Ted Durwood Smith
Jan. 2, 1927 - July 16, 2011
PALMER - Ted Durwood Smith passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, July 16, 2011. Ted was born in Palmer on Jan. 2, 1927. Ted graduated from Palmer High School and furthered his education at Drawns School of Business in Dallas.
He served his country faithfully in the Merchant Marines and the United States Army. He was married, had two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Ted began work in the field of insurance with Reserve Life Insurance in 1954.
He worked there 20 years beginning in the mail room and rose to the title of Vice President of Governmental Affairs. After leaving Reserve Life Insurance, he purchased American Health and Life Insurance Company, later renamed American Health and Accident, which he managed until it was sold in the early 1980s.
Realizing his love for people and the business community, he decided retirement was not an option.
He then began his career in banking, owning and managing Commercial State Bank, Heritage Bank and Vintage Bank, before retiring due to health concerns at the age of 82.
Ted was an honorable businessman and helped countless people during his service in community banking. Mr. Smith’s business card read “Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Fair.”
Ted was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Palmer, Golf Club of Dallas (formerly Oak Cliff Country Club) and the Cowboy Church of Ellis County. He loved the game of golf, and was an avid golfer. Ted was devoted to his family and friends, his family loving referred to him as “Godfather.”
Ted loved the Lord, his church and was a student of the Bible. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. The request of his family and friends is to hold the memory of Ted, his love, honesty, integrity, charity and character, close to their hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, 2374 West Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167, or The Golden Circle, P.O Box 547, Ennis, TX 75120 in Ennis. A memorial Service will be held Friday, July 22, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Waxahachie. www.jekeevermortuary.com.