Stephen Rex Smith

Stephen Rex Smith peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the age of 84 surrounded by his family.

He was born in New Palestine, Indiana on September 10, 1939 to Udell and Geraldine Smith.  Following High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, he married his sweetheart Elizabeth Crall.  They moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Rex completed Pharmacy School.  Upon completion of school, they returned to Jonesboro where Rex and Liz worked at the family Drug Store.  In 1971, they relocated to LaPorte, Texas where Rex was the Pharmacist and Store Manager of SuperX, later becoming Walgreens.  Rex later was transferred to Deer Park, Texas where he oversaw the new Walgreens and later retired from that drug store with 33 years of service with Walgreens.

Rex enjoyed his travels with Liz and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Rex was active with the Clear Lake Methodist Church and served several years supporting the church.  Rex was an avid reader and gardener.

In 2018, Rex and Liz moved to The Crossings in League City, Texas where they enjoyed making it their new home.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his very loving, dedicated wife of 65 years, Liz, his four children Cindy (Jeff) Cravey of Bellaire, Texas, Cathy (Bruce) Sutherland of Hilltop, Texas, Sara (Mark) Grone of Galveston, Texas and Stephen (Melanie) of Clear Lake, Texas;  seven grandchildren, Kimberly Kennedy, Samantha Kennedy, Kristen (Trenton) Petry, Allison (Charlie) Mullins, Candace Cravey, Alex Smith and Scarlett Smith; four great-grandchildren, Kate Mullins, Thomas Petry, Maddison Mullins and Abigail Petry.  His brothers David Smith of Memphis, Tn and Mike (JoAnn) Smith of Memphis, Tennessee.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life service for Rex at The Crossings in League City, Texas on March 2, 2024 at 2pm in the chapel with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, and in remembrance of Rex, donations may be made in his honor to The Crossings Benevolent fund, part of the Methodist Retirement Community (

Liz and the family would like to express their sincerest thanks and appreciation to the entire staff of The Crossings for their care and compassion over the years to both her and Rex.


  1. I’m so sorry, Liz. John and I enjoyed talking to you and Rex every morning
    at breakfast. I didn’t know Rex that well, but from what I saw, he was a great
    guy!! And you’re a wonderful lady and took good care of him. We will miss Rex, and you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
    With love,
    Kathy Carlson
    John Jackson

    Kathy Carlson
  2. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Stephen Rex Smith. May he rest in the eternal fields of peace.

    Mia Burse
  3. Oh Cathy, I’m so very sorry for your loss and the family as well. I always loved your dad and felt his comfort at all times. Hold him in your memories 💕. Heart bound sympathy to your mom and the rest of your family. Love you! Judy

    Judy Mabry
  4. Sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. I knew him as a wonderful, professional man. From this day forward, I hope that you, your mother and your other siblings have your heart filled with all the good moments and the warm feelings I always enjoyed working with you and your mother and I hope at this time you feel my truth sentiments for your loss.

    Bobbie Walsh
  5. Cathy, and family, my condolences to your loss of your father. Rex has been an icon in the community of La Porte. His passion to help people was a blessing. He made a difference and will greatly be missed. Growing up in a small town, leaders like your father set examples for others to follow. Love always. Lloyd Love

    Lloyd Love
  6. I’m sorry to hear about Mr. Rex he was so nice to me , you are such a sweet and kind lady , and you took good care of your husband. Thank you for being so nice and kind to me on 1500 hall I will try my best to visit you love Connie Reed.

    Connie Reed

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