Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1939

RAYMOND SMOOT, 75, died in 1997 in Eastland, TX, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Ft. Worth, TX. Mr. Smoot was born in Ranger, TX & graduated from Ranger High School, Texas Wesleyan College and North Texas State University. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps' Company E, 28th Division in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. He married Frances Vick in 1950 in Fort Worth, and was a teacher and coach for 35 years in the Carbon, Birdville, John T. White, Smithfield, Newark, Olden and Moran school districts. He was a past commander of the American Legion post in Moran, and was a past master of the Masonic lodges in Smithfield, Moran and Ranger, a 32nd degree Mason and a past area deputy grand master. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New Boston, Shriner's Moslah Temple in Fort Worth, Scottish Rite, & Mesquite and Rusk Street Church of Christ. He had two daughters; Vicki Lea Smoot Smith of Muskeegan, MI, and Ginny Wilson of Fort Worth; two brothers, William N. Smoot of Rising Star and A.C. Smoot of Grapeland; six grandchildren; one great- grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Frances Smoot WIFE: FRANCES HELEN VICK SMOOT, 77, passed away on May 1, 2008 with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Ft. Worth, TX. Frances went to Baylor University College. She had lived in Ranger, TX and was a member of the Ranger Church of Christ. She was also known for her many activities in Eastland with the Eastern Star. She loved learning and teaching. She actually read the whole volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia. Teaching children at the school in Moran, TX, was her joy. Everyone who knew her knew what a big heart she had and how much she wanted to help those in need. Frances was a member of the Eastern Star in Ranger. She and her late husband, Ray, spent many vacations in her beloved Hawaii. Frances was a nurturing "Gran" to many and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her soul mate & the love of her life, Ray Smoot, and sister, Loys Smoot Baker. Survivors at the time of her death: Daughters, Vicki Pechacek of Bastrop and Ginny Wilson and husband, David, of Alvarado; grandchildren, Jason Pechacek and wife, Angela, of California, Jeremy Pechacek and wife, Rami, of Fort Hood, Clint Johnson and wife, Lauren, of New Jersey, Tessa Brown of Fort Worth, Nick Lantrip and wife, Cara, of Arkansas and Brittany Wilson of Alvarado; and five great-grandchildren. BROTHER: WILLIAM N."BILL" SMOOT, 88, died in June of 1997 at Brownwood, TX. Mr. Smoot had lived in Rising Star since 1940. He married Mary Wood in Baird in 1932, and he had served in the U.S. Army. He was an oil field worker and a farmer. He was a member of Pioneer Baptist Church. He had two sons, Bill D. Smoot of Oplin & Odean Smoot of Fort Worth; three daughters, Catherine Meador of Pioneer, Kay Thompson of Early and Barbara Henson of Cross Plains; one brother, A.C. Smoot of Grapeland; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren & five great-great grandchildren. Interment was in the Sabanno Cemetery.