August 26, 2008


William B. "Bill" Smith


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William B. (Bill) Smith died in Midland, Texas on Sunday, August 24, 2008. He leaves behind many close friends, former students, fellow lawyers and judges.


Smith was born in Cleburne, Texas, and lived there until he graduated from high school in 1942. He then attended Texas Christian University and graduated from there in 1946. While attending college he met Dorothea, the love of his life, to whom he was married in December 1947. Upon graduation in 1948, he and Dorothea served as educational Methodist missionaries in La Paz, Bolivia for 21/2 years.


They returned to the United States in 1950, and moved to Jal, New Mexico where Bill taught school and coached Junior High football. The name of his team was the “Jal Rinky Dinks.” He was extremely successful in coaching and loved teaching junior high students the fundamentals of football and life. While living in Jal, Bill attended the University of Texas in Austin during the summers to study law. Bill became a lawyer in 1957 and they moved to Midland. From 1960 to 1964 he was the Assistant District Attorney for Midland County, Texas, working under the tutelage of the late Judge Joseph Mims. In 1965, Smith opened his own law office.


You may view Smith's obituary here, in the Midland Reporter-Telegram's website.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Midland College Foundation have been suggested. If you wish to make an online gift to Midland College in his memory, visit Give a Gift, or you may mail your donation to:


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