July 4, 1934 - June 11, 2019

Charles Ray Smith, 84, passed away at his home in Gause, TX on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Ray was born July 4, 1934 to J.A. and Mary Goldie (Gause) Smith. He married the love of his life, Lou Ann Smith, on February 9, 1957. Ray grew up in Gause, and spent most of his adult life either working his beloved cattle or devoting his technical skills to Gulf States Utilities; where he worked for 40 years. Ray will always be remembered as an avid outdoorsman, a loving father, and an adoring grand and great grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.A. and Mary Smith; and his sisters, Norma J. Kerns and Peggy Ann Smith. Ray leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Lou Ann Smith; children, Steve Smith and wife Debbie, and Cyndi Estill and husband Mike; grandchildren, Scott Estill and wife Mindy, Adam Smith and wife Emily, and Trista Bonner and husband Troy; great-grandchildren, Colby Estill, Cutter Smith, Keegan Estill, Colten Smith, Christian Smith, and Bishop Bonner; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation for Charles Ray Smith will be held at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, TX on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 5 - 7 p.m., and services will be held at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. Ray will be laid to rest at the Gause Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to the Gause Family Cemetery, 411 E. Cherry St., Gause, TX 77857.

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