William Thomas Smith was born December 25, 1933, in Bath ME, to Clifford B. and Kathryn Thompson Smith. He went to sleep in a hospital bed on March 24, 2017, and awoke in heaven. Bill graduated from Portland (ME) High School Class of'51 and served in the USAF from 1953-1957. Bill attended Trinity University, San Antonio, TX and received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech in 1961. He worked in the engineering field in NY, ME, NM, and TX. He was called by the Lord into ministry and, subsequently, attended Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, graduating with a Master of Religious Education and Master of Divinity degrees.
Bill served as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Kingston, NY, and then as Chaplain for the New York State Department of Corrections in Altona, NY, before retiring to Waxahachie in 2001. Tiring of retirement, he became a Chaplain with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Teague, TX, and retired again in 2014. He was active in the Bible study, prayer, and music programs at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Being blessed with a beautiful voice, he appreciated being able to sing in the church choir and the Ellis County Singers. Bill had a love and appreciation for all facets of music, including the Beatles. Throughout his life, Bill changed many lives and touched many souls by bringing them to the Lord.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Glenn Smith, whom he married on April 11, 1958 in San Antonio, his daughter Susan, his son David and wife Claudine, and three grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler and Kennedy, all of Waxahachie. He was predeceased by his parents and infant brother.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s name to the First Baptist Church Waxahachie Music Ministries, 315 N. Rogers St. Waxahachie, TX 75165 (972) 937-1940.
Memorial service will be 3 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017, at First Baptist Church Waxahachie, 315 N. Rogers St. Waxahachie, TX 75165.
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St. Waxahachie, 75165