Charlotte Ann McKnight Smith


Charlotte Ann McKnight Smith
Charlotte Ann McKnight Smith

Charlotte Ann McKnight Smith, 89, of Amarillo, TX died on January 2, 2022, from pneumonia.  She was 89 years old.

Charlotte requested no service be held.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Joe Smith.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Susan Horton Bruno, of Amarillo, TX, and Cindi Smith Kirchhoff and her husband Bill, of Baja, Mexico.  Charlotte had 3 grandchildren, Chad Horton, of Amarillo, TX, Kristin Horton Wood (married to Tyler Wood), of Lubbock, TX, and Maggie Kirchhoff, of Golden, CO.  Charlotte also had 2 great-grandkids, Sadie and Wyatt Wood, both of Lubbock, TX.  She had 3 sisters-in-law and their families in Amarillo.

Charlotte worked alongside Sam in their construction company, Sam J. Smith Inc.  Later, Charlotte opened the Nail Factory.   She was an avid wordsmith and worked her crossword puzzles every single day in ink.  She was almost as obsessed with finishing the puzzle as she was reading the obits.  Charlotte lived life to the fullest and loved to socialize.  She had a sharp and quick wit and was never shy about speaking her mind.  She loved to travel.  Charlotte and her family cruised cross country in their mobile home.  She and Sam went on several international trips.  She particularly liked Greece.  They used their property in Red River extensively.  When they weren’t working, Charlotte and Sam were always going somewhere…. their property on Lake Greenbelt in Clarendon, gambling, anywhere there was excitement.

Charlotte loved pretty clothes and jewelry.  Even in her last days, she insisted on wearing “her good clothes,” not comfy sweats.  She has been looking forward to being together with Sam again.  Happy traveling!

2 Replies to “Charlotte Ann McKnight Smith”

  1. Susan, someone called me me when Charlotte died. Don’t remember his name but if you know, thank him. I guess I was in shock. She was such a good neighbor to me. We even had real fun together even at our age. When she sold the big house and moved to an assisted living she was content. The last time we went to lunch together, someone bought our lunch, even our cocktails. We were having so much fun ,we must have attracted attention.
    She had a big heart. I love her and miss her.!
    M R (MarthaRuth) Moreland

  2. Sue I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I always loved your Mom and Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lov Ya Betty Becannon

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