Written by The Herald-News
Alfred “Cotton” William Smith, 81, of Froid, died Aug. 23, 2013.
He was born May 26, 1932, on the family farm in rural Froid to Alvin and Marie Smith. As a child, his grandmother nicknamed him “Cotton” when she saw his snow-white hair. He attended country school in rural Froid through the eighth-grade.
On Aug. 8, 1953, he married Donna Arvidson in Froid. They moved to Plentywood where he was a driver for Pepsi Cola. From there, they moved to rural Froid and he worked for the Schnitzler Corporation. In 1956, they moved to Mineral Bench and he worked for Gene Swank as a hired hand. In 1957, he decided to become his own boss and bought the land that he farmed and ranched until his death.
He had a dairy farm and sold milk to Moore’s Dairy until they sold out. He also sold cream to Peterson’s Creamery. Meanwhile, he was building up his Hereford herd. He passed his love of the farm on to his son Wade.
He loved pitching horseshoe and was instrumental in starting the horseshoe club in Froid. He and Donna enjoyed many years of dancing and were well-known throughout the area. He also taught himself how to play the mouth organ and guitar. He enjoyed the many hours of practicing music and participating at jam sessions.
His joy and love for his family was both a gift to him and his family. The hours spent with his family and friends were a true testament to what he valued most in his life. He was a true family man, who rarely went anywhere without his wife and children. He enjoyed visiting and family gatherings and had a gift to gab and a great sense of humor. He loved watching his children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces and nephews participate in all types of sporting events. He never missed his children’s activities and would even plow the road to town with a tractor to make sure that he got there.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; children, Calvin Smith, Lana Sunwall, Roxann Miller and Wade Smith; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Alyce Arion, Harold Damm and Dorothy Schledewitz.
There will be no public memorial service.