Norman Karl Smith, 87, of Baytown, Texas went home to his Lord and Savior on January 25, 2020. He was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania to parents O.M. and Evalyn Smith on March 9, 1932.
After graduating high school, Norman joined the US Army and honorably served his country during the Korean War in the 3rd Infantry Medical Battalion in the 8th Army. After the war, he and his wife, Molly, moved all over the United States with his jobs as a mathematician in the computer science engineering industry. Along the way they had 7 children. He and his wife have been members of St. Joseph Catholic Church for over 20 years. Norman lived his life as a devout Catholic and faithfully served as lector for daily mass. The two most important things in Norman's life were God and his family, whom he loved with all his heart. He took great joy in traveling the world and visiting family, with the love of his life, Molly, by his side through it all.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; daughter, Lori Smith Zirkel; grandson, Riley Brennan; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Smith.
Norman is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Molly Smith, and their children: Norman Karl Smith II and wife, Erin; Erich Smith and wife, Cynthia; Nancy Brennan and husband, Tim; Andrew Smith and wife, Asli; Anna Tally and husband, Jack; David Smith and wife, Cintia. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren: Danielle, Zachary, Norman Karl III and wife, Myia; Matthew, Nathan, Jennifer, William and wife, Vickie; Jason and wife, Kristina; Andrew, Marian, Alexandria, Tyler, Kristina, Henry, Hannah, George, Klara, Jillian, Ian, Nicholas, Samuel, Wyatt, Liam, Holland, Brinley, Clayton, and Avery. Along with Norman’s youngest brother Donald, sister-in-law Peg, and numerous nieces and nephews, all who knew and loved him will miss Norman, but he will live on in their hearts and memories.
The family will welcome friends for visitation on Thursday, January 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a mass on Friday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Baytown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s memory to St. Joseph Church.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
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