The Rev. Phillip Maxwell Smith, 66, of Brownwood, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Denton. He was born May 30, 1941, to Palmer and Lula Maye (Rice) Smith in Longmont, Colo. He was married to Mary Smith on Dec. 15, 1960, in Amarillo.
He was a member of the United States Air Force serving in Vietnam. Mr. Smith attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has been a pastor at the First Church of Nazarene for 35 years. He was the former pastor of the Church of Nazarene in Denton, Gainesville, as well as in places in New Mexico and Arizona. He was the current pastor for the 1st Church of Nazarene in Brownwood, Texas. Mr. Smith loved to preach, and play golf. He loved his family and was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years. He was also the number one fan of her music.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Denton Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Denton Funeral Home Chapel with burial at 1 p.m., on April 10, at DFW National Cemetery. Dr. Duane Srader officiated.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mary; daughter, Gwen Boykin and husband Tony of Denton; son, Alan Smith and wife Janice of Denton; sister, Sharon Smith of Mansfield; brothers, Larry Smith of Gainesville and John Smith of Denton; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Vance Smith.
Services were under the direction of Denton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.