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Horace Burgess Smith

Horace Burgess Smith

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June 12, 2013
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Horace Burgess Smith, 67, of Floresville, Texas, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in the home of his mother, Verna Hood, in Floresville. He was born June 9, 1945, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., to Fred Levi Smith Jr. and Verna Irene Van Pelt.

Horace was self-employed and a member of the Church of Christ. He married Karen Moore of Klamath Falls, Ore., and they were the parents of four daughters. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. After serving his country, he and his family moved to Sitka, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Fred W. Smith and James Hagan Smith; stepfather Bill Hood; and his grandparents, Fred Levi Smith Sr. and Jimmie Louise Hagan and Frank Van Pelt and Nancy Ellen Gist.

Horace is survived by his four daughters, Verna Fern Peterson and husband Loren of Sitka, Alaska; Kristine Jorgensen and husband Loren of Anchorage, Alaska; and Gerri Butner and husband Allen, and Jeanny Wharton and husband Mark, all of Juneau, Alaska; 10 grandchildren, Dwayne Smith, Kevin Peterson, Margaret Peterson, Loren Peterson, Brad Butner, Tera Butner, Mariah Butner, Ryan Wharton, Eli Wharton and Samuel Wharton; three great- grandchildren, Jayce Smith, Kamia Smith, and Liam Smith; his mother, Verna Van Pelt Smith Hood; sisters Nancy Carnes and husband Tom of McCoy, Barbara Leonhardt of Floresville, Alice Navarro of Pontotoc, Miss., and Tina and Jeff Sutpkin of New Albany, Miss.; brother Charles Smith of Floresville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate his life was held on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville, officiated by Elder Gordon Lindley of the Church of Christ.

Interment followed in the Floresville City Cemetery in Floresville.

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