Jim Ray Smith, 99 of Tool, TX passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Tyler, TX.
Jim was born April 15, 1919 in Tool, TX to Dan and Eula Smith.
He is preceded in death by his father, Dan Smith, mother, Eula Smith, his wife of 62 years, Maurine Landrum Smith, and his son Donald Ray Smith.
He is survived by his two daughters Marha Lynn Hand of Flower Mound, TX, and Cathy Carter of Garland, TX, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Ray spent most of his adult life living in Dallas as a businessman owning restaurants, car dealerships, and a trucking company. He enjoyed driving his truck most because it allowed him to interact with people all over the U.S.
The last 30 years of his life were spent back in Tool, TX where he was born and raised. He loved spending his time playing dominos, going to church, and visiting with people.
At the age of 95 he moved to Oakwood Assisted Living in Athens, TX. In a short time, he knew everyone there and they became his second family.
Even in his old age, Ray could remember every detail of a story or where someone lived. He loved his family and spending holidays with them.
Services for Ray will be held Sunday, November 25 at Providence Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the service will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Tool Cemetery or Hospice of East Texas.Â