Charlie Albert Smith Jr. was born on January 18, 1922 to Willie Mae (McDonald) Smith and Charlie Albert Smith Sr. in Woodville, Tyler Co., Texas. He was raised in Woodville and graduated from Kirby High School in 1939. He worked for Wood Fain Enterprises from the time he was about 12 years old. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps in January, 1942 just a few short days before his 20th birthday. He spent three years overseas in the European Theater of Operation (322 Bombardment Group; 451st Squadron). The war ended in 1945 and he rotated back to the USA in October, 1945. By that time his family had moved to Houston. The first part of November 1945, he went to Newton, Texas to visit with some of the Fain Family. Minnie Pearl (Fain) Townsend introduced him to Bonnie Lou Jones. A true love story (chosen by God) began. Charlie and Bonnie were married on Jan. 12, 1946. They have been married 66 and 1/2 years. Charlie retired from the Business System Division of Eastman Kodak Co. after 34 years of service. Charlie and Bonnie raised two wonderful sons in San Antonio, Texas. Charlie and Bonnie retired to Newton and built a retirement home on April 1, 1943. The became members of First Baptist Church (not the same church as now) where they both served the Lord. Charlie was ordained a deacon in the church and subsequently became both Chairman of the Deacons and taught the oldest men's Sunday School Class for over 20 years. Charlie was a unique husband and daddy. His constant thoughts were the welfare of his family. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, sons: Charlie Albert Smith III and wife, Frieda of Kerrville, TX and Stanley Kurt Smith and wife, Kathy of Waxahachie, TX, grandsons, Travis and Cameron Smith of Canyon Lake, Tx, granddaughters, Tina Hess (Buzzy's daughter) of Fairview, Ok and Brandy Helm (Stanley's daughter) of Red Oak, Tx., siblings: Garland Smith and wife, Linda of Sacremento, Ca: sisters: Brenda Brignac and husband Winston of Gonzales, La.; Linda Everett of Humble, Tx; sister-in-law, Helen Smith of Humble, TX. and numerous nieces and newphews. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 29th at Smith Funeral Home in Newton, Tx. Christian Services will be on Monday, July 30, 2012 in the Chapel of Smith Funeral Home at 10:00 am with private interment in the Nwton City Cemetery.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 29, 2012