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Durwood Lee Smith

Durwood Lee Smith, 64, of Wolfe City, Tx. passed away at his residence with his wife by his side early Wednesday, February 9, 2022.  Durwood was born on December 2, 1957, in Watertown, New York, the son of Robert Roland Smith and Madeline Alma Bush Smith. He was born on the St. Lawrence River and spent most of his life in the Adirondack Mountains, fishing and hunting, and later in life in the Florida swamps. He also trained horses and at one point was a commercial fisherman. Durwood was also an accompliced musician, playing the twelve string guitar and the drums. He was a well known artist in his younger years in Northern New York. One of his original paintings, which was inspired by the Celebration of New Year's Eve Veteran's Walk in Watertown, New York, still hangs in the courthouse. He walked away from his art and was later reinspired after some family tragedies. His favorite Aunt's last words to him were, "God gave you a gift and if you don't use it, He'll take it away." (To view in depth progression of this gifted artist's paintings, please visit Paralis Oeuvreh FaceBook page or paralisoeuvreart Instagram page. Durwood dubbed himself as "the Mayor of Smithsville" in order to help keep the peace among his family members. Survivors include his wife Stormie Shannon Yvette Smith, of Wolfe Citym, daughter, Jamie Lee Bourcy of Wolfe City, grandchildren: Michael Scott Bourcy, Brianna Marie Bourcy, and Wyatt Lee Bourcy all of Wolfe City, Tx. A sister, Maida Dale Smith of Wolfe City also survives him.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a wife, Candice Smith.

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Durwood may you Rest In Peace. So sad to hear of your passing. You were a great artist and carpenter. I enjoyed working with you on the restoration of my old farmhouse in Klondike. My farmhouse is a reflection of your wonderful creative artistic talent. My heart goes out to your family. We lost you way too soon in this world.

Catherine Wiseman Boyd Mar 9 2022 12:41 AM

One of my oldest and my best friends. We grew up together on the St Lawerence river. We spent many an hour hunting, fishing and trapping. The two of us subcontracted drywall in Florida . As I was growing up the only way I could spend much time with him was to help him and his dad build houses. And our motor cycles! We spent every minute we could on them. There still was a distinct trail along Breezy Pines Rd. Many years after we stopped riding. Night time campfires down at my cottage. Even though we had not been together recently, we always staid in touch. When my husky Ivan died late last year he offered to paint him. Because he knew how much he meant to me. It's in the above photos. He was such a huge part of my life , There aren't words to describe my feelings. But he will always be here with me.

Mike Spaeth Feb 19 2022 3:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Durwood Smith

Randy and Cheryl Feb 18 2022 4:03 PM

May you Rest In Peace Durwood.

Connie LaClair Feb 17 2022 3:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Durwood Smith

Pat Haymond Feb 11 2022 7:50 AM