Jessie Lorain Kinard Smitherman
Jessie Lorain Kinard Smitherman was born July 15, 1929 to Issac and Nannie Viola Blazier Kinard in Palacios, Texas. She joined her halfbrother Cecil, and 4 sisters, Vietta, Arlene, Ruth and Elva Lee. She was later joined by a brother, Truett. She also had 3 older half-bothers and 2 halfsisters. They moved to Baytown area in her younger years. She had various jobs at a young age which included working in a candy store, also working her way up in the telephone office. She married Connie C. Smitherman on May 4, 1962 in Angleton, Texas. They made their first home in Clute, Texas. She worked hard as a homemaker with teenage boys and later a girl and another boy. She raised poodles at that time to help with income. Eventually in the early 1970’s they made their home outside of Franklin, Texas where she helped on the Ranch and all that entailed. She loved working in the yard and garden, and working with the animals. She was well known for growing African Violets, which she loved to share. She loved helping others and when she got tired of the country she would head out to visit one of her siblings. She was very active at First Baptist Church and the Golden Circle Class in Calvert, Texas. She is survived by Step children; Kathy Gregory and husband Kyle of Franklin, Mike Smitherman and wife Beverly of Centerville, Mark Smitherman and wife Debby of Rowlett, and Terry Smitherman and wife Sharon of Franklin, 2 Sisters; Arline Smitherman of Angleton and Elva Lee Darby of Baytown, 2 sisters in laws; Gladys Smitherman of Franklin and Shirley Kinard, a host of nephews and nieces, 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by; her parents, 4 half- brothers and 2 half- sisters, Sisters; Vietta Ratcliff, Ruth Tumlinson, Brother; Truett Kinard, Grandson; Lance Gregory and beloved husband of 24 years; Connie C. Smitherman Pallbearers: Mike Smitherman, Mark Smitherman, Terry Smitherman, Joe Smitherman, David Ratcliff and Kyle Gregory. Services were scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Calvert, Texas. Chris Lange officiated. Burial followed in the Franklin City Cemetery. A Visitation was held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at McCauley Funeral Home in Franklin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Franklin Cemetery Association or to the First Baptist Church, Calvert, Texas.