B. J. Smith

Born:                April 7, 1948
Died:                March 29, 2011

Turtle Years:   1983 – 1993
Section:            Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

B. J. (Burleigh John) Smith, 62, of Dallas passed away on March 29, 2011 from complications due to liver cancer. He was born in Shreveport, LA to the late B. C. (Bernard Cyril) and Gwendolyn Smith. B. J. worked 20 years for Cinemark Theaters as a film buyer before retiring in early 2010. He served as an officer in the Air Force achieving the rank of Captain while serving as a B-52 navigator/bombadier from 1970–1976.

He is survived by Dennis Bellotto, his partner of 31 years, sister Lynn Norton and family of Flower Mound, brother Barney Smith and family of San Antonio, and cherished cat Lance.

B. J. had a very outgoing and uplifting personality. He never met a stranger.
Hobbies and interests included singing with the Turtle Creek Chorale 11 years, movies, traveling, cooking, enjoying food and wine with friends.
In lieu of flowers, B. J. requested that memorial donations be made to
AMFAR www.amfar.org or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
www.lls.org No formal memorial service

A Turtle’s History

B.J. was an early member of the Turtle Creek Chorale. His first concert was “Sing Gloria” in November 1983. His last was “Sing We Nowell” in December 1993. In the 3rd and 4th seasons, he worked in advertising sales for the TCC.

During the 5th and 6th seasons he served as both Member at Large and as a member of the Board of Directors. B.J. made many appearance on the TCC concert stages. Here are just a few:

SPOTLIGHT – May 1985 – Sang 1890’s Medley song “My Gal Sal” as part of a quartet; “Coffee In A Cardboard Cup” as a solo with back-up from the Company; “Life Is Like A Train” as part of a quartet with a second quartet singing back-up; Noel Coward Medley song “Let’s Do It” as part of an octet; Noel Coward Medley song “Mrs. Worthington” as a part of a Small Group;

“We Will All Go Together When We Go” as part of a trio TEXAS COUNTDOWN… 150 – June 1985

“J’ay le rebours” with the Madrigals JUBILATE! – December 1985

“The Three Kings” with an Octet and sang “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” & “My Gift” with the Madrigals INTERMEZZO – March 1986

“It Est Bel Et Bon” with the Madrigals IN CONCERT – December 1986 –

“Christmas Day” as part of a Trio GREATEST HITS – March 1987

“I Believe in You” as part of a Trio SPOTLIGHT ‘87 – April 1987 –

“Hymn To Him” as part of an Octet and sang “Invocation and Instructions to the Audience” as part of a Quartet POPS ‘87 – June 1987

“Little House of Horrors” as part of a Trio CHRISTMAS – WRAP IT UP – December 1987

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” as a solo BACH TO BACH (J.S. TO P.D.Q.) – March 1988

“It Ain’t Necessarily So” as a solo SPOTLIGHT ‘88 – August 1988

“Gee, But It’s Great to be Here”, “A Tribute to George & Ira Gershwin”, “On Broadway”, “Music Hall”, “Return of the Flower Children” & “Finale Medley” with the Cast A PERFECT 10 – October 1989

“Vive L’Amour” as a solo TEXAS HO HO HO DOWN – December 1989

played the part of Cowboy #1 in the Singing Cowboy skit A NIGHT AT OKTOBERFEST – October 1990

“Vive L’Amour” as a solo I’M DREAMING OF A WHAT CHRISTMAS? – December 1990 – played the part of a Toy Soldier

This Turtle Sponsored by: Patrick J. McCann, Jr.

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