Dateline: March 4, 2004
services for George Wilson Smith, MD, age 85, of Marlin, Texas, were held
at First Christian Church in Marlin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 29,
2004, with Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating.
Interment was held at Houston National Cemetery under the direction
of Adams Funeral Home.
Smith died at his home on Friday, February 27, 2004. He was born in Chico, Texas, on December 24, 1918, to John
Henderson Smith and Katie Skaggs Smith.
Upon graduation from Memphis High School, he earned a BA degree in
1940 from Texas A&M, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook and
a proud member of the Aggie Band. Other
honors at A&M include Distinguished Student, Scholarship Honor
Society, President of Press Club, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and
Universities. During World
War II he served as field grade officer, Artillery, retiring after 54
months as a Lieutenant Colonel.
was married to his college sweetheart, LeVerne Simmons of Sherman, Texas,
for 47 years until her death in 1988.
He was associated with Aetna Casualty and Surety Company after
college and was owner/manager of General Insurance Agency in Sherman until
1951. During those years he
was a Director of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce and an officer of the
Sherman Rotary Club.
received an M.D. Degree from University of Texas, Southwestern Medical
School in 1955, where he was president of his class each of four years.
He was a family physician in Clarendon from 1956 to 1973, where he
also served as Administrator of Adair Hospital, and County Health Officer.
He took an abandoned physical plant, built in 1910, in a town which
had no hospital for many years, and brought it into compliance with all
state and federal regulatory agencies, including Medicare, and then
established a fully accredited school of vocational nursing.
He was president of the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, president of
Donley County Industrial Foundation, and president and chairman of the
Building Committee of Clarendon Country Club.
17 years of family practice in Donley County, Dr. Smith was recruited to
the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Amarillo by the Texas Tech
University School of Medicine. He
was the driving force in establishing the Amarillo VA as the primary site
for Texas Tech’s clinical rotations.
His presence in organized medicine at local, state, and national
levels served the VA well, as he was the Chief of Staff of Veterans
Affairs Medical Centers in Amarillo, El Paso, and Marlin, Texas, where he
retired in 1994.
Smith served in the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association
from 1983 to 1995. Professional
credentials include Diplomate, American Board of Family Practice; and
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physician.
A long-time member of the House of Delegates of the Texas Medical
Association, he was elected to the Council on Member Services, 1982-1994.
include his wife, Bettye Norris Smith; son, Charles Vernon Smith and
daughter-in-law Cheryl of Houston; daughters, Sharon and son-in-law George
Reynolds of Houston; Janis and son-in-law Jerry Elmore of Houston; Laurie
and son-in-law Walter Becker of New Orleans; seven grandchildren, Melissa
Leigh Reynolds, Scott Henderson Elmore, Jefferson Fontayne
Elmore, Lindsey Le Becker, Hailey Simmons Becker, Andrew Marshall Smith,
and Matthew Jordon Smith; one brother, Harold Winston Smith and wife
Bettye of Memphis, Texas, and their children Karyn Nicolaou, Russell
Smith, and Matthew Smith. Also
mourning his loss are the family of his wife, John Norris of Dallas;
Natalie and John DeFrees, daughter Taylor of Pflugerville; Elaline and
Randy Wilhelm, daughter Julie and son Jeffrey of Houston.
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