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Shayone Smith was born to Pauline Minton on July 25, 1982, in Smithville, Texas. She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and joined the family church St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Smithville, Texas. Shayone attended school in Lexington and even though she didn’t graduate from high school, that didn’t stop her from getting her GED and starting her career.
Shayone, also known as “BB” to many, was a passionate and caring individual. BB pursued a career in healthcare. She started as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, working at multiple nursing homes for 20 plus years and recently working for hospice, giving others the same comfort, she was given in her last few days. Driven by her love for the profession, BB later enrolled in school to become a Registered Nurse. Although she couldn’t finish her classes due to illness, she continued to find joy in caring for others, whether in nursing homes or providing private care from home to home. Despite battling aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer, BB was a woman of God who truly loved being in God’s presence and was very connected to the creator.
Throughout her life, BB was active in church and a current member of Morning Star Baptist Church. If you knew BB, you knew her faith was everything to her, down to the very last minute. Even though this monster called cancer took her life, she knew this was God’s Will. She always said she “was blessed, God chose her for this Journey”. She never questioned Him and didn’t want anyone else to.
BB met the love of her life, Richard Smith, over a decade ago. They exchanged vows and were united in marriage on March 19, 2020. She was a loving wife, mother to 4 girls, and sister. She loved her family unconditionally. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family and others. Any time you came across her, she had a heart of gold. She never once treated people ugly nor was disrespectful towards them. She was always smiling and had soft words of encouragement for you. She was one of a kind. She had a sweet spirit that drew you to her. During her last days, BB was surrounded by a multitude of family and friends.
Beyond her dedication to nursing, Shayone was known for her love of jewelry and adoration for Mickey Mouse.
Shayone is preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Minton; stepfather, Henry Jackson, Sr.; grandmother, Peggy Coleman; step-grandfather, J. C. Jones; uncle, Kennethwayne Bridges; and stepdaughter, Teosha Williams. She leaves to cherish her memories and celebrate her life: her beloved husband, Richard Smith; daughters Shakora Lattimore of College Station, Texas; Jalisha Crawford of Huntsville, Texas; Kamoria Crawford, and Sha’nya Smith, of Lexington, Texas; stepchildren, Risha Smith, Rishe Smith, Tanisha Williams, Ramon Williams, of Belton, Texas; brother, Terance Minton of Lexington, Texas; step-siblings, Sandra Jackson, Henry Jackson Jr.(Paula), Dana Jackson, and Michael Jackson, of Lexington, Texas; and LaDresser Crawford(Dwain) of Giddings, Texas. Shayone is also remembered by her grandfather, Ezell Minton, Sr.(Sue) of Freeport, Texas; and grandson Jazalin Smith, of Lexington, Texas; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.