Raymond ‘Ray’ Smyth III
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Cook Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 N. IH 35 EF, Pflugerville, TX 78660. The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Bertram Church of Christ, 535 N. West Street, Bertram, TX 78605.
Ray was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Raymond Smyth Jr. and Mary Boyle Smyth. He was the eldest of 10 children. At the age of 18, Ray enlisted in the United States Air Force and served eight years. While he was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base, he met his future bride, Carol Mayes. A whirlwind courtship preceded their engagement and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2015.
Ray was honorably discharged from the Air Force and enrolled at Southwest Texas State University where he earned a degree in accounting with honors in three years. While enrolled in college, Ray and Carol welcomed their first child, Stacey. Five years later, they welcomed their second child, Raymond Christopher “Chris.”
Ray worked as an accountant for Price Water House, spent the next 25 years at The Jagger Company, and then continued to work as a financial advisor for American Express until his retirement in 2000. Ray loved God and his family dearly. He was known for his witty sense humor.
He struggled with health issues starting in 1995, which eventually led to kidney failure. Several surgeries later, he was prepped for his first kidney transplant, which he received from his brother, Michael. Michael’s kidney sustained Ray for 12 years when a second kidney transplant was necessary. Kidney number two was provided by his sister, Elizabeth Scholz. The running joke amongst the family is Ray’s mom and dad only wanted one child, but had nine additional for replacement parts.
Throughout all trials concerning his health, Ray never lost his sense of humor. He even asked the doctor, prior to a recent knee surgery, if he would be able to talk during the procedure since it was light sedation. The doctor informed him, it wouldn’t be that he couldn’t talk, but the doctor would not allow him to tell jokes in the operating room.
Ray served as an elder at the Cameron Road Church of Christ for many years. After moving to Liberty Hill, Ray and Carol became faithful members of Bertram Church of Christ. They treasured friendships. Some date back more than 50 years. The entire Smyth family is grateful for the many friends who continued to visit Ray throughout his hospitalizations.
Ray was preceded in death by his mother and father along with one brother, George.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Carol, daughter, Stacey Smyth Hall, and son, Chris Smyth (Dana). Grandchildren Carollin Hall Cavil (Blake), Daniel Joseph (DJ) Hall, Faith Adeline Smyth and Parker Leigh Smyth. Sisters and brothers, Mary Master (Frank), Helen Holland (Jim), Anne Kubach (Rick), Joseph Smyth (Cyndy), Elizabeth Scholz (Bob), Michael Smyth (Cathryn), Kathy Smyth and Jean Benson (Mark).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ray’s name to R.O.C.K. (Ride on Center for Kids) a 501c.3 nonprofit located in Georgetown, Texas (www.rockride.org). R.O.C.K. provides equine therapy which serves ages 2-88 including veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
A special thank you to our mom, Carol, for the love and sacrifice she showed dad over the last 49 years. God gives the quantity of time here on earth, but mom enhanced his quality of life with the care she provided. For that we will be forever grateful.