Born on a ranch in Spearmont, Texas, Smith moved to Fort Worth in 1948, giving him the opportunity to work more rodeos in the bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling events. A veteran of the U. S. Army, Smith and E. McHood formed a partnership and the M Bar S Ranch Rodeo Company began its rise, becoming the first to ever produce a rodeo at Will Rogers Coliseum (other than the RCA Rodeo in Fort Worth.)
Lots of young cowboys got their start there. A member of the CRA, IRA and a permit holder in the RCA, he continued roping and steer wrestling until retiring in 1978.
A former president of the North Texas Longhorn Breeders Association for a number of years, he stays busy ranching and selling team roping steers year-round all over the United States. “Smitty” still gets his mail in Fort Worth.