham of Fort Worth, TX: great-granddaughter, Olivia Durham of Fort Worth, TX; aunt Mae Lawrence of Tylertown; sister-in-law, Margaret Hobbs Craig and nephew, James Craig III both of Santa Barbara, CA; niece, Ellen Cyr of San Francisco, CA.
In Smith’s younger years, he played football for Tylertown High in a starting position. Also, served as Class President, a member of the T club and Tide club. During high school, he dated Barbara of which their 70th wedding anniversary would have been next month. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he studied Business and played football. He was drafted into the Army National Reserve where he served a couple of years within the USA.
After college and military, Smith with his wife relocated to Vicksburg for a few years. Afterwards, he spent over 30 years with Barbara in New Orleans. He worked in the finance industry until he started a food trucking service which transported across the U.S. for 10 years. Next, he focused his work in the forestry industry to develop a family timber business. During this time, he built his dream country home at the tree farm north of Tylertown. In 1986, he was recognized as the Mississippi Tree Farmer of the Year.
He skied, rode snowmobiles, hiked, rode ATVs and fly fished for many years around Colorado’s Fourteener Mountains. His second passion was all about culinary from growing vegetables, cooking, eating out, hosting parties.
A memorial service was Feb. 10, 2024, at the Lakeway Church with a celebration of life event at the Lakeway Activity Center immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness as they focus on research of eye diseases as WC had severe macular degeneration for many years.

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