Jerry Gene Smith was born Dec. 24, 1953, in Madison County, to Lula Mae Smith and Winston Sandles. Jerry accepted Christ at an early age. He attended Marian Anderson School and later enrolled in Job Corps Program in San Marcos. Working as a skilled mechanic, he was employed by Luke Johnson Ford and Dave Ward Chevrolet. He later worked as a truck driver for Madole Rental. On Nov. 8, 1976, he married Jeanette Scott.
Jerry was preceded in death by both of his parents and grandparents, Algie and L.D. Smith. He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 41 years, Jeanette Smith; children, Corey Scott (Stacey), Reginald Scott (Debra), Cedric Smith (Sheleetres), Eric Hopkins, Derrick Hopkins, Sheila Harris (Mike), Kaneshia Smith and Montera Washington; brothers, James Smith, Matthew Williams (Linda), Robert Sandles (Mary), Larry Sandles (Jean) and Mike Merchant; sisters, Savanah Spencer, La June Irving (Marian), Denise Woodard, Linda Lee (Robert), Sherrie Merchant Scott (Ronald), Sharon Merchant Fisher (Elmer); and 29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by aunt, Martha Square; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Ross, Patty Scott, Gladys Scott, Laura Henry; brothers-in-law, George Owens (Denise) and Christopher Scott (Chenell) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Homegoing services for Jerry will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Bedias Baptist Church in Bedias. Pastor Elder James Davis will present the eulogy. Jerry's final resting place will be in the Lone Star Cemetery in Bedias.
Pallbearers will be Corey Scott, Courtney Scott, Reginald Scott, Marian Irving, Cedric Smith and Cedric Byrd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Scott, Mike Merchant, James Smith, Robert Sandles, Matthew Williams, Richland House, Larry Sandles, Wayne Turner and Casey Holliday.
Arrangements were entrusted to Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.