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Bruce Edward Smith Obituary

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Bruce Edward Smith

Temple, Texas

January 4, 1961 - July 6, 2024

Bruce Edward Smith Obituary

Bruce Edward Smith, age 63, of Troy passed from this life during the mid-morning hours of Saturday, July 6, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bruce was born in Taylor, Texas to parents Barney and Vera (Tschoerner) Smith on the 4th day of January 1961.


Bruce grew up in Schwertner but went to school in nearby Bartlett where he would graduate from high school. After grade school Bruce would earn his associate's degree from Temple Junior College. Bruce met and married the love of his life, Jaena Honeycutt of Troy; they would make their union binding before God on December 31, 1981 at the Bartlett Methodist Church. From this marriage, two sons and one daughter would eventually make this family complete.


Bruce would make his career with Temple Police Department for 30 years before his retirement in 2018. During this time, he would go from a patrolman to COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), to the DARE officer for Bell County; he served in this capacity for over 8 years teaching children the dangers of drugs and how to "Just Say No". Bruce was a leader with the Citizens Police Academy of Temple as well as a bicycle officer for the city. He would end his career as a bailiff with the City of Temple court. Bruce loved serving his community and helping to make this community a safer place for all to live.


Above all else Bruce was a loving father and husband. He was very involved in his kid's school activities, he was a Scout Master for Troop 105 in Troy for several years, and would never miss a game or event that his kids were taking part in. Family meant everything to Bruce. He loved to tell stories, he loved history and sharing history with his kids and later his grandkids. Bruce enjoyed watching Star Trek and anything to do with Batman. He had a genuine love for people and the community, he loved to make conversation with those around him and he really cared about how your day was and if he could do anything to make it better. Bruce will be missed by all that knew and loved him.


He is preceded in death by his parents Barney and Vera.


Bruce leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Jaena Smith of Troy, son Charlton Smith of Troy, son Morgan Smith and wife Katherine of Hutto and daughter Caitlin McGregor and husband Tyler of Troy. He also leaves behind Charlton's former spouse Sarha who lives in Tyler. Grandchildren Trinity Smith and Killian Daw as well as brother Kenneth Smith of Euless and sister Ola Maynor of North Carolina are also surviving.


A funeral service will be held at Oak Park United Methodist Church in Temple on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 9:30 o'clock a.m. with Pastor Stephen Schmidt officiating. The burial will follow at Bartlett City Cemetery. The family will be accepting visitors at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home chapel on Friday evening between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 o'clock p.m.


In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to PANCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network).


Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with these arrangements.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Bruce Edward Smith hosted by Hewett-Arney Funeral Home.

Bruce Edward Smith, age 63, of Troy passed from this life during the mid-morning hours of Saturday, July 6, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bruce was born in Taylor, Texas to parents Barney and Vera (Tschoerner) Smith on the 4th day of January 1961.


Bruce grew up in Schwertner but went to school in nearby Bartlett where he would graduate from high school. After grade school Bruce would earn his associate's degree from Temple Junior College. Bruce met and married the love of his life, Jaena Honeycutt of Troy; they would make their union binding before God on December 31, 1981 at the Bartlett Methodist Church. From this marriage, two sons and one daughter would eventually make this family complete.


Bruce would make his career with Temple Police Department for 30 years before his retirement in 2018. During this time, he would go from a patrolman to COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), to the DARE officer for Bell County; he served in this capacity for over 8 years teaching children the dangers of drugs and how to "Just Say No". Bruce was a leader with the Citizens Police Academy of Temple as well as a bicycle officer for the city. He would end his career as a bailiff with the City of Temple court. Bruce loved serving his community and helping to make this community a safer place for all to live.


Above all else Bruce was a loving father and husband. He was very involved in his kid's school activities, he was a Scout Master for Troop 105 in Troy for several years, and would never miss a game or event that his kids were taking part in. Family meant everything to Bruce. He loved to tell stories, he loved history and sharing history with his kids and later his grandkids. Bruce enjoyed watching Star Trek and anything to do with Batman. He had a genuine love for people and the community, he loved to make conversation with those around him and he really cared about how your day was and if he could do anything to make it better. Bruce will be missed by all that knew and loved him.


He is preceded in death by his parents Barney and Vera.


Bruce leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Jaena Smith of Troy, son Charlton Smith of Troy, son Morgan Smith and wife Katherine of Hutto and daughter Caitlin McGregor and husband Tyler of Troy. He also leaves behind Charlton's former spouse Sarha who lives in Tyler. Grandchildren Trinity Smith and Killian Daw as well as brother Kenneth Smith of Euless and sister Ola Maynor of North Carolina are also surviving.


A funeral service will be held at Oak Park United Methodist Church in Temple on Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 9:30 o'clock a.m. with Pastor Stephen Schmidt officiating. The burial will follow at Bartlett City Cemetery. The family will be accepting visitors at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home chapel on Friday evening between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 o'clock p.m.


In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to PANCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network).


Hewett-Arney Funeral Home of Temple is entrusted with these arrangements.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Bruce Edward Smith hosted by Hewett-Arney Funeral Home.

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