675. Barbara Anne Beard (Private).
Morris Granville Smith
Morris Columbus Smith and Clara Berridge) was born on
27 Sep 1919 in Fordtran, Victoria County, Texas. He died on 20 Feb 2011 in San
Juan, Texas. He was buried in Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen, Texas.
Granville Smith, long time resident of San Juan, passed away Sunday February
20, 2011. He was born in Fordtran, Texas in 1919 and moved with his parents to
San Juan in January 1920. Granville graduated from P.S.J.A. High School in 1938
and began a career as a full time farmer. He enlisted in the Army-Air Corps in
January 1942 and served until being discharged in 1944 when he returned to farming.
In 1951, Granville married Barbara Beard, a school teacher from Alpine, Texas.
Along with farming, they enjoyed many years of ranching at the Buena Vista in
the Hill Country, near Boerne. Granville was an active member of the San Juan
People's Covenant Church for over 50 years and served on its official board several
times. He was also a 65 year member of the San Juan Masonic Lodge #1173, was
a 32 degree Shiner for over 50 years. Granville also loved and enjoyed sports,
especially hunting and fishing, and he did both until a few years ago. Granville
was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lois and Alta and brother Donald.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara; nieces Jackie (Aaron)
Cruz, Marcia Lucas and Jennifer Lucas; nephews, Jimbo Beard, Wayne Hoffmeyer,
and Ken Browning, Jr.; and many great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Granville was a friendly person with a wonderfully optimistic outlook. He loved
sharing his produce of vegetables and fruit will all his relative and friends.
His greatest pleasure at Christmas was the picking, cleaning, packing and shipping
of fresh Valley Grapefruit and Oranges to these friends and relatives.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 5 to 7 PM
and the services will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10 AM. Both will
be held at Kreidler's Funeral Home, 314 North 10th Street, McAllen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the People's
Covenant Church, Post Office Box 124, San Juan, Texas 78589.
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