Rodney Smith

Rodney J. Smith

Saturday, July 26th, 1947 - Saturday, August 8th, 2020
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Rodney James Smith went to his heavenly home on August 8, 2020 surrounded by his family. Rod was the beloved husband of Christine Smith, loving father of Ryan, Andrew (Krystal), and Taylor, and devoted grandpa of Kinsley and Ashton. He was the brother of Terry Smith (Diane) and JoAnn O’Green (Brian). Rod was dearly loved by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Rod was born on July 26, 1947, to Gifford and Doris (Newstrand) Smith in Estherville, Iowa. He grew up in Iowa, where he graduated from Swea City Community High School in 1965. Rod received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Iowa State University, where he was a proud member of the Mu Chapter of Theta Xi Fraternity. Rod also subsequently obtained a certification in administration while working in Texas.

On December 22, 1973, Rod married Christine Ann Johnson of Ellsworth, Iowa. The couple resided in Gowrie, Iowa, where Rod was a high school English teacher, coach, and musical director for the Gowrie Community Schools. After moving to Texas, Rod taught for the Cedar Hill Independent School District before becoming an administrator with the DeSoto Independent School District. He spent the remainder of his career in DeSoto, first serving as an assistant principal at Desoto High School, then as principal of Amber Terrace Intermediate School, and finally as the Director of Purchasing for the school district.

Rod enjoyed spending time with family and friends, woodworking, gardening, fishing, and reading. His everlasting love and devotion to his wife, love for his family and friends, and faith in God are an inspiration to all.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Gifford and Doris Smith, and his nephew, Jeremy O’Green.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and out of an abundance of care and respect for family and friends, a public visitation will be held where visitors may visit with the family virtually from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Those who would like to attend the visitation may RSVP below, each 15-minute time slot will have a maximum of 15 family units, with one family unit entering at a time. A private funeral service will be held Thursday, with interment at Sardis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Kids Against Hunger, by clicking on the donation link below.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Tx 75165
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 |
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Johnny and Helen Murray

Posted at 12:02pm
You guys have the Murray family sincere condolences. This hit the heart. That’s how much we love all of you all. Chris, please stay strong and know we are here for you and your family. Love you all very much.

Johnny, Helen, LaTasha, Trey, Nautica, Cartier and Cavalli.

Julie Harley

Posted at 09:37pm
Oh, Mr. Smith, you took an insecure, damaged 16-year-old, and without even knowing you were doing it, helped her to believe in herself. She believed in herself so much, she became a high school English teacher like you, a play and musical director, a speech coach who has never forgotten the lessons you taught for writing an argument. She has passed those lessons on to her own pupils, and she will forever be grateful to have had you as her instructor and unwitting mentor. She may not have seen you since May 1977 when you and your wife came to her graduation party with a gift in the form of a bottle of pink lotion, but she has not forgotten the pink lotion nor the gift of self-acceptance you gave when she received feedback on her writing. To your family, she sends her deepest condolences. What a treasure you were to them and to your students! So rest peacefully, Mr. Smith. May the waters be calm and the big fish biting.

Jill Schaben

Posted at 07:57pm
Rod was the reason I got hired at Amber Terrace. He saw my application and that I graduated from ISU and he called me up and hired me by phone. He was a great principal and an even better man. My condolences. Jill Schaben

Margaret Oxford

Posted at 04:14pm
Thinking of you and your family for the loss of Rod. How we loved to hear Rod singing with Southern Cross at church! Please know we will have you in our prayers. Walt and Margaret Oxford

Jerry Winter

Posted at 09:56pm
Rod...a good friend, fraternity brother and fellow Iowa State Singer. I’ll always remember choir tours making great music and having a ton of fun. Always smiling and always such a supportive friend. No doubt he’s now singing in that heavenly choir and making great music. Hopefully they’ll go on tour also! 😇. RIP my friend. And save a spot for a baritone. 😲

Beth Carlon Posted at 01:42pm

Oh wow!! All the memories come flooding back and the tears flow. Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to you Chris and all of your family and friends. I know Theta Xi and all of Gowrie who knew him will feel the loss. Much love and prayers to you and yours.

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