Charles Smith Obituary


Charles Edwin (Charlie) Smith
January 27, 1949 – April 21, 2023
Fort Worth, Texas – Charles Edwin (Charlie) Smith II passed away Friday, April 21, 2023 at the age of 74.
Celebration of life: 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2023 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Charles was born January 27, 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Charles Edwin Smith and Mildred Ann Rawdon Smith. He attended and graduated from Arlington High School, University of Texas at Arlington, John Brown University in Arkansas and University of Arkansas Law School. Charlie started his swimming career with the Panther Boys Club of Fort Worth. He was an All-American swimmer in high school. He was an All-American swimmer at UTA and also at John Brown University in Arkansas. He was scheduled to try out for the Olympics in 1972. He called himself a yellow dog democrat.
After graduating law school, he was licensed in both Arkansas and Texas. He became a prominent criminal defense attorney in Tarrant County. During that time, he became a thoroughbred horse trainer, winning multiple stakes and he devoted his time to the practice of law and training and racing thoroughbreds. Charlie lived life to the fullest. His greatest joy was Lola and Madison whom he wanted to show the world. He had a special place in his heart for his Canadian friends.
Survivors: Wife, Terry Propps; daughter, Lola Propps; granddaughter, Madison Propps; step son, Zacchary Propps; brother, Robert Smith and wife, Ann; brother, Juan Duran and wife, Jan; nieces, Leah Smith, Rachel Smith, Emily Duran Mason and Stephanie Duran; numerous cousins and friends.

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Published by Legacy Remembers on Apr. 30, 2023.
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Super nice man. He will be missed at Assiniboine Downs.. Our sympathies to Charlie´s family.
Pat Duncan
May 11, 2023

My deepest condolences to the family. I loved working with him over the years, especially the boot camp case, and cherished our friendship very much. He was one of the most caring and giving people, and I loved that about him. He loved his family very much.
Charlie, you will be missed, and you will hold a very special place in my heart. Love you, buddy. Until we meet again.

Renee Froning
May 1, 2023

I loved Charlie, he was brilliant but so down to earth that people underestimated him, until he kicked your butt in court, which happened to me as a young lawyer, but after that we were friends. He taught me a lot about zealous advocacy not being contrary to profesional courtesy. He was a brilliant as he was friendly and approachable. They don´t make them like Charlie anymore and I will miss him.

Trey Harris
May 1, 2023

He was a great lawyer and even a better friend. I spent many hours sitting with Charlie and Judge Jake Cook listening to all kinds of stories. I made a wonderful connection with a friend of his that has lasted over many years. My deepest sympathies for all his loved ones and his spirit is now back with God where it started.

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Mary Mantooth
May 1, 2023

I am in total agreement with Sheila Randolph, Charlie is the only defense attorney who borrowed two sheets of my legal pad in case he needed to write something down during trial. Charlie brought a doctor to trial who had viewed the DWI video tape and saw no medical evidence of intoxication. Charlie offered the two pages of unused paper to me as he walked his not guilty client out of the court room. A good attorney and a good man.
Rest in peace Charlie. My condolences to Charlie’s family.

G. Lynn Clanton
May 1, 2023

I am so sorry to hear of Charlie´s passing . I knew him for many years while working at the courthouse and it always made my day to run into him with his big smile and his warm greeting . My prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time . God Rest him !

Jill LeClair
April 30, 2023

Lots of good times with Charlie growing up from playing football in the street to baseball. We as kids knocked out the same window in the neighbors house 2 weeks apart. More good times on the old Norton 750 Commando

Donald Freeman
April 27, 2023

A lot of prosecutors underestimated Charlie because he talked with a good old boy drawl and showed up at docket call in bell bottom blue jeans and a work shirt. If they had the misfortune of facing him in trial, they soon realized that they were dealing with a formidable opponent. His obituary says that Charlie lived life to the fullest, and that is the Gospel truth. He excelled at his two jobs, and lived the kind of life that other people can only dream about. Well done Charlie! Rest in Peace. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.

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Sheila Randolph
April 27, 2023

Charles Smith Obituary

April 27, 2023

My husband,Buck rode for Charlie and I on occasion, ponied for him. He was a great horseman, but even better human being. We will always look back fondly on our conversations just sitting at the barn, whether at Trinity Meadows or Prairie Meadows. He always had good advice and great wisdom.
RIP Charlie