Thomas David Smith, 88, loving husband, "father," brother, uncle and friend, passed from this life, Thursday, Oct.13, 2016. Service: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Chapel, White Settlement Road and University Drive, Fort Worth. Visitation: One hour before the service. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, following the service. Memorials: A charity of your choice. David was born Jan. 9, 1928, to Pauline and Gregory Smith, owner of the Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth. He attended Fort Worth schools and was a product of Pascal High School. During his school years, he often could be found helping his dad at the coffee shop. From high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and from there the U.S. Army. After his discharge he married the first love of his life, Billie. They resided in Fort Worth for many years where he worked over 20 years for Lone Star Gas Co. in the sales department. Upon his retirement from the gas company, he and Billie moved to the Martins Mill area in East Texas. There he was very active in the community. He was a dedicated member of the Ben Wheeler ISD school board where he received many certificates and recognitions for outstanding service. After the tragic loss of his precious wife, Billie, he returned to the Fort Worth area where he was reacquainted with a longtime gas company friend, Betty Schlueter. On May 17, 2003, he married the second love of his life, Betty. David loved to travel and experience the world. He traveled all through the United States and visited many world countries, including the country of his heritage, Greece. With Billie, he traveled with a group of close dear friends and with Betty he traveled with a travel group that became his close dear friends. David loved nature and the outdoors. In his younger years he hunted with a rifle and in his later years a camera. He spent many happy days on the front porch of the Cloudcroft, N.M., summer home where he watched his deer, elk, various birds, including hummers, and other small animals. David was an example of a Christian gentleman in every regard. His positive attitude and strength in God sustained him through these last trials. His example has made an impact on all who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed and his memory treasured. Survivors: Devoted wife of 13 years, Betty; "daughter," Roxane and husband, David; brothers, Mike Smith and wife, Ginger, Greg Asikis; a number of nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved; and many, many precious friends.
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