C.L. "Smokey" Vanover

April 19, 1939August 12, 2019
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Smokey Vanover, of Colleyville, Texas, passed away on August 12, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague to all that knew and loved him. He was born in Nocona, Texas to Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Vanover.

Smokey served in the US Navy, later worked for Braniff Airways, was a real estate broker and owned several small businesses. After serving a long career in law enforcement, Smokey retired from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office as a Criminal Investigator. He served on the Colleyville City Council from 1977-1983 and was Mayor Pro Tem from 1979-1983. He took great pleasure in helping kids and serving his community with active involvement in the Colleyville Lions Club and won many awards. He was also a Mason, Dallas Scottish Rite and member of the Provost Unit Moslah Shrine in Forth Worth

However, he took his greatest pleasure in his family, especially his granddaughter. Smokey is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Jan Vanover, son Charles L. “Chuck” Vanover his wife Stacie, granddaughter Ivory R. Vanover, brother Hershel and his wife Carol, sister Barbara Merrill, along with 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Don and Charles Vanover.

The visitation will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Monday August 19, 2019 at the First Colleyville in the Chapel. The Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at First Colleyville in the Sanctuary. Ample parking in the rear of the building. Interment will follow in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park with a reception to follow in the Bluebonnet Family Lounge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club or the Shriners Hospital for Children.


  • George Bray, Pallbearer
  • Ronny Bonhom, Pallbearer
  • Noble Crawford, Pallbearer
  • Frank Ramirez, Pallbearer
  • Don Hicks, Pallbearer
  • Tracy Utsey, Pallbearer
  • Max Wolfe, Pallbearer
  • Nelson Thibodeaux, Pallbearer
  • Ed McKnight, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Louis Miller, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019


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Janet Helsel

March 31, 2021

Smokey had a gregarious personality, always positive, and loved to joke and or share something lighthearted. When there were times I communicated with my former boss Jan, if he answered the phone, Smokey always took the time to be interested in you or your family personally. After Jan retired, there was those times where Smokey and Jan and I would run into each other at a store. He was so proud to show his photos of his family and Smokey’s pride and love for his granddaughter was his joy! He and Jan were a great team and their love and devotion was an example for us all. Thankful for the memories of his smile, wonderful attitude and warmth he shared with people. Consider myself blessed to have known him.

Mike Carriker

August 25, 2019

I had met Smokey one day a short time after I started working as an officer at DFW airport. He told me he admired the department and had a lot of friends there. After talking to him for a while and listening to some of his stories about the heyday of Braniff airlines I understood why he had so many friends there. The man truly cared and had a heart of gold for everyone.

After his son Chuck started working as an officer at DFW I saw immediately he had inherited his fathers heart and he and I became close friends. I ran into Smokey one day and he told he was very happy about Chuck coming to work at the department but that Chuck being his only son he was concerned with his safety, being an officer and all that goes with the job. I told him that Chuck and I were good friends and that I would always have Chucks back. I think he and I made a real connection that day.

I didn’t get to see him much but when I did he always had that fatherly smile and greeting that comforted me. If I could have chosen and picked all the qualities of my father he would have been exactly like Smokey. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him but thanks to Jesus Christ almighty we will see Smokey again.

Mary Horn

August 21, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of a friend. I certainly would have been at his service if we were in town. My sincere condolences to Jan and the family. I had the pleasure of working with Smokey for 17 years at Braniff. Great memories. Rest In Peace Smokey ❤️

Judy Briley

August 20, 2019

May the memories of good times shared and laughter ease your sorrow today and bring you comfort tomorrow.

Smokey always had a smile for the little girls next door - my girls. They thought he had a funny name, but liked to laugh with him.

Jason Hudiburg

August 19, 2019

Wishing the fondest of memories to a great and wonderful man.

Julianna Cherry

August 19, 2019

Mr. Vanover always had a beautiful spirit and a smile on his face.
He would always read funny jokes to me and my colleagues.
Mr. and Mrs. Vanover felt like they were apart of my family. They were always joyful and full of love. Always offering wisdom and making sure everyone was okay. Sharing and caring despite anything they were facing.

I’m so happy I had a pleasure meeting you and your beautiful family.

Andi Ledbetter

August 19, 2019

I remember calling Smokey Uncle Smokey. He & my mom, Polly Reeves, worked together for years at Braniff.
Who knew he & I would be working at Tarrant Co when I grew up & I never put it together.
Prayers to y’all.
Andi Ledbetter
(Little Polly)

Sheila Randolph

August 19, 2019

So sorry to hear that Smokey passed away. I have fond memories of him from when we were working at the DA's office. My condolences to the family, and you are all in my prayers.

Rebecca Baker Treadway

August 18, 2019

Miss Jan and Mr Smokey were incredible to my mom and daddy ,Edward and Doris Baker, there must be a grand gathering in heaven Becca Baker Treadway

Sandra Woodward-Parks

August 18, 2019

As a former hostess with Braniff, I always knew if Smokey was there when the door was closed, everything was done perfect and when we arrived back to Dallas, his happy smile was always welcoming. So sorry for your loss.