Funeral services for Lillie B. Clayton Smith, 104, of Kilgore, Texas, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Post Oak Baptist Church, with Rev. Preston Johnson officiating and Rev. Larry Washington as eulogist Burial will follow at Post Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Victory Funeral Services.
Lillie B. was born to the parentage of Elijah and Roxie Spencer Clayton on December 21,1914. She departed this life May 6, 2019 at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas.
At the age of seven in 1921, she retired the life of a cradle Baptist and united with Post Oak Baptist Church and remained a faithful member for the following 98 years until her demise. During her many years of service at the church, she served as the Mission Society President for twenty plus years, chaired the Youth Department and taught Sunday School. She and her husband were known throughout the East Texas Christian Community and beyond as they were frequent visitors and supporters at other churches and functions sharing their love of Christ.
She attended Post Oak public Elementary School and completed the ninth grade; which during that time was equivalent to high school graduation.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Springhill Chapter 471 and served as Worthy Matron for seventeen years. Her love of flowers led her to become a charter member of the Pioneer Garden Club that was later renamed for its founder, the Fannie Rausaw Garden Club. Later in her pastime; for many years she served as a volunteer at Laird Memorial Hospital in Kilgore, TX.
In 1933, she united in matrimony with Precious Smith and she and her son, Adolphus "Boy Blue" Brown, completed their family. They both departed this life before her, Precious in 1994 and Adolphus in 1984.
Her parents, husband, son, sisters, Gladys Lockhart, Tessie Mae Ingram, Inez Clayton and Carrie Nell Phillips, brothers, Jessie Clayton, Marshall Clayton, Walter Clayton and Willie Joe Clayton all preceded her in death.
She remains in the hearts of her sister,Velma Jean Moore of Marysville, CA and brother, Elijah Clayton, Jr. of Boise, ID, six living nephews with one, Sanders Carr, going above and beyond, 19 great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be Friday, May 17, 2019, from noon until 6 p.m. at Victory Funeral Services.
Mrs. Smith's guestbook and funeral media can be visited at www.victoryfuneral.com