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Charles Henry Washington, 69, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Veteran’s Administration in San Antonio. Visitation will begin with a wake service from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 9 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, located at 333 Martin Luther King Dr. Funeral service are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, November 10 at the church. Interment will be on Sunday, November 11 at Riverside Cemetery in Hearne.
Charles was born March 21, 1938, in Hearne to General and Dorothy Ballard Washington. He received his early education within the Hearne school system and graduated from Blackshear High School in 1956.
He went on to attend and graduate from the University of Texas in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, where his principal instrument was the euphonium. He also attended the Naval School of Music.
Charles excelled as a professional jazz musician and vocalists and was beginning to make a name in the music industry when, during his service in the military, he met and married Mary Turner of Huntsville, Ala. They were blessed with four children: Nina Shirl, Laynette Caprice, Felicia Yudette and Tishauna Marcheryl, or as he affectionately called them, daughters one, two, three and four. The opportunity to be a father proved to be one his greatest loves. There was no opportunity he squandered to share with anyone he met of the accomplishments and love he held for his girls.
He was a band director and math instructor in the San Antonio Independent School District for more than 25 years. He worked at Dunbar Middle School, and retired from his position at Jefferson Davis Middle School in the early 80s.
It was then that Charles entered a third career in insurance sales, where he enjoyed a great measure of success and opened the Washington Insurance Agency. In 1972, he opened the Washington Music Studio on Crockett and Mittman. For more than 35 years, he taught music privately to generations of families in the San Antonio community.
Charles always found joy in offering his talents as a vocalists and musician in the church. He was often asked to sing for musicals and special programs. For many years, he was able to offer his gift of song to many audiences. His smooth baritone voice touched the hearts of so very many people.
With all of the wisdom God afforded him, he prayed without ceasing for his family and for his ability to be a competent and loving leader of his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, daddy, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. He lived as he spoke, and was willing to give whatever he had to anyone who needed help.
Charles will be sorely missed by his family, and remembered fondly for his exceptional musical talents.
He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Willie Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Mable; six children, Nina Smith, Laynette Collins, Felicia Washington, Tishauna Washington, Maria Johnson and husband, Alvin, and Warren Rutledge and wife, Jana; two god-daughters, Loretta Lee, and husband, Wyatt, and April Borrero and husband, Jose; their children, Romero Logan and Jasmine Johnson; six grandchildren, Marilyn and Darryl Smith II, Kala Price, Monica and Nicholas Johnson and Marlee Rutledge; and one great-granddaughter, Nalani Martinez; and many relatives who love him dearly.
Arrangements are entrusted to All Families Mortuary, 109 Alamo St., 979-280-5565, “Service with pride, respect and dignity.”
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
Elouise Beard Smith
Jan. 8, 1920 – Nov. 3, 2007
Elouise Beard Smith, 87, of Bryan, Brazos County, Texas passed away at her home on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, followed by a brief graveside service at College Station Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.
Elouise was born in Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, across the Brazos River from the site of Stephen F. Austin’s Fort Bend, and she developed a lifelong interest in Texas history and the history of her own family. She was an accomplished athlete and excelled in softball, golf, tennis, gymnastics and equestrian activities. She pitched for the Fort Bend County State Championship Softball Team when she was in high school. (Note: she was a teenager in the 1930s!)
Elouise attended Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, for two years. She returned home for a summer job with the First National Bank of Rosenberg, where she met and married Omar Smith, a local Boy Scout executive.
Together, Omar and Elouise established several restaurants. After moving to Bryan in 1947, they were among the earliest owners of a Dairy Queen franchise in Texas. From their first walk-up ice cream stand at Northgate across from Texas A&M University, they built Smith Dairy Queens, a chain of 35 Dairy Queen stores across Texas, one of the largest family-owned Dairy Queen chains in the world.
Elouise hosted the first Texas Dairy Queen Trade Association Convention in her home in Bryan in 1951 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 from International Dairy Queen and TDQTA for her contributions to the Dairy Queen brand.
While Omar Smith was the Texas A&M Tennis Coach from 1959 to 1974, Elouise provided a home-away-from-home for hundreds of student athletes. Whenever a tennis player needed a good meal or a bed or a place to study or relax, she opened her home gladly and provided loving care and encouragement to an entire generation of young men.
Elouise was honored in 1985 with the naming of the Elouise Beard Smith Human Performance Laboratory in the College of Education of Texas A&M University. She was a charter member of the American Association of University Women and a member of Who’s Who in America.
She was one of the first supporters of womens athletics at Texas A&M and was a charter member and lifelong supporter of the Maroon Club. In 1990, the City of Bryan dedicated the Elouise Beard Smith Softball Field at Travis Park.
Elouise was a nationally known genealogist and consulted with hundreds of colleagues across the country. She traveled extensively across America and England cataloging her own family tree and located 120 grandparents in all her lines. She continued to add to her family history until her death and located graves and placed tombstones for more than 15 relatives in Limestone County alone.
In later years, Elouise developed an interest in locating and preserving small Texas cemeteries; once they were located, she would work with local residents to hold memorials and raise money for their restoration and preservation. Tidwell Cemetery in Limestone County near Thornton was covered in brush and yaupon when she found it, and it is now on Texas highway maps and is a beautiful place of history and peaceful reflection for the families of relatives buried there.
In the midst of an incredibly active life, her greatest joy came from making a home, entertaining and cooking for family and friends, filling her garden with beautiful flowers and serving others at every opportunity. Everyone she met became a friend for life.
Elouise was a lifelong Baptist with ties to First Baptist Church of Rosenberg, First Baptist Church in Bryan and her final church home, First Baptist Church of College Station. Her faith in Christ was precious to her and guided her and comforted her throughout her life.
Elouise was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Omar Smith; her father and mother, Lee Roy Beard and Ruby Foy Beard; her brother, R.L. Beard; and two grandchildren, Natalie Renee Smith and Christopher Kindt Smith. She is survived by her brother and two sisters-in-law, Leldon and Marjorie Beard and Carolyn Beard all of Rosenberg; her daughter, Mary Jean Smith Cherry of Dallas; two sons and daughters-in-law in Bryan, Terry Omar Smith and Karen Louise Kindt Smith and Don Alan Smith and Monie Sue Mitchell Smith; her grandchildren, Jeremy Omar Smith and Heather Louise Smith Barron of Bryan and Eva Beverly Cherry of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Marie Smith, Madison Elaine Smith and Olivia Louise Barron, all of Bryan; numerous nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends and extended family, including her lifelong best friend and the catcher on her high school softball team, Moydale Neuman McNutt of Rosenberg.
The family requests that memorials be made to Tidwell Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 3788, Bryan, Texas 77805, Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803 or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on 11/5/2007.
On this date in 1985, beloved “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little” author E.B. White died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 86. A wonderful article in the New York Times appeared soon after. My favorite comments:
- “He loved his farm, his farm animals, his neighbors, his family and words.”
- “He could be outspoken and passionate on subjects that were especially close to his heart – the freedom and integrity of the press, personal privacy and liberty, the intrusion of advertising, market surveys and commercialism into everyday living, the conservation of nature, the need for some form of world government. His opponents often succumbed before the force of his purity, ridicule, regret and common sense.”
- “He never wrote a mean or careless sentence. He was impervious to literary, intellectual and political fashion. He was ageless, and his writing was timeless.
- “Mr. White turned out some of the most moral, living prose produced by hand in the country.”
What does E.B. stand for? Elwyn Brooks. But his friends called him “Andy”. Click here to read the entire New York Times article by Herbert Mitgang which includes quotes by William Shawn, at that time the editor of the New Yorker magazine.