Ranger Exes Memorial - Others

Callie W. Smith CALLIE W. SMITH, 72, of Rockport, TX & previously San Antonio died on Jan. 26, 2004. Callie was born June 7, 1931 in a farming community outside of Sulphur Springs, TX to the late Roger & Willie Smith. After graduating from East Texas in 1951 he began his career in education as Band Director of the Gladewater Jr. High School Band. He then served in the army during the Korean War in the 6th Armored Division Band at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. In 1953, he married Rosemary Bruce (RHS-1944) in Ranger, TX. After his discharge in 1954 Callie was Principle then Assistant Superintendent of Tuloso-Midway Corpus Christi where he also completed his Masters in School Administration at Texas A&I Kingsville. In 1962, Callie was Assistant Superintendent of Harlandale ISD and then Superintendent in 1968. In 1972, Callie & his family moved to Longview, where he was Superintendent of Schools. He then served as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Texas State Teachers Assoc. in Austin, Dec. 1974-79. Callie moved back to San Antonio in 1979 to begin a career in Health Care Administration as Dean of the Institute of Health Education and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System. In 1988 he was made President & Chief Executive Officer of the Baptist System until his retirement in 1995. Soon after his retirement he became the Chairman of the April 1997 Billy Graham Crusade in San Antonio. While living in San Antonio he was a member and deacon of Harlandale Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, SA and was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church, Rockport. Callie served his Lord, his family, his church and his community. Callie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary; his daughters, Kristi Tschoepe and her husband, Mike, Lisa Henderson and her husband, David; grandchildren, Brian Henderson & his wife, Michelle, Phillip Henderson and Lauren Adair; & great-grandchild, Holly Henderson.