Stephen “Steve” Hudson Smith was born Feb. 22, 1947, to Dr. Harold L. Smith and Margaret Melrose (Murphey) Smith. He passed away Dec. 15, 2020, at age 73.
Steve graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler in 1965. He attended SMU and Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he acquired a degree in business administration.
Steve had an eclectic mix of hobbies and interests. He loved sports, music, books and he was a trivia aficionado.
Throughout his life, he built extensive collections of baseball cards, music (all genres), wine and sports memorabilia. The thing he was most proud of in his life was his honorable service in the U.S. Army, including one year stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Steve’s love for our great country was very apparent in his daily life. He usually would not leave home without his Vietnam Veteran’s cap. He was well-known for his sense of humor and always had a joke at the ready. He was a loving and devoted husband, son, father, brother, uncle and friend and he adored his fur babies.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Melrose Smith and brother Mark Calvert Smith.
He is survived by his father Dr. Harold L. Smith and wife Karen Fulfer Smith, daughter Shannen Michelle Jane Smith, honorary daughters Shelby Lynn Wise and Katelyn “Katy” Elizabeth Wise, sister Stephanie Kay Smith, special nephew Dr. Zachary A. Smith and wife Kelsey, special niece Victoria Smith Johnson and husband Thomas, brothers-in-law Darryl C. Fulfer and wife Beverly and Gary B. Fulfer and wife Sharon, sister-in-law Pam Kirby Smith and his cats Max and Tonks, several beloved cousins, extended family members and friends, especially his close friends at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Kaufman.
He was well loved and will be missed by all. Memorial donations may be made to the North Texas Food Bank https://ntfb.org/ or to your favorite charity.
A memorial service was held Dec. 21, 2020, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.