Sam Smith (1964 - 2012)

Sam Smith rode into heaven on Friday, May 18, 2012. Celebration of life: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at American Legion Post 516, 6801 Manhattan Blvd., Fort Worth. Sam meant many things to many people, but the one thing everyone shared in knowing him, is knowing that you were loved. He could light up a room with his smile, laugh, or a simple "Hey." You could go to him with any problem, concern, or to ask his advice and you knew he would give his honest opinion whether you liked it or not, but you always left with another perspective and felt better. He was the most loyal person anyone could ask for. His love for life and everyone in it was intoxicating. He never thought of himself as special, or someone who touched lives, but that's what made him so special. We are never ready to give up our loved ones, but must find peace knowing that Sam left this world truly happy. He was preceded in death by his niece, Angelina; grandfather; brother; and uncles. Survivors: His bride-to-be, June 9, 2012, Robyn Cullers; children, Kelvin Badillo and Courtnie Smith; sisters, Jessie Ramirez and husband, Miguel, Laura Pruitt and husband, Roy; mother, Katherine Drerup and husband, Gary; nieces, Yesenia and Elena; and countless family, friends and co-workers.

Published in Star-Telegram on May 30, 2012


June 01, 2012
To Robyn & The Smith Family,
I have been praying for you all. Sam was such a great guy. I am blessed to have known him. I had a bunch of fun with him and his cousins here in Springfield. May the memories of him ease your pain some. I will never forget you Sam!!
~ Theresa Stumper-Wallace, Springfield, Illinois

May 30, 2012
It's still hard to believe this is real. I love you and will miss all of our random conversations.
~ Kim Smith, Springfield, Illinois

May 30, 2012
Sam, I'm sorry your time on this earth was too short. I'm sorry we will not see you officially be the handsome husband to your beautiful bride but I know you're the husband of her heart. I love you Robyn. We miss you Sam.
~ Shelly Gragg, Portland, Texas

May 30, 2012
Sam I will miss you and everybody that knew you as a friend. I was happy to know you as a friend god bless you brother and may the angels watch over you.
~ Connae Smith, Benbrook, Texas

May 30, 2012
Sam we will miss you. You couldn’t ask for a better friend. Robyn and family my heart cries for you all.
~ Jimmie Jackson, Arlington, Texas

May 30, 2012
We love and miss you and will always remember the special times we had. You will always have a place in our hearts!!!
Love Gator and Betsy
~ Walter & Betsy Eaton, Gainesville, Missouri

May 30, 2012
Dear Sam,
Thank you for taking such great care of my baby sister, Robyn, all these years. I never saw her so happy or content as she was with you. I appreciate the long discussions about important topics with our children, Clarissa and Benjamin. They will miss their Uncle Sam. And from Bruce and I, you will be missed greatly at all the family gatherings to come.
~ Live to Ride ~ Ride to Live ~
Love Always From Your Sister-In-Law.
~ Jacque Young, Edmond, Oklahoma

May 30, 2012
I continue to be in shock! I've known Sam for most of my life and have so much respect and admiration for him. Saying that I will miss him doesn't begin to describe the loss I feel inside. I will think of him often and remember him as a great friend.
To Robyn, Courtnie and Kelvin, Jessie and Laura and the rest of Sam's family and friends, my thoughts are with all of you. Through Sam, I feel like I know so many of you!!
If there truly is a heaven after earth, then that's where Sam must be watching over all of us until we meet again.
~ Lynn Paice, Chatham, Illinois

May 30, 2012
R.I.P. dear Sammy! Say hello to all of the family members!
Love Cindy U.
~ Cindy Urban, Wiggins, Colorado

May 30, 2012
My dear Robyn,
I am so sorry for your loss and yes Sam was a great guy. He will be missed. If you need anything let me know, I love you
Cheryl Hooten

May 30, 2012
I love you Sam! I still cannot believe you are gone but am so blessed to have had you in my life. I miss you so much! I love you honey and always will!
~ Robyn Cullers, North Richland Hills, Texas

May 30, 2012
I'm the mom to one of Sam's co-workers, Debbie Taylor, and I didn't know Sam but heard very nice things about him from Debbie. It seems everyone thought so much of him.
My heart goes out to you all, Louise Martin

May 30, 2012
Sam would give more than advice; he would give you his help. He labored with me after work for a couple weeks and one time all night. We rode many miles together and you could always count on him to be there. Laughing and smiling.
~ Ben Ray, Grapevine, Texas

May 30, 2012
You will live in my heart and mind, always!
~ Mary Armstrong, St. Louis, Missouri

May 30, 2012
I love you my big brother!!!
~ Jessie Ramirez, Rowlett, Texas

May 30, 2012
I will miss you. As long as I live
Love you brother.
~ Bob ( pistol bob ) Eaton, Arlington, Texas