Dene Smith - (1927-2014)
(March 14, 1927 - December 12, 2014)
Lenora Dene Smith, age 87, of Gatesville, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 in Gatesville. Mrs. Smith was born on March 14, 1927 in Pearl, Texas to the late William Pickens and Lenora Vaughan Freeman. She was the youngest of 11 children. She married Frank “Shorty” Smith, and they resided in Coryell County all of their married lives. She was the secretary at First Baptist Church for 14 years, and later worked for TDCJ as a correctional officer at the Mountain View Unit retiring in 1992. She was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Smith in 2013; and her 10 older siblings.
She is survived by her two sons, Clyde Smith and Gaines Smith; seven grandchildren, Tammy Jones, Cody Smith, Shanah Sams, Casey Pruitt, Justin Smith, Janelle Burkett, and Jennifer King; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Crosby officiating. Burial was at the Pearl Cemetery with lunch and fellowship following at the Pearl Community Center. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 1506 W. Main, Gatesville, TX 76528.