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Walter Bell  (Weenie) Smith, Jr.

Memorial for Walter Bell (Weenie) Smith, Jr.

Born in Austin, Texas on Aug. 1, 1937
Departed on Mar. 11, 2009 and resided in Oakland, IA.
Visitation: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009
09:00 am - 9:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Walter Bell Smith, Jr. (Weenie) was the third child born to Walter Bell Smith, Sr., and Laura Ann Davis Smith on August 1, 1937 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Walter was raised in Austin, Texas by his grandparents Caldwell and Dollie Smith. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father and two daughters.

Walter received his education in the Austin Independent School District and later earned his GED and also an Associate's Degree in the State of Iowa.

Walter professed a hope in Christ at an early age at St. Peter's United Methodist Church. Even though he never moved his membership while living in Iowa, he was involved in Christian programs including writing and preparing church bulletins.

Walter was married to Melva Jean (King) Smith and to this union there were three children, Allen, Janice, and Freddie Leon Smith.

He later married July Lynn (Lewis) Smith and they had one, Tyrone Smith. Walter also had another daughter named Pamela Thomas.

Walter worked at several trades while living in Iowa, to mention a few: one was as a general contractor; another was involved with the Leader Dog Program at Rockwell City where he was often referred to by the staff and his friends as the "dog Whisperer". He trained many dogs including one named "Moser" that is brother adopted and brought back to Texas. He also worked in a factory building bird houses and sent a couple to his sister in Texas; and he also worked as an electrician's assistant. Walter built a replica of a Fort made of logs near the Mississippi River. The Fort still stands today, and he was very proud of this project.

Walter can be remembered as a quiet, gentle man with a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humor. His family meant the world to him and him to them. He always enjoyed visits from them as they traveled from Texas to visit, especially those visits of his ninety-four year old mother.

Walter entered into eternal rest peacefully on March 11, 2009 at the Iowa Medical Center surrounded by dedicated hospice volunteers and his close friends that included his dear friend Dennis.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Laura Ann Silver; three sons, Allen Smith and Freddie Leon Smith of Austin, Texas and Tyrone Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Obrey W. Smith and sister Lois Smith Williams; He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; one special Uncle Robert C. Smith and one dear Aunt Vivian Smith, all of Austin, Texas.

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