Roy Smith

Born:                March 21,1961
Died:                September 01,1996

Turtle Years:   1990-1994
Section:            Tenor I

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Roy was born March 21, 1961 in Wichita Falls. He was a 1979 graduate of Rider High School, where he was a four-year member of the choir and band. He attended the University of North Texas and was a graduate of Aladdin Beauty College.

Roy was the owner and operator of a hair salon in Dallas from 1986 until moving to New York City. In New York, he operated a hair salon as an independent stylist in New York City.

Roy was well known by the membership during his affiliation with TCC. He is most known for his quick-wit, flamboyancy, and his story telling at TCC gatherings and parties. He was the “second unofficial” Miss Big Thickette. For the “talent competition” he performed, or tried to perform, a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on the flute. He made several appearances at TCC retreats and TCC events as “Misty Galore.” I know TCC was important for Roy in the sense of belonging to the community and as a support group.

Personally, Roy was a loyal friend of mine. He taught me a lot about tolerance and about self-acceptance. He is missed.

Roy died Sunday, September 1, 1996 in a New York hospital. Services were held Friday, September 6, 1996 at Hampton-Vaughan Funeral Home. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park.

He was survived by his mother, Grace LaNelle Smith of Wichita Falls; a brother, Randal Smith of Wichita Falls; and his grandmother, Lucille Crawford of Arlington, Texas.

This Turtle Sponsored by: Kent Mecklenburg & Franklin Reed

A Turtle’s History

Roy was a member of the Chorale from 1990 through 1994 before moving to New York City. He first performed with the Chorale in “T.C.C. and S.M.C. in March 1990 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and played the part of NIKKO in THE WIZARD OF OZ in October 1993.

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  1. Ulrich Bosse
    Ulrich Bosse says:

    Roy was with us in Goslar as an exchange student in 1979. Germany. I’ve been looking for him on the net for years, and unfortunately only found it now. We had a fun time. It’s a shame that life is sometimes only so short.


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