Pollye Townsend Smelley, age 76, of Longview, Texas, passed away Friday, April 5,
2019 in Jefferson, Texas. Pollye was born August 3, 1942 in Gilmer, Texas to Earl
and Mary Townsend, who precede her in death.
Pollye grew up in the Gilmer area and graduated from Gilmer high school in 1960.
Following her graduation, she went to B.M.I. School of Business in Longview, earning
her secretarial degree. She soon met Larry and married him after only dating for two
months. They were married on December 21, 1962. The following year, she became a
mother and from that time on devoted her life to her family. Pollye liked doing many
crafts but especially enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Her hands have sewn many
stitches. She made clothing for her children and then, years later, her
grandchildren. Her love of crocheting developed at an early age as she was taught by
her grandmother, Polly, whom she was named after. In the past few years, she could
no longer sew or crochet but she developed a new love of dogs and was happy to sit
and talk to her favorite dog, Millie, who she said was the smartest dog there ever
Surviving family members include her husband of 56 years, Larry Smelley. Also, she
is survived by her sister, Sandra McNair and her husband, Ronald, of Gilmer, Tx. She
is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Steven Smelley of Corpus
Christi, Texas, Sandy and Mark Wright of Longview,Texas, and Sharla and Jay
Shoesmith of Longview, Texas. Grandchildren are Christa Narramore and her husband
Brandon of Plano,Tx Caleb Wright, Colin Wright, Callie Price and her husband Colby
all of Longview, Tx, Jacob Shoesmith of Longview, Texas, Cassie Shoesmith of Dallas,
Texas, and Jeep Shoesmith of Longview, Texas. Great-grandchildren include Cydni
Hicks, Rylan Hicks and Londyn Narramore all of Plano, Tx.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at East
Texas Funeral Home at 6522 Mcann Road. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 9, at
Longview Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m. at 800 E. Loop 281 Longview, Texas.
Graveside service will follow at Winterfield Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. at 2626 Tryon
Road in Longview, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Star Rescue at
Texasstardonations@gmail.com or 749 Etheridge Road Longview, Tx 75602 (or your
favorite animal rescue) or East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance at P.O. Box 4223
Longview, Tx 75606.