January 19, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old


Helen Doris Smith was born on February 8, 1926 to Edgar Noel Smith and Corrie Evans Smith, the  second of thirteen children.  Nurtured in the Tunis Community of Caldwell, Texas, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and launched her faith journey from the Old  Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.  She attended the Old Bethlehem Community School, prior to moving to Oakland, California with her Aunt Bertha.  Her next move was to Houston, Texas where she graduated from Phylis Wheatley High School.

Helen attended Franklin Beauty School where the foundation of her life-long vocation as a cosmetologist was set and solidified.  She was a proud member of the Trinity Gardens Cosmetology Club and an asset to the Trinity Gardens community.  If you were blessed to have her anointed hands in your head, you were sure to hear about Jesus, the center of her joy.  She would often say, “We all have a debt to pay” and “We didn’t come here to stay”.

Helen married Izear Green in March of 1947 and prayerfully supported him as he undertook the task of building their home.  Not just any home, but what was labeled “the showcase home” of the neighborhood.  Becoming a young widow at the age of 38 did not break Helen, but drew her closer to her heavenly father.  She poured herself into helping others.  Though she was known to be caring and  helpful, she could not be forced into doing anything she didn’t want to do.  In other words, Helen could hoe her own row.

Helen LOVED the Lord, and she LOVED the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church family.  For over seven decades, she remained connected and faithful.  Her absences could always be traced to her being about her father’s business, taking care of family members in all seasons and circumstances.  She had a heart of gold and was always careful to express her gratitude to others.  She loved people and wanted to make sure she did her part in making sure they were on their way to heaven.  To this end, she is noted for being instrumental in her sisters, Lillian Traylor, Laura Cotton and Edna Solari, getting on board at Friendship.  To God be the glory!

On January 19, 2024, our kind and merciful Father beckoned His faithful servant, Helen Doris Green, to come home to a building not made by man’s hands.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers (Herbert Smith, Edgar Noel Smith, Jr., Thomas Smith, Leslie Smith and James Smith), and three sisters (Giadiabell Hubbard, Betty Brown and Laura Cotton).

Left to cherish her memory and continue her caring legacy are her sisters, Lillian Traylor and Edna Solari of Houston, Texas, Willie Edwards and Jessie Spann of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Jacob Smith (Gail) of Los Angeles, California, and three generations of nieces, nephews, and friends.

The rough pilgrimage from earth to heaven is over.  She fought a good fight, she kept the faith, and she finished her course.  Rest in peace, Helen.

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February 10, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
4812 Bennington St.
Houston, TX 77016

Celebration of Life
February 10, 2024

10:00 AM
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
4812 Bennington St.
Houston, TX 77016


Old Bethlehem Cemetery
9799 County Rd. 254
Caldwell, TX 77836


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