James Eugene Smith
James Eugene "Pokey" (aka "Red") Smith, 60, of Santa Fe, TX, passed away February 20, 2018 so that he could finally end the argument with his wife of where to eat. He married Claudia in 1994. They had a deeply devoted marriage and a relationship like no other. He was born and raised in Texas City and served in The United States Navy.
Although a man of many names, his most fond title was "Papa". Pokey loved his children and was an extraordinary grandfather. He took pride in passing on his wisdom of fishing, guitar lessons, and taste in music. Before he left, he noted that his only regret was not being able to teach his great grandchildren how to fish. Those who knew him were jealous of his exceptional ability to find a comfy place to nap. If he was not fishing or napping, he was scouring Galveston county trying to find a missing part to finish his current car or motorcycle project. "Chicken Tuesday" was perhaps Pokey's favorite day of the week, and he would happily share his fried chicken with anyone willing to sit down and listen to a good story. Pokey also enjoyed long phone conversations with family and friends, Pall Mall cigarettes, Dr. Pepper, guitars, and guns. Until his death, Pokey held the title of "easiest-man-to-shop-for"; all he ever asked for was a pack of Hanes socks.
Pokey is survived by his wife; children Amber and Beau (Monique); brother Bill (Becky); sisters Doris (Wade) and Bea (Anthony); grandchildren Taylor (Aaron), Kenzie (Jeremy), Gage, Ember, and Amon; great grandchildren Lenny and Jace; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends Mike, Dan, Shelly, Jerrell, Jake, Glen, Debbie, John, Scott, and Chris.
As Pokey wished, his body was donated to The University of Texas Medical School and a memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer.
A special thank you to Texas Home Health for their patience and understanding, and Texas Home Health Hospice for their care in our time of need.