Deaths • 10.28.11


Cmdr. James Harold Smith

Retired USNR Cmdr. James Harold Smith, 85, of Dallas died peacefully on Oct. 7 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas

Smith served 22 years in the U.S. Navy, then retired as chief of purchasing policy after 20 years working at the headquarters of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Purchasing Policy Directorate. He counted among his accomplishments rewriting the AAFES’ Purchasing Policy regulations.

Smith is survived by his life partner, William R. “Skip” McCarter of Dallas; his daughter, Melody Elise Lancaster of Las Vegas; his son, Michael Anthony Smith of Shingle Springs, Calif.; his niece, Carolyn Eddlemon; and his beagle, Suzie.

Funeral services with full military honors were held in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibben Funeral Home in Waxahachie, followed by a graveside service and burial at Dove’s Nest Cemetary in Waxahachie

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

What’s Brewing: Same-sex weddings to be allowed in Navy chapels after DADT repeal

Admiral Mark L. Tidd

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Local gay vet Dave-Guy Gainer, a board member for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, alerts us to this piece of breaking news: Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in U.S. Navy chapels in states where gay marriage is legal following the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” according to an April memo from the Navy chief of chaplains. And Navy chaplains will be allowed to officiate same-sex weddings but will not be forced to do so, the memo states. The memo dated April 11 from Admiral Mark L. Tidd lays out revisions to the Chaplain Corps Tier I Training. The previous Tier I Training stated that same-sex marriages were not allowed on federal property. Not surprisingly, conservatives in Congress claim the new policy violates the Defense of Marriage Act.

2. Molly Wei, the Rutgers student charged in the secret webcast of gay suicide victim Tyler Clementi, has entered a plea deal that will require her to testify against Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Rhavi.

3. Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill may be on a fast track to becoming law this week. And contrary to previous reports, a death penalty provision has not been removed from the bill. Sign a petition against the bill by going here.

—  John Wright