OBITUARY

C.L. "Smokey" Vanover

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.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • 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

Services

19 August

Visitation

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1st Colleyville Church

Chapel

5300 Colleyville Blvd,
Colleyville, TX 76034

20 August

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

1st Colleyville Church

Sanctuary

5300 Colleyville Blvd,
Colleyville, TX 76034

20 August

Committal Service

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home

5725 Colleyville Blvd
Colleyville, Texas 76034

Memories

C.L. "Smokey" Vanover

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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.

Leroy Wunsch

August 17, 2019

I was so shocked when I heard that my friend Smokey had passed away. I worked with Smokey while with Braniff Airlines at Love Field in Dallas back in the 60's and early 70's. Smokey was always such a kind and caring person. We all had great times working together. I will be in prayer for all of Smokey's family and friends.

Love Ya'll

Leroy Wunsch
Kerrville, Texas

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