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James Wayland Smith

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Born December 10, 1941 in Ola, Arkansas to Velma and Herman Smith. James graduated from Alvin High School in 1960 and attended Sam Houston State University, after which he honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1962 through 1967. On November 22, 1971 he married Betty Hastings from San Antonio. James owned several successful construction businesses. James was a 32-Degree Master Mason and a member of Lonnie Irwin Daylight Lodge #1309 in San Antonio, having earned his forty-year pin. He was also a member of Scottish Rite, Noble Shrine and Royal Court of Jesters. James was a life member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition for over 45 years. He began his work on the Auction Committee and became chairman of the Go Western Gala Committee, in 1982. For over a decade his hard work of leadership firmly established new dimensions in raising donations for the scholarship fund. He received the Lifetime Director Emeritus award from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition in 2003. James retired to his 5-S Ranch in Adkins, Texas, raising Texas Longhorn cattle and enjoying his family, which was his proudest achievement. James Wayland Smith entered the gates of heaven on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the age of 77. James was preceded in death by his parents Velma and Herman Smith of Alvin, Texas. Survivors include his loving wife Betty, son Dale Smith (Rose), son Damon Smith (Sylvia) and daughter, Jennifer Smith-Stuart. Grandchildren: Meagan Smith (Wes), David Valdez (Tanja), Cody Smith, Taylor Smith, Blaney Stuart and Patsy Garcia. Great-grandchildren; Braden, Joseph, Elizabeth, Alvin, Raina and Jake. James’ sister, Patsy Smith Zumwalt, niece Julie, husband Mike Pyburn and great nephew and niece, Luke and Layne Pyburn of Alvin, Texas.

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  1. Dear Betty, Damon, Dale, Jennifer and family, we are so sorry to hear of James’ passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Huge hugs, Jim and Debbie

  2. Sure loved this man who was always so kind, caring and fun to be around. Rest easy now James ❤❤❤

  3. Betty, I will always cherish the good ole days when you and James and Paul Stroud and I used to hang out on the weekends, play cards, go out in the boat and freeze our butts off, etc. I miss him already! I’ll be there for you if you need anything or just want to talk. Sue Stroud Salmon

  4. Betty and Family, the Bradford Family is sorry to here the passing of James, he was truly a great man, I know that My Dad was waiting @ the Gates to welcome James to Heaven, we all loved him dearly. May God Bless the Smith Family.

  5. Betty and Family my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time ! Cancer is such a bad disease and I wish they would find a cure but know James has no more pain and I’m sure he is with my dad hooping and hollering ! Love you all and God Bless🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  6. Betty and family, So sorry to hear of James passing! We have always adored y’all! If you need anything please reach out to us! With loving thoughts, Bubba and Kelly

  7. So sorry to learn of James passing. He was a great fun loving guy and I enjoyed knowing him at the Rodeo. Betty my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Loving thoughts to all, Vivion Collier.

  8. A loved one lives forever in the hearts of those who cared, A loved one lives forever in the memories that were shared. Our deepest sympathy Tony & Dawn Stasny

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