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Merlene (Parker) Smith
June 7, 1947 ~ June 15, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Mrs. Merlene Smith was born June 7, 1947 to Herman Parker and Bertha Parker (Jarrett) in Jefferson Tx.
She attended Jefferson Public Schools. She accepted Christ at an early age and remained a
faithful member of the Corinth Baptist Church until her health declined.
Merlene graduated from Houston Tillison College and married the love of her life, O.C Smith in
1970, he precedes her in death. Merlene was loyal and dedicated teacher for JISD for over 25
years. She leaves to cherish her memory 2 loving children: LeTecia Marshall (Derrick) of Houston
TX., Rodrick Smith of Jefferson and 2 bonus daughters, Ursula Hygh, of Houston TX.,and LaSonia
Evans of Marshall TX. 7 beautiful grandchildren, Kentrell Smith of Dallas, Rodarius Smith of
Dallas, D’Shun Evans of Dallas, Jaslyn Smith of Houston, Brookelyn Marshall of Houston, Jarred
Hygh of Houston and Candice Hygh of Houston and a host of other relatives and friends.
Merlene is preceeded in death by her Mother Bertha Parker, brother Eddie Ray Parker Sr, Sister,
Barbara Parker, and 2 nephews, Rahdell Parker and Eddie Ray Parker Jr.
Funeral arrangements Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Merlene Smith,76, of Jefferson , TX will be held Saturday, July 1, 2023, at the Jefferson Junior High School Auditorium under the direction of Lewis & Walker Funeral Home of Jefferson, Texas. Interment will follow immediately after at Corinth Cemetery in Jefferson, Texas.
Merlene was born June 6, 1947 and transitioned June 15, 2023.