Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2011, at First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., for Morris Smith (Smitty), 75, of Roswell, who passed away at his home early April 3, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
Smitty was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Autaugaville, Ala., to C. Morris and Hazel Smith, who preceded him in death. Others who preceded him in death include son, Timothy Smith; grandson, Carlton Michael Smith; sisters, Sharon Smith and Betty Mae Smith; and brother, Jimmy Smith. On July 28, 1977, Smitty married Debbie Graves Seiler, of Roswell, in Montgomery, Ala.
Smitty served in the United States Air Force from 1954 through 1959, and was stationed at Walker Air Force Base. He retired from the Roswell Fire Department in 1994, and was employed by Estes Transportation until recently.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Debbie; three sons, Carlton Smith, of Roswell, Rendell Smith and wife Ranell, of Lubbock, Texas, and Tommy Smith and wife Danilee, of Roswell; grandchildren, Ashley Benderg of Stevensville, Texas, Cassie Smith, of Canyon, Texas, Shayla Smith of Roswell, Tommy Curtis Smith, of Lubbock, Debra Dawn Soto, of Lubbock, Kelsi Smith, of Lubbock, Trenton Smith, of Midland, Texas, Ryley and Iselee Smith, of Roswell, and Jordan Patterson, of Lubbock; four greatgrandchildren, Keagan, Abby and Lilly Soto, of Lubbock, and Jakup Bender of Stevensville; five loving sisters, Lois Martin, Fran Chance, Ann Riddle, Brenda Funk and Elaine Wilson, all of Alabama; and his great brothers-in-law and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers include Dickie Davis, Jim Hur ford, Paul Holstun, Cortney Holstun, Mike Drew, Doil McCreary, Larry McCreary, Gaylon Martin, Estes Transportation, and the late Johnny Nelson. In his 58 years as a resident of Roswell, Smitty was known by many and a great friend to all. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Chapel.