Passing of Don Smith

Mr. Smith was born July 18, 1933 in Tell, Texas in Childress County to the late Mary Aline (Minnis) and Gaylon Bine Smith, and died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at his residence.

Mr. Smith grew up on his parents’ farm and attended Childress High School. During his time in college he joined the ROTC and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He graduated from Texas Tech University and was a Registered Professional Engineer of Texas. He served in the United States Air Force for two years as 1st Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain in the Reserves. On December 21,1955 he married Rosemary Cannady. He was deployed for two years on Okinawa. On returning to the United States he gained employment with Lufkin Foundries for 11 years. He then established his own company, Texas Metal Casting Company, where he worked as President and CEO until he retired. Mr. Smith loved flying, gardening and going to Colorado. He was a member of the Timberland Drive Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rosemary Smith of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Davis, Christi and Dale Nash, all of Lufkin; daughter, Cynthia Brunkenhoefer of Lufkin; seven grandchildren, Richard Don Davis, Alyssa Challis, Kevin McGee, James “Younger” Hill, Lindsay Hill, Logan Brunkenhoefer, and Jakob Nash; seven great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Milton L. Smith and Helen of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Peggy Fletcher of Lubbock; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Corinne and Milton Cannady; and brother-in-law, Joe Fletcher. Pallbearers will be Mike Penn, Tim Beamon, Mark Pope, Monte Ramsey, Larry Davis and Joe Ruby. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Shipley, Tim “John” Wallace, Joe Smitherman and Ted Lankford.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

American Cancer Society
212 Gene Samford Dr.
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Heart to Heart Hospice
209 Christie St.
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Passing of Charles William “Will” Frazier, III.

Charles William “Will” Frazier, III., of Coolidge, passed away in Waco, Texas on November 6, 2016 at the age of 45. Funeral services will be 2PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Mike Smith, of Outreach Ministries in Coolidge, officiating. Interment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery. Bob Pranger, V.J. Gupta, Miguel Gonzales, Randy Hughes, Polo Mora, Abel Salazar, Javier Lopez and Jeff Lincoln will serve as pallbearers. The Frazier & Frazier Crew will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home at 605 S McKinney Street Mexia, TX

Will was born in Galveston, Texas on June 14, 1971 to Charles William Frazier, Jr. and Deborah Anderson Frazier. He had been a resident of Coolidge for the past 17 years and employed as General Manager of Frazier & Frazier Foundry, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.

Will’s love for the Lord and his family was exemplified in the way he lived his life. His life revolved around his family; his wife and son were his inspirations, just as he was to them, his parents, siblings and all who knew him. Will had an outgoing personality and an extraordinary sense of humor. His wittiness and sense of humor prevailed even throughout his courageous battle with cancer.

Will was serving on the Coolidge ISD School Board, prior to his illness. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coolidge and attended Outreach Ministries of Coolidge. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Will Anderson and Margaret Harris; and paternal grandfather, Charles W. Frazier, Sr.

Will is survived by his loving wife, Irene Frazier of Coolidge; son, Charlie Frazier of Coolidge; parents, Chuck and Deborah Frazier of Coolidge; twin sister, Angie Gradisar and husband, Damian of Pueblo West, Co; brother, Clint Frazier and wife, Leslie of Helena, OK; a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.