Paul Ray Smith, “Pauly” to his friends, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Saturday, February 19, at Tabitha Journey House Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
Paul was born on July 19, 1953 in St. Joseph Missouri to Billy Ray Smith and Ruth Irene Kreiner Smith Gustafson.
He grew up in Greenwood, going to grade school there and attended High School at Ashland Greenwood High School in Ashland, NE.
He worked as a welder at Progressive Rail in Lincoln, NE among other jobs until he became disabled.
He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and bowling.
He was very grateful of the fact that he gave his life to Jesus Christ the summer of 2019 and began attending Indian Hills Community Church and grew in his faith there attending Sunday School, morning and evening services and mid-week bible studies until the past few months as it became more difficult to attend.
He is survived by his son, Shawn and Jodi Collier of Lincoln, NE, daughters, Chassity and Daniel McAtee of Frisco, Texas, and Amanda and Tony Tran of Lincoln, NE. Grandchildren, Morgan Marie Collier, Harley Youngblood, Rion Collier, Angel Foster and Rayne Forbes. Seth and Sammi McAtee, Alexis, Connor and Rylee McAtee. Justin, Brianna and Brock Abbink. Great Grandchildren, Jacob Collier, Jaquan and Jemius Youngblood, and Mercy McAtee. Sisters, Sandy and Steve Frahm of Ashland, NE and Candy Gustafson of Lincoln, NE. Good friends, Stan Malin and son Michael of Lincoln and Pat Krontz of of Lincoln, NE.
Paul has been cremated and his wishes were no funeral and to have his ashes scattered by his close friends and immediate family at a favorite fishing spot at a future date.
Paul’s favorite scripture is Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.
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