Charles S. Smith 1937 - 2018
Charles Sidney Smith passed away peacefully at his home in Groesbeck on Tuesday evening, January 8, 2018. He was 83. Born in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 1934, he moved to Groesbeck with his parents that same year and never lost his love for his hometown where, with few exceptions, he spent his entire life. His last years were spent battling Parkinson’s Disease that had taken him from an active life of ranching and his love for the land and outdoors.
Charles graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1951 where he was a star athlete in baseball, later attending Baylor University and lettering in that sport his freshman year. He was best known for being a “long ball hitter”.
When Texas Christian University inaugurated its Ranch Management Program, he was immediately drawn to its first class and graduated in 1957 as its top student. After one year on Flat Top Ranch near Walnut Springs, Texas, owned by Charles Pettit, the benefactor of the TCU program, he moved his family back to the hometown they loved and worked with the Soil Conversation Service where his land and water reclamation interest crystalized. Charles became a “bulldozer operator” eventually owning his own business and building stock ponds, clearing land and improving pastures throughout the area. His expertise and attention to exact detail were unmatched and he trained others who later were able to start their own business. Stories of his mastery with his large machine are near legendary.
The bulldozer operation was his business but, after his family, his first love was horses, especially palomino horses with “cow sense’ and he raised some of the best working and competition horses in the area on his ranches near Groesbeck. He continued his father’s interest in Polled Hereford cattle until crossbreeding dictated change and he used his ranch management training to assist others in their ranching programs.
Charles Smith was a man who went to work early and quit late, all the time, taking care of his family and being kind to his friends. He was liked and loved by all who knew him and known to be a man you could depend on and trust. He was a quiet man, devastatingly handsome, in his looks, his demeanor and his outlook on life. He never harmed anyone or any of his animals and he expected the same from others. He was soft spoken, almost shy and a man of few words but, when he spoke, it was straight forward and you could take it to the bank. Charles Smith will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sid and Bernice Smith, who operated the Limestone Theatre and contributed much to the City of Groesbeck and the surrounding area. His loving wife Shirley Tompkins Smith was laid to rest on March 24, 2014. They were joined in marriage on
Nov.25, 1956 and shared a long and fruitful life together that began when she said by telephone, “For a penny, I would quit college and marry you!” Charles showed up the next morning with penny in hand.
Survivors include daughter, Susan Logan and husband, Bill; son, Chuck Smith and wife, Becky; grandchildren, Scott Logan and wife, Shalyn; Chase Logan and wife, Alicia: Lance Logan, student at Texas Tech University: Rachel Smith; Sydney Reyne and husband Matt, all of Groesbeck and Crystal Baker of Louisiana. Great grandchildren, Laci Logan, Easton Logan, Nate Baker, Riley Brown, Brianna Brown, Blake Elfrez, Bristol Logan and Mackenliey Logan.
One brother, Larry P. Smith of Groesbeck and one niece Lori Donnell and husband, Jeff of Fort Worth; two nephews, Larry P. Smith II and wife, Heatherly of Celina; Lee Smith and wife, Belinda of Houston and 8 great nieces and nephews. Three 1st cousins, Laura Hyde and husband, H.T. of Tyler; Les Acker and wife, Jan of San Angelo; and Lex Acker of Austin.
Loving Caregivers, Jonney and Jeanie; Hospice Nurse, Wanda Schlemmer
Pallbearers were Robert Morrison, Ronnie Ferguson, Budge Kimble, Terry “Hoot” Gibson Stewart Wharton and Rand Bates.
Services were conducted by Groesbeck Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018 with burial in Faulkenberry Cemetery.