Helen Marie Smallwood went to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Heritage House in Paris, Texas. Funeral services are set for 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at East Paris Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Fortenberry and Rev. Mike Shupp officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday at the church. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Helen, who was born in Miller, Oklahoma on February 22, 1918, had entered her 100th year of life. She was one of eleven children. She faced challenges in life such as the unfortunate passing of her father when she was only six, yet she was always a shining light for family and friends, a reminder always of how to make the most out of life.

She lived a happy childhood with her widowed mother and ten siblings. Depression era times were hard and all family members struggled to make do and contribute. She attended Moyers High School, in Oklahoma, until the family relocated to Lamar County, Texas. At age sixteen, she met her future husband, Jim Smallwood, married him at age seventeen, and they built a life of sixty-one years together. They first lived in the Camp Maxey area until the camp was built, then moved around Lamar County until settling in Paris, Texas in 1950. Helen was a true “mover and shaker”. With a husband and seven children, she was always busy and never stopped working and caring for her family. Later, when her youngest child started high school, she, at the age fifty-three, began her last public job with Campbell Soup, Co. Her busy schedule got busier, and she somehow managed to continue to support her home and family, to provide rides and encouragement to her co-workers and to work a full-time job at home, arriving late in the wee hours to begin preparation for the following day.

Helen was a true “mover and shaker”. With a husband and seven children, she was always busy and never stopped working and caring for her family. Later, when her youngest child started high school, she, at the age fifty-three, began her last public job with Campbell Soup, Co. Her busy schedule got busier, and she somehow managed to continue to support her home and family, to provide rides and encouragement to her co-workers and to work a full-time job at home, arriving late in the wee hours to begin preparation for the following day. In her youth, she accepted Christ and joined the Methodist church. In the late 1990’s, she rededicated her life, was

In her youth, she accepted Christ and joined the Methodist church. In the late 1990’s, she rededicated her life, was baptized, and was an active member at Providence Baptist Church. She is a member of the East Paris Baptist Church.
Her home was always small, but her heart was big. With a warm smile, she welcomed family, neighbors and many friends of her children into her home. There was always room and food for one more (or several) extra at Helen’s table. Helen was the most selfless, positive, generous, kind, and optimistic person. She was loved by many. She never complained nor asked for anything frivolous. She loved life. She was a talented cook, seamstress, wife, mother,

Helen was the most selfless, positive, generous, kind, and optimistic person. She was loved by many. She never complained nor asked for anything frivolous. She loved life. She was a talented cook, seamstress, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had an enthusiasm for fun and a sense of humor that transcended her time as a young mother until the end. Somehow, as a young mother of small children, she made time to teach her girls how to play jacks, could jump rope like a pro, throw a ball and shoot a bb gun. As a senior citizen, she had a sense of adventure, experiencing with her family deep sea fishing, travel to Panama and Florida, and road trips as recently as August to Oklahoma to see relatives and friends.
She had friends of all ages, from young to centenarians. Helen was loved and admired by all and she will be missed.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. (Thomas Campbell)Survivors include five children, S.C. “Pee Wee” Smallwood and wife, Jennifer, Shirley Smallwood Darnell, Nancy Freeman and husband, Arthur B. “Buddy”, Bobby Smallwood and wife, Shirley, and Jimmy Smallwood and wife, Donna; a daughter-in-law (Joe Smallwood’s widow), Sandra Smallwood; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smallwood; two sons, Joe and Larry Smallwood; a grandson, Zachary Smallwood; five brothers, Earl, Rufus Franklin “Son”, William Davis “Bill”, Edmond Leo “Pete”, and John Yeager “Lynn” Latham; and five sisters, Mildred Bagwell, Allie Brown, Ruth Deshong Machler, Alice Ava Campton, and Edna Bell Harkey.

Survivors include five children, S.C. “Pee Wee” Smallwood and wife, Jennifer, Shirley Smallwood Darnell, Nancy Freeman and husband, Arthur B. “Buddy”, Bobby Smallwood and wife, Shirley, and Jimmy Smallwood and wife, Donna; a daughter-in-law (Joe Smallwood’s widow), Sandra Smallwood; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smallwood; two sons, Joe and Larry Smallwood; a grandson, Zachary Smallwood; five brothers, Earl, Rufus Franklin “Son”, William Davis “Bill”, Edmond Leo “Pete”, and John Yeager “Lynn” Latham; and five sisters, Mildred Bagwell, Allie Brown, Ruth Deshong Machler, Alice Ava Campton, and Edna Bell Harkey.Pallbearers will be Randall Hayes, Jerry Smallwood, Kirk Freeman, James Callaway, Cannon Chadwick, Joel Hayes, Levi Drake, and Spencer Newton.

Pallbearers will be Randall Hayes, Jerry Smallwood, Kirk Freeman, James Callaway, Cannon Chadwick, Joel Hayes, Levi Drake, and Spencer Newton.


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