R.C. “Coach” Smith, age 82, of Santa Anna, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, in Brownwood, Texas.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2014, at the Santa Anna High School Auditorium, with the Rev. Kathy Monroe officiating. A private family interment will be held prior to the services in the Santa Anna Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Allcorn Funeral and Cremation Care in Coleman, Texas.
Rommie Coswell Smith was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Ranger, Texas, to the late Henry Woodfin Grady and Izetta Mansfield Smith. After graduating from high school on 1949, R.C. attended one year at Ranger Jr. College. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in California where he met the love of his life Patricia Jean. They were married in Livermore, Calif., on June 21, 1953. Shortly after, R.C. and Pat moved to Texas and R.C. attended North Texas State where he earned a Master’s Degree. R.C. and Pat raised three children: Vicki, Dick and Lori, and were members of the First Presbyterian Church.
R.C. coached at Farmersville, Lockhart, Valley Mills, Taylor and Santa Anna during his career and settled in Santa Anna in 1972 where he served as coach, teacher, principal and superintendent. From 1975 to 1986, R.C. “Coach” Smith was the tennis coach at Santa Anna ISD and sent 43 people to state competition. In 1983, R.C. was named “Tennis Coach of the Year” for all classes in Texas and during the following year, he was awarded “Class A Coach of the Year.” In 1986, R.C. “Coach” Smith was inducted in the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.
R.C. retired in 1986 and taught half a day until 1999. After retirement, he continued volunteering and helpings students at track and helped coach Hannah Hartman (a third generation athlete) to second place in Pole Vault at state competition in 2013.
R.C. “Coach” Smith is survived by a son, Richard (Dick) Smith and wife Karen Wetsel Smith of Weatherford; two daughters, Vicki Drake and husband Robbie of Brazoria, and Lori Kernes and husband Jimmy of Lampasas; one brother, Jimmy Smith of Burleson; and five grandchildren, Dana Ruiz and husband, Edgar of League City, Ryne Smith of Houston, Cody Smith of Denton, Valerie Kernes of Austin, and Audrey Kernes of Lampasas; a great-grandchild, Katie Ruiz; and dear friends, Stanley Hartman and Debbie Bacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Henderson Smith; and a sister, Edna Herrington.
The family requests memorials to be made to R.C. Smith Courts Scholarship Fund at Santa Anna National Bank or to the First Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 40, Santa Anna, Texas 76878.
Arrangements are under the direction of Allcorn Funeral and Cremation Care of Coleman, Texas. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.allcornfuneralcare.com.