E.N. (Smitty) Smith – September 26, 2011

E.N. (Smitty) Smith, 81, of Amarillo, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m, Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Temple Baptist Church with Reverend Chad Mantooth officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
E.N. was born, July 6th, 1930 in Aberdeen, Collingsworth County, Texas to Elmer T. and Jewel Norman Smith.  E.N. was born during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Era on the family farm.  He learned a work ethic and thrifty lifestyle from his hard beginnings that carried him throughout his life.
E.N. started school in Aberdeen and graduated from Samnorwood High School in 1947.  He later received his Associates Degree from Amarillo College.
E.N. married the love his life Jean Fulton Smith in 1953 and enjoyed 55 years with her as his best friend and partner.
He joined the Amarillo Police Department in Feb. 1953 as a beat cop walking the streets of downtown Amarillo.  He worked his way up the ranks, through five Chiefs of Police, and retired in 1981 as Captain of Detectives.  As a Police Officer he was known to be tough but fair, with no tolerance for dishonesty.  During his tenure E.N. gave special attention to child victims and those less fortunate than the average citizens that he served.
In his own unique way E.N. was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Jean.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Smith and wife Jancie of China Spring and Ken Smith of Amarillo.  Brother, Ike Smith and wife Pat of Amarillo, Sister Reta Conner and husband Billy of Shamrock.  Three grandsons, Travis, Austin and Dillon all of Waco.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Jean Fulton Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, at Amarillo ISD, Attn:  Business Office, 7200 I 40 W, Amarillo, TX 79106.

0 Replies to “E.N. (Smitty) Smith – September 26, 2011”

  1. Steve,
    So very sorry to read of your dad’s death. I know the feeling of no longer having parents around. If you haven’t already read, I’d highly suggest reading ENCOURAGEMENT FROM 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Don Piper. It will help ease the pain when you hear what a joyful and beautiful reunion your dad had the minute he got to Heaven. The emptiness for those of us on Earth will always be there, but we can be positive what a wonderful time our family members are having.
    My dad was head of Technical Security at pantext for years, and I’m positive I’ve heard him mention Capt. Smith with APD.
    If there is anything we can do for you in Waco, please let us know. Our prayers are with all of you.
    Mike and Melody Lee

  2. I was very saddened to have learned of the passing of your father. My sincerest condolences to Ken and his family. My family will be thinking and praying for you during this time.

  3. Your friends and family love you all dearly and share in your grief. Smitty was a wonderful part of your family’s life and will be missed.
    Jean, Jill, Jeff and Amy, and baby Wyatt.

  4. I was saddened to read of Capt. Smith’s passing. As a newspaper reporter covering the police beat in Amarillo in the 1970s I dealt with him often, and although we sometimes were at odds — as reporters and policemen sometimes are — he was always fair with me and often, whenever he could, took the time to explain things in detail. My condolences to his family and friends.

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.
    Doodle & Juanita Langley

  6. I was so sorry to hear that Mrs. Maples had passed away. She will always be Mrs. Maples to me — my fourth grade teacher. She left an amazing list of accomplishments behind not the least of which is her loving family. She will be missed.
    Thinking of her family during this difficult time.
    Kay Vickers

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