Billie Guy Smith

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Billie Guy Smith

BLACKWELL - Billie Guy (Bill) Smith, long time Midland resident and oilfield legend died on June 10, 2020, following a short illness at his residence in Blackwell.

He was born in Dublin on May 19, 1929, to Harvie and Edna Smith. He was raised primarily in Albany where he attended school until leaving to proudly serve in the United States Marines during World War II.

He married the absolute love of his life, Nona Wells, Oct. 31, 1949, in Albany. Their commitment to each other reflected a true love story and stayed strong throughout their 69 years of marriage setting an example of God’s intent for marriage to all who crossed their path.

He worked long and hard throughout his life. Beginning at three years of age picking cotton in the fields. He never stopped working and always did so with honesty and integrity.

He was a happy man with a deep love for God and could often be found at his office around 3:30 a.m. reading his Bible before getting his day started with his “hands” as he called his employees around 5:00 a.m. He called his employees hands as he believed they were all one body working for the same end and it took each of them doing their part, working in unison to have a good outcome.

He held many jobs throughout his life including rough necking, Borden Milk home delivery, fireman, landscaping and pumpjack inspector/repair person. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. On a prayer and with a great deal of determination he started Bill Smith’s Pumping Unit Service in the early 70’s and grew with it until selling in 1994. The business grew rapidly due to his good name for honesty and quality work. He continued as an Oilfield Consultant until January 2020.

He got his pilot license at the age of 16. He loved flying. He named one of the airplanes he purchased “Lit’l Mama”, a name he used to refer to Nona when he wasn’t calling her “little doll”. He loved to fish and hunt. He was a sharp shooter and made sure his family including kids, grandkids and anyone else who might seem hungry had meat on the table. Among other organizations he was a member of the CAF and Sheriff’s Posse. He was deeply loved and respected by his daughters, every extension of his family, friends and acquaintances. It would be impossible to list even a whisper of the cherished memories of him each generation holds. He was known as a man who stood by his family and friends through thick and thin, never judging for decisions they made whether right or wrong, always willing to lend a helping hand, a giant hug and/ or a listening ear. He never met a stranger and never failed to help anyone in need, always without being asked.

Best put by his family, he has always been a constant in their life, an amazing man, showing our entire family what a good, honest, hardworking person truly is. The absolute best daddy, grandfather, great grandfather anyone could ever ask for, teaching us and setting the standards of what a man should be. He was a giant among men, a hero for his family but most of all he was a hero for Jesus.

He was a member of Kelview Baptist Church and attended faithfully until illness would no longer allow.

Survivors include his four daughters, Sandy Jenkins and husband Rocky of Fredericksburg, Vickie Welch Lipps and husband Ray of Blackwell, Nona Gail McCall of Midland, Jeannie Bailey and husband Bob of Midland, nine grandchildren, Shane Jenkins and Michelle, Brent Jenkins and wife Esther, Bill Welch and wife Kitty, Roger Welch, Jr. and wife Rachal, Brandon Lipps and wife Hannah, Shelley Jackson and husband Tye, Tricia Reed and husband Alan, Amber Harris and husband Cody, Amanda Fioretti and husband Tommy, Lucas Bailey and wife Katie and Rainy Hilliard and husband Derek, Zack Woody, Brittany Woody and 29 great grandchildren. A sister Bobbie Draper and husband A.J. and sister Joyce Yates Turner and husband Don and a multitude of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harvie Smith and Edna Richardson Smith Webb, wife Nona Wells Smith and brother Roland Smith.

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