A memorial service for Dennis Smith, age 64 of
Mount Vernon, was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 on the downtown plaza in Mount Vernon, Texas. Dennis died Tuesday, Nov. 20 in an auto accident. His cremains will be scattered along Ripley Creek in eastern Franklin County in a private family ceremony on a later date.
He was born November 10, 1948 in Farmersville, TX. He was one of four sons born to James and Edith (Wilks) Smith. He attended public school in Coppell, TX., where he graduated from high school. He moved to Mount Pleasant where he met and married his “best friend” Karen Carrascosa. They were wed July 29, 1983 on the site of his memorial service. Dennis was employed at Quality Trailer Products in Mount Pleasant for a month shy of 19 years.
Dennis was an amateur archeologist with a great love of seeking out bits of early history through finding American Indian artifacts. He regularly dabbled as a poet on a variety of topics. A loving husband, father, grandfather and mentor to many, he will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donnie and Randy Smith, who lived in Clarksville, TX.
Dennis is survived by his wife of almost 30 years; and four children and their families: CW2 (P) Jason Smith, his wife, Jami, and their daughters, Peyton, Presley and Parker, all of Ft. Campbell, KY.; Justin Smith of Mount Vernon, TX. and his sons, Tyler, Austin, Ryan, and Trent; Lydia Carrascosa and her daughter, Taylor Carrascosa, of College Station, TX.; and Martin Carrascosa, his wife, Cassandra, and their son, Rylan, of Philadelphia, PA. He is also survived by a brother, Jerald Smith, of Avery, TX.; three nephews, Tom Smith of Burleson, TX., Tim Smith of Ogden, UT., Zane Smith of San Antonio, TX.; and countless other family members and friends.
In lieu of other memorials, the family asks friends consider making a donation in memory of Dennis to the following: American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Franklin County Genealogical Society at P. O. Box 1563, Mount Vernon, TX 75457..