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Winford B. Smith

Winford B. Smith, 90, of Orange, Texas, passed away on June 19, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Born in Lindsay, Oklahoma, on May 16, 1930, he was the son of George and Alice Smith. Winford was a member of First Baptist Church in Orange. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, serving the rank of Master Sergeant. Winford was a long-time member of the Texas Restaurant Association. He began his career in Lake Charles at Magabar.  In 1963, Winford joined the restaurant business and was the regional manager of the Pitt Grill Restaurants in the states of Texas and Louisiana.  In 1972, he was co-owner of Gary’s Coffee Shop Restaurants in Orange, Bridge City, and Vidor.  Winford and his wife, Mary Jane, became the owners in the late 1980’s. He was a very kind and loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandparent, great-grandparent, boss, and friend.  He loved spending time with family, working outdoors on his land and in his gardens, and with his cows, horses, and dogs. Winford will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Jane Evans Smith; his parents, George and Alice Smith; and his siblings, Olivine Smith Indermuehle, Faye Smith Burton, Joseph B. Smith, Hulan Smith, and Geraldine Smith Hicks.

He is survived by his children, Kathy Klinkhammer, and husband Fred of Houston, Jan Rice and husband Leonard of Austin, and Martha Dickey of Orange; his grandchildren, Brent Dickey, Kayla Dickey Little and husband Joey, Trey Rice, Dustin Rice and wife Callie, and Kendall Klinkhammer; his great-grandchildren, Braydon Little, Lorn Little, and Dax Dickey; and his siblings, Ralph Smith, Jim Smith, and Mary Smith Botkin.