— Sealy Barton Smith, age 87, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Weatherford.
Service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel in Weatherford, with Rev. Weldon Dougherty officiating. Interment will follow in East Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is prior to the service on Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel.
Sealy was born Nov. 4, 1925, to D.V. and Elna Barton Smith in Santa Anna, Texas. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-24, flying 13 combat missions over Germany. Following the war Sealy returned to Texas, married and settled down to raise a family. He was a television station manager in Monahans for several years before becoming a Christian and entering the ministry. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview in 1965 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1970. Sealy pastored several Baptist churches in Texas, including Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Weatherford during the 1960s and ‘70s. He retired in 2004 from First Baptist Church in Brazoria, where he served as senior adult minister.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories daughter, Sharon Conway and husband, Chris, of Fort Worth; sons, Terry Smith and wife, Laticia, of Fort Worth, Greg Smith and wife, Donna, of Brazoria, and Ronnie Warren and wife, Penny, of Weatherford; daughter, Jayme Parks, of Lesterville, Mo.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Gayla Lynch and husband, Jon, of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Fayne Smith; parents, D.V. and Elna Smith; sisters, Katherine Hogan and Peggy McCoy; and brothers, Jim Smith and Ronald “Butch” Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the mission fund of First Baptist Church of Brazoria, P.O. Box 2007, Brazoria, TX 77422.
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