Cecelia Ray Hall Smith, 69

Mrs. Cecelia Ray Hall Smith, age 69 of Talco died Monday, June 4, 2012.

She was a wonderful wife, mother and nanny to her family.  After fighting cancer for over a year she went home to the Lord. Cecelia passed away with family and friends by her side at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services will be 10 am Thursday, June 7 in Calvary Baptist Church in Talco with Rev Kerry Adamek officiating. Burial will be in Talco Cemetery under direction of Wood Funeral Home of Bogata. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Wednesday at the church.

Cecelia was born in Talco on December 16, 1942 to Ray and Christine Whitney Hall. She was born and raised in Talco and that is also where she met her husband, Gene. They were married December 9, 1960. Almost 52 years of marriage, she and Gene have had many endeavors from business to pleasure. She loved to watch her grandkids, crafting, sewing, cooking and shopping. Cecelia was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Talco where she loved to sing in the choir.

She is survived by her husband, Gene. They have two daughters, Kim Smith Hatley and husband, Kyle of Ben Wheeler, Texas and Rachel Smith Ward and husband, Marty of Bogata and have four precious grandchildren, Kaleb Hatley of Tyler, Kaysie Hatley of Canton, Dean and Marta Ward of Bogata. She is also survived by two brothers, Roger Hall and wife, Mary Lou of Talco and James Hall and wife, Betty of Minden, Louisiana; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Christine Whitney Hall on October 7, 1952; her father, Melton Ray Hall on August 14, 1989; her sister, Myrna Horton Lewis on December 3, 1999 and her grandparents, Charlie and Etta Whitney.

  1. Morris & Ruthann McWhorter says:

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this time

  2. She has a perfect body now, without pain and suffering, free from all the Cancer. She was a classy lady, Loving Wife, mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, and friend. But most important, Cecelia was a Christain. She said yesterday she was ready. She is celebrating now with our Mother and Father, Sister and Brother, as well as many others who were waiting for her home coming. This is not goodbye, Cecelia, but only you going before us till we say hello again. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Now celebrate your New one in God’s Kingdom.
    We Love you,
    Your Brother James & Betty

  3. Sue Ragsdale says:

    She and Gene were such a positive influence on young people, especially those around rodeo. Thank you for all you did to encourage kids, especially my daughter, Patti. Prayers for comfort.

  4. Patti Ragsdale Mayberry says:

    Praying for your family. Thank you for letting me be a part of you rodeo family. Love y’all.
    Patti

  5. The Elmore Family says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful lady! Our prayers are with you in your time of need… God Bless and comfort you all.
    Love lots,
    Shawn, Dawn, Josey & Casey Elmore

  6. Delana Hall says:

    I’ll remember her most for being in the kitchen . She was a good cook ! As a kid I thought she was tough . I love , loved her ! I’ll miss her ! Rest in peace .
    Love,
    Delana

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