Carl Wayne Poindexter

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Carl Wayne Poindexter passed away on Aug. 19, 2010, having fought a lengthy illness with great courage and dignity. He was born on May 17, 1927, and raised in Troup, the son of Clarence Albert Poindexter and Twillie Everett Poindexter.

Wayne was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, 1946; received a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Texas in Austin, January 1954; and the College of American Pathologists, September 1991.

He married the love of his life - Mary Elizabeth Roberts Poindexter - on Oct. 16, 1954. He worked for many years in the insurance business on the East Coast before first retiring to Florida.

Wayne and Mary enjoyed their final years in Tyler, where she preceded him in death in 2007. He continued to be an entrepreneur and businessman in retirement. He was especially proud to promote the work of his father, who went by the stage name of Al Dexter as he wrote and performed legendary 1940s honky-tonk songs, including "Pistol Packin' Mama." Wayne was so pleased to know that his father would be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage on Aug. 21, 2010.

Wayne exemplified the spirit of philanthropy by dedicating time and resources in order that oncology and less fortunate patients could achieve improved quality of life. He and Mary had a long-term friendship with the East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute, which provided care to Mary. They established the Mary and Wayne Poindexter Patient Care Fund to help cancer patients with special needs. In addition, they provided a landmark gift to ETMC Tyler for the Mary and Wayne Poindexter Patient Care Unit, which opened in January 2010. He also contributed to the Hospice of East Texas program.

In addition to his wife, Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Poindexter. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Leon Dudley of Rowlett; nephew, Jim Poindexter and wife Kristie of Tyler; nieces, Diane Alsup and husband Dennis, Rowlett, and Kathy Henry and husband John, Beaumont; and caregiver and friend, Linda Taylor and her husband Mike of Tyler.

The family wishes to thank the caring nurses, personal sitters and physicians of ETMC Tyler, especially Dr. Arielle Lee, Dr. Perry Wallach, Dr. Alexandre Petrakian and Dr. Doboraski, and Hospice of East Texas.

Although no memorial service will be held at this time, friends of Wayne are asked to remember his kindness, warmth and giving heart. Memorial gifts may be made to the ETMC Foundation - Poindexter Patient Care Fund, P.O. Box 6400, Tyler, 75711; to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or to the charity of one's choice.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 22, 2010