El Dorado News

November 16, 2018
El Dorado News Times


This article was published November 25, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.


Willene (Jennings) Johnson Smith passed away November 23, 2017, at John T. Williamson Hospice House. Born on April 19, 1924, in Erick, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of William C. and Lillian Jennings. Having lived most all of her life in West Texas, she recently was moved from Carillon House in Lubbock, Texas, to Lifetouch House in El Dorado due to illness.

She grew up in Tulia Texas where she graduated high school then enrolled at West Texas State College in Canyon. When the war interrupted her college plans, she went on to serve for a time as a patriot for the U.S. Air Force in Colorado. Forty years later Willene completed her degree and worked as an elementary school special education Teacher in Tulia Texas, retiring in 1990.

During those forty years she married and raised a family while residing most of that time in Seagraves, Texas. After her husband’s passing in 1980, she moved back to Tulia where after nine years she remarried and moved to Dumas, Texas until her second husband’s death in 2007. Shortly thereafter she moved to Carillon House in Lubbock, Texas and resided there for the next 10 years. Most of all Willene was an example of Christ, serving as a dedicated Christian in the Lord’s army with the churches of Christ.

Those left to cherish her memory and example are three sons: Scott and wife Jane of El Dorado, AR, Danny and wife Elaine of West Monroe, LA, Bill and wife Kathy of Austin of Arkansas. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were Willene’s husband, Charles A. Johnson of Turkey Texas in 1980 and husband Ollie Smith of Dumas, Texas in 2007, her parents, 1 sister and 3 brothers.

Arrangements will be handled by Young’s Funeral Home. Services will be held at the Antioch Church of Christ in Spearsville, Louisiana with graveside service at 10 a.m. today and Celebration of life at 11 a.m., with meal following. Officiating will be Dr. David Langford of Lubbock and Dr. Jim Bullock of El Dorado under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carillon House 1717 Norfolk Ave. Lubbock, Texas 79416 or to The African Mission fund, C/O Quaker Ave. Church of Christ 1701 Quaker Ave. Lubbock, Texas 79416 or to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd. El Dorado, Arkansas. 71730

The family extends a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Life Touch Hospice Care.

An online registry will be available at youngsfuneralhome.com.

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