Abraham Smith, Jr. of Groesbeck, completed his seven-year long battle with cancer and earned his eternal rest on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at age 61. Memorial services wereheld on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Word of Life Church in Groesbeck, with Brandan Verm and David Lee Smith offi ciating. Abe was born December 11, 1953 to Abraham Smith, Sr. and Juanita Wiley Smith in Bluefi eld, West Virginia where his Dad was stationed in the Air Force. The family moved to Waco when he was fi ve, and he grew up there. Abe was a great football player on his high school team at Richfi eld High in Waco through his Junior year. The team had developed so well that they feltthey were destined to win the state championship the following year. However the team was all separated for his Senior year, with the intergration policies that resulted in the team members being bussed to several different schools in Waco, and they never got the chanceto play together again.