Mrs. Ernest W. "Billie" Smith, 83, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in a local nursing home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Memorial Park with Greg Surles officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
She was born Sept. 11, 1930, in Big Spring, Texas and married Ernest W. Smith Jan. 9, 1953, in Hobbs, N.M. He preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1997.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Howard County pioneer family, George Bell. She graduated valedictorian from Big Spring High School in 1946 and had been inducted into the BSHS Hall of Fame. She attended Texas Women's College in Denton. She worked for the phone company and electric company before marrying.
Her husband, Ernest, was in the U.S. Air Force and they lived in Europe while in the service and returned to Big Spring in 1969. She then worked for Corbell Electric from 1971 to 1985. She was a member of Birdwell Lane Church of Christ and was active in the ladies group. She also volunteered for hospice and enjoyed traveling with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, David Glenn Smith and wife, Shawna, of Big Spring; four daughters, Brenda Kay Snyder and husband, Vern, of Cambridge City, Ind., Lana Lee Brewer and husband, Don, of Big Spring, Sandra Gail Alexander of Abilene and Teresa J. Smith of Big Spring; nine grandchildren, Donya Smith and husband, Bucky, of Midland, Dondi Thomas and husband, Ryan, of Rockwall, Heather Diffee and husband, Eric, of Big Spring, Brody Smith of Odessa, Tamara Alexander of Keller, Cameron Alexander and wife, Kristen, of North Liberty, Iowa, Damien Daniels of Abilene, Jarred Smith of Big Spring and Wayne Snyder and wife, Lisa, of McKinney; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mabel Bell Watkins; and a brother, Wesley Pearce.
The family suggests memorials to Birdwell Lane Church of Christ Missions Fund, P. O. Box 2094, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2094.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com