In Memory

Smith Everett Thomasson

Smith Everett Thomasson

Smith Everett Thomasson, 64, of Fort Worth, a native of Jasper, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at Plaza Medical Center. Services were held Saturday, September 20, at OakCrest Funeral Home chapel, 4520 Bosque Blvd., Waco, ( with Dr. Lamar E. Smith officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

Mr. Thomasson was born May 13, 1944 in Jasper, Texas. and graduated from Jasper High School. He graduated from Baylor University in 1966. He married Janet Marie Dickerson on June 18, 1966, which marked the beginning of a marriage lasting nearly 43 years.

After serving three years as a naval officer, Mr. Thomasson returned to Waco, where he worked as a local banker for over 20 years. While in Waco, Mr. Thomasson was also very active in the community and with Baylor University. He served on the boards of Heart of Texas Arthritis Foundation, Central Texas Zoo, the Waco Boys Club, and the Waco Better Business Bureau.

He also served as President of Ridgewood Country Club, the Baylor Waco Foundation, the Baylor Fast Break Club, and the Hedonia Club. Mr. Thomasson also served on the Woodway City Council. At First United Methodist Church of Waco, Mr. Thomasson previously was on the board of trustees.

Mr. Thomasson was an avid fan of the Baylor Bears. He also loved to hunt, fish and play golf with his son, and he loved to sing with his daughters. He had a wonderful ability to communicate with people. He often served as the master of ceremonies at community events such as fundraisers, art auctions, banquets and roasts. But he enjoyed no communications role more than leading his Sunday school class at FUMC.

Mr. Thomasson eventually left Waco to pursue a banking position in East Texas, before settling in Ft Worth, where he and Janet lived since 2001. Mr. Thomasson retired from the banking industry in 2006.

In all stages of his life, wherever he lived, Mr. Thomasson had an engaging personality, characterized by humor, sincerity, and unconditional love. He received his greatest joy seeing others happy. He truly had a genuine heart and will be missed by his many friends.

During his later years, Mr. Thomasson was a devoted grandfather to his seven grandchildren, and he loved them deeply, as they did him. To Campbell, Jacob, Emma, Avery, Hayden, Hannah and Collin, he was their Grandad.

Mr. Thomasson was preceded in death by his parents, Smith Thomasson and Octavine Byerly Thomasson; sister, Martha Nell Thomasson; and two brothers, Tommy Gene Thomasson and Billy Joe Thomasson.

He is survived by his wife, Janet of Ft. Worth; his son Tim and wife, Shannon of Waco; daughter Jennifer Stephens and husband, Paul of Waco; daughter Staci Phelps and husband, Gary, of Plano; seven grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association (P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312) or National Kidney Foundation (30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016).


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10/13/08 10:12 PM #1    

Roy Isom

I know! I know! Smith did not graduate in 1963. We should not hold it against him that he was born a few months early. I did have a Spanish class with him for one year. Both of this site's administrators considered Smith Everett to be a special friend.

Most Saturday afternoons during high school prior to my birthday in 1962 were spent at "The Men's Shop". It was not because of my desire to be well-dressed. It was because Smith worked there. I believe the owner was Mr. Bankston, Sara Lu's Father. I spent many hours talking with Smith on those afternoons. If you will recall, the downtown area was very busy in those days. At least in comparison to today's activity. The store manager was Prince Bennett, who was also one of my Sunday School teachers. My other talking buddy on those Saturday afternoons was a young black man, R. C. Horn, that worked in the rear of Dues Minimax. R.C. became known later in life for his very tasty hamburgers and as "Mayor" of Jasper during a period where Jasper shined brightly through all that the negative press could throw its way.

Smith was winner of a prestigious scholarship to the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. He tried to assist me in having the same opportunity. Of course, I did not have the traits Smith possessed that would have allowed the committee to grant a scholarship to a Jasper graduate in consecutive years. I did, however, have a very good time visiting with Smith and Arthur Kees that spring week in Waco, TX.

I remember thinking when I heard that Smith and Janet were getting married that the union would be a good one and last a long time.

Smith Everett was a special friend. A moment spent with Smith was always a pleasant moment.

10/14/08 08:24 AM #2    

Jacolyn Kerr (Miller Long)

I am so pleased that you included Smith on our website. He and I grew up together in Beech Grove and attended Curtis Methodist Church together all of our growing up years. He was always a special person in my life.

Both of us have been in banking all of our adult lives. Just a few years ago I had the great pleasure of working with him for a period of time. He was one of greatest examples I have ever worked with and a sense of humor that made you look forward to each day.

He will be missed by many,

Jackie Miller

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