Fred Big Fred Smith

October 22, 1933 ~ July 22, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Freddie James Smith, “Big Fred” was born October 22, 1933, in Breckenridge, Texas, to Fred Smith and Lena B. Bennett Smith. At an early age, Fred attended Williamson Chapel CME Church in Breckenridge. Fred graduated from Booker T. Washington School in Breckenridge and then attended Texas Southern University. Later, he left to go into the Air Force. He received a medical discharge from the Air Force. Fred moved to Amarillo in the 70s because the climate was good for his asthma. Fred loved his family very dearly and he was always there for them.
Now sometimes he had advice that was hard to swallow, but nevertheless, he was still there to take care of whatever he needed to do for you. He also loved his friends, the very same way. Fred's love for people  took him far and near and he would go the last mile for you. People always said that if they could get Fred Smith, they knew he would put a smile on their face. He would also make anything that was depressing or hurting you go away because once you finish laughing, you couldn't help but feel better, that was Big Fred Smith. Fred loved country music, in fact any type of music. I think country was really his style. He could really sing with the best of them. Fred was a truck driver for many years and work for Macmillan Road Construction.

He is preceded in death his grandparents, parents, Fred Smith and Lena Bennett Smith; wife, Rosezella Jones Smith; son, Frederick James Smith; daughter, Cooter Jo Rivers; grandson, Kenya Ray Harris and Zychias Darius Pep Earle; great-grandson, Demodrick Ray Anderson; brothers, Floyd Hall and Elmer Lucky Smith; sister, Betty L Matthews; nephews, Leon “Bubba” Smith and Jeffrey Alexander Smith; and great-nephew, Jordan Christopher H. Smith.

He leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Freddie James, Fred (Louria Ann) Smith of Texas; Kim Jones Crain, Texas; daughters, Veronica Earle Savannah, Georgia, SuBrenda Williams, Tammy Waters, both of Dallas, Texas and Detra Shun  Reasonover, Midlothian, Texas; granddaughters, Candice M Johnson (C-Lo) of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Carmela Hancock, Dallas, Texas; twenty-one great-grandchildren; twenty-one great great-grandchildren; seven nephews; four nieces; fourteen great nephews; sixteen great great grand nephews; nieces; sister, Gwendolyn Smith William Smith; and a host of relatives and friends. 


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