Bobby Ray Goldsmith, age 82, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Olney, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Olney with Kelly Russell, pastor of First Baptist Church of Vernon, Texas, officiating, assisted by Chad Edgington, pastor of First Baptist Church of Olney. Burial will follow in the Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.
Bobby was born Dec. 12, 1930, in Olney, Texas, to the late Robert M. and Verna (Young) Goldsmith. Bobby met the love of his life, Mary Lou Bracey, in 1946. They were married on Nov. 12, 1948, in Farwell, Texas. Together for 65 years, they raised a family based on love and Christian values. His greatest treasures were his family, church and friends. His mission in life was to leave a lasting legacy of life lessons, memories and love for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His eternal goal was to be united with many family and friends awaiting him in heaven. Bobby was better known to his family as husband, daddy and Papa.
Bobby was a lifelong resident of Olney. He managed and operated grain elevators in Olney and surrounding areas for 47 years. He worked at First Baptist Church for 23 years, and as a police officer for the City of Olney. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Olney, a retired member of the Olney Volunteer Fire Department and past chairman of the Board of the Knot-Hole Gang.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Milo, Billy, R.
V. and Freddy; and six sisters: Oleta, Juanita, Beatrice, Wanda, Wilma and Peggy.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Goldsmith of Olney, Texas; four daughters: Jannie Lou Snody and husband Gary, Barbara Cowart and husband Ronnie, Susan Piercy and husband Bryon, all of Olney, and Jo Ann Larimore and husband Stephen of Lubbock, Texas; nine grandchildren: Brad Snody and wife Melissa, Kandace Nash and husband Michael, Jennifer Vogler and husband Seth, Josh Cowart, Kristin Crawford and husband Chris, Sharla Larimore, Andrea Larimore, Justin Piercy, and Kolton Piercy; eight great-grandchildren: Travis Foster, Seth Nash, Crayton Nash, Easton Nash, Sloane Vogler, Cooper Crawford, Caleb Crawford, and Kaden White.
Family visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Olney, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lunnfuneralhome.com.