Elmer Harris Venable was born January 8, 1947, to the late Jerline Venable (Smith) in Temple, Texas, and was raised with the assistance of his grandparents (the late Elnora and William McKinley Venable.) He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Crestview Christian Church of which his grandmother was a founding member. He received his formal education in Temple Public Schools. He was a star football player at Dunbar High School in Temple, Texas, alongside future NFL hall of famer Charles Edward Greene better known as (Mean Joe Greene). They remained lifelong friends. After graduating from high school in 1966, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he met Cheryl of New Orleans, Louisiana. They later married and two sons, Omar S. Venable and Craig A. Venable, were born. He later married Cecilia Lowe Venable and she preceded him in death.
He worked for Union Pacific railroad for 45 years and retired. After retiring he moved to the Atlanta Georgia area to be near his sons. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparents, and a brother (William Bryan Smith).
Survivors are his children, Omar S. Venable and Craig A. Venable (Tyesha), grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Jean Shelton of Nashville, Tennessee and Rebecca Kay Darden of Houston, Texas; brothers, Harland D. Smith of Austin, and Thomas Kevin Smith of Temple; and a host of relatives and friends.
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