Smith Jr., Paul Jackson


Paul Jackson Smith, Jr of Coppell, Texas passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father surrounded by his family on January 19th, 2015.  Paul lost his courageous battle with cancer at the age of 78.

Affectionately known as “Smitty” to friends and family alike, Paul was born in Mt. Hope, West Virginia on September 7th, 1936 to Paul and Myrtle Smith.  While still a young man, Paul proudly enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a radio operator from 1955 to 1959.  Paul’s time in the Navy included serving on various ships as well as the submarine the USS Orion and Paul always remembered his time in the Navy with great fondness.

In 1955 while stationed in Washington, D.C.  Paul met a beautiful young lady, Stella Mae Vincent of Hot Springs, Arkansas and they were married on January 21st, 1956 in Wheaton, Maryland.  Paul and Stella lived in various cities across the U.S. before making their home in Coppell, Texas in December, 1992.

Paul and Stella raised 3 children together, Paula, born in San Diego, California and later twin daughters Shannan and Shawn born in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Shortly after moving to Coppell, Paul went to work for Robertson Pools where he was able to showcase his skills as a gifted pool and spa designer.  For many years Paul was highly sought after and his long list of clients included many members of the Dallas Cowboys as well as the Dallas Stars.  Many of the best and most impressive pools and spas in Coppell and the surrounding cities are the direct result of Paul’s talents and the hard work and dedication of the builders at Robertson Pools.

Paul will also be remembered for his love of singing and playing blue grass music.  He was a self-taught guitarist and spent much of his time and energy entertaining friends and family with his music.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Myrtle Smith.  He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Stella, his daughters Paula Davis, Shannan Smith and Shawn Hart and brother and sister in law Richard and Clarita.  Paul’s extended family includes his grandchildren Sarah Stocker and Jeremy Davis, Kelsey and Amber Hart, Kelly, Jack and Abby Smith as well as great grandson Collin Davis.

Brother Paul Smith was a Master Mason, having been a member of several lodges in Arizona and Texas.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the North Dallas Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas. His ashes will be interred at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas on February 16th in a private ceremony.  Paul’s family will be blessed and honored by your presence on February 15, as we celebrate his life and accomplishments.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials in Paul’s name  may be made to the American Cancer Society at

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5 replies on “Smith Jr., Paul Jackson”

Nancy Hughes says:

Paul& Stella became very dear friends in 2008 when we became neighbors. There are warm, fun, happy. sad and loving memories in my heart. Paul was one of the dearest people I have been blessed in knowing. he will be missed and remembered by all those who are blessed to have known him. My love and prayers are with his dear , sweet and loving wife Stella and all of Pauls famiy.

Steve Dunn says:

I have known Paul for over 10 years. He taught me about what was important to a pool customer. Paul also liked to come by the retail store and talk to us about the history of the company and all of the mutual customer he helped us with. Paul really made us feel a part of the family. I will miss his visits.

Pat and Yvonne Gossman says:

Just found about Paul passing away. We’ll never forget Paul since we met him and Stella in Santee, CA in 1974. He will be missed by all who knew him. Love and Prayers to Stella and all the family. The Gossman Family

Diane Williams says:

Although I haven’t known Paul and Stella that long, we do talk alot, being “backdoor” neighbors. I will miss my conversations with Paul. My prayers go out to all the family members he leaves behind.

Tony and Rhonda Martin says:

Rhonda and I have been privileged to call Paul and Stella our friends for twenty something years and while he will be sorely missed he will not be forgotten. He was one of a kind. A great father and husband, a great friend and mentor. His work ethic like few others and he was never short for an opinion. We love you Paul!!!God’s speed my friend!!

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