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.