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February 21, 2014

Dorothy M. Smithhart


The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    Dorothy M. Smithhart was born Feb. 4, 1928 at St. Mary Hospital. She was the middle child of Ileda LaSalle Finney and John Lewis Finney. She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Feb. 20, 2014.

   Visitation will be on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM Monday, February 24, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2208 Canal Street, Port Acres with Rev. Jeff Bell officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, next to her deceased husband, Grady Smithhart who passed away on May 31, 1995.

   Dorothy was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX. Attended kindergarten, and elementary school at Franklin School, 3 years at Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson High School-where she graduated in May 1946.

   She and her husband, Grady were married in 1946 for 49 years. She was very active in her church, Calvary Baptist on Canal Street. She enjoyed singing in the choir, and enjoyed choir practice. She at one time was President of WMU (a woman’s missionary organization). Taught Sunday school at every age level- except never worked in the nursery-enjoyed working in Vacation Bible School for many years, where she took her 3 children and they always enjoyed Vacation Bible School. She loved going to church with her family and by herself when they all left home.

   She had a “Banana Pudding”, ministry where she cooked many puddings and took to people who were sick, or just come home from the hospital, also took food to people who were “Shut Ins” and could not get out, she always had prayer with everyone she ministered to.

   She was PTA Secretary when it was first formed at Dowling Elementary School. She promoted “Missions” in her church and was active in that. She loved her church and her Sunday School Class.

   She loved her family, she is survived by her daughter, Becky Myers and her husband, Clevan (Butch) of Orange, Texas; her two sons, Brent Smithhart and his wife, Laura of Port Neches, Texas, Scott Smithhart and his wife, Brenda of Silsbee, Texas along with her three grandchildren, Avery and Maddison Smithhart, Reece Smithhart and specially chosen granddaughter, Jessica Myers Hobbs.

She was predeceased by her mother, Ileda LaSalle Finney, father, John Lewis Finney, her two brothers, Herbert Ray Finney and Carl Owen Finney and her aunt Makel who raised her.

   She dearly loves her pastor Jeff Bell and his wife, Pam - and Pam’s family.

   She was a witness for her Lord and Savior.


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