C.D. Smith dies at 76
Posted by : January 23, 2013| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Somewhat of an ambassador of Cedar Creek Lake, C. D. Smith, 76, died Monday morning, in Galveston, where he and wife Lucy own a seaside condo. A daughter, Joni Espinoza, was with them.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Creek Bible Church, with pastors Bob Parry and Kenny Emerson officiating, under the direction of Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Seven Points.
“He always said he could breathe easier looking out over the ocean and would go out there whenever he was having trouble with his breathing,” close friend and Seven Points EDC president Jeanie Hulsey told The Monitor.
“He was very smart and had the whole area at heart,” she commented on his many years as secretary of the Economic Development Corporation in Seven Points. “I thought the world of him,” she added.
During his service on the EDC board, the city, using EDC funding, built The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, and he played a role in getting Brookshire’s to open a grocery store in Seven Points. Now, his wife serves on the EDC board.
Privately, he also leased land to open the area’s first medical clinic (ETMC-clinic in Seven Points) and then served on its board of directors for many years.
He also served on the board for Tom Finley Park and was an Optimist Club member, interested in children having baseball and soccer fields on which to play.
However, he was probably most widely known as the proprietor of the lake area’s first, and for a long time, only movie theater.
At the instigation of his good friend, Don Allsup, he and Lucy built and operated Main Place Cinema, which opened in November of 2000.
Many lake area children who couldn’t readily afford to go to the movies were treated to a free movie during the Christmas holiday season.
“He was a very good friend,” Seven Points councilwoman Claudett Allsup said. “He was very friendly and would do anything for anyone.
He sold the theater about two years ago, just before a second theater opened in Gun Barrel City. Main Place has since been converted into an auction house.
He and Lucy, who married in 1975 and relocated to Cedar Creek Lake from Irving in 1991, also operate the Lakeshore Seniors RV Resort and most recently opened the Trinidad Business Park on State Highway 31 in June, 2012.
A longtime Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce member, C.D. (Charles David) Smith has been called a friend to many area business owners.
Chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom said she always appreciated the support he offered during Chamber events and fundraisers.
“He was always a good friend to the chamber and to me, personally,” she said.
He also served on the West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District board of directors during a busy growth period from 1994-2010.
“He was well loved in the community – he and his wife both were community minded. I’m going to miss him,” WCC general manager Tony Ciardo said.
C.D. had been having trouble breathing recently and resisted advice to use supplimentary oxygen.
He enjoyed going out to his ranch near the Trinity River with Lucy, whom he dearly loved and admired.
“You always have to be forward in your thinking and continue to live life to the full, regardless of your age,” he told The Monitor six months ago.