ARTESIA — Baylor “Bee” C. Smith went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2012, surrounded by his family. Mr. Smith was born Jan. 28, 1921, in Uvalde, Texas, to Milton (Mitt) and Elizabeth English Smith.
As a young man, he worked for the Street Ranch located west of Uvalde and for the state of Texas Highway Department. He joined the Navy in September 1942 and served on the USS Delta.
He married Ima E. Yancy on Dec. 17, 1949. She preceeded him in death Nov. 16, 2004. Mr. Smith was a river rider for the United States Department of Agriculture and a rancher until his retirement in 1991.
Bee was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic church.
He is survived by three children, Virgil J. Smith and wife Jan, of Roswell, Virginia Darnold and husband Paul, of Alamogordo, and Ima Lee Mellard, of Artesia; grandchildren, Tina and Patrick Garcia, of Rio Rancho, Brandi Darnold, of Ruidoso, Brent Smith and wife Kelly, of Waxahachie Texas, and Meghan McLellan and husband Matt, of Roswell; five great-grandchildren, Shelby, Kaitlin, Trason, Peyton and Macie; and one great-great-grandson Daxden.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, he was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Robert Mellard, five brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Smith will be laid to rest at a private funeral service beside his wife in Del Rio, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Vista Care Hospice Foundation.
Terpening & Son Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please remember Mr. Smith online at artesiafunerals.com.