The Rev. J. W. Smith, 81, of the Echo community in Orange, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral services were Sunday, May 31, at the New Anointing Church on North Highway 87 in Orange. Officiating was the Rev. Edgar Hennigan, pastor of the church. Military honors and interment followed in Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in the McLewis community of Orange. 

Born on June 7, 1927 in Sabine County to Pink Smith and Susie Lilley (Cooper) Smith, he lived in the Orange area for 57 years. He was a machinist in the construction industry, worked for Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange, Crumpler’s Machine Shop in Bridge City and Austin Industries in Beaumont. He was an ordained minister with the full gospel church. Smith was a member of the New Anointing Church and had been a pastor with the Faith Harbor Church in Orange. He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict era. Smith enjoyed hunting, fishing, vegetable gardening. The reverend enjoyed sharing his harvest with family, friends and church family.

Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Winona Lois Hamm; sister, Hazel Rash; and his brother, Donald Smith. Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Lois Louise Smith of Orange; daughter, Pam Jordan and her husband Kirk of Cabot, Ark.; son, John Smith and his wife Donna of Bridge City; sisters, Atrail Dohmann of Spurger and Gladys Galloway of San Augustine; brothers, Roy Smith and wife Yvonne and Bobby Joe Smith and his wife Sherry, all of Jasper; five grandchildren, Tonya Slaydon, Aaron Willis, Joshua Willis, Sean Willis and Jeremiah Jordan; two great-grandchildren, Coby Slaydon and Tyler Slaydon. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.