|Birth: ||May 26, 1925|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 2008|
HINESVILLE - Thomas J. "Tom" Smith, 83, died Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Liberty Regional Medical Center after a long illness. He was a native of Savannah and a lifelong resident of Liberty County. He graduated from Bradwell Institute in 1943. He served in the Southwest Pacific during WW-II in the U.S. Army. Tom was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, Combat Infantry Badge and Parachute Wings with two gold stars for combat jumps. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Social Science, taught in the public schools in Florida and Hinesville, before going to work as an audio visual specialist at Fort Stewart where he retired from Civil Service. He helped set up the first Reserve Police Force to assist the Hinesville Police Dept, also served as Deputy Director for the Liberty County Civil Defense, and set up the first EMT training course in Liberty County for the purpose of establishing the EMS ambulance service. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Hinesville, a member of the American Legion, DAV, and Savannah Purple Heart Association. He is preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Carroll Smith.
Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Frances Herrington Smith of Hinesville; one daughter, Janet Lee Hayes (John) of Carnesville; one grandson, Justin Wylie Smith (Andrea) of Macon; two granddaughters, Katherine Lee and Ashley Caroline Hayes of Carnesville; two great-grandsons, Dylan and Gavin Smith of Macon.
Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Owens officiating. Burial will be in Flemington Presbyterian Church Cemetery with full military honors.
Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel
Published in Savannah Morning News on November 4, 2008
Frances Herrington Smith (1927 - 2013)*
Flemington Presbyterian Church Cemetery
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