James Ray Smith

Funeral service for James Ray Smith, age 79, of Sulphur Springs, TX will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024 at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, TX with Andy Wright and Mike Eason officiating. Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery with David Smith, Steven Smith, Calvin Brey, Jimmy Boswell, Rodney Boswell, and Danny Darlin serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at Murray Orwosky Funeral Home. Mr. Smith passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

James Ray Smith, who was known to his loved ones as “Pops”, was born on May 4, 1944 to Jim Sidney and Della Mae Smith. He was lovingly raised by Dewey and Della Mae Haney. He married Ann Smith on July 18, 1969. They had two sons, David Smith (Renee) and Steven Smith. His family was his greatest pride and joy. James had six grandchildren Calvin Brey (Megan), Carie Overstreet (Bubba), Amanda Walker, Andy Brey, Constance Smith, and Kadence Smith. He was blessed with four great -grandchildren Colby & Callie Walker and Cross & Maggie Brey.

He is survived by one brother, Dewey Haney; sisters, Dorothy Haney and Shirley McFarlin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Sidney Smith; his mother, Della Mae Haney; his dad, Dewey Haney; sister-in-law, Donna Barnett; and Lanny Ferrell whom “Pops” loved like a son.

“Pops” was a lifelong cowboy, known for his gentle horse-breaking technique. He had an “ain’t no issue” mentality and overcame many obstacles through the years. He was a best friend to his boys and an adviser to all. He will be remembered by his family and friends as the best husband, daddy, father-in-law, and “Pops” in the world.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.

James Ray Smith

Author: Chad Young

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