William Edward (Bill, “Tuffy”) Smith, 63, passed away at Casa Maria Health Care Center on Dec. 15, 2012, after struggling with cancer for the third time.
He was born to Edward I. Smith and Mary Ellen (Childers) Smith on June 4, 1949, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Roswell.
Bill attended Hagerman Municipal Schools, and graduated with the Class of 1967. He played tenor sax in the HHS Bobcat Marching Band. His high school honors included a prestigious math award, recognizing his placement in the 99th percentile nationwide. Although usually a good student, he and several male classmates sometimes deliberately “neglected” to stay at school all day!
Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hagerman. After high school, Bill attended the University of Texas in Austin for two years. While at college, he drove a school bus and worked part time at various jobs.
His professional career reflected his various talents. Bill drove trucks — hauling hay, delivering Login to read more