Melody Anne Smith, 77, of Lubbock passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Melody was born March 1, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas to the late Roy and Irene (Estes) Christensen. Melody married Billy Neal Smith on May 10, 1960 at the young age of 17. She was a devoted wife and one of her greatest joys was becoming a mother to Jeffrey, Kriston and Jonathan. She always longed for a baby girl to complete the family and was thrilled to adopt Tebogo (Tebby) Melody Smith from Botswana, Africa. Melody dedicated her life to her God and her family. She selflessly followed and supported her husband as he preached and ministered in Montana, Kansas, Africa, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Slovakia and Texas. While Bill was busy in the pulpit, she was ministering in her own way, teaching basic life skills and showing hospitality. She truly was a mother to all who knew her! Her humble and gentle spirit was evident in every area of her life…except her hugs! She hugged and loved fiercely! She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking, and most of all spend time with her family.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bill Smith; children, Jeff Smith and wife Stacy, Kris Smith and wife Barbara, all of Lubbock, Jonathan Smith and wife Andrea of Sherman, and Tebogo Melody Smith of Lubbock; grandchildren, Kristin Bundy, Daniel Smith, Logan Smith, Amy Jo Kinnaird, Jordan Smith, and Jeriko Smith; and great grandchildren, Jaxon, Brooklyn, and Tatum Bundy, Monroe, Pierce, and Ansel Smith, Townlie, Shiloh, Sutton, and Ellie Smith, and Theo Kinnaird.
A come and go visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Venue on Broadway with family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2020 at Venue on Broadway, masks will be required to enter. Please visit this web page to access the live video stream at the time of the service. A recording of the service will be available for 90 days after the service on our website.
Memorial donations can be made to DiscipleTrips (a mission organization founded by her son, Jeff), care of Sunset International Bible Institute (SIBI) at 3723 34th St. Lubbock, Texas 79410 or at discipletrips.com.
**We had audio difficulties throughout the livestream. We apologize that if you are watching the recorded version, you will hear static and back feed issues at various points.**