Stephen Louis Smart, 47, died suddenly in the early morning hours on Sept. 5 at his home in Dallas.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1959 in Marion, Illinois, to Mary Ruth Smart and the late George Smart. He grew up there and worked on the family dairy farm, attending school in Marion before moving to Denison, Texas, after graduation.
Smart worked for Texas Instru-ments/Raytheon for more than 22 years, supervising manufacturing production. Later, he became a self-employed general contractor for construction projects in the North Texas area and moved to Dallas.
Smart was an avid dart player, handyman, carpenter, philanthropist, devoted father and a dear friend to many.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at Highland Oaks Church of Christ on Walnut Hill Lane on Sept. 8. A Memorial Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at The Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser Ave. in Dallas.
Smart is survived by his daughter Meredith, son Taylor, former spouse Cindi, mother Mary Ruth, sister Catherine, a host of other family members and many friends to whom he was not related, but considered family.
Martha Dannel Dealey, 69, former development director for the Resource Center of Dallas, died on Monday, Sept. 10, at Baylor Medical Center in Plano after a brief illness.
During her tenure as development director from 2002 to 2005, Dealey helped recruit sponsorships from area businesses to benefit the center. She helped create the center’s 365 Club that provides discounted services to members from area businesses such as Whole Foods Market and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, developed relationships with local food stores that donate large amounts of food to the center’s nutritional programs, strengthened relationships with individual donors and brought new corporate donors to support the center and the Lone Star Ride. After her retirement, Dealey remained a loyal friend to the center and an advisor to its administrative staff.
Dealey was born in Sherman in 1938. She graduated from North Texas State University in 1959, and she taught school in Mineral Wells and in Richardson. She retired from teaching in 1970.
She was director of AIDS Life Walk in 1995. Oak Lawn Community Services named her as employee of the year in 1996.
Her son, David Charles Cole, of Richardson, and her daughter, Jane Cole Clemons, of Dallas, survive her. Services were held Friday, Sept. 14, in Sherman, where she was buried.
Memorials may be made to Resource Center of Dallas, 2701 Reagan St., Dallas, TX 75219.
This article appeared in the September 14 edition of the Dallas Voice.