David Smith, Jr.


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Clayton Funeral Home Pearland
5530 W. Broadway
Pearland, Texas, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Clayton Funeral Home Pearland
5530 W. Broadway
Pearland, Texas, United States

Obituary of David Smith, Jr.

David Lee Smith, Jr was born 15 August 1926 in Markham, Matagorda, Texas, weighing 5.5 pounds. He was the fourth child and second son of David Lee “Dave” and Ina Gullett Smith.  His siblings: Mary Lee, William Clarence “Brother” and Joyce Berith “Joy” were aged sixteen, fourteen and seven years old.


In May,1928 he moved from Markham with his mother and siblings to join Dave at the ranch he was managing in Pearland, Brazoria, Texas. David lived and thrived in Pearland for more than ninety years.  He left this earthly life on Sunday, March 3, 2019 encircled by his loving family.


David was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Frankie Walker Smith, his parents Dave and Ina, his siblings and their spouses: Mary Lee Smith Miller (Jack), “Brother” Smith (Katherine), Joy Smith Miller (Berry, Jr), two nieces, Ina Kathryn “Ikie” Miller, Mary Helen Miller, a nephew, Berry “Bo” Miller, III and a step-great grandson, Benjamin Davis.


He is survived by three daughters, Martha Smith-Singleton, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Susan Smith Lenamon (Ben) and Leah Smith Bateman (Dwight) all of Pearland.


Four grandchildren Amanda Davis Calhoun (Troy), Colorado Springs, Colorado, Terry David Davis (Molly), Traverse City, Michigan, Lacey Bateman Gartrell (John) and Dwight E “Chip” Bateman, Jr (Vanessa) all of Pearland.


Ten great-grandchildren: Tyler and Amelia Calhoun, Elizabeth and Luke Davis, Cooper, Leah and Lucy Gartrell and Beau, AnnMarie and Walker Lee Bateman.


While not sharing blood, but love, guidance and care he is also survived by five step-grandchildren: Leslie Lenamon Lauderdale (Paul), Martin Lenamon (Johnna), Leigh Lenamon Davis (Kenneth), Jennifer Singleton Neely (Bryan) and Sarah Singleton Westmont (Jeffery), their children and grandchildren.


Six nieces and nephews: Nancy Jeffries Morse, John Robert Jeffries, DeWitt Green Jr, George E Green, Catherine Green Taylor and Lucille Anthony Cox.


Visitation and services at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.claytonfuneralhomes.com.



5:30 – 8 pm , Wednesday, March 6, 2019



10 am Thursday, March 7, 2019


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to:


Send a story or memory of David to Leah Bateman by email or text


Pearland One Hundred Club

P. O. Box 100

Pearland, Texas 77588


Pearland Meals on Wheels

P.O. Box 1224

Pearland, Texas 77588


Christian Helping Hands

2402 Swensen Road

Pearland, Texas 77581

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