Harold Rhodes Smith, 96, of Kingsland, Texas, formerly of Ector and Crane counties, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. He was born to Calvin Monroe and Lillian (Rhodes) Smith on Feb. 25, 1919, in his grandparents (Rhodes) home in Odessa, Texas.
Harold and his brother, William Calvin, were raised at the Smith Ranch north of Odessa. He married his Odessa school sweetheart, Alice Willford “Willie” Bond, on Oct. 14, 1938. They built their home beside Jay D. and June Lucille (Rhodes) McGee (Harold’s uncle and aunt) on the J Bar Ranch in Crane County. Harold and Willie’s children, grandsons and a few great-grandchildren were raised in their home. As of 2016, six generations will have ranched the 110-year-old J Bar and Smith ranches.
Harold served his country during the war as a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps. He supported his community as a member of the Crane school board, the Crane County Livestock Show and the Sand Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. He and his family were members of the Christian Church in Odessa.
Harold and Willie retired on the Colorado River in Kingsland and were members of Kingsland Community Church.
Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Calvin Bond and wife Lillian Suzahn (St. Romain) Smith of J Bar Ranch in Crane County; son-in-law, Ronald Neal Brown of San Angelo; four grandchildren, Jason Calvin and wife Jeanie Marie (Kunz) Smith of Odessa, Justin Rhodes and wife Amanda Leigh of Douglass, Jordan Jay Smith of Lubbock and Lindsey June Brown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; six great-grandchildren, Lauren Kelley Smith and Leah Carol Smith (Jason’s twins), Nathan Tyler Smith, Daniel Ryan Smith, and Rachel Elizabeth Smith and Joshua Wesley Smith (Justin’s children).
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, brother, wife, infant daughter Harolyn Smith and daughter Carol June (Smith) Brown.
A funeral service is 10 a.m. Dec. 2 at Kingsland Community Church with the Rev. Dick West officiating. A graveside service is 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Ector County Cemetery, 300 S. Dixie Blvd. in Odessa, with the Rev. Tim Halstead officiating.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Jason Calvin Smith, Justin Rhodes Smith and Jordan Jay Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Stone, David Howard, John Meyers, R.G. Floyd and Norman Jones.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kingsland Community Church, 1136 RR 1431, Kingsland, TX 78639.
Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. Go to putnamcares.com to sign a guest register.