Aubrey Roe Smith went to meet his Lord on Aug. 28, 2007.

He was born to Roe and Juanita Eller Smith on June 13, 1923. He grew up and went to school in the Coleman area at Lost Creek.

When Aubrey was 16, he went on the wheat harvest with his dad and two brothers. During World War II, he was a foreman in a battleship yard in Oregon, where he met and married Helen Schein. To this union five children were born. After logging in Oregon for a couple of years, he returned to Texas, where he did concrete and construction work until 1953, when he purchased a farm in South Dakota. It was there he raised his family. In 1970 he moved back to Texas, traveling back and forth to South Dakota, farming with his son, until he purchased a gravel business in Conroe four years later. In 1980, he married Joyce Hanks. They enjoyed traveling and fishing together and playing games with friends and family.

In 2004 they moved to Brownwood and resided there until he went to be with the Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Harlan and Sharon Smith of Harrold, S.D., Yvonne and Mike Broadhurst of Bluffton, S.C., Bonnie and Ben Taves of Seattle, Wash., Barbara and Rick Leesman of Blunt, S.D., Vickie and Ray Mazurek of Brownwood, Brenda Hanks Bills and husband, Jimmy, of Lake Brownwood, and Randy and Marla Hanks of Abilene; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Sheffield of Austin and Jane and Kenneth Bennett of Harrah, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, seven brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Rice officiating. Interment will follow at Coleman City Cemetery in Coleman, Texas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Heartland Funeral Home.

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Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.