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John Forrest "Buzzy" Smith
Birth: Nov. 26, 1912
Death: Dec. 15, 2001

John was best known as Forrest, and his nickname was "Buzzy". He was born to Ivy Maud and John Nave Smith, raised in Houston, Tx. He graduated from Reagan High School, and was accepted into Texas A&M College (now Texas A&M University). He received his degree and commission into the U.S. Army in 1934. He was a highly decorated veteran of World War II, having received the Purple Heart, Silver Star (awarded to him by General George S. Patton), the Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest medal. He also received the Croix de Guerre by the French for his efforts to liberate France. He was soon promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and recalled to active service during the Korean War. He returned to civilian life and had a 25-year career with the American Petroleum Institute. He was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church (later became part of Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church) where he taught Sunday School for more than 40 years. He often volunteered to be "Santa Claus" for the children's school party. He also taught children's nature classes at the Dallas Arboretum, and was a member of Elks Lodge No. 71.

PID by parents and sister, Mary Jane Smith. Survived by wife, Rosemary: daughter, Sharon Boyd and husband David; son, Jeffrey Forrest Smith; sister, Evelyn (Smith) Williams, of Jacksonville, Texas, three grandchildren; numerous friends and relatives. Services held at at Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church in Dallas, and interrment in Restland Memorial Park cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Nave Smith (1887 - 1972)
  Ivy Maude Wood Smith (1891 - 1978)
 
 Spouse:
  Rosemary Smith (1927 - 2006)*
 
 Children:
  Jeff Forrest Smith (1950 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Forrest Smith (1912 - 2001)
  Evelyn Smith Williams (1914 - 2005)*
  Mary Jane Smith (1924 - 1925)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Restland Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Veterans IV, Tier F, Crypt !
 
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Record added: Jun 18, 2007
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- Erwin
 Added: Jan. 15, 2013

- Diddy & Doodle
 Added: Sep. 28, 2012
Thank you for being the best dad ever. You are so missed..
- daughter
 Added: Sep. 27, 2012
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