Kenneth Ray Smith "Kenny from Winnie"

August 25, 1940 - August 16, 2020

Kenneth Ray Smith

Kenny Ray Smith, 79, of Winnie, died Sunday, August 16, 2020, at Christus Southeast Texas -St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. Kenny Smith was born in Beaumont, Texas, to Sam Houston and Nellie Smith. He moved to the Winnie area when he was five years old. Kenny grew up in Winnie, where he has many lifelong friends. He graduated from East Chambers High School in 1957 and joined the Navy shortly after. He served on the USS Ranger which was one of the new super carriers built in the 1950’s. He saw the world and was very proud of his service to his country.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Hargraves Smith. In June, they celebrated 42 years of love. He is survived by his sister, Nelda and her husband, Don. He is also survived by his son, Scott and his wife, Tami, of Hamshire; his daughters, Tracy of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Tiffany and her husband, Tom, of Tomball; and Laurie and her husband, Joseph, of Concord, New Hampshire.

Survivors also included his in-laws, Doris Hargraves of Winnie; Talmadge and his wife, Rhonda; Carl and his wife, Caroline; and Gail and her husband, Ricky. His grandchildren, Audrey, Montana, Jake, Brittany, Kristin, Devin, Morganne, Dylan, and Zane; nephews, Darrell and his wife, Yvette; Jeffrey and his friend, Jennifer; Bradley and Ashley; Hank and his wife, Daisy; and Carl III; nieces, Aimee and her husband, Steve; Cody; Lesli and her husband, Billy Jack; Kelly; and Carrie; great-nieces, Leanne and her husband, Josh; Jenna and Stewart; Liliana; Ivy; Rain; Lotti Lane; and Kalaina and Caylee; and great-nephews, Major, Cully, and Mason; and great-great-niece, Mia.

Kenny was a pipefitter working out of Local 195. After he retired from pipefitting he worked at David Self Ford in Winnie for a number of years. Kenny always had a special love for horses and a knowledge that can’t be taught. In the mid 1980’s, Kenny and Darlene built a roping arena in their back pasture. Soon his team roping hobby became a business. It was not anything for them to run 500-1,000 teams on a weekend. Many lifelong friendships were started, and Kenny cherished those years. About 2000, a friend gave him a mare with a racing pedigree. Eventually, he gave up team roping to pursue a very successful career training and running racehorses. He truly had a talent for breeding, training, and winning. He cultivated many friendships on the racetrack. Kenny will be forever loved and missed by his many family members and friends.

A gathering of Mr. Smith’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with his funeral service to follow at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Lilton Sonnier Memorial Arena in Winnie-Stowell Park, 335 South Park Street, Winnie. His interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1570, Winnie, Texas 77665.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
The Lilton Sonnier Memorial Arena at Winnie-Stowell Park
335 South Park Street, Winnie, Texas 77665
Thursday, August 20, 2020
5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
The Lilton Sonnier Memorial Arena at Winnie-Stowell Park
335 South Park Street, Winnie, Texas 77665
Thursday, August 20, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Fairview Cemetery
223 Cemetery Dr Winnie, TX 77665

Comments (15)

  • Michael P Ventrello

    21 August 2020 at 19:41 | #

    Kenny Smith a true gentalman. R.I.P. Cowboy.


  • Tommye Hodges

    20 August 2020 at 17:25 | #

    So sorry for your loss. Kenny never met a stranger and was kind to all. Prayers and peace for Family


  • Linda Shackelford Mitchell

    20 August 2020 at 16:50 | #

    Kenny from Winnie will be missed by all, condolences to all the family and friends


  • Charlie Graham

    20 August 2020 at 13:18 | #

    Sorry for your loss! We will miss “Kenny from Winnie”
    Boots, Kim, and Casey


  • Betty G. Peebles

    20 August 2020 at 10:46 | #

    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. This was a good man who was loved by many. Love to all!


  • Neica Bertrand

    19 August 2020 at 22:45 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with family. Cleve and Neica


  • Shirley Bryson

    19 August 2020 at 17:22 | #

    I was so very very sorry to hear this bad news Darleen. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Connie Taylor

    19 August 2020 at 16:48 | #

    I know he and John Taylor are swapping horse stories and enjoying heaven.. Continued prayers for Darlene and family.


  • jeanette rhame

    19 August 2020 at 16:47 | #

    Scott, Tiffany and Tracey so sorry about your Dad. He was one of a kind. Fly High my Friend
    Aubrey and Jeanette Rhame


  • Jennifer Laird

    19 August 2020 at 15:15 | #

    Oh Kenny, I’m not sure why you had to leave, but I do know that you will be missed. Grateful for our friendship and sorry I didn’t know you sooner. I bet if I had I’d know how to rope Happy trails cowboy. Love you.


  • Doris Bolton Bassett

    19 August 2020 at 13:08 | #

    My sincere condolences to Darlene and all the family and friends on the loss of their beloved Kenny. Love and prayers for comfort .


  • James L Lindsey

    19 August 2020 at 13:07 | #

    Great Guy. One of the friendliest men I every knew. He will be missed!


  • Roland & Jeanette Weekly

    19 August 2020 at 09:52 | #

    Our Sincere Condolences to the Family of Kenny Smith. You Were Loved by Many, and You Will Be Missed by Many. Fly High my Friend. You're Home Now!


  • Jackie Boelsen

    19 August 2020 at 02:20 | #

    Great guy, always smiling


  • Jerry and Gretchen Fontenot

    19 August 2020 at 00:36 | #

    Condolences to the whole family. We were sorry to hear about the passing of Kenny. He will be truly missed. God bless you all..


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