Donald Wray Smith, 80, of Beaumont, died Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Mid Jefferson Extended Care Hospital in Beaumont. He was born August 19, 1941, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to Emma Marie Edwards Smith and George S. Smith.
Don had a career in the radio and television industry, and was retired from Time Warner. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was active with the church choir as well as the Beaumont Community Players. He loved playing golf, telling stories, and spending time with his friends and family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Merrill Smith, and his wife of 35 years, Glenda “Sue” Hollis Smith. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Jennifer Wilson and her husband, Dr. Robert; Amy Drury and her husband, Jon; son, David G. Smith and his wife, Meghan; grandchildren, Dr. Molly Wilson; Hannah Drury; Aaron Drury; Natalie Smith; PFC Dawson Smith; and Jacelyn Sherman; great-grandchildren, Sakura Wright and Oliver Wright; brother, Warren Smith and his wife, Margo; sister, Gwen Shimek; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaumont Community Players, 4155 Laurel Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77707.
A gathering of Don’s family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.
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Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
- 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
- November 3, 2021
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
- 3810, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
- November 4, 2021
- 11:00 am
- 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,