Willie Eugene “Gene” Smith


Willie Eugene “Gene” Smith, age 85, of Coleman passed away Sunday evening at a local nursing home. Funeral services will held at 10am on Wednesday in the Tom G. Walker Memorial Chapel with Rev. Don Northway officiating and burial will follow at the Coleman City Cemetery.

Mr. Smith was born August 29, 1928 in Gouldbusk, TX. He is the son of the late Richard Ezra and Mary Boen Smith. He married Ruby McNeil on December 11, 1948 in Ropesville, Texas. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2008. Mr. Smith had lived in Coleman since 1987 and was a member of the Bible Baptist Church and the Coleman Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include:
His daughter, Jane Rolston and husband Charles of Coleman,
His son, Boe Smith of Coleman,
Five grandchildren – Matt Rolston, Mike Rolston, Boe Smith, Jr., Brody Smith, and Kori Stewart,
Six great-grandchildren – Ashley Rolston, Brittany Rolston, Brandon Rolston, Bailey Stewart, Olivia Stewart, and Presli Smith.
One brother, Sam Smith and three sisters, Inez Martin, Caroline Bowen, and Josie.

He was preceded by his wife, and eight brothers and sisters.

Services under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Coleman.