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Frank Smoldas

Frank Smoldas picFrank James Smoldas, age 90, of Crockett, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 at his home.  Frank was born May 23, 1930 in the Lone Pine Community to parents, Dobroslav Smoldas and Francis Elzner Smoldas.  In his younger years, he served as an Alter Boy at St. Francis of Catholic Church and when dating Shirley, he attended the First Baptist Church.   He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict.  Frank worked for Texas Power and Light for 5 years and then went to work for the Texas State Highway Department retiring after 34 years.  He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Rains in 1959 and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage.  Frank was known as a hard worker, a mean bass player, clean rides and award winning yards.  He enjoyed country music, especially Ray Price, fishing, grilling, planting and yard work and his beloved grandson’s sporting events.  Frank was a good man who loved his family and will be missed, always loved and Never Forgotten.

Frank is survived by wife, Shirley Rains Smoldas of Crockett; son and special daughter-in-law, Jonney Frank and Tammy Smoldas of Oakwood; only and #1 grandson, Tanner Smoldas of Alabama; step-grandson, Wacey Brown and wife, Ashlyn of Oakwood; special sister-in-law, Betty Walger of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by father, Dobroslav Smoldas; mother, Francis Elzner Smoldas; sister, Lillie Charanza; brother, Vic Smoldas and wife, Rita; brother-in-law, Tim Rains.

Graveside services for Frank Smoldas will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021 in the Evergreen Memorial Park.  Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crockett Merchant’s Youth Baseball, P.O. Box 1334, Crockett, TX  75835



From the Smoldas’ Family… A special Thank You to Joe Smoldas, Traditions Hospice, Mary Martin Private Nursing, Whitehall Rehab and Nursing Center, Callaway-Allee, and all those unsung helpers, well wishers and prayers.




  1. Frank was a wonderful man and neighbor to us for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are for Shirley and Johnny. Much love to you, Roy and Nell

  2. Frank was such a sweet man, I sure enjoyed seeing him when he came to H-E-B with Mrs. Shirley. He will be deeply missed, sending hugs and prayers. May peace be with the family. Rest Easy Mr. Frank!

  3. I have fond memories of Frank stopping by the highway department over the years to check on “the guys”. I got to know and love Frank as a happy retiree, and a very active man. He would update us on his latest projects around the house; working with Shirley’s plants, washing the vehicles, putting up Christmas lights, cleaning out the flower bed, etc. You name it, he probably did it. His eyes would light up when he talked about Shirley and their latest adventure with her sister, even if it was a trip to the doctor. Frank would also mention his son and grandson. He would tell of playing with his grandson and have fun reliving it. He enjoyed picking him up from school too.

    Since I’ve retired, it’s been a few years since I’ve seen Frank. His active lifestyle was admirable and I pray he was active until the end. Frank was always upbeat and happy.

    And lastly, I’d say his hard working hands made a very firm, manly, vise-like handshake. I’d prefer a side hug over a handshake any day!

    My sympathy, love and prayers go to Shirley and the family. God bless you all.
    Frank will be missed.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about Franks passing. He was a really nice man and would come by our shop and visit. Frank was a busy man who loved working in his yard as well as going fishing ever chance he got. His family I know will miss him greatly as well as the Crockett community.

  5. What a wonderful man, so very sorry for your loss. Praying peace and comfort for this sweet family, you are loved!

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