Paul M. Smith, Jr., passed away on August 13, 2019 of natural causes following two-and-a-half years of continued care at Magnolia Court Assisted Living Center in Nacogdoches.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia on November 18, 1926 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Smith graduated from The Ohio State University in 1948. He completed graduate work at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as a Huebner Foundation Scholarship recipient. Mr. Smith enjoyed a successful career in the life insurance industry, specializing in sales promotion and public relations.
Mr. Smith is predeceased by the love of his life, wife of 63 years, Mary Eleanor Smith. He is survived by his children, Deborah Rowe of Houston and Paul M. Smith, III of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Meredith and Jeff Semler, David Jr. and Hilary Rowe, Michael and Amber Rowe, Paul IV and Sara Smith, Leigh and Patrick Middleton; and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Patrick, Ben, Cate, Claire, Jillian, Audrey, Paisley, and Jacob.
Mr. Smith was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches, past-President of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of East Texas, and recipient of the Spirit of Nacogdoches Award, following many years of volunteer work for the Nacogdoches Area United Way. Most importantly, he was a kind-hearted, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Mr. Smith was loved by all who knew him.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel officiated by Rev. Lorraine Brown. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of East Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.