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Paul Smith

November 7, 1933 — February 11, 2024


Paul Smith, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his residence in Nederland, Texas on February 11, 2024. He was surrounded by his loving family during his final moments. Paul lived a remarkable life filled with dedication, service, and a passion for craftsmanship.

Born in Port Arthur on November 7, 1933, Paul was the son of Mildred (Hatcher) Smith and Romie Smith. As a young man, Paul showed incredible skills in the field of electrical work. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School and Lamar University, he embarked on a successful career that spanned 35 years at DuPont. Paul served as an electrical supervisor and left an indelible mark on the company through his knowledge and leadership.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Paul Smith proudly served his country in the United States Army. His courageous spirit and commitment to duty exemplified his dedication to serving others. Paul was a member of First Baptist Church of Nederland.

Beyond his work life and military service, Paul had numerous hobbies and interests that brought him immense joy. He possessed a remarkable talent for woodworking and could craft almost anything at his family's request. From building houses and cabinets in his younger years to creating tables for his grandchildren and other treasured mementos, Paul's craftsmanship was truly unparalleled.

An admirer of the outdoors, Paul found solace in gardening and tending to his beautiful flowers. His green thumb created awe-inspiring gardens that were a testament to his love for nature.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Wanda Louise (Sanderson) Smith, who stood by his side through thick and thin. Their unwavering love and support for each other were the foundation of their beautiful marriage.

His legacy lives on through his daughters, Sheila Smith Abshere and husband Norman of Port Neches, Texas, and Suzanne Frazier and husband Ricky of Fannett, Texas. Paul was a cherished grandfather to Lacey Lynch and her husband Philip of Houston, Texas, as well as Bret Frazier and his wife Regan of Fannett, Texas. Paul's great-grandchildren were truly the lights of his life. He adored spending time with Hallie Lynch, Jude Lynch, Quinn Lynch, Sloane Lynch, Lyla Frazier, Ivy Frazier, and Hank Frazier. Their laughter brought him immeasurable joy, and he cherished every moment spent with them.

In addition to his immediate family members, Paul is survived by his twin sister, Pauline Uloth of Dallas, Texas, who shared a lifelong bond with him. He is also survived by his brother, Glen Smith and wife Jean of Dallas, Texas. Paul leaves behind a multitude of nieces and nephews whose lives he touched in countless ways.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service to begin at 2:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Nederland in the Fellowship Hall. 

In lieu of flowers the family request Memorial Contributions be made in honor of Paul Smith to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142. Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to Discover Church Second Sunday Serve; 9713 Falls Dr., Beaumont, TX 77705 or

Paul Smith's kind heart, unwavering dedication to family and friends, and strong work ethic will forever be remembered by those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. His craftsmanship lives on through the numerous projects he completed over the years.

As we bid farewell to this extraordinary man who touched so many lives during his 90 years on Earth, let us remember the love he shared with all those around him. May his soul find eternal peace as we honor his memory with gratitude for the joy he brought into our lives.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, February 18, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Baptist Church of Nederland in the Fellowship Hall.

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Memorial Service

Sunday, February 18, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

First Baptist Church of Nederland - Fellowship Hall

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