Dr. Forrest M. Smith

  • Born: May 14, 1927
  • Died: May 4, 2006
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212

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Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family


Dr. Forrest M. Smith, Jr., known to most as ¬"Frosty¬", flew to heaven early Thursday morning after a full and fruitful life. Born in El Paso on May 14, 1927, Frosty was born to Forrest and Harriet Smith and was big brother, ¬"Buddy¬" to Paul Bim and David Davo.

He attended the University of Texas where he began lifelong friendships as a Phi Gam. After a stint in the Navy during World War II, he attended Pennsylvania Medical School where he met and married Betty Gant. They enjoyed 52 wonderful years together and raised four children, Forrest III, Madison, Alexine and Harriet.

He gained four more children as each married; Cathy Ann, Cathy O., Peter and Mike. We are so grateful to have had Dad as our dad. To his 11 grandchildren, he was ¬"Poppy¬". Whitney, Hallie, Drew, Forrest IV, Peter, Jr., Sydney, Sam, Julia, Claire, Emma and Michael; he filled them with kindness and encouragement.

Frosty practiced his own, very special brand of pediatrics for 48 years. Those of you who went to ¬"Dr. Frosty¬" know what we mean. In a sense, his care will continue through Dr. Smith¬'s Diaper Ointment, a venture he helped found with faithful, long time colleagues.

Above all, Frosty loved God. With each passing year, he seemed to grow younger in his spirit and closer to the Lord. He regarded each person with acceptance, warmth and encouragement. No one was a stranger to Frosty for long. His favorite greeting was an ¬"abraso¬" otherwise know as a hug.

Frosty Smith was a lover in the best sense of the word. We will miss him but, will also celebrate a life fully lived. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Frosty Smith Memorial Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 404 North Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, 78205 or the charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

For as long as I can remember dr. Smith was my doctor he was the doctor who showed he really cared he was a good man and there will never be another like him.

Posted by antonio boston    April 02, 2012

My children and myself just loved Dr. Smith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dr. Smith helped us very much throughout the years. We would go see him for various things even after my children were grown. They are now 26 and 24 years of age. My son 24 went for his first real job interview after graduating from college, they asked him to go to his doctor for a physical this was in April of this year he called me, to find out if I would please call Dr Smith. When I called, the number had been disconnected, when I told my son, he was silent for a moment and disappointed. My mom was reading the paper a few weeks later when she saw the article that Dr Smith had passed away, he was still in our thoughts years later, and we will never forget him.

Posted by Paula, Tiffany, and Eric Doege - La Vernia, TX   May 24, 2006

My mother was visiting this week and told me of your recent loss. It has been more years than I care to think about since I had the opportunity to see Dr.Smith, but I will never forget his kindness and how he always made me feel welcome in your home. Having lost my own Dad several years ago, I know how difficult a time this is for all of you. I pray that through his Spirit you will feel God's presence more than you have ever before and that He will pour out on your family an extra portion of his abundance grace.

Posted by Bubba Schultz - El Dorado, AR   May 19, 2006

I just saw Sunday's paper yesterday and read about Frosty's death and service last week...I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Frosty was so kind to everyone. I will always remember how wonderful he was to take care of my brother Ron when he pushed his hand through the choir room window at AHHS...He always had a smile on his face...even when I had to phone home about something Forrest had done in class...You children are all adults now with your own children...It does not make it any easier to be old or young when you lose a parent. Please know that many people loved and honored your Dad and that he will be remembered by those who knew him. I am sorry for the pain you feel. Having known you all when you were much younger, you are all somewhat frozen in time in my memory, but you are all a very special part of my past. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always...Ilene Arbetter

Posted by Ilene Arbetter - San Antonio, TX   May 11, 2006

We have been out of town and were very sadden to learn that Frost passed away.He was such a positive person with a great sense of humor and with great concern for his patients. He will be missed.

Posted by June and Howard Britton - San Antonio, TX   May 11, 2006

Harriet and Mike, Last night in BSF I learned of Frosty's 'promotion to glory.' I specifically remember his smile when I told him what a wonderful daughter he had raised to put up with a husband who took tour groups to Israel all the time. It was the first month or so after Etta and I had been to Israel with Mike and Ron, and it was the shake hands and greet segment of BSF. It is always encouraging to see physicians acknowledging the Great Physician as the source of their strength and ability to heal. May He grant you peace and comfort as only He can do. Under His mercies, Bob & Etta Fanning

Posted by Robert Fanning, M. D. - San Antonio, TX   May 09, 2006

Dr. Smith was my doctor growing up. I'm 32 years old now, and only have vague memories of him, but he was always wonderful. I remember visiting him and Peggy up front. He'll be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Michael Barger - College Station, TX   May 09, 2006

Dr. smith was my son's doctor for too short a time before he retired, and in that short time we became very fond of him. He was the most generous and loving person whom i have met in a long time, he will always be remembered fondly and missed everyday. My prayers are with your family.

Posted by theresa gonzales - san antonio, TX   May 09, 2006

Dear Betty, Forrest, Madison, Alexine, Harriet and each family member -
Bob and I were saddened to hear of Frosty's passing. He was a wonderful man who meant so much to so many, most especially I know to each of you. Please know that Bob and I will be thinking of you in the days and months to come.
With love,
Paige

Posted by Paige Vanosky - Rancho Santa Fe, CA   May 08, 2006

David -

Nancy and I hold you in our prayers at this time of sorrow and celebration.

Dave & Nancy

Posted by Dave & Nancy McNiel - Houston, TX   May 08, 2006

Dear God, Thank you for sharing "Frosty" with me. He and Betty were my loving adoptive mom and dad while I was living in San Antonio. His family said it best, that "we will miss him but, will also celebrate a life lived fully." Frosty surely is a "good and faithful servant." I will forever remember his love and hugs! Betty, and the rest of Frosty's family, I love you guys! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Perry Toles - Roswell, NM   May 08, 2006

YOUR BALLOONS WILL ALWAYS BE A MEMORY TO US. WE THANK YOU FOR HELP AND UNDERSTANING.

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW JOURNEY!

Posted by REY,LORY AND NAOMI - SAN ANTONIO, TX   May 08, 2006

Frosty took care of all the Creamer Clan, the Mayo Clan, and the Bowen Creamer Clan, we owe you all a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Frosty took care of us and my sweet father took care of you - a faithful pledge between two generous and kind men of a generation that has not been equaled. Let our children know of the wisdom,humor, and love these men and women had for one another. I know my children grew up in the loving care of Frosty and the delicious Christmas cookies of Betty - a hard act to follow... My favorite story of Frosty is this... I brought one of my children into the office with fever, sore throat, and a deep chesty cough. I am a Dr.'s daughter so I knew a long wait was no big deal but when it turned into a hour 1/2 wait I went to the receptionist and said "how much longer do we need to wait for Frosty?" And that's when she replied that Frosty was waiting on a phone call from "THE POPE" and I said "As in the Pope from Italy???!!! Why Yes, she replied, as if it were an every day occurrence. I said "Humm, how long do you think that will take?' And we looked at each other and both of us burst out laughing and said "Only God Knows!! " Well, the end of the story is that my child lived, I think in part because of "The Pope" and Frosty's devine intervention.Our Love to you all, Frosty and Betty who raised good,kind,loving children and that translate into next generation, and the next, and the next... God bless all the generations that come to pass in our families. We are so lucky to have had such God Loving men and women that helped shape our lives. I hope that we can pass this loving legacy on to our own generations.
Thank you, Frosty and Betty for all you have given, we will never forget your love and generosity, Carolyn, Randy,Dolph, Wes, and Rainey Mayo

Posted by Carolyn Creamer Mayo - San Antonio, TX   May 07, 2006

I remember the first time I met Uncle Frosty at Grandmama Gant's funeral. He saw our baby Anna and immediately said she was one of his "blue" babies. She had a blue vein showing on her face and he picked up on that immediately. He "loved her up" during our time together.

Our family had the joy of visiting Uncle Frosty and Aunt Betty during the summer of 2004. Those memories are some of our favorite ever! We loved being at the ranch AND in San Antonio. Uncle Frosty and Aunt Betty showed us a true Texas welcome. They treated us like royalty! We loved to be with both of them! It gave us a wonderful opportunity to get to know each of them better. I arrived at the ranch with a rash on my face. Of course, Uncle Frosty immediately began treating it! He worked and worked with me until he got it healed! He patiently waited for us to finish the River Walk boat ride with Aunt Betty one evening and then we enjoyed a wonderful Mexican dinner together. We loved his kind and gentle spirit and warm contagious laugh. The twinkle in his eyes brightened our spirits. We truly, truly were blessed to have those days to spend with him and Aunt Betty! We will miss him dearly but look forward to our reunion with him at the Heavenly Ranch! His arms will be wide open when we get there to join him! What a day that will be! Our love and prayers are with Aunt Betty. Love, Lori for all

Posted by Ed, Lori, Becky, Sarah and Anna Gant - Harrisonburg, VA   May 07, 2006

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

With deepest Sympathy,

Cecily Callahn

Posted by Cecily Callahan - San Antonio, TX   May 07, 2006

Dr. Frosty taught me a valuable lesson about being a doctor. More than 30 years ago, when I was first in practice, I took my two young daughters to see him for a "well baby" exam. I apologized to him for taking up his time and said that I knew he had more important patients to see. His response was, "Oh, these are the fun patients to see, but they don't really need me. It is the angry, upset, hostile, and hurting patients that really need me." For the 30 years since then, many has been time time that I stopped before entering the exam room that held a difficult patient and told myself, "This patient really needs me." Those few words have helped me and probably a lot of patients more than Dr. Frosty would have ever known.

Posted by DAVID P. GREEN - SAN ANTONIO, TX   May 07, 2006

Dr. Frosty was my sons' first pediatrician. He taught me the boys' mother so much about parenting. He reminded me that teaching them with firm and loving discipline was mandatory. I'll remember him for teaching me to teach my sons to say "No thank you, I don't prefer it" at the table in favor of "YUCK". That sounds trivial, but my son's grew up with that wise doctrine. Dr. Frosty was a special and loving doctor. I'll remember his office with all those DOC Dwarves!!! May God bless and protect Dr. Frosty's living relatives!

Posted by Aida Terzich - San Antonio, TX   May 07, 2006

My deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. And please know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

God Bless You,

Diane Dunn

Posted by Diane Dunn - San Antonio, TX   May 07, 2006

Frosty will be missed by all of his patients and those physicians who knew him. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Irving and Joan Ratner.

Posted by Dr. Irving Ratner - San Antonio, TX   May 07, 2006

Dearest Smith Family,

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I regret I will be unable to attend the services, but wish to share some of my fondest memories.

Dr. Smith was my pediatrician and truly saved my life before the age of two. I understand he was quite proud of the diagnosis he made. I am told he walked on air that day!

As I entered my teen years, he counseled me through the untimely death of my father. I remember visiting him. I, wearing my school uniform, and he, in his crisp shirt with rolled sleeves, began. He explained to me there were three parts to my personality, "me the adult, me the parent and me the child". I remember looking at him and asking, "Are you speaking of transactional analysis?" The look he gave me was priceless. He slowly dipped his head to look over his demi-glasses. A smile bloomed on his face.

I will remember him as quick to embrace God's children and revel in the wonder of His creation. I continue to hold him in a special place in my heart and am sure he has found a new calling in the Lord's house.

Posted by Elizabeth Alvarado Dannemilller - Friendswood, TX   May 06, 2006

Dear Betty: You and Frosty have been such a blessing to us and so many. We are grateful to the Lord for him and for you.

Posted by Mike & Phyllis McReynolds - San Antonio, TX   May 06, 2006

our sincerest sympathy and condolence-from long time friends

Posted by Felice and Gerhard Meyer - San Antonio, TX   May 06, 2006

Bless you! And thank you for sharing Frosty with those of us who....really needed his guidance, friendship...and yes...OPEN ARMS. I valued him as a close friend close to my heart. I am going to miss him, and yet bless him in his "New Venture". He was always looking for ways to work for the Lord and to care for his children. His New Venture will be to be before the Lord and to praise him daily. What a reward! for such a blessed life. I can just see him beaming brightly and lighting up a room as only he could. I will miss my friend and confidant. A "SPECIAL THANKS" is dedicated to him at www.alamocityteens.com for his life long service to his family, his clients, his patients, and all those he touched he never knew he reached through what he shared with others. God Bless you in your time of sadness, mourning. May his peace be shared amongst us all as we learn to "celebrate" Frosty's graduation. Ray.

Posted by Raymond Frausto - san Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Frosty was a special friend, not only to my two boys, Jeff and Jon who were his patients, but also to my family, Duncan and Peggy Wimpress, who knew him from church and the country club. My sister Tory Whittier's children went to Dr. Frosty also, so he was very much a family addition. We will miss him terribly and would like to send our condolences to his his family as I am sure they are suffering with his loss. He was such a dynamic personality in so many lives, I know he will be missed by many and thought of fondly by people like us for many years to come. Because of his great faith, I know he is up with God enjoying his reward. Again, we will miss him.
Sincerely,
Wendy Wimpress Huston, sons Jeffrey and Jonathan

Posted by Wendy Wimpress Huston - Schertz, TX   May 05, 2006

To Betty, Paul and all Frosty's family,

We at J.B.'s Barber Shop express our heartfelt sympathy and want you to know we will miss Frosty. He was a dear, sweet man.

J.B., Lisa and Terry

Posted by Terry L. Sumerlin - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

My prayers are with your family at this time. Doc Frosty meant so much to my son and myself. My son Bradley made the blue cross that hung in Frosty's office, we both will miss him dearly. He is in a very special place now. May God Bless you All.

Posted by Monica Wagoner - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

My friend, Velma Howell, told me this morning about your wonderful husband. She shared the many times he took care of her children, even made house calls, including the time her son, Johnny, fell out of a tree. I remember your telling me last year at Mary Pat's Mil-Civ luncheon that this precious man was still going to the office because he missed his young patients. He did, indeed, live a life that was exemplory in every way.

Posted by Lauretta Manuppelli - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Smith was one of our pediatricians when the Methodist Hospital first opened the Pedi unit in 1972. His calm manner, and definite views on patient care were known to all of us.
I have fond memories of him, and want to express my deepest sympathy to his family at this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Nancy Lehde, RN

Posted by Nancy L Lehde, RN - Cedar Park, TX   May 05, 2006

Ah! Frosty. I remember him well. Some six years ago, I was the Bible Study Fellowship Discussion Leader for the group into which Frosty came that year, when we studied Romans. That was the time he broke his hip, right at the end of that study year, in early May, I think. I recall that he told me that he had first gone to BSF Pilot Class in 1972. After his recovery from the fracture, I saw him in subsequent years at the classes and yes, there was his ?abrazo.? He demonstrated his "abrazo" to the entire class one year. He was always warm and had encouraging words. I join you in celebrating his life.

In Christ,
T. Harold Williams, M.D.

Posted by T. Harold Williams, M.D. - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Smith was my 3 kids Pediatrician and I attribute their success to his style of instilling a strong self esteem. That was years ago they are now 24, 25 and 28. He was loved by them. God Bless

Posted by Cecilia Roegelein - Boerne, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Frosty was a wonderful pediatrician and I was so glad I found him to take care of my children when they were young. I loved his 'preventative' care concept so that he didn't just see children when they were sick. I will remember him always.

Posted by Sherry Keller - Adkins, TX   May 05, 2006

We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Smith several years ago, but did not know him as well as we know his brother, David Smith, who is a longtime personal friend. Surely the Smith brothers have made a significant positive impact on many individuals. Most of all, they are known for their unconditional devotion to Christ and His commission.

Posted by Dr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Rivera - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Smith is our hero. He helped us to rear two wonderful children - I was the third child! Having been so young as a Mom, Dr. Smith was there for us - from the Premieour son to our daughter. We know your loss is great - but his memory will live on through his sweet face, his laughter, and wonderful common-sense way of handling children and their problems. Thank you Dr. Smith, for being you.

Posted by BARBARA AND RONNIE ARGO - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

Dr. Smith was a great role model who inspired me as a young man. His remarkable energy and caring example will always remain a part of me.

Posted by Colonel Sam Torrey, U.S. Army - Fort Bragg, NC   May 05, 2006

We are friends of Paul and Anne's and really only knew Frosty by name. However, we want you to know that our Dr. Smith's Ointment is the "must-have" in our home -- Tylenol and Dr. Smith's and we are ready for anything! We will continue to remember Frosty, and know you have proud and fond memories to cherish as well.

Warm regards, Amy and De Miller

Posted by Amy Miller - San Antonio, TX   May 05, 2006

I'm so sorry to learn of you loss. The Smith children were such a pleasure to know when you were fifth graders in my class at Cambridge. I have such treasured memories of all of you. Love, LeAnne

Posted by LeAnne VanDyke Wilden - Yoakum, TX   May 05, 2006

Dearest Betty,
Just wanted you to know of my love and prayers for you and your family. How dear you have become to me through these years of working with David! I will continue to lift you to our Heavenly Father as you walk through this valley. I know without a doubt that His strength is sufficient for all things. Your family has always greeted me with such warmth and kindness, thank you. Most sincerely, Wanda Stewart

Posted by Wanda Stewart - Houston, TX   May 05, 2006