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In Memory of

Ben Smith

February 12, 1932 - April 25, 2017

Obituary


BEN SMITH
Robert Ben Smith passed away on April 25 at the age of 85 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was born February 12, 1932 at the home place in Mont Belvieu, (Barbers Hill) Texas. He was born to Henry Madison and Mamie Violet (Taylor) Smith. Ben married Jo Ann (Butler) Smith on October 3, 1957 in Conroe, Texas. Ben and Jo were both born, raised and retired in Mont Belvieu. After retirement in the 1990's they moved to New Braunfels.
Survivors, wife: Jo Ann (Butler) Smith, daughters: Vickie Ann Smith, Patti Kay (Smith) Sanders,...

BEN SMITH
Robert Ben Smith passed away on April 25 at the age of 85 in New Braunfels, Texas. He was born February 12, 1932 at the home place in Mont Belvieu, (Barbers Hill) Texas. He was born to Henry Madison and Mamie Violet (Taylor) Smith. Ben married Jo Ann (Butler) Smith on October 3, 1957 in Conroe, Texas. Ben and Jo were both born, raised and retired in Mont Belvieu. After retirement in the 1990's they moved to New Braunfels.
Survivors, wife: Jo Ann (Butler) Smith, daughters: Vickie Ann Smith, Patti Kay (Smith) Sanders, sons-in-law: Randy Sanders and Wes Shelton, Grandsons: Jeremy Ben Sanders and Eric James Sanders. One Brother: Henry Earl Smith (Joyce) and nieces Gayle Smith Harmon (Ricky) and Katrina Smith. Also Grand Dogs , Peanut, Butter, Jam and Jelly, many cousins, friends and adopted daughters, son and brother: Lisa, Veronica, Leslie, David G., Jim F. and many adopted families.
Ben graduated from Barbers Hill High School in the class of 1950, was drafted in 1955 into the Army and served in Korea at the end of the war. He returned home and worked for the Texas Highway Department and as a Safety Supervisor for Warren Petroleum, (Gulf Oil and Gas in petrochemicals area). During this time under the guidance of Dr. Finch and Rev. Glynn Ferguson he became one of the first EMT's (1972) in Chambers County and helped start the ambulance service on the Hill. Also served as a Special Deputy for Chambers County.
As a young man, Ben was taken under the wings of J. D. Griffith, Slim Troxell and the Barber Brothers. They taught him how to work and volunteer. At 19 he joined the Barbers Hill Vol. Fire Department and the volunteering began. Ben also served on the Mont Belvieu City Council. He played a big part in getting the first rec. center and swimming pool.
Ben was a member at a young age at FUMC Mont Belvieu and after moving to New Braunfels was a member at FUMC New Braunfels.
After moving to New Braunfels Ben was lost and needed something to do other than swim in the river. One day he met Chief Douglas and the NBPD came into his life. Many stories can be told about Ben, Marvin and Ralph driving and patrolling in the NBCPAAA car helping the NBPD. Ben also volunteered for the SOS Food Bank and the River Committee.
Ben always had a love for children. Never saw one he didn't say something to. Even found pictures of him while in Korea with Korean kids all around him. With this love, Cissy and some of the CPAAA decided the NBPD needed a "Blue Santa" for the Christmas Program helping children know that "Cops" are "Good Guys" their friends not their enemies, so Blue Santa came to life and 15 years later was still active.
At Ben's request the family asks in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NBPD "Blue Santa" Program or Mont Belvieu Police Department "Christmas Program". Checks should be made out to "Blue Santa" with "In Memory of Ben Smith" in memo line. Checks mailed to "Blue Santa" in care of NBPD, 1488 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or to Mont Belvieu Police Department "Christmas Fund", PO Box 1048, Mont Belvieu, TX 77580. Checks may be dropped off at the NBPD or MBPD during normal business hours. Or Charity of Choice.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of his life, under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2PM at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, TX and a reception to follow in Wesley Hall.