Wayne Story Smith, Jr., 80, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marty Hamrick officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Wayne was born May 16, 1931, in Waco to Wayne Sr. and Juanita Neis Smith. He was the grandson of the Rev. Mac Maulove and Ada Story Smith who was an early day Methodist minister in the Northwest-Central Texas Conference.
Wayne married Fairy George on Jan. 1, 1957, at the First Methodist Church in Gordon. Wayne and Fairy became the parents of Jean Ann, Mike and Russell Smith.
Wayne served his country in the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army at Ft. Riley, Kansas as an instructor during the Korean War, attaining the rank of First Sergeant. After the war, he attended school at Tarleton State and graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering at Texas Tech in 1959. Fairy and Wayne moved to Amarillo in 1959, where he worked in the tool design group at the Pantex plant until his retirement in 1992.
Wayne was an active member of Polk Street United Methodist Church where he served on the Church Council, formerly the administrative board, and as a member of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference for several years. He belonged to the American Association of Mechanical Engineers, Texas Tech Ex-Student’s Association, Panhandle Historical Association and was active in support of Amarillo Symphony and Opera. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trout fishing and woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws; and two children.
Survivors include his wife, Fairy Smith; a son, Mike Smith; four grandchildren, Jenifer Tatum and husband Rene, Stephen Tatum, Lyndsay Smith, and Mary Katherine Smith; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Smith; a son-in-law, Mark Tatum; and a brother-in-law, Joe George.
The family suggests memorials be to Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 South Polk Street Amarillo, TX 79101; or to a favorite charity.