Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 5, 2013

William Raymond Smith

Mr. William Raymond Smith, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

He was born on July 11, 1940, in Purdon, to William Lee and Merry Mabel Smith.

Raymond graduated from Trinidad High School. He spent part of his career as a firefighter and police officer in Corsicana and retired from Big Brown Plant in Fairfield as a machine operator. Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, singing, dancing and playing the guitar. He was a big family man. Raymond was a member of the Masonic Lodge for most of his life.    

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Sarah; his sister, Peggy Joyce Field; brother-in-law, Robert Field; sister-in-law, Melba Manley; and best friend and cousin, Bonner French.

Survivors include his children, Beverly Herrin and husband Tom, Lynn Perry and husband Tracy, David Smith and wife Dena, Mike Smith and wife Kim; and Jeff Smith. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeramy Herrin and wife Kathleen, Zachary Herrin and wife Laura, Virginia Laird and husband David, Genevieve Cunningham and husband Tory, Ethan Herrin, Lexi Herrin, Brody Perry and wife Traci, Blaine Lind and husband Chris, Jordan Harmon and husband Justin, Casie Banuelos and husband Joe, Emily Smith, Johnna Smith, Megan Norris and husband Louis, Emma Smith, Luke Smith, and Elise Smith. Raymond is also survived by two special nieces, Kathy Stibbens and Vickie Willard. He is also survived by seven step-children, 12 step-grandchildren and 19 step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013,  at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Zachary Herrin officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Herrin, Jeramy Herrin, Brody Perry, Luke Smith, Chris Lind, David Laird and Tracy Perry.

 Memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the William Raymond Smith obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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