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