Harry Lee Smith, 84, of Greenville, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at his home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Young Funeral Home in Greenville is assisting the family.
Mr. Smith was born July 17, 1936, in Greenville, “in a chicken coop,” to Wayne and Frances (Hubbard) Smith. He married Emma Jean Massey of Sorento in 1956, they divorced in 1980; and she preceded him in death in 2001. He later married Marilyn Langel on May 11, 1991, in Las Vegas, NV, and she survives.
A member of Greenville Jaycee‘s for many years, he received multiple awards, including the Rooster Award. He owned several restaurants and pizza shops over the years, including The Snack Shack, Elm’s Cafe, 0292 Pizza House and the A&W Root Beer Stand, which later became Harry’s Drive-in.
For 32 years, he drove a bus, and painted numerous homes and businesses in the area. He loved vintage cars, especially his 1965 red Mustang. He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting with family, as well as playing checkers with his grandchildren.
As he got older, he loved watching old westerns. He never met a stranger and had many friends. He always had a great story or joke to share. He was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed.
He and his wife, Emmy, had three children, Kathi (Dan) Barnett of Pottsboro, TX, Pam (Tim) Neary of McKinney, TX, and Andy (Dorie Fornero) Smith of Mercer, WI; and two grandchildren, Drew Michael Smith and Zachary Morton. After he married Marilyn, he gained, James Ridings and Richard (Barb) Ridings, all of Greenville and Brent (Kim Cruse) Langel of Donnellson; grandchildren, Adam, Richie, Kayla, Travis, Rachel, Megan and Lucas Ridings, and Amanda and Emilia Langel; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Serbantes of Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Don Newlin; and brother-in-law, Gene Serbantes.
Memorials may be made to the Bond County Humane Society or Meals on Wheels.
Online condolences may be left at www.youngfh.net.