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David Ray (DR) Smith, age 77, of Quinlan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Funeral service will be held at 2:00P.M. on Friday, March 17, 2023, at Smyrna Methodist Church in Diana, Texas with Wade Smith officiating. Graveside Services will follow in Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00P.M. – 7:00P.M. at Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan. Pallbearers for the service will be David Mark McLendon, Dole Wright, Wade Smith, Allen Smith, Dustin Hale, and Shawn Conlon
DR was born on June 26, 1945, in Gilmer, Texas to the late Mr. William Earnest Smith and Roxie Walker Smith. He was raised in and around Marion and Upshur County. He lived in Mesquite and Dallas for many years before moving to Quinlan in 1995. He enlisted into the United States Army on November 1965, and honorably served his country during the Vietnam War before receiving his honorable discharge on November 29, 1971. DR worked for 20 years in maintenance for Greyhound Bus lines in Dallas. He was a longtime member of the Quinlan Senior Citizen Center and Quinlan Lions Club. DR loved to ‘people watch’ and was a regular at Willies Westurant and The Catfish Inn on Fridays. He also enjoyed finding good deals and adding to his lantern collection at Hunt County Trade Days and area garage sales. He loved watching old westerns such as Bonanza, Lone Ranger, Rifleman and Rawhide and detective shows like Heat of the Night, Perry Mason, and Matlock. He also loved Elvis, The Beach Boys, big band music, and good old country. He loved spending time with his family and was an incredible father, grandfather, and great grandpa. DR was also a real ladies’ man, and he adored spoiling the three ladies in his life, Tammy, Brittany, and Madison. He strived to give Tammy beautiful childhood memories of weekends at the Mesquite Rodeo, buying Martha Miniature dresses, and the numerous Greyhound bus trips to visit family. He found happiness in his grandchildren’s eyes when he gave lawn mower rides or took time to play ball with them. DR was a man of honor and high morals. He understood that a man’s handshake meant his word. DR always reflected the utmost honesty and integrity during his life and is now reaping the rewards for a life well lived. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Danny Cal Smith in 1996, his baby sister, and brother-in-law, Roger Driggers.
He is greatly loved and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Tammy Smith, and fiancé Austin Crehan; stepson, Robert Speir and wife Maira of Laredo; sisters, Maggie Driggers of Arkansas, Peggy McLendon of Jefferson and Annis Brady of Tyler; granddaughters, Brittany Nicole Smith and Madison Danielle Smith both of Quinlan; his chosen grandson, Dustin Hale of Fort Worth; great grandchildren, Harlie Ray Smith of Quinlan and Corbyn Lee Smith-Hale of Fort Worth; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and his dear friend, Elaine Calendar of Daingerfield.