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Obituary for Jessie B. Smith

Jessie B. Smith graced this earth with her presence on January 2, 1933, born to the proud parents, George and Gerthie Beck, in Marshall, Texas. She received her elementary and high school education at Marshall public schools. She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and attended Southside Church of Christ and later became a member of New Point Church of Christ. She united in holy matrimony with Donald Ray Smith on November 30, 1952, and through this union 14 children were born.

She was a dedicated wife, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece, friend, and most importantly a great mother. She treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. Se loved to read her Bible, make quilts, can fruits and vegetables, and attend high school football games using her annual season tickets. She enjoyed phone conversations, feeding her cats and pretty flowers which she grew with er green thumb. Friends and family remember her as a kind, loving, caring, generous, good-spirited person full of humor with a warming personality. Jessie Smith was loved by so many people.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray Smith Sr., her mother and father, her 12 siblings, her daughter, Kyle Y. Smith, and her grandson, Mark Alexander, Jr..

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Jessie Smith transcended and answered her Master’s call to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her life, love, and legacy and mourn her passing, 13 children: Vertia Smith Deal, Deidre Smith Glover, Donald R. Smith Jr., Dennis D. Smith Sr., Yolanda R. Alexander, Karen A. Wilder (Harvest), Bruce Beck Smith (Tammie), Kevin W. Smith (Wendy), Tracy S. Smith (Alicia), Vida L. Smith Sr. (Puccina), Nicaya N. Smith, Derious C. Smith, Kisma T. Smith; one brother-in-law, JerrionSmith; four sisters-in-law, JoAnn Perry, Sammy J. Bell, Sue Jack Fountain, and Clotiel Rambo; 35 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.