Deaths • May 9, 2009

Posted on 07 May 2009 at 5:34pm


David Wayne Myrick, known to most in Dallas as drag performer Nikki L’Amour, died unexpectedly on Feb. 9.

Myrick was born on Oct. 15, 1968 in Odessa, but called Dallas his home.

Myrick left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was a true artist, especially when it involved female impersonation. He could always be found with a shadow brush in his hand touching up make-up or a hair pick and hairspray teasing up some hair. He styled wigs for the famous and not-so-famous, and lent a helping hand whenever he could. Whether any of it was true or not, he was the queen of drag trivia.

Myrick was a true original, and his friends were blessed to have known him.

Myrick is survived by his longtime companion, Sergio Castro, and by his parents and grandmother, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends.

There will be a celebration of life for Myrick on Saturday, May 9 at 9 p.m. at Illusions, 4100 Maple Ave., where "Nikki" spent many a night creating new drag queens and enhancing those already there.

William "Bill" Smith, 80, of Dallas died April 19 in Dallas.

Born Oct. 31, 1928 in Haileyville, he was the son of Joseph and Lucille (Pierce) Smith. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked as an elementary school teacher in Sherman. Smith was also a journalist, working for the military base newspapers. He also was a civilian worker for the armed forces, teaching on bases in Germany and Morocco.

Smith was a member of Cathedral of Hope in Dallas.

Smith was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph Leon Smith and Garvin Smith.

He is survived by his nephew, Leon "Micky" Smith and wife Dianne of The Woodlands; nieces Barbara and Sandra of California, numerous other nieces and nephews, and his many friends in Dallas.

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