OBITUARY: The Rev. Glenn Alden Smith of Tow dies May 28, 2013

The Lord took the Rev. Glenn Alden Smith home May 28, 2013, in Tow, Texas. Born June 18, 1934, in Camargo, Okla., Glenn was the son of Jewel and Glenn Smith. He was raised in Watsonville, Calif., after his mother and two brothers hitchhiked there from Oklahoma.

In Watsonville, Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Joy Day Watson, in 1952. They celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. Glenn graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1967. He pastored in Pacific Grove, Calif.; Darington, Wash.; Fort Worth; and Boles Acres, N.M. Glenn built Praise Chapel Church in Llano and pastored there for nine years. He wrote Bible studies for 27 different seminaries around the world as well as the Cowboys for Christ in Fort Worth.

Glenn and Joy were blessed with three treasures — two girls and one boy — Debra and Dick Wills of Alamogordo, N.M., Teryl and Delani Smith of Johnson City and Paige and Dwight Wilfong of Tow.

Glenn was a hard worker with many hobbies, including membership at the Buchanan Arts & Crafts Gallery, where he sold paintings. He turned quicksilver into mercury in New Idra Mines. He started Smith & Sons Construction with sons Teryl and Dwight. Glenn made and supplied ammo to the Llano City Police Department. He built his wife a new home for their 50th wedding anniversary. He was almost finished turning his truck into a hydrogen-generated vehicle. Glenn built waterfalls and landscaped ponds for several people in the area. Most of these hobbies he did all while pastoring a church.

Glenn was always busy and full of life, spreading the word of God. This was his purpose in life. When anyone would ask Glenn how he was doing, he always replied, “I couldn’t be any better unless I was home with Jesus.”

Glenn and Joy had three children, Debra Wills, Paige Wilfong and Teryl Smith. They have 10 grandchildren, Rachel, Jonathan, Naomi, Ryan, Clint, Cody, Nicholas, Chase, Stormie and Nicole. They also have five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jonathan-David, Blakely, Draven and Trinity.

A celebration of Glenn’s life is 3-4 p.m. June 18 at Ambassadors for Christ Church in Bertram. All are welcome to join as we celebrate Glenn’s life.

Cremation arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. An online guest register may be signed at