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Burton C. Smith III


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Burton C. Smith III
October 24, 1946 ~ April 30, 2020

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, May 22, 2020 at South Park Cemetery for Burton C. Smith III, 73, who passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Portales, NM.

Burton was born October 24, 1946 in Monroe, Louisiana to Evelyn Smith and Burton C. Smith who have preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his brother Kerry Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years Debrah Smith; children Burton C. Smith IV and wife Barbara of Elida, NM, Summer Daly and husband Charlie of Nashville, TN and Crosby B. Smith and wife Csilla of Netherlands; sisters Patty Doughty of Dallas, TX and Sue Abbott of Bernice, LA; sister-in-law La June Smith of Las Cruces, NM; brothers-in-law Damon Burkstaller of Elida, NM and Doug Burkstaller and wife Sandie of Midland, TX; grandchildren Savannah, Chloe, Chris, Kevin, Kellie, Sophie, and Crosby A. Jr. Also surviving him are many nieces and nephews.

Burton and his wife Debrah moved to Elida, NM in the year 2000 to retire. Burton had many talents, He was a song writer, musician and recording artist in Hollywood, CA, business owner, silver smith and cowboy. Burton was a Deacon at St. Mark’s Church in Plainview, TX for many years as well as a youth leader. He was always charismatic, joyful and playful; he always had a joke to make you smile or a word of encouragement to lift you up. He will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew him.

“I may never have a chance to say goodbye to you, so when my time comes or yours lets say it now before it’s too late. We said our goodbye and let that be the end of it.”

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We are alive and Saved, He is Risen, Praise God, Thank you Jesus.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.


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