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Charline Foster Smith

Obituary for Charline Foster Smith

December 8, 1921 - May 15, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95


Charline Foster Smith was born December 8, 1921, to Zula Fox and Thomas L. Foster in Spanish Fort, Texas; she died May 15, 2017, after a lengthy illness. After graduating from high school in Spanish Fort, Charline moved to Dallas to attend business college. She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps after Pearl Harbor and served throughout World War II at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, where Sgt. Foster met and married Sgt. Alvin G. Smith. After leaving the WACs, Charline worked at Frost Brothers and then was secretary to Dr. Perry Webb at the First Baptist Church of San Antonio. In the mid-1960s, after working at the Baptist Bookstore, Charline opened an antique shop in the house next door to her home in the Monte Vista district, where she applied her love of antiques as well as her love of talking to people.

Anyone who met Charline was likely to hear one of her stories; some of the best were about her Army experiences, such as traveling on a troop train to boot camp with hundreds of WAC enlistees, including farm girls like her and Dallas debutantes and a fortune teller. She also loved to travel and her favorite trip was to Europe on the Queen Mary in 1959. Although Charline was born and raised in a very small town, she thought of herself as a cosmopolite and a San Antonian. Relatives who came to visit could count on a boat ride on the river with her and a trip to the Alamo with Smith.

Charline was preceded in death by her husband Smith, her brother Stanley Foster, and her sisters Glynis Goolsby, Irma Ruth Tipton, and Louise Eidson. She is survived by her brothers James E. Foster of Llano, Thomas L. Foster Jr. of Georgetown, and Waymon Tipton of Nocona, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, in the Wilson Chapel of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Point Enterprise Cemetery in Mexia, Texas.

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