Harvin Ray Smith passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in Lubbock, TX. He was born Wednesday, November 11, 1925, to Joseph and Harriett (Jones) Smith, in Meadow, TX. Harvin proudly served his county, in the United States Navy, as a gunner, from 1944-1946.
Harvin graduated New Home high school, and later attended Texas Tech University, with his bachelor’s degree, then attended the University of Georgia, where he obtained his master’s degree. He married Adelle Wilson, September 1946. Harvin spent 35 years with the USDA-Cotton Division; he retired as Chief of Cotton Standards and Testing Branch in Washington, DC. After retiring, Harvin moved back to Lubbock and went to work for Texas Tech University, where he spent 12 years with the International/Textile Center; and retired as the Assistant Director. Harvin was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to National Advisory Committee of Cotton Marketing. While he devoted most of his time to cotton, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved his family and enjoyed music and talking on his Ham Radio.
Harvin was preceded in death by: his wife Adelle, a daughter, Rebecca Ann Smith, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. Those left to cherish his many memories are: his daughter, Bettie Castlebury, a son-in-law David Castlebury, a granddaughter Shelly Reigh and spouse Richard, a great granddaughter, Erin Reigh, great grandson, Trevor Reigh, and many nieces and nephews of Smith and Wilson families.
The family, of Harvin Smith, will greet friends during a visitation, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, from 9am-1pm, at Combest Memorial Chapel, 2210 Broadway St. A grave side service, with Military Honors (presented by the American Legion, Post 575, Lubbock) and Masonic Rite, is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 at 2pm, at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.