2014-07-10 / Obituaries

William Arnold Smith

February 26, 1917 - July 6, 2014

Funeral services for William Arnold Smith Sr., 97, of Giddings are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Pastor Tim Clayton officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday, July 14, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Arnold passed away during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center.

William Arnold Smith was born on February 26, 1917 in Bertram, Texas to Leslie & Maude (Cox) Smith. He married Johnnie B. Lina on June 1, 1940 in Giddings and was retired from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in Giddings. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Giddings and the Lee County Historical Commission and enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with family and friends. Arnold spent years searching and collecting arrowheads which resulted in a collection of over 2400 Native American artifacts. He donated his collection to the Giddings Public Library and the exhibit still remains the largest permanent public display of Native American artifacts in the state.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie & Maude Smith; his wife of 72 years, Johnnie Smith; his son, William “Bill” Smith Jr.; his grandson, Richard Smith; his sister, Leda Dale Witte and his brother, Leslie Smith.

Arnold is survived by his two granddaughters, Andra Graham of Dallas and Tiffany Smith of Glenpool, Oklahoma; his grandson, Ross & Christine Martin of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; his four great grandsons, Riley Jenkins of Oklahoma and Jackson, Nathan and Hudson Martin of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Smith of Pryor, Oklahoma; his sister, Ruth Crawford of Austin, as well as several beloved nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Lee County Historical Commission or to the charity of one’s choice.

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