In Memory of




Obituary for Christopher William Smith

Christopher William “Chris” Smith, 54 years of age, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He was born on May 17, 1967, in Amarillo to Dian Huff Smith and Thomas W. Smith.

He attended and graduated from high school in the Washington DC area and had traveled far and wide before moving back to Amarillo in 2006 from Chicago. Having the heart of a true servant, no other career was more tailor made for Chris than waiting tables. He enjoyed his profession and it reflected in his work. Not wanting to waste a single step or see patrons in need, he was very efficient and aware of not only his tables, but others as well.

His trusty sidekick, Rumour, was a true companion he raised from a young pup. The two of them were completely devoted to each other and most generally, when you saw one, the other was close behind. They thoroughly enjoyed cruising around in the Jeep together with good tunes filling the air. Chris also spent countless hours fishing, swimming, conning anyone he could into playing card games with him, reading science fiction literature, and as a youngster, playing baseball and football and as he matured, became a fan of watching his favorite sports.

Not only was Chris a very kindhearted and good all-around man, but he was also extremely generous with his time and talents which he lavished on his family whom he loved deeply. While he wasn’t blessed to be a father, he was everyone’s favorite “cool” uncle, friend, and mentor. Those who knew Chris, even a little, will miss his beautiful smile, an ear that was available to listen and a friend who was always willing to help, inspire, motivate and encourage.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Allen Smith; grandparents, Pike and Audry Huff and Bill and Ruth Smith and his treasured Aunt Virginia and Uncle Red Horton; cousin, Leonardo Smith; Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill Moore, Aunt Moleta Clark; Uncle Robert Schaub, Uncle Kelsey Banister, Uncle Rusty Huff and Uncle George Huff.

Those who remain to hold dear to them the fond memories of Chris are his loving mother, Dian Smith of Amarillo; father, Thomas Smith and wife Leticia of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Mathew Smith and wife Maritsa of Hammond, Indiana; sister, Elena Smith of Chicago, Illinois; special Aunt, Jerre Hodges of Amarillo; Uncle Ron Smith and wife Connie of Billings, Montana; favorite cousins, Holly Jetel and Heather Hodges both of Amarillo and Samuel Smith; Aunts and Uncles, Judy Grant & Larry Loter, Ann Banister & Jim Buck, Aunt Mellvinia Stocking all of Amarillo, Aunt Norma Mitchell of Geronimo, Oklahoma, Aunt Monty Schaub of Hinsdale, Illinois; his best friend and companion, Rumour; his cat, Squeaker and an enormous family who loved him dearly, with too many to mention!

Celebration of Life Memorial Services are scheduled for 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church of Amarillo, 1601 South Georgia Street, Amarillo, Texas with Father Jared Houze officiating. The family has entrusted the cremation care of their loved one to Winegeart Funeral Home.

Should you wish to honor Chris’s life with a donation, the family suggests they be made to Gracie’s Project, P.O. Box 2512, Amarillo, TX 79105 or by visiting and donating online.