Gayle R. “Booter” Smith November 27, 1937 - March 5, 2015

    Gayle R. “Booter” Smith, 77, of Weslaco, Texas and formerly of Virginia and Beardstown, passed away on Thursday, March 5, at Aurora Hospice House in Weslaco, Texas.
    He was born Nov. 27, 1937 in Virginia, the son of Raymond and Dorothy Hankins Smith.
    He is survived by his former wife, Patsy Darland of Virginia and their three children: Robert (Marla) Smith, Mark (Judy) Smith, and Kandy (Kerry) Horrer, all of Virginia; five grandchildren: John Dickerson, Kara Greene, Kandy Elaine Smith, Megan Seitzinger, and Devin Clemons; seven great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Duchess. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    Booter was a 1956 graduate of Virginia High School and later served with the US Army Reserves. A well known businessman, he owned and operated several businesses in Virginia and Beardstown over the years, and more recently in Weslaco, Texas.  
    An avid golfer, he was also a motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed riding his Harley across the country and meeting new friends. He was blessed with the gift of gab. He was of the Baptist faith and active in a community church at Siesta Village Retirement Center in Weslaco, where he shared a close relationship with their pastor, Ralph Hunt. He was also a member of the Elks Club and Masonic Lodge in Beardstown.
    Booter has gone to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior and is saving a place for us. Adios brother. Keep your chin up, fly low, and have a good one.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m., Saturday until the time of services and following the services at St. Luke Parish Hall during a luncheon.
    In addition, memorial services will be held at Siesta Village Recreation Hall in Weslaco at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Aurora Hospice House in Weslaco, Texas. Condolences may be sent online at

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