Homegoing services for Deborah Smith, 61, of Houston, were held Saturday, December 31, 2016. at the Crossing Community Church in Houston, Texas. Rev. Harvey M. Walker officiated the service. Interment followed in the Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Chazz Davis, Deshone Mitchell, Frederick Mitchell, Steven Mitchell, Andre Williams and Danny Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Denerick Brooks, Derek Brooks, Dariun Brown, John Otis Lacey, Carlton Morris, Jerry Posey, Al-Kahthar Saalam, Timothy Smithers, Jr. and Bobby Williams.
Deborah Lynn (Lacey) Smith was born to Joe Lee Lacey and Lilly Ruth Brown in Leon County, Texas on May 5, 1955. She gave her live to Christ at an early age at Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church in Third Ward under the leadership of Pastor Dempsey and Albertha Jones, who later became her godparents. She then joined the Crossing Community Church. She was a faithful member to the end.
Deborah graduated from Jesse H. Jones High School in South Park. She later attended Beauty College. She also worked as a very dedicated secretary. She worked as a waitress and cook in several restaurants. Deborah was well known for her cakes, lunches, dinners, fund raisers, home interior décor and Avon. She united in holy matrimony in 1975 to Frankie Joe Smith, her husband of thirty-six years. To this union, Reginald, Jermaine (deceased) and Ne-Undra Smith were born.
Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Frankie Joe Smith; both of her parents and son, Jermaine Smith. She leaves to cherish her memories two children, Reginald and Ne-Undra Smith; mother-in-law, Mae Edna Smith; brother, John Otis Lacey; sisters, Pamela Saalam (Al-Kauthar) and Wanda Brooks (Derek); four sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kaley, Kiarah, Khameron, Javon and Ja’Vante; great-grandchild, Niko; goddaughters, Angel Linsey and Marcie Harrison; godsisters, Delores S. Walker, Eddrena L. Davis, Jewel McBride, Sherolynn Graham, Linda Jones and Rhonda Mouton; special uncle, Wilmer Washington and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas was in entrusted with all arrangements. Please log onto www.waltersfuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial guestbook and leave condolences.