The Duncan Banner


May 4, 2013

Cleta Belle Smith

May 31, 1933 — May 2, 2013

RYAN — Cleta Belle was born May 31, 1933, in Ryan to Tinney Mae Maness and Charlie Newton Dalton. She passed from this life Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Westbrook Care Center at the age of 79.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Ryan with Rev. Bob Waitman officiating.

Burial will be in the Ryan Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home in Ryan. Visitation was Saturday and also 1-5 p.m. Sunday with family receiving visitors from 4-5 p.m. at the funeral home, 612 Washington.

Cleta and Wade Smith were married July 5, 1950. He preceded her in death March 3, 1963. Cleta worked for Haggar Slacks for over 33 years as a seamstress at both the Temple and Bowie plants. She volunteered for the Ryan Nutrition Center for over 10 years delivering meals. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Charles Dalton and Keith Dalton and great-grandson Gage Alsup.

She is survived by her children, Peggy White and husband Curtis of Holliday, Texas, Helen “Short” Dabbs and husband David of Ryan, and Michael Smith and wife Pam of Clarksville, Texas; four sisters, Geneva Ritter and husband Jim of Chandler, Ark., Goldie Cathey and husband James of Duncan, Margie Wise and husband Elton of Drummond and Bobbie McDonald of Ryan; a brother, Jerry Dalton of Ryan; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Association.

Condolence messages may be sent to the family at

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