Durant Weekly News
July 2, 1924
Stanley Smith Passed Away
The entire city and community was shocked and saddened Sunday evening at the news of the passing of Stanley Smith at the family home one mile west of town. Stanley suffered an acute attack of appendicitis Friday evening and though everything that loving hands and medical aid could do was done for him, his soul left its tenement of clay Sunday evening about five o’clock for it home not made with hands.
Dr. Short was called from Sherman and an operation was performed, but it was found the appendix was already ruptured. The deceased was one of the communities finest young men, was one of the 1924 graduates of Caddo High School, assistant Sunday School superintendent of the Baptist Church, was a promising young man of sterling qualities. The light of the life of Stanley Smith has gone out, but his noble deeds in life will live on in memory of his host of friends. He who furnished inspiration for many. Every acquaintance found in him a friend. By nature he was agreeable and accommodating and he never denied anyone a courtesy or favor within his power to grant.
Stanley will be keenly missed by all who knew so well his many noble traits. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Smith, was 21 years old. A large crowd gathered at the church, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. where the funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Hardin of Fort Worth. The many beautiful floral offerings bespoke the esteem in which he was held.
The senior class attended in a body following closely behind their beloved classmate and friend.
Sad indeed to see one so useful cut down in life’s early morning, sad to see the young promising man so ruthlessly torn from his fond parents and loved ones by the great destroyer, yet a great consolation is theirs to know that Stanley was prepared to go.
A large cortege of friends and relatives followed the remains to the City of the Dead, where all that was mortal of Stanley Smith was laid to rest there to await the resurrection morning.