Posted: Wed 2:09 PM, Apr 17, 2013
Funeral Home: Gatewood and Sons Funeral Chapel
Mr. Houston K. Smith Sr. departed from this life when God saw he had fought the good fight, so He sent His Angels on April 13, 2013, to welcome him home.
Houston professed hope in Christ at an early age. He was born in Celine, Tenn., to Dixon and Mary Alice Smith (both deceased) and later moved to Franklin. Houston was the second from the oldest child to Dixie Rose Bracken, who preceded him in death, along with Donnie Horne and James H. Smith Sr.
He was a former employee at Dayton Walter Corporation for almost 25 years as a Master Machinist. Later in his professional career, Houston worked for Sunbeam Corporation as a machinist where he made several friends. Subsequently, after a hard-working career, Houston retired from NASCO after almost 15 years. Houston had a love for music; everyone knew him as DJ “BIG HUE.” He also played music for churches pro bono because of his love for music. He was an inactive member of Mason Lodge of Franklin, past member of Gentlemen Unlimited Club of Franklin and past member of Par Marker Club of Bowling Green. Also, Houston owned and operated his own janitorial service.
He leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife of 37 years, Sharnell Jewell Brown; six children, Houston Kyle Smith Jr., Kimberly Smith Anderson (Terry), Derrick Smith, Tyson Jewell (Cassandra), Thomas Brown and Lisa Jones; four sisters, Alice J. Tarrence of Franklin, Pamela Rhymes (Terry) of Paducah, Patricia A. Tardy and Tanya C. Grainger of Franklin; two brothers, Ricky B. Smith of Auburn and Thomas L. Smith (Darlene) of Hopkinsville; 11 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at State Street Baptist Church, 340 State St., in Bowling Green. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Taylor Chapel A.M.E. Church, 503 Clay St., in Bowling Green. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gatewood and Sons Funeral Chapel, 618 W. Main Ave., Bowling Green.