Thanks and praise be to God for the life and gift of the Rev. Mr. M.R. “Boobie” Smith Sr., age 79. Boobie, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend died Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10:36 a.m. at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. His Catholic funeral mass was celebrated Monday morning, April 12 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The Most Rev. Bishop Curtis J. Guillory celebrated the mass with the support of several other priests and deacons of the Diocese of Beaumont. Interment and graveside services followed at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in McLewis Community, Orange. A rosary and wake service was held Sunday at the church.

He was a retired deacon of St. Helen Catholic Church, Orangefield. Born April 19, 1930 in Port Arthur, Boobie was the son of James Edward Smith and Artemease (Ellender) Smith. 

He joined the Marine Corp in August 1948 and served his country in the Korean War.  After his honorable discharge from Camp LeJeune, N. C., he returned home to the love of his life, Betty Romero Smith. In 1963 he and Betty moved their family to the McLewis Community where he lived for 47 years. He worked at the Gulf Oil Refinery as a welder until his retirement in 1984.

He also found time to build many homes in the area. However, building the library at St. Helen’s with his beloved Betty was his most cherished accomplishment and truly a labor of their love for God and each other.  

Boobie was preceded in death in 1999 by Betty, his wife of 47 years; his parents; oldest son, Sydney “Scooter” Smith; brothers, Norman “Son” Smith; sisters, Lena (Smith) Myers, Sue (Smith) Kemp, and Jo Eddie (Smith) Billiot.  

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Kirk Lynn Smith and Julie (LeMaire) Smith of Orange, and M.R. “Robbie” Smith Jr. and Cindy (Reed) Smith of Orange; and daughter and son-in-law Kristi Marie (Smith) Wernig and Marcus D. Wernig of Orange.  Also surviving Boobie are his grandchildren Dillon Smith, Kelsey Smith, T.K. Smith Jr., M.R. “Rob” Smith III, Eric Hebert, Jerett Hebert, Tyler Worsham, Kirby Clayton, Mary Catherine Wernig, and Madeleine Wernig; brother, Gene E. Smith of Buna; and sister, Julia “Pookie” Massey of Nederland.

Serving as pallbearers were nephews, Lonnie Romero Sr. and Kenny Romero; and grandsons, Dillon, Rob, and T.K. Smith and Tyler Worsham.

Those wishing to make memorial donations are requested to contribute to St. Helen’s Building Fund at: St. Helen Catholic Church, 8105 FM 1442, Orange, TX  77630