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Charles Smith COACH CHARLES E. SMITH, 81, of Waxahachie, TX died Sept. 20, 2020 in Dallas, TX. Charlie was born Oct. 7, 1938 in Holdenville, OK to Violet C. (Blaylock) & Archie B. Smith. Charlie grew up in Oklahoma where he graduated from Duncan High School before attending Murray State (Tishomingo) and transferring to Austin College where he received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1960. He earned athletic honors as an NAIA All-American in basketball where he enjoyed team success with lifelong friends. He was elected to the Austin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. While attending Austin College, he met and married Linda Smith. In their sixty years of marriage, they nurtured and loved two sons: Chuck and Mark. Coach Smith garnered West Texas Coach of the Year awards twice during his thirteen-year high school coaching career. He led young men and women in a variety of sports, chiefly football for Olney, Ranger (late 1960s), and Stamford High Schools. Following his coaching career, Charlie began a journey in territorial sales and sales management with Commerce Clearing House (CCH) where he distinguished himself as a leader in a career spanning twenty-two years. He achieved the company's highest award, Honor Club annually in numerous years. He was named Top Division Manager in the U.S. with CCH in 2004. Charlie was awarded the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award upon his retirement in 2010. He will also be remembered as co-owner and general manager of Super Sports, Inc. in San Angelo, TX between stints with CCH. Arguably, Coach Smith's greatest joy was coaching, teaching, and mentoring his two sons in various sports throughout their athletic lives. Charlie & Linda never missed a game when Mark or Chuck played. Dozens of baseball and basketball games; home or away, they offered their unwavering support for their son's teams. He actively schooled and tutored his boys in every nuance of the game, regardless of the sport. Dad caught thousands of baseball pitches from Mark and worked tirelessly with Chuck on shooting and rebounding in basketball. Charlie shared his coaching, teaching and mentoring passions with another generation of children as "PawPaw." He loved playing golf with grandsons, coaching YMCA sports or hosting family cookouts for his grand- children and great-grandchildren. Charlie loved the social element that large family gatherings provided. Charlie and Linda traveled extensively and the adventures they shared in Hawaii, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Bermuda, and other countries are too many to number. Through sixty years of marriage, they were rarely apart and consistently expressed their love for each other and their family and friends. Charlie's affectionate humor and love for his fellow man has touched the lives of athletes, co-workers, students, friends, and family throughout the country. He will always be remembered for 'championing the underdog' and sharing genuine love and respect for everyone he encountered. He lived his life guided by a simple phrase; "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Don and Dennis Smith and sister Diane George. He leaves to treasure his legacy of love; wife Linda, sons Chuck (Theresa), Mark (Cheryl), grandchildren Michael (Judith) and Christopher Smith, Lainie Lee (Daniel), Shaun Roberds (Kacee), Aaron Roberds and Chantel Fails (Mark). Additionally, he is survived by nine great-grandchildren, special furry friends Pip, Ali, and Stanley.