Juanita Faye Smith


Juanita Faye Smith, 76, of Lone Oak, Texas, formerly a long-time resident of Huxley Bay, passed away on September 7, 2017 in McKinney. She was born on April 16, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii to James Alexander Burgess and Francis Maria Decoster Burgess. Funeral Services for Mrs. Smith will be at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Toledo Bend Cowboy Church in Huxley, Texas with Bro. Jeff Spring officiating. Interment will follow at Wimberly Cemetery in Huxley. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas.

Juanita was born in Hawaii, but she also lived in Malvern, Arkansas and Lufkin, Texas growing up. She attended high school in Lufkin. One unforgettable day at the dry cleaners in Lufkin, Juanita met a gentleman named Ira Smith. As fate would have it, the two would fall in love and be joined together in marriage on December 19, 1958. They had a beautiful and lifelong marriage of forty-two years until Ira’s passing. She was currently residing in Lone Oak, Texas with her sister-in-law, Brenda Lindsey.

Juanita was known by many names: Mom, Aunt Nita, Mamma Juanita, and Momma Cita. Whatever the title, she always answered as she loved her family and friends. She enjoyed many activities and hobbies. She liked to crochet, watching hummingbirds, listening to good ole classic country music, crappie fishing, taking walks, playing Bingo, dancing, and loved working with her plants. When she was indoors, you’d find Juanita watching game shows which was one of her favorite types of entertainment. She especially liked Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right, and Family Feud. Juanita was also very active in volunteering and helping with the Huxley Bay Kids Fishing Tournament. She was a member of the Toledo Bend Cowboy Church.

Juanita is survived by her children, Doug Smith and wife, Debra of Willis, Texas, Ronnie Lynn Smith of Huxley, Texas, Judy Ann Curtis and husband, David of Canton, Texas, and John Edward Smith and wife, Donna of Elysian Fields, Texas; brother, Robert Burgess of Benton, Arkansas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ira Smith; parents, James and Francis Burgess; and granddaughter, Theresa Smith.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Smith’s service will be Ronnie Smith, Jr., James Lungren, Christopher Smith, Colin Smith, Justin Smith, and Russell Lindsey. Honorary Pallbearers are Marcus Lindsey, David Curtis, Morgan Rawlinson, and Patrick Dickey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wimberly Cemetery, 11466 FM 2694, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.