jake cleveland smitherman

Jake Cleveland Smitherman, 90, of Franklin, TX, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Jake was the last surviving child of Newell David (Preacher) and Artie G. Smitherman of Franklin, TX.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gladys McBride Smitherman of Franklin, TX; daughters, Janelle Fears of Georgetown, TX, and Dianne Harris of LaPorte, and son, David Smitherman of Baytown.
Jake was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Smitherman of Angleton, TX; sister, Parnez Cadaro of Franklin, and son, Jake R. Smitherman of Baytown. 
Jake was born in Franklin, where he grew up and attended school. He attended Baylor University where he played football. He and Gladys were married in Franklin, and moved to Baytown, where Jake worked for Exxon for 38 years. He worked in Okinawa, Japan in 1970-71, before returning to Baytown. After retiring, he and Gladys moved back to Franklin, where they enjoyed cattle ranching and farming for another 33 years. Jake was a member of First Baptist Church in New Baden.
Jake is also survived by sons-in-law, Robert D. Fears of Georgetown, and Jerry Harris of LaPorte; grandchildren, Suzanne and Graham Hagood of Carrolton, TX, Robyn and Dr. Moore of Bloomington, IN, Travis and Christie Harris of LaPorte, and Laura Harris of LaPorte; great grandchildren, Jake Hagood, Gray Hagood, Brendon Moore, Lauren Moore, Ethan Moore, Deven Habisreting and Izaiah Fleming.
He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews and one remaining first cousin, Hazel (Pete) Smitherman Kuzel of Calvert, TX. 
The family would like to thank Brazos Valley Hospice, Sienna Home Health of Tomball and Calvert and Merryman Home Health in Franklin.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Earthman Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Earthman Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Serving the family as pallbearers will be John Wayne Smitherman, Travis Harris, James Hillin and Pete Cote'.
Arrangements under the direction of Earthman Baytown Funeral Home, Baytown, TX.