Gary Smith obituary (1954 – 2022) – Corpus Christi, Texas

Gary Ray Smith, 67, of Udem, Texas, died at his home on April 15, 2022 with his wife and children at his side. Born on August 17, 1954, in Bertram, Texas to Lobby and Pia Smith, Gary spent his youth in Marble Falls where he met his wife Rebecca (Becky) Faye Atkinson.

Gary, the hard labor secretary, started his first job at the age of five, picking cotton alongside his grandparents in Liberty Hill, Texas. This early employment experience served as a primary reference and comparison basis when his children were unable to mow exceptionally well as a 5-year-old did. As a United States Army veteran who volunteered to serve during Vietnam, he has been a role model for his children and grandchildren who continue to follow in his footsteps. After 8 years of service, and winning Top Gun at Seridan for 5 consecutive years, he decided to leave the military because he wanted any future children he and Becky to be born from Texas, which they wouldn’t have been if they were born on a military base outside of Texas. Soon after returning to Texas, he entered the petrochemical industry, a decision that would eventually lead to the start of his own business, time scale planning, and globally operating.

Many people are known to be an avid multi-genre movie enthusiast, and it has been rumored that Gary has come to the end of both the Netflix and Amazon Prime library as the family has not been able to identify a single movie that Gary hasn’t seen since 2010. Legend has it that Gary’s extensive knowledge of spaghetti western movies has come to pass. at the attention of the director, Sergio Leone, who secretly sought Gary’s advice before filming The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; A man without a name and once upon a time in the West. It is also rumored that Sergio took Gary’s direction and cast Clint Eastwood to take the lead role in all three films.

A true connoisseur of Southern food, Gary was a firm believer that Frito Pie was best served in a Frito Pie snack bag, topped with a mountain of chili (with beans), cheddar cheese, white onions and jalapenos. Brisket has been cooked even better with chilled Shiner Bock on hand and in the smoker in his backyard since his farm gave him access to the world’s finest musket wood. On a recent visit to a fine dining establishment outside Washington, D.C., he developed the strong opinion that no restaurant should be allowed to receive a Michelin rating unless it serves cold beer, fried mushrooms, and fried chicken steak with white gravy.

In great tune with Farmin’ and Ranchin’ fashion trends, Gary can often be seen sporting his signature overalls, a look that has alternated between fashion and classic for decades, but has never gone out of fashion. Although he did not live as long as we would have liked, his life was exceptional, traveling the world exploring Germany, India, Japan, Australia and Aruba, to name a few. World-renowned for his exceptional ability to tell stories, you can be 100% sure that all of his stories were at least partially true. He loved his family, Long John Silvers, and all his cows and fried okra. He hated Lazy People, Weesatch Trees, Shrimp and Democrats (except for his son-in-law, Sherry). He encouraged his children to live a bold and daring life, always reminding them, “If you fall into life, never forget that you can always go home to dust yourself off before you go back and try again.”

Before his death, Gary paved the way for 67 years of laughter, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. He will be sorely missed by his wife Becky, who will defiantly hire a contractor to finish construction on the home that Gary has been “finishing” for over 30 years; His daughter Angel, whom she has been impossible to marry since Gary taught her “can’t bear any sh! + of a man.” ; his son Todd, who rebelliously completed his home improvement projects in a reasonable amount of time; and William who is determined to live his dream of selling whiskey TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren (Kailin, Kai, Alana, Nicholas, Ellie, Tobin and Tesla) who vow to avenge his death; daughter-in-law (Julie and Sherry) and daughter-in-law (Steve) who promise to try to keep his children out of prison; His mother, Beatrice, sister (Nita) and brothers (Gaylon and Douglas) who were lucky enough to get to know and love him first.

A show will take place on April 26, 2022 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas. Memorial services will take place on April 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls, Texas with Mr. James Crawford. A burial at Marble Falls Cemetery will follow the service immediately. For any thieves who might consider a home visit while we’re on services, we’ve left a high-powered electric fence, a hitman, and a badly positioned Shih Tzu at home to welcome you.

In lieu of flowers, Gary requested that friends and family vote Republican in all upcoming elections. In return, Becky requested a donation to the American Cancer Society to support research that helps improve treatments and quality of life for those suffering from this severe disease.

We love you, Dad. We weren’t ready to go.

Delivery of funeral services to Sawyer George’s funeral home. 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78410. (361) 242-3205. Please visit our web site at

Published by Burnett Bulletin from April 22 to May 6, 2022.

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