Joyce Wallace Smith


Joyce Wallace Smith

Joyce Wallace Smith, 81, of Lufkin, was born November 28, 1926, in Bruceville, Texas, the daughter of the late Ora Lee (Eaves) and Jessie J. Wallace. She passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008, in a Rockwall nursing facility.

Mrs. Smith was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of Lufkin's First Baptist Church, where she and her husband were very active in the Special Education Ministry, and she served as the secretary for numerous years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Nancy Smith of Rowlett; daughter, Theresa Smith of Rockwall; grandchildren, Heather Young and her husband Eric of Denver, Colorado, Daniel Smith and his wife, Allison of Rockwall and Graham Smith and his wife Lauren of Benbrook; great-grandchildren, Luke Young and Victoria Young of Denver, Colorado, Clara Smith of Benbrook and Austin Smith of Rockwell; niece, Suzanne Leyden and her husband Tom; nephew, Kyle Leyden; and a number of other family members.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Smith, on April 16, 2001.

Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Smith memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904; American Heart Association, 5604 Old Bullard Road, Suite 106, Tyler, Texas 75703; or the Special Olympics Texas State Headquarters, 7715 Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 120, Austin, Texas 78752

Services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2008, in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Dr. Andrew G. Pittman officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1:00 p.m. until service time Thursday in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel.

Gipson Funeral Home; Charlotte Partin, director