Betty Jean (BJ) Smith

August 9, 1939 - January 14, 2021

Betty Jean (BJ) Smith, 81, of Winnie, died Thursday, January 14, 2021, at The Arboretum of Winnie. She was born on August 9, 1939, to Beulah Janise Manuel and Lastie Manuel, in Beaumont. Betty was a manager for the Best Western Hotel.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Sain of Winnie; son, Johnny Lee Smith, Jr. of Pennsylvania; grandsons, Zachary Ellis Smith of Austin and Nathaniel Adam Smith of Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Hannah Rose McDonald of Richwood; and brother, David Manuel of Vidor.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Lee Smith, Sr.

A gathering of Mrs. Smith’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2021, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 315 West Buccaneer, Winnie. Her interment will follow at China Cemetery, China, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Department 41831 P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.

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Funeral Service

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  • 01/18/2021
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Gathering of Family and Friends

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Jeanette Rhame

RIP Betty you will be missed

norma Fuller

Going to miss our 50 years of friendship. BETTY will always be in my heart

Debbie Fuller Igleheart

Darlene and Skip, Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She will be greatly missed.

Roland and Jeanette Weekly

Sincere Condolences to the Family of Miss Betty. She will be missed by many.

Denise Klages

Darlene and Skip , I am so sorry , words can’t really express what it feels like to lose your parents. But know that I am praying for you all! I Loved Aunt Betty. and will miss her . Her laugh was one of my all time favorite laughs! She always had something funny to say , when I would leave from visiting no matter my age , I left with a smile on my face . She had a way of cheering me up every time! I Love you Aunt Betty , you will forever hold a place in my heart! ❤️ Denise