On August 8, 1935, a baby boy was born to Woolworth Smith and Rosalie Bell, whom they named Wilbert Anthony Smith affectionately known as “Fuzz” or “T-Spoon”. He was the third oldest of seventeen children, who was partially raised by his aunt, Delcenia Smith.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership Reverend C. H. Brown. He remained a member of Mother Zion under the leadership of Rev. Murray Martin.
He attended elementary school in San Diego, California but later moved back home where he attended Powell Point High School in Kendleton, Texas, and graduated in 1952. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the army where he would serve in the U.S. Army for three years.
On February 28, 1965, Wilbert married the love of his life Bettie Marie Robertson. To this union they were blessed with two children, Prince and Sonya.
He was employed at Hoescht Celanese Corporation in Bay City, Texas, as a maintenance engineer retiring after 32 years of service.
Wilbert's pride and joy was his daughter, Sonya. He was a man who loved spending time with his family. He looked forward to holidays, special occasions, and most importantly family reunions.
Wilbert was a pitcher with the "007 Softball Team" and also a coach for the Bay City Panthers. He was an historian, loved playing dominoes, watching the Astros, a die-hard Houston Texans fan, loved to travel, and loved manicuring his yard. He was also the president of the social club “The Fellas”.
Left with broken hearts and cherished memories his wife of 55 years, Bettie Smith; daughter, Sonya Billingsley (Michael); son, Prince Robertson; Godchildren, Donnell Simpson (Trintessa) and Terrisha Mays (Brandon); two grandchildren, Xavier Linson-Smith and Elisha Parker; five great grandchildren, Deynm Eaton, Eva and Ava Linson-Smith, Kaysen Linson-Smith, and Jakob Bell; twelve siblings, Albert Griggs, Ida Moore, Viola Grice, Catherine McPherson (Eric), Eddie Griggs (Diane), Elroy Griggs (Sharon), Lottie Casey, Lewis Griggs (Vivian), Benjamin Griggs, Shearly Scott, Ola Times, and Carolyn Griggs; two sisters-in-law, Irma Stone and Eula Mae Fisher “Black Gal”; play-sister, Yolanda Spiller; dear to his heart, Donna Simpson and Michelle Hamilton; and an enormous host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, an extended family of in-laws, and many many friends who will miss him dearly.
Wilbert’s transition from this life came on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 11:30 in the morning. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woolworth Smith and Rosalie Griggs; step-father, Eddie Griggs, Sr.; great-granddaughter, Ariyah Linson-Smith; siblings, Leola Griggs-Fields, Georgia Griggs, Robert Griggs, and Leroy Sidney; special nephews, Robert Griggs and Wilbert Griggs; three nieces, Willie Mack, Ashonnia Griggs, and Munye’ Griggs.
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