Gerald Sherman Smith
Gerald Sherman Smith
  • September 14, 1943 - December 5, 2016
  • Texas

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Gerald Sherman (Jerry) Smith, Jr. was born September 14, 1943 to Gerald Sherman Smith, Sr. and Edith Burkhalter Smith in Texarkana, Arkansas, both of whom have now greeted him into Heaven with open arms. He left this world on Monday, December 5, 2016 after a courageous battle with COPD.

Jerry is survived by his incredibly loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Jean, and their son Jerry-Mike of Texarkana, sister and brother-in-law Barbara Smith and Mike McClendon of Greenville, and brother-in-law Jerry Graves and his wife Ann. Jerry also leaves behind his grand-daughter Shannan LeAnn and three great grandchildren. He was the very special "Uncle Jerry" to loving nephews and nieces, including Buff, Jimmy, Shannon, and Edie; and will be missed by cousins, other relatives, and friends.

He attended school in Texarkana from Grim Elementary School through graduation at Texarkana Senior High School. He married Gloria Jean Graves in 1970, and God blessed them with their son Jerry-Mike in 1974.

He was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church and First Baptist Church. Jerry's 38-year career involved being a Yard Master for the Cotton Belt Railroad (later known as Union Pacific Railroad).

Jerry was an avid golfer. He was rightfully proud of his hole-in-one made at Oak Grove Country Club and another hole-in-one at South Haven Golf Course. Jerry had numerous dogs, cats, and goats which he loved and treated like part of the family.

Jerry was easy to love and fun to know.

The celebration of his life will be held at East Memorial Chapel-Moores Lane with Dr. Jeff Schreve officiating on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The family extends special gratitude to the sensitive and knowledgeable staff at Hospice of Texarkana on Galleria Oaks Drive, whose service to Jerry and his family went above and beyond the call of duty. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a memorial in Jerry's name to Hospice of Texarkana - a little piece of Heaven. Online tributes can be posted at