Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1944 RJC

Rosemary Bruce Smith Callie Smith ROSEMARY BRUCE SMITH, 95, of New Braunfels, TX and previously of Rockport & San Antonio, went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2023. Rosemary was born on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1927, in a farming community outside Ranger, TX to the late Lloyd and Daisy Bruce where she spent her childhood climbing mulberry trees and eating peaches from the peach orchards. She started her long love of music & the violin with lessons at the age of 5. She was blessed with amazing teachers and directors like Joseph Kirstbaum, Director of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and Wilda Dragoon. After graduating from Ranger High School in the Class of 1944, Rosemary went to North Texas State Teachers College with a double major in voice and strings and received her degree in Music Education in 1948. She was president of the NTSC Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota national professional fraternity for women in the field of music. After graduation she accepted a position as symphony director in Gladewater, TX where she met her love and future husband Callie W. Smith who was director of the band. After their marriage in 1952, she taught strings in San Antonio while her husband served in the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. After his discharge they moved to Corpus Christi in 1954 where Rosemary played for the Corpus Christi Symphony, worked as an administrative secretary at Tuloso-Midway School District and they began their family of two girls, Kristi and Lisa. In 1960 the family moved to San Antonio where Callie served as Assistant Superin- tendent and then Superintendent of Harlandale ISD. Rosemary started a successful strings program in 1970 assisted by Arlene Witte. After a 2yr move to Longview, TX where Rosemary served in the choir and a 5 year move to Austin, TX where Rosemary & Callie helped start Riverbend Baptist church, they returned to San Antonio where Callie served the Baptist Hospital System. During the years in San Antonio, Rosemary served her churches Harlandale Baptist Church and First Baptist Church SA with special music on her violin and solos, taught Sunday School, and played with the SA Community Symphony. She also acted as interim music director and worked closely with music ministers Randy Edwards and Stephen Carrell and a member of the Tuesday Music Club. She loved to travel with her husband, family, friends of the "Gut Club", & her sister Jean Bruce Thomas (RHS- 1938, decd), to the Holy Land, Europe, San Francisco, Disney World in Orlando, and New Mexico. Rosemary and Callie retired to their beloved Rockport, TX in 2001 and Rosemary lost Callie in 2004. Rosemary soon moved back to San Antonio and then New Braunfels to be close to her family. The last 10 years Rosemary lived in the Rio Terra Independent and Assisted Living Facility in New Braunfels that she loved and called "home". Rosemary served her Lord, her family & church families with her love for music that never wavered as well as her sense of humor and determination. Rosemary is survived by her daughters, Kristi Tschoepe and her husband Mike Tschoepe, Lisa Henderson and her husband Dave, grandchildren Brian Henderson, Phillip Henderson and his wife Laurie and Lauren Woodchick and her husband Matthew and great-grandchildren Holly and Merry Henderson, Callie and Scarlet Henderson, & Taylor, Ella and Addison Woodchick. HUSBAND: CALLIE W. SMITH, 72, of Rockport, TX and previously San Antonio died on Jan. 26, 2004. Callie was born June 7, 1931 in a farming community outside of Sulphur Springs, TX to the late Roger & Willie Smith. After graduating from East Texas in 1951 he began his career in education as Band Director of the Gladewater Jr. High School Band. He then served in the army during the Korean War in the 6th Armored Division Band at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. In 1953, he married Rosemary Bruce (RHS-1944) in Ranger, TX. After his discharge in 1954 Callie was Principle then Assistant Superintendent of Tuloso-Midway Corpus Christi where he also completed his Masters in School Administration at Texas A&I Kingsville. In 1962, Callie was Assistant Superintendent of Harlandale ISD and then Superintendent in 1968. In 1972, Callie & his family moved to Longview, where he was Superintendent of Schools. He then served as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Texas State Teachers Assoc. in Austin, Dec. 1974-79. Callie moved back to San Antonio in 1979 to begin a career in Health Care Administration as Dean of the Institute of Health Education and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Baptist Memorial Hospital System. In 1988 he was made President & Chief Executive Officer of the Baptist System until his retirement in 1995. Soon after his retirement he became the Chairman of the April 1997 Billy Graham Crusade in San Antonio. While living in San Antonio he was a member and deacon of Harlandale Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, SA and was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church, Rockport. Callie served his Lord, his family, his church and his community. Callie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary; his daughters, Kristi Tschoepe and her husband, Mike, Lisa Henderson and her husband, David; grandchildren, Brian Henderson & his wife, Michelle, Phillip Henderson and Lauren Adair; & great-grandchild, Holly Henderson.