Services for Charles “Dallas” Smith, 55, Seven Points, were held July
13, 2009, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Smith was born Sept. 9, 1953, in Littlefield and died at ETMC in Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his mother Francis Smith and brother Hershel
He had resided in Seven Points since 1999, but he had always held a
special place in his heart for Arizona where he lived for many years.
He had many occupations including police officer and deputy sheriff in
Seminole, horse farrier, auctioneer, real-estate agent in Colorado and
Arizona and a truck driver. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine
His family and friends before 1999 knew him as “Chuck.” He went by
“Dallas” after moving to Texas.
He was a wonderful, loving, patient and respectful husband, father, son
and friend to many. He will be forever missed. Our hero.
Survivors include his father Charles Smith, Willcox, Ariz.; sisters
Patsy Smith and Goldie Bedolla, El Paso; Carolyn Thompson and Barbra
Boehm, Arizona; daughters Shawna Locke, Mabank; and Charli Thompson, San
Angelo; sons Remington Smith, Mabank; and Colt Smith, Fort Leonardwood,
Mo.; grandchildren Tyler Blouin, Izick and Mathew Smith, Taylor and Luke
Smith and Coralee Thompson; stepdaughters Christina Jackson, Odessa; and
Wendy Wallace, Illinois, who loved him very much; and friends too
numerous to name since he had them in every state he lived in. He was
dearly loved by them as he loved them too.
A memorial service for Douglas Boyd Foster, 59, Log Cabin, is pending.
Foster was born Dec. 31, 1949, in Dallas to Velma Ruth and Emit Foster
and died Aug. 1, 2009, in peace at his home in Log Cabin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two wives, Linda Foster and
He graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and his nickname was
He moved to the Cedar Creek area in 2006, having lived in Dallas most of
He was passionate about issues, events and people and so lived his life
until he could sustain it no further. His wife commented “he was the
most interesting person I have ever met with a diverse background.”
Survivors include his wife of 2˝ years Joan Foster; daughter Christine
Foster whom he loved greatly; granddaughters Adrianna and Chloe Harkins
whom he called “his girls” and tried to inspire both their intellectual
and fun sides; former wife Barbara Stone, whose life was intertwined, as
she is the primary positive influence in his girls’ lives.
Miles Arthur Shern
Graveside services for Miles Arthur Shern, 83, Trinidad, were held July
7, 2009, at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction
of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Shern was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Polk County, Wisc., to Anna Magdelena
Hermansen and Arthur Olaf Shern and died July 4, 2009.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte Shern, Trinidad; son Eric Miles
Shern, Franklintown, Pa.; daughter Anne Shern Dupont, Sacramento,
Calif.; grandchildren Kathleen G. Shern and Christian James Shern,
Franklintown, Pa.; Amanda M. Murray and Averi Anne Dupont, Somerville,
Services for Hilda Martinez Merrilatt, 49, Eustace, were held Aug. 1,
2009, at the First Baptist Church of Eustace with the Rev. Paul McKinney
officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in
She died July 28, 2009.
She was a nurses aide.
Previously of Oklahoma, she had resided in Eustace for the last three
months and was Catholic by faith.
Survivors include her husband Steven Merrilatt, Eustace; daughter Olta
Vance and husband Roger, Eustace; son Steven M. Merrilatt, Eustace;
sisters Sylvia Crutchfield, Oklahoma; and Norma Quintel; and four