Mae Smith Newsome, 74, of Wichita Falls, Formerly of Memphis, died on Friday, August 17, 2018 in Wichita Falls.
Services will be 4:00 PM Saturday, August 25, 2018 in the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Bro. Clemmie Smith, officiating and Rev. Judge Smith, Jr. as the eulogist. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Memphis.
Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Memphis.
Mae was born on October 28, 1944 to the late Rev. Judge Sr. and Rosie Lee Smith in Clarksville, Texas. She attended Clarksville schools until the family moved to West Texas where she attended Morningside schools. She was also a student at Clarendon College. Mae accepted Christ at an early age. At the age of 6 years old, she began singing in the choir in Clarksville. When the family moved to West Texas, she became a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. There, she actively served the Lord under the leadership of Rev. Judge E. Smith, Sr. She continued her service to the Lord at Antioch Baptist Church where she opened her doors to the members of the Church and those in need. She later moved to Wichita Falls, Texas where she became a member of New Birth Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Judge E. Smith, Jr. For years Mae worked for the Sheet Factory in Memphis, Levi Strauss in Wichita Falls, and also worked in the Restaurant industry. Mae loved to fish, cook, and host large family gatherings at her home. She also loved to sing and dance..
Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Judge E. Sr. and Rosie L. Smith; 3 brothers, Alonzo, Charles, and Benjamin Smith Sr.; 4 sisters, Mannie Lee Smith, Anna Mae Smith, Verdia Steptoe, and Helen Knox; and the love of her life, Billy Smith.
Left to cherish her memories are her beautiful six children, Henrietta Wade and Tonia Byrd and husband Clifford of Memphis, Teresa Newsome, Neal Newsome, Patricia McFalls, Darion Newsome and wife Connie all of Wichita Falls; 3 brothers, Clemmie Smith and wife Tymme and Judge E. Smith, Jr. and wife Beverly of Wichita Falls, and Daniel Smith of Memphis; a sister, Elizabeth Walker and husband Derek of Wichita Falls; a sister in love, Betty Smith of Amarillo; 23 grandkids; 44 great grandkids; 3 great great grandkids; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.