WILLIAM "BILLY" JOSEPH SMITH passed away on Jan. 20,
2014 at the age of 34 at his residence in Ranger, TX.
Billy was born on March 19, 1979 in Abilene, TX to
Thomas & Margo Smith. He played football for Abilene
High and Ranger High schools. He attended Ranger High
School in the Class of 1997 and was Mr. RHS his Senior
year. After high school he attended Vernon College
and San Angelo State. Billy was on the rodeo team
during college and had a passion for bull riding. He
would enjoy attending rodeos for the remainder of his
life. Billy loved music & enjoyed playing his guitar.
He was a devoted and loving son, caring brother and
doting uncle and was especially protective of his
little brother, Dustin.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his parents,
Thomas and Margo Smith of Ranger, sisters, Jennifer
Lyons and Kathy Smith both of Abilene, and DeDe Slemmons
(RHS-2000) of Ft. Worth, TX, brothers, Dustin Smith of
Ranger, and James Smith (RHS-2003) of Euless, TX and
four nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William
& Dolores Smith of Abilene, Santiago and Flora Pena of
Abilene, and brother-in-law Robert Lyons of Austin, TX.
Billy Smith was a wild mustang in life and now he can