Lawson “Smitty”  Monroe Smith, Jr.

Lawson “Smitty”  Monroe Smith, Jr., 88, of Wharton, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was born Christmas Day 1931 in Mahoney to the late Lawson M. Smith, Sr. and Alma Cain Smith.

Smitty was raised in the Mahoney area and graduated from the area high school.  He then served our nation honorably in the United States Air Force. He met and married JoAnn Gard Smith on Nov. 23, 1990 in Copperfield. Smitty was known as the man who could fix anything and was always tinkering with something. He was a certified welder, owner of a newspaper in Port Lavaca at one time, and was owner/operator of LST Sales and Primerica Financial Services. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Robert Smith, sister Charlene Reese and stepson Mark Edward Fleming.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, JoAnn of Wharton; daughter Linda Smith Carlton of Mauriceville; son David Smith and wife Cecil of Mauriceville; brother Huey Smith and wife Louise of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren: Jeremiah Smith, Maya Brown and husband Josh; stepdaughter Lesa Shanks of Mississippi; step-sons: Tommy Mason of Ohio, Alan Fleming and wife Melanie of Midland; step-grandchildren: Lance Fleming, Lauren Kalama and husband Josh; step-great-grandchildren: Alyson Fleming and Kynoah Kalama.

Visitation was at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Wharton Funeral Home with a funeral service at 10 a.m. The Rev. Casey Dubose officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Al Horvath, John Hobbins, Freddie Southall, Ernest Giesee, Charles Grant and Matt Hurley.  Interment followed at Wharton Cemetery in Wharton.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations to be made to College Heights Baptist Church in Wharton.

Funeral services were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at whartonfu

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