Former Alice Citizen of the Year Gordon “Bud” Hanley Smith, Jr. died Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
Smith, known in the Alice community simply as Bud Smith, was 89. He was an avid hunter and golfer and enjoyed watching sports on TV, although his favorite sports teams were the Texas Longhorns and the Alice Coyotes. In fact, those attending his services are asked to wear his favorite color — burnt orange — for the Longhorns and the Coyotes.
However, Smith was widely known in Alice and South Texas for giving to his community.
Smith served as director of Alice Chamber of Commerce, President of Jim Wells Master Planners Assoc., Urban Renewal Board, President of Alice Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, Elder & Trustee of First Presbyterian Church, Board of Governors Alice Country Club, Board of Directors Alice Camp Fire Girls, member of the Alice Chapter of the Texas Exes Association, charter member of Coyote Cooks and manager/director of Alice Food Pantry for 20 years.
In 2001, Smith was named Alice Citizen of the Year.
Smith was manager and part owner of Factory Outlet Building Materials and SE Builders for 32 years. He was an organizer and charter member of the Board of Directors for First Community Bank of Texas, began his second career as Business and Development Consultant for First Community Bank of Texas in 1997 and served faithfully until his death.
He survived by his wife of 69 years, Jimmie Alice Moseley, and three daughters, Bonnie (Dennis) Whitley of Alice, Carrie (JN) Wall of Houston, and Alice (Kurt) Rosenhagen of Nassau Bay. He also had seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Alice Volunteer Services/Alice Food Pantry, PO Box 1966, Alice, Texas 78333, First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 986, Alice, Texas 78333, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Bud Smith.
Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice.