Rick B. Smith
Rick B. Smith, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2017. Rickey Bud Smith was born on April 16, 1958 in Midland, Texas, one of three sons to Eddie Lee and Gladys Smith. He grew up in Midland and graduated from Midland High School in 1976. Shortly after, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Cannon, on August 26, 1978. He was in business with his father, E.L. Smith, and two brothers, Danny and Don, at Smith Brother's Pipe for many years, enduring the numerous booms and busts of the Permian Basin oil business. Always an entrepreneur, he founded Smith Industries, Inc. in 2004, where he built a family-owned company. He took great pride in everyone who has been a part of seeing that dream through. Above all things, Rick valued God, family, country, honesty, and hard work. He was extremely gifted in so many areas. His personality was bigger than life. Everybody loved being around him and sharing in his wisdom and talents. Rick also valued people, having a positive attitude, and had a true passion for the outdoors, guns, and cars. He loved sharing these passions with others, which included coaching his Gunsmoke 4-H shooting team, and every other sport you can imagine. He had a huge heart for those less fortunate and humbly served countless charities throughout his life, never thinking twice before giving to anyone he could. His country and our military meant the world to him. He never owned a piece of property where our "Old Glory," wasn't flying high, with a bright light shining on it. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Smith. His pride and joy came from their three children, Chris, Sally, and Sarah. Chris, his wife Alishia, Sally, her husband Dane Crunk, and Sarah, her husband Colton Wilber, all of Midland. Rick was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Drew, Kate, Cash, Truitt, Tristin, Blake, Blayde, Malone, Delayni, and Gentry. He will always be their, "Papa Bear," their HERO, and the man who passed on so many values to each of them. They share his love for the great outdoors, and will always treasure that bond. He is also survived by his two brothers, Danny Smith and wife Connie, and Don Smith and wife Debbie, all of Midland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Lee and Gladys Lilly Smith. The family would like to express their gratitude to all who knew and loved Rick. Each of you were special to him and he valued your friendships and relationship more than you will ever know. We are truly blessed by each of you. We will honor his life at a service at Stonegate Fellowship, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Burial will immediately follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will accept guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Branch at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Show of Support Hunt for Heroes Project, Larry Ratheal Scholarship Fund, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all of which were near and dear to his heart. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley, Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com .
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