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Graveside services for Shelby Earl Smith, 77, of Callisburg, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Huggins officiating.
A visitation will be held at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
Mr. Smith passed away June 24, 2016 in Gainesville.
He was born April 1, 1939 to Jack and Sylvia Prestage Smith.
He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1957 and received an associate's degree from Gainesville Jr. College. On June 25, 1960, Shelby married Ginger Springfield at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Some of Mr. Smith's career paths have included 15 years at Texas Power & Light, operating S&W Tractor Co. with his brother, Leighton, delivering propane for 16 years for Charlie Enderby and another 10 years for Sam Enderby, and selling boats for Joe Wallace at North Texas Marine. He also was president of the Callisburg School Board for 4 years, President of the Woodbine Water Corp. from 1971 to 2004, and was a member, as well as serving as an officer, of the National Beefmaster Association.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ginger Springfield Smith; son and daughter-in-law, David Earl and Susan Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Layton and Ginny Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Cherrie and Jeff Tinney; grandchildren, David Ryan Smith, Emily Smith, Chyna Vincent, Thomas Hunter Smith, Dakota Tinney, Payton Smith; step-grandchildren, Brandy Tschirhart, John Terry; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leighton Smith, Paul Ray Smith, Armon Smith; sisters, Faye Young, Kaye Eldredge.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jackie Selby.
Mr. Smith's grandsons will be serving as pallbearers. Granddaughters and great-grandchildren will be acting as honorary pallbearers.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Renaissance Care Center, Home Hospice of Cooke County, and Dr. B. Sundaram and her assistant, Carol for going above and beyond in the care given to Shelby in his final years.
You may sign the online registry at www.geojcarroll.com.
Published on June 24, 2016
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