Richard Vance Smith

richard smith
ARLINGTON -- Richard Vance Smith, 65, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012. Funeral: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Inurnment: Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials: Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Richard was born May 20, 1947 in Ft. Worth. He was raised in Mansfield by his grandparents, Hal and Edith Gwinn. Richard served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. He was a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star recipient. Richard worked at Shelton's Beauty Salon in Arlington for 37 years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Richard is preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Virginia Gwinn Harlan. Survivors: Wife, Cecelia Smith; Sons, Tracee Smith and Ryan Smith and wife, Kristy; brother, David Harlan and wife, Joan; sister, Pat Dunnahoo and husband, Mike; granddaughters, Tobie and Drew Smith; and numerous family members and friends. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. My dearest and Best Friend I will miss you. Our phone calls, trips to the range and all our conversations. Your the greatest guy I ever was blessed to be around. From the time we first met at Shelton’s you you always showed me respect. Take care my friend. Ride on and RideHard and will catch you on Gods highway. Love you dude.

  2. To my precious husband.Never knowing you would leave us so soon,could I ever tell you enough how much I loved you and respected your wisdom. You were our foundation and the rock that held us together! I will miss you with all my heart!

  3. Richard, Thank you for everything you have put up with from me over the years. Thank you for always being supportive, encouraging, and believing in me. Thank you for seeing what i didnt see in myself. I will be forever grateful that you were my boss. I can’t thank you enough for your presence in my life. I am sorry I wasn’t around the last few years to support you when you needed it. I know you are enjoying living in your mansion in Heaven, with your Harley, boat, and pole. I’ll miss you.

  4. You and and your family are lifted up in our prayers! Richard was always the smiling face when you walked through the door a Sheltons! He was the one I trusted to give Stephanie her first haircut 18 years ago! SO much LOVE for him and your family! God will see you through!

  5. Dear Cecelia and Family,

    I just want you to know I am there in spirit. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope you each find comfort in knowing how much Dickie loved all of you. He was always so nice and comfortable to be around. He will be greatly missed.

    Love to all of you,

  6. We are so saddened by the passing of Richard; he was a great friend and patient. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. We love you.

  7. May God be with you and your family during your time of sorrow and lift you up. Richard was a good friend and hairdresser and will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.

  8. Richard was a true man of heart. He was always there if you needed him. He showed what it ment to be a true brother. Knowing him and having him as a friend, has greatly enriched my life.

  9. It’s no surprise that your memorial service was jam-packed, Richard… you touched many, many lives. You were something of a legend in our family. Scooter obviously loved you and held you in high esteem. Once I met you and as the kids came along and came to know you, we all felt the same way. You were so easy to be around; calm, loving, patient, generous.
    We will ALL miss you, Richard.

  10. Richard, I never imagined I would have ended up with such a fun, free spirited father-in-law. You were always up for a ride on the bikes, a spontaneous fishing trip and even talking Cecelia into letting Tracee and I throw a party at your house:) I learned a great deal from you Richard, and have always considered you and Cecelia family. I realize God has a plan for everyone, but I just wasn’t ready for you to go. I’m positive we’ll meet up again one day, so this isn’t goodbye… I’ll see you later. I love you, Lisa

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