Marshall Ray Smith 77, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Service: 1 p.m. Friday, Birdville Baptist Church. Burial: following at Mount Olivet. Visitation: Noon Friday at church. Memorials: Donations can be made to Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Memorial gifts or a charity of your choice. He was born October 24, 1939 in Fort Worth, to William H. and Lorraine Smith. Marshall grew up in Poly and Haltom City. He graduated from Carter Riverside High School in 1957. He was very involved in high school including editor of the school newspaper his senior year, president of the Safety Club and Junior ROTC. Marshall graduated from Texas A&M in 1962. While at A&M he was a member of Squadron 12 in the Corps of Cadets and was on First Wing Staff. Upon graduation he was commissioned into the US Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant and was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He worked on many projects there including the purchase of Air Force One. After serving his country he moved his family back to Texas to work for the Vought Corporation. One of his projects at LTV was designing and installing the Air Trans system at the new DFW airport. He also earned his MBA from TCU in 1972. In 1976, he opened Marshall Smith Custom Homes and made it his career. He spent the next 20 plus years building custom homes and developing neighborhoods in the Mid Cities. Marshall loved Las Vegas and made well over 100 trips there over the years. He was also an avid coin and stamp collector. Enjoyed working on his family genealogy, trading stocks, bowling and coaching softball in the Hurst Girls Softball league for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents William H. and H. Lorraine Smith, his brother Bill Smith and his wife of 46 years Phyllis Smith. We would like to thank Laura and Howard Turley of Living Well Boutique Assisted Living and First Choice Hospice for their care and compassion. Survivors: Marshall is survived by daughters, Michele and husband, Korby Kidwill of Hurst, and Susan and husband, Richard Davis of Spring; brother, Steve Smith and wife, Glenda of Orlando, Fl.; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend and companion of 8 years Beverly Murray.
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